Capital Gazette: Anne Arundel County gun violence roundtable concludes conversations should focus on safety
U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) hosted politicians, community leaders, police, safety advocates and public health officials — including School of Public Health Dean Boris Lushniak — at a roundtable last week to discuss solutions to the scourge of gun violence.
During the conversation, Dr. Lushniak emphasized the need to consider multiple solutions and urged the group, “let’s make headway somewhere,” the Capital Gazette reported.
“If we go into this thinking one solution is going to solve this problem, then we shouldn’t have had this meeting,” Dr. Lushniak told Sarbanes during the meeting, according to the Gazette.
Participants widely embraced initiatives focused on gun safety, including both manufacturing safer guns and teaching kids and adults safe ways to handle them. They compared gun safety measures with car safety ones implemented in decades past.
“The one place that I have been able to engage people excellently is around cars and the parallel between cars and guns has been a fabulous discussion,” said pediatrician Rachel Dodge. “People stop and say, ‘it’s true, we do need a license to drive a car.’”
Dr. Lushniak suggested that focusing on safety won’t be enough, but is a start, since making products safer is an aim of public health prevention initiatives.