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Local researchers develop plan to end gun violence

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Police investigate a scene after a man was shot in both arms while sitting in a car. Police investigate a scene after a man was shot in both arms while sitting in a car.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A group of researchers from St. Louis' leading universities are developing a new initiative to end gun violence.

Researchers from Washington University, St. Louis University, and University of Missouri-St. Louis are partnering on a plan to approach gun violence as a public health crisis epidemic, similar to tobacco use or safe driving.

"We recognize that speeding is an issue, driving under the influence is an issue and that safety of vehicles is an issue and all of those have been tackled to reduce the number of deaths on the roads," said Bill Powderly, director of Washington University's Institute of Public Health.

Sponsors of the initiative know the idea is controversial, but believe by addressing that gun violence as a health problem, society can work together to make the area safer.

A launch event for the gun violence initiative will be held on Tuesday evening at Washington University.

Click here for more information on the Gun Violence Initiative program. 

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