For my UA-Huntsville biologist friend

 He survived Friday’s shooting  because he was at the far end of the room. But, he had to live through it.  (We were undergrads at BU.)

Gun control opponents say guns don’t kill people. But research shows that easy access to guns leads people to use them to shoot other people.

For years, gun violence has been recognized as a public health issue. Here are some APHA links.

Harvard has a gun violence research center with stats like this:

Guns and homicide (literature review).
We performed a review of the academic literature on the effects of gun availability on homicide rates.
Major findings:  A broad array of evidence indicates that gun availability is a risk factor for homicide, both in the United States and across high-income countries.  Case-control studies, ecological time-series and cross-sectional studies indicate that in homes, cities, states and regions in the US, where there are more guns, both men and women are at higher risk for homicide, particularly firearm homicide.

Publication:  Hepburn, Lisa; Hemenway, David.  “Firearm Availability and Homicide: A Review of the Literature.” Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal.  2004; 9:417-40.

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