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Guns Are a Public Health Issue

Nov 5, 2015

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.

First, a check-in with Governor Malloy on a couple of issues, including negotiations over the state budget, this week's municipal elections, his new proposal on state pensions, and guns.

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John Dankosky and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.