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  • Anthony Fauci said Sunday, amid a wave of mass shootings, that gun violence is a public health issue.
  • There have been 50 mass shootings in the U.S. since March 16, when a gunman opened fire at three spas in the Atlanta area.
  • At least 150 mass shootings have occurred in 2021, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive.

Anthony Fauci said Sunday, amid a wave of mass shootings, that gun violence is a public health issue. 

When asked on CNN’s State of the Union if the surge of gun violence occurring across the U.S. is a health crisis, Fauci said that designation is the most appropriate description. 

"When you see people getting killed, I mean, in this last month, it's just been horrifying what's happened. How can you say that's not a public health issue?" Fauci said.

There have been 50 mass shootings in the U.S. since March 16 when a gunman opened fire at three spas in the Atlanta area, CNN reported. At least 150 mass shootings have occurred in 2021, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.


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President Biden released a statement after a shooting at an Indiana FedEx facility last week, saying he is urging Congress to “hear the call of the American people” and “enact commonsense gun violence prevention legislation.” 

"Too many Americans are dying every single day from gun violence,” Biden said. “It stains our character and pierces the very soul of our nation.

"We can, and must, do more to act and to save lives."

Megan Ranney, an emergency physician and associate dean of strategy and innovation at the School of Public Health at Brown University, wrote in a piece for Time in March that deaths resulting from gun violence are preventable and should be treated as a matter of public health rather than a political issue. 

“It’s time to flip the narrative. These mass shootings, and the 1000s of daily tragedies behind them, are not inevitable,” Ranney wrote. “We can reduce gun deaths, just like we did for cars, by acknowledging that firearm injury is, at its root, a health problem—and that solutions are within reach.”


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Published on Apr 19, 2021