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For Immediate Release: Apr 03, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 3, 2017) – April 3 marks the beginning of National Public Health Week, an initiative of the American Public Health Association.
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence Public Health Analyst Adelyn Allchin issued the following statement:
“The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence is proud to participate in National Public Health Week. With more than 36,000 gun deaths in 2015 — the highest number in nearly two decades — it is clear that gun violence is a major public health crisis.
Despite the fact that nearly every American will know at least one victim of gun violence, the issue has been treated with little urgency, and evidence-based interventions have been woefully underfunded.
In short, America’s gun violence epidemic has been neglected, and the implications of such neglect are numerous. Communities most affected by gun violence lack the resources to address the root causes of such violence. Suicides — nearly two-thirds of all gun deaths — are minimized and discounted as inevitable. Women die at the hands of armed abusers.
We cannot ignore this public health problem any longer. Evidence-based gun violence prevention policies save lives. This National Public Health Week, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence strengthens our commitment to preventing gun violence in communities across the country.”
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