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Researcher Advocates For Understanding Gun Trauma As 1st Step Toward Preventing Violence

Mourners visit a memorial to those lost in a shooting at a King Soopers grocery store earlier in the week on March 27, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado. (Chet Strange/Getty Images)
Mourners visit a memorial to those lost in a shooting at a King Soopers grocery store earlier in the week on March 27, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado. (Chet Strange/Getty Images)

As the U.S. reels from two mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado, legislators are grappling with what meaningful gun control reform looks like.

Researcher Jennifer Carlson co-wrote in a New York Times op-ed that Americans need to understand gun trauma and its ripple effects in order to treat the public health crisis of gun violence.

Host Peter O’Dowd speaks with Carlson, a sociologist at the University of Arizona, about her research and its impact on policymaking.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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