The University of Michigan will launch an initiative that encourages and coordinates research across disciplines to develop new knowledge and data on firearm violence, a public health problem that causes about 100 deaths per day across the United States.
U-M researchers in fields such as public health, medicine, social sciences, engineering, public policy and the arts will be able to work together to formulate and answer critical questions about firearm injury prevention, while respecting the Second Amendment rights of gun owners.
The university is also appointing an external stakeholder committee to ensure a diversity of perspectives beyond academia, including national representation from gun owners, faith-based and K-12 leadership, law enforcement, rural and urban community groups, firearm violence survivors and families. This type of collaborative approach is essential, as firearm-related injuries resulted in nearly 40,000 deaths across the U.S. in 2017.
“We are working to decrease firearm injuries, and there’s a very good precedent across injury prevention science that we can decrease those injuries without limiting the number of firearms, all while respecting Second Amendment rights,” said Dr. Rebecca Cunningham, interim vice president for research at the University of Michigan and professor of emergency medicine in the U-M Department of Emergency Medicine and health behavior and health education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on October 25