Some researchers say the answer to reducing gun violence isn’t to treat it as a mental health problem or a criminal justice problem. Researchers focused on injury prevention say it should be treated as a public health problem.
Injuries caused by car crashes, drowning, fires, and more have all been mitigated after they were treated as a public health issue.
Dr. Rebecca Cunningham is an injury prevention researcher at the University of Michigan. She says focusing on behavior, risk prevention factors and injury prevention science could help.