Gun Violence is a Public Health Issue.

Boston, MA: MGH reports 4.20.2019 by Peter L. Slavin, MD.

Las Vegas; Parkland; Pittsburgh; Sutherland Springs; Thousand Oaks; Chicago; Orlando; Newtown; Blacksburg; Aurora; Fort Hood …

The names of these cities and towns collectively remind us of the grim reality of gun violence in our nation. Sadly, this list – already far too long – represents only a sliver of the many communities that have suffered the loss of precious lives in mass shootings. Mass shootings, however, which tend to draw the majority of the media attention, represent less than 1 percent of the nearly 40,000 firearm-related deaths reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2017. Suicide accounts for 60 percent of the total deaths by gunshot, homicides are 35 percent, and unintentional shootings are less than 2 percent. In addition, gun violence has a disproportionate impact on communities of color.

There is no question that gun violence is a national public health crisis, and as such, the MGH bears a responsibility to help develop innovative and effective ways to address and advance gun violence prevention and firearm safety. I am pleased to let you know that the hospital has recently created the MGH Center for Gun Violence Prevention, a research and educational initiative directed at curbing the problem of gun violence in our nation. Share More: