According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States is experiencing its highest levels of gun violence since the late 1960s. The rate of gun violence in the United States causes our nation to stand out amongst other developed countries who experience significantly fewer gun deaths and firearm injuries. Most forms of gun violence are preventable, and the impact of gun violence and strategies to reduce gun violence should be considered a paramount interest in our public health research communities. That's why Project Longevity joined gun violence prevention champion Congresswoman Rose Delauro along with CT Against Gun Violence, the Newtown Action Alliance, Yale-New Haven Hospital and the University of New Haven to advocate for $50 million in research funding to support the CDC and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research the issue of gun violence.
Project LONgevity Director Brent Peterkin discussed potential research efforts targeting the myriad forms of gun violence and how they might be preventable and studied. Click here for news coverage and click here for a recording of the entire press conference.