Ga. A senator and a public health researcher discuss gun safety and combating gun violence

Governor Brian Kemp recently announced his support for the Second Amendment and supporting legislation that would allow Georgians to carry handguns in public without a permit.

All of this comes as data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that Georgia has the 14th highest rate of gun deaths in the nation.

On Monday’s special edition of “Closer Look,” program host Rose Scott spoke with State Senator Sally Harrell and Mark L. Rosenberg, physician and public health researcher, president and chief executive officer. leadership of the global health task force on gun violence. and gun safety.

First, Harrell discussed the Senate Bill 344. The bill seeks to require Georgians wishing to purchase a handgun to enroll in a gun safety training course, among a series of other requirements.

Harrell further discussed the ongoing challenge of garnering bipartisan support from Republican lawmakers for gun safety legislation.

“I had bipartisan support, but when the governor announced his postponement without a permit, that support disappeared,” Harrell said.

Rosenberg addressed several topics, including the unfair position of lawmakers when making decisions about gun legislation. He also explained what makes gun violence a public health issue and highlighted the importance of using research to combat gun violence.

“We know that more guns in the state lead to more deaths, we know that,” Rosenberg said. “We don’t know if more people carrying guns will save lives and prevent attacks. We do not know it. The thing is, we can find out.

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