Decoding the Disease of Gun Violence

In Washington’s King County, prosecutors are deploying a public health approach against gun violence, studying the scourge as an epidemiologist would examine a disease.

By analyzing the dynamics between victims, witnesses and perpetrators, the intent is to stop violence before it starts. With a newly streamlined trove of shootings data from the Shots Fired Project, researchers map gun violence trends and deploy “social-network analyses” to reach at-risk individuals without involving a prosecutor’s office.

The Quote: “The question is not how do you get a kid to put down a gun, but how do you make a community where young people feel safe…” said Sean Goode of the nonprofit diversion program Choose 180.

Seattle Times

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