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BU Response to Orlando Shootings

In the wake of the June 12  attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead and another 53 injured—the deadliest mass shooting by a single perpetrator in the nation’s history—Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) launched #Enough, a weeklong video and social media campaign. In a series of four videos, a BUSPH faculty member spoke out about access to guns in the United States and the culture of hate that exists in some segments of society. The campaign followed an editorial by Dr. Sandro Galea, dean of BUSPH and Robert A. Knox Professor, published June 13 in the Boston Globe, titled “After Orlando: Will We Say “Enough”?”

The first video features an overview of the problem by Dr. Galea. In the second video, Dr. Michael Siegel, a BUSPH professor of community health sciences, talks about the lack of data on the ravages of gun violence, and the need for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fund firearm research. In the third video, Ms. Sophie Godley (BUSPH’15), a BUSPH clinical assistant professor of community health sciences, talks about hate speech and discrimination against people in the LGBTQ community, especially people of color. In the final video, Dr. Harold Cox, BUSPH associate dean for public health practice and an associate professor of community health sciences, elicits a Call to Action. That video was accompanied by a list of resources to take action against gun violence.

To view all four videos and to read BUSPH’s previous research on gun violence, go to: http://www.bu.edu/sph/2016/06/17/we-have-to-turn-our-anger-into-action/

To read Dr. Galea’s note on the tragedy in Orlando, go to: http://www.bu.edu/sph/2016/06/19/a-hate-crime-against-lgbt-communities-with-weapons-of-war/

To see the BUSPH list of resources, go to: http://www.bu.edu/sph/2016/06/17/take-action/