American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine Chief Research Officer Megan Ranney, MD, MPH, and Society of Behavioral Medicine President Sherry Pagoto, PhD co-hosted another installment of our #PWChat series on Tuesday, December 4. The topic focused on gun safety, and specifically: thoughts about calling gun violence a “public health” problem; whether this is or is not helpful, and why; the extent to which “gun violence” is similar or different from suicide prevention or assault prevention; the most important research questions to tackle in this area, as little progress has been made in gun violence research, and much more!

Below are the highlights from the chat. You can read the full transcript here, by scrolling down to the corresponding responses.

Click here for a look at our #PWChat schedule and recaps.


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