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Political Rewind: When will it end? Dr. Mark Rosenberg discusses gun safety as a public health issue
Jim Galloway – Former political columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mark Rosenberg – Former director of the CDC Center for Injury Prevention and Control
The breakdown :
1. Research on gun safety has been treated differently than other injury prevention research.
- Rosenberg noted that there is a myth that we cannot stop gun violence without taking everyone's guns.
- Black men are killed at 20 times the rate of white men by guns.
- Gun safety is not the first injury prevention issue the government examined.
- Road and car safety was studied long before gun safety.
2. How do we make guns safer?
- Rosenberg said in order to fully address gun safety, we need to address the safety of the gun itself as well as who buys guns and how easily.
- Both the gun and social factors are important to examine, he said.
3. Rosenberg shares how he became an advocate for gun safety.
- Rosenberg started research on gun violence in 1980s at the CDC.
- He found that having a gun in a home increases the risk of someone in the household being murdered by a weapon by 200%.
- The risk of suicide by gun increased by 400%.
- His findings caused NRA to scale up attacks, Rosenberg said.
- The NRA used Rep. Jay Dickey from Arkansas to lead attacks.
- Dickey proposed a compromise between warring parties to disallow the CDC from using federal funding to research injury prevention.
- Rosenberg was eventually fired from his position due to attacks by the NRA.
- Despite differences, Rosenberg and Dickey eventually developed a deep friendship.
4. Jim Galloway points out a double standard on causes of mass violence.
- He said that the logic is a form of nihilism, and pointed out that we did not examine the mental health of 9/11 terrorists as a cause for attacks. But, we look into potential mental health struggles of teenage boys who commit acts of mass violence.
5. Do mental health issues increase gun violence?
- Most people who commit mass violence do not have mental illness, Rosenberg said.
- People with mental illness are not more likely to commit mass violence than those without it.
Monday on Political Rewind: The team will observe Memorial Day, but will return with a live broadcast at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.