In the wake of the June 12, 2016, attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead and another 53 injured—the worst mass shooting in modern US history—Boston University’s School of Public Health (SPH) has launched Enough, a video and social media campaign consisting of four videos and two editorials. In each, a faculty member speaks out about access to guns in the United States and the culture of hate that exists in some segments of society.
The campaign began with an editorial by Sandro Galea, dean of SPH and Robert A. Knox Professor, published on June 12 in the Boston Globe and republished on BU Today, titled “After Orlando: Will We Say “Enough”?”
The first video features an overview of the problem by Galea. In the second video, Michael Siegel, an SPH 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, Sophie Godley (SPH’15), an SPH 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, Harold Cox, SPH associate dean for public health practice and an associate professor of community health sciences, elicits a Call to Action. In the final editorial, Siegel makes the point that gun control legislation can have different effects on white and black communities.
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View five recent School of Public Health gun research studies: Three State Laws Identified That Can Reduce Gun Deaths; Firearm Ownership Closely Tied to Suicide Rates; Link Between Gun Ownership Rates and Murders of Women; Restrictive Gun Control Policies Lower Youth Gun Carrying; Higher Gun Ownership Rates Linked to Increase in Non-Stranger Homicide, BU Study Finds.