Readers sound off on gun violence awareness, the Bronx Book Festival and jury duty
Added 06-12-19 03:13:02am EST - “Brooklyn: June is Gun Violence Awareness Month. Yet no substantial effort has been mounted to alert the public to this fact. Nor have efforts been made by the government to treat this emergency. Only after a mass shooting do headlines…” - Nydailynews.com
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Brooklyn: June is Gun Violence Awareness Month. Yet no substantial effort has been mounted to alert the public to this fact. Nor have efforts been made by the government to treat this emergency. Only after a mass shooting do headlines condemn firearm brutality, or do politicians materialize to interrogate data and to preside over the autopsy of a near-extinct public policy.
Each year 38,000 people in the U.S. are killed, while 85,000 are injured by, firearms. Gun violence victims may die, or become paralyzed, suffer brain injuries, chronic infection, other wounds, depression and post-traumatic stress. But little is being done to stem this epidemic’s reach.
We must frame it as a public health danger and combat it with education, laws and policies. Indeed, the substantial decrease in motor vehicle fatalities can mainly be traced to the efforts of Dr. William Haddon, who urged that industry to apply public health methods to its once-crisis.
We can also emulate Finland’s approach, a nation with one of the world’s lowest firearm death and injury rates. Its Firearms Act permits a gun purchase only after an applicant passes extensive criminal records checks, police interviews, computer-based personality tests, and produces a medical certificate of sound mental health. Vasilios Vasilounis
Manhattan: I took the Bx19 bus from the Botanical Gardens along Southern Blvd. in the Bronx. In the first five stops approximately 25 people got on and exactly two of them paid a fare. The rest just waved at the driver and moved on into the bus. I wish I had known paying was just a suggestion — I would have saved a fare. Mort Goldberg
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