A Year Post-Parkland, Taking Stock on Gun Violence

Today marks 1 year since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead and saw student survivors launch a national campaign to stop gun violence.

From the March for Our Lives to student walkouts and social media, the students’ response was manifold, The New York Times reports. They called out the “gross incompetence” of adults responsible for protecting the school. They toured the country rallying young voters.  

And one of the movement’s leaders, David Hogg, lauded the public health approach of the organization Cure Violence, which has been fighting gun crime since 2000 with remarkable results, Pacific Standard reports. In the first year of its pilot program in Chicago’s West Garfield Park, shootings dropped 67%. The program has since spread far and wide.

What’s the secret? Treating gun violence like a contagious disease, starting by addressing exposure through community outreach.

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