Gun violence prevention experts research mass shootings and how to stop them

Gun violence prevention experts research mass shootings and how to stop them.

Gun violence prevention experts, mass shootings

In January alone, there have been 39 mass shootings in the U.S. that have left as many as 69 dead. Two of them this week happened in California — in Half Moon Bay and Monterey Park.

Daniel Webster is the director of the Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has been studying gun violence for 30 years.

"Each of these hit me. Im a researcher and scholar, so Im trying to study this from an intellectual perspective, but it hurts the soul as well," Webster said. "These mass shootings have a ripple effect through much, much bigger than just the number of individuals who are shot or killed. It leaves us fearful it changes our lifestyle and robs us of freedoms in our society."

Webster said people are left feeling helpless, believing theres nothing that can be done about one of the most important public safety problems the nation faces. So, whats the most effective way to stop mass shootings?

"What our research shows is requiring individuals who purchase firearms to be licensed, that means going directly to law enforcement to be vetted fingerprinted with some safety training requirements," Webster said.

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