America The Jesuit Review  |  January 8, 2016

Lawrence O. Gostin faculty director at Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, said in a Jan. 5 statement, “Firearm injuries are, first and foremost, a public health problem. We can and should use the law as a tool to prevent and control firearm injuries. We can prevent a great deal of gun violence and unintentional injuries such as by suicide, and accidental shootings in the home. Firearm injuries are not a disease that we think of as a public health concern. But the truth is that firearm injuries are one of the most preventable threats to the public. In fact, firearm injuries are more preventable than infectious diseases.”

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