Treating gun violence as a public health crisis finally gets federal funding

Treating gun violence as a public health crisis finally gets federal funding

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Max Filby The Columbus Dispatch @MaxFilby Feb 10, 2020 at 5:19 PM The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health were provided funding for gun violence research for the first time in decades. A program in Columbus may already have found the key to reducing gun violence. Crystal Turner fell apart when two of her four children were shot and killed in Columbus nearly five years ago. Son Donell McDonald, 23, and daughter Jenea Harvison, 29, were both gunned down by Harvison’s estranged husband at a daycare facility Harvison owned. "Nothing prepares you," Turner said. "That one event has changed our lives forever." Get the news delivered to your inbox: Sign up for our politics newsletter Turner and her family are not alone. Firearm-related injuries kill nearly 40,000 Americans each year, and the nation’s firearm homicide rate is more than 25 times that of comparable affluent countries. While researchers have long said gun violence should be evaluated like other public health epidemics, there’s been meager research funding for two decades. That’s finally changing. In December, Congress approved $25 million to study gun safety. The money, to be split evenly between the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be used to examine gun violence from a public health perspective. Experts in the field concede the amount is small compared to the scope of the issue but celebrate it as a watershed moment. >> Related story: Gun-violence group gives Ohio […]

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