Local public health experts call for $153,000 gun violence study

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by ANGELA KING / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Local public health experts addressed a joint committee today urging Seattle City Council members to fund a $153,000 study on gun violence.

The study, proposed by Seattle Councilman Tim Burgess, would look at the correlation between substance abuse, mental health diagnoses, gun ownership and gun violence.

"Overall there are about 30,000 people in this country who die from guns every year. In King County, that's about 130 people, or one every three days," said Dr. David Fleming, with Seattle-King County Public Health.

Medical experts said by conducting this study, they could learn more about who's at risk for recurring gun violence. In turn, the research could help doctors develop actual intervention strategies.

In December, the Seattle City Council passed a resolution calling for more gun regulations.

Councilmembers will decide whether to include funding for the study in the quarterly budget legislation sometime in late March.

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