Texas Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue: Part III
After 26 Texans lost their lives in the November 7, 2017, Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting, Texas Representatives Nevarez and Collier pushed for the state to address gun violence as a public health issue. The shooting occurred not even five weeks after the Las Vegas tragedy which injured 567 and killed 59 individuals. This third part of the TI series on gun violence as a public health issue will provide an overview of the public health approach, which has long been used to deal with injuries in addition to a large range of causes of death and illness. The model is applied to promote health and life in the presence of prolific firearms (in the US, a gun is in circulation for every resident), not to curb gun ownership among law-abiding citizens. For the purposes of this posting, gun violence includes murder/homicide, suicide, assault, injury, robbery, domestic violence, and unintentional and accidental shooting.