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Is gun violence like a disease? Doctors think so
Saturday - 8/11/2012, 11:45am EDT
By MARILYNN MARCHIONE
AP Chief Medical Writer
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Mass shootings have rattled nerves and renewed calls for stricter gun laws. Doctors are thinking bigger. Gun violence is a social disease, they say, and it could be curbed with a public health approach like the product safety changes and driving laws that slashed traffic fatalities decades ago, even as cars on the road increased.
For example, guardrails are now curved to the ground instead of having sharp metal ends that stick out and pose a hazard in a crash. Health experts learned they had to change the environment _ not just try to make people better drivers.
The same could be done with guns, some say.
A public health approach involves analyzing what makes someone more likely to shoot, or someone more likely to be a victim. One study found firearm owners were more likely than those with no guns at home to binge drink or to drink and drive.
COULD GUNS BE SAFER?
Manufacturers could fix defects to make guns less likely to fire accidentally. Technology could be added so only the owner could fire the weapon (many police officers and others are shot with their own guns).
WHAT ABOUT NEW LAWS?
Controversial, to say the least. Some people want to reinstate the ban that used to exist on assault weapons. Others want to outlaw multiple magazines that allow guns to be fired rapidly and repeatedly. Loopholes could be closed so that felons could not buy guns through private sales (gun shops are barred from selling to them).
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)