News of mass shootings and participating in active shooter trainings in schools, workplaces and public venues have become part of everyday American life. But, rather than getting used to mass shootings, what can we do to stop them?
Garen Wintemute, champion for the Center for Violence Prevention Research Big Idea, will speak at "Firearm Violence: The Science of What Clinicians Can Do" on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1222 Education Building, Sacramento Campus.
Garen Wintemute, the director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at University of California, Davis, said that it will take more than universal background checks and extreme risk protection orders to prevent future mass shootings.
According to Dr. Garen Wintemute, champion of the Center for Violence Prevention Research Big Idea, closing the private sales loophole would make it more difficult for criminals to avoid creating a paper trail or for a prohibit a banned person from buying a firearm.
Researchers have found a link between a spike in handgun purchases that took place following the Sandy Hook shooting and the re-election of President Barack Obama, and injuries caused by firearms in California.
“Over and over again, from the records, what we saw is that law enforcement was able to intervene and remove firearms because they got a tip,” UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program director and Center for Violence Prevention Research champion Dr. Garen Wintemute said.
University of California-Davis medical school researchers published a study examining 21 cases in which gun violence restraining orders were obtained through the courts because of potential mass shooting threats. Lead author was Garen Wintemute, champion of the Center for Violence Prevention Research Big Idea.