Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis

1/17/2013 12:00 AM

The U.S. witnessed an alarming string of multiple mass shootings in 2012. Among the deadliest in the country's history was the December 14, 2012 rampage in an elementary school in Newtown, CT, where a gunman killed more than two dozen people, mostly children. He also killed his mother and himself. The Connecticut shooting prompted President Barack Obama to call for an end to such tragedies, but what policy changes can Americans realistically expect? This The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health event investigates the legal, political, and public health factors that could influence future efforts to prevent such massacres.

Panelists include David Hemenway, professor of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public health; Felton Earls, professor of child psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School; Lawrence Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University; and David King, senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.