Op-Ed: How do we reduce gun violence? By treating it like a disease

By Michelle A. Williams and Mary T. Bassett, Los Angeles Times | July 29, 2019

Stoneleigh Fellow Ted Corbin’s Healing Hurt People program is cited by the Los Angeles Times as one of the leading programs treating gun violence as a public health crisis.

This summer, U.S. cities have experienced unconscionable spikes in gun violence.

Just this past weekend 12 people were shot, one fatally, in Brooklyn, and a mass shooting in Gilroy, Calif., left three dead. In early June, Chicago witnessed 52 shootings during a single weekend, including 10 fatalities. In Washington, D.C., 19 people were shot in five days, including 11-year-old Karon Brown, killed in a car on the way to football practice. Nine people were shot during one eight-hour period in Baltimore this month. Even in Boston, which sees lower levels of gun violence than most major U.S. cities, at least 19 people have been shot since July 3, and the city’s non-fatal gun injuries have risen by nearly 20% since 2018.

After the recent spate of Boston shootings, Mayor Marty Walsh touted the state’s strong gun laws even as he lamented the city’s levels of violence: “You still have a weekend like this. And it makes you think, God, what more can you do? But there has to be more.”

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