Commentary: Evidence to Guide Gun Violence Prevention in America

By Daniel W. Webster
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21205;

Annual Review of Public Health
Vol. 36: 1-4 (Volume publication date March 2015)
First published online as a Review in Advance on January 7, 2015
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031914-122542

SUMMARY: “Gun violence is a major threat to the public’s health and safety in the United States. The articles in this volume’s symposium on gun violence reveal the scope of the problem and new trends in mortality rates from gunfire. Leading scholars synthesize research evidence that demonstrates the ability of numerous policies and programs—each consistent with lessons learned from successful efforts to combat public health problems—to prevent gun violence. Each approach presents challenges to successful implementation. Future research should inform efforts to assess which approaches are most effective and how to implement evidence-based interventions most effectively.”

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