“Our first goal as public health professionals is to drastically reduce kids dying from firearms regardless of the circumstances. Just as we treat any epidemiological problem of this magnitude with intense research and data-driven interventions, we have to do the same with firearms.”
—Marc Zimmerman, Marshall H. Becker Collegiate Professor of Public Health
Strategic, Creative Approaches to a National Epidemic
While we remain in political stalemates around policy changes, gun deaths have made their way to being the second leading cause of death among children in the US. Public health researchers at Michigan continue to focus on policy and other tactics to alleviate the burdens of a violent epidemic. Injury prevention—from understanding how firearms are handled in our homes to greening efforts that reduce crime—is one of the key areas we are exploring in a society that is divided about how to address gun violence.