AIBS has joined 40 other scientific organizations in sending a letter to U.S. Senators urging legislative action to prevent gun violence. The groups argue that gun violence should be considered a public health issue, not a political one, and needs to be addressed with research and evidence-based strategies.
The letter reads, in part: “Reducing the incidence of gun violence will require interventions through multiple systems, including legal, public health, public safety, community, education, and health. Increasing the availability of data and funding will help inform and evaluate policies designed to reduce gun violence. Congress needs to take action to enhance our nation’s mental health systems, but in order to curb this public health emergency, it is vital we also enact gun violence prevention policies. Our scientific community stands ready to be resource as Congress considers new measures to help prevent the senseless tragedies impacting our communities.”
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