President Obama spoke with frustration last month at a press conference after the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.
He asked if anybody really still believes we need more guns and fewer gun safety laws.
Mass shootings are a big problem, but the majority of gun deaths are from homicide, accidental shootings, and suicide. The common denominator in all of them is easy access to guns.
The CDC says the best way to decrease gun violence is to decrease the risk factors that make gun violence more likely; Poverty, lack of jobs, gang involvement, and easy accessibility to guns are a few.
Many communities around the country are trying to do that, including Boston and more recently, Hartford. Boston has been at it for over a decade but, it’s not easy to tear down a culture of violence that took years to build.
On Thursday, November 12, community non-profits and hospitals will host a panel discussion on how to stop the violence before it begins. We talk to a few of them today.
- Dannel Malloy - Governor, State of Connecticut
- Dr. David Hemenway - Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health and Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. He's the author of several books including, Private Guns, Public Health
- Tiana Hercules - Attorney and Project Coordinator , Project Longevity in Hartford
- Chris Byner - Interim Executive Director, Boston Centers for Youth & Families
John Dankosky and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.