My latest Forbes piece is now up: “No, Gun Violence Is Not a ‘Public Health’ Issue“.
I discuss 4 reasons we shouldn’t frame “gun violence” as a “public health” issue, including:
1) Gun violence is not an “epidemic”, except in a metaphorical sense.
2) If “public health” includes “gun violence”, then intellectual fairness demands that we consider pro-gun arguments as well as anti-gun arguments.
3) Expanding “public health” to include “gun violence” diverts us from genuine public health threats.
4) Guns are not the doctor’s “natural enemy.”
Although I think gun crime should not be shoehorned into the category “public health”, I recognize that others may disagree. In that case, lives saved by allowing concealed carry should be just as much of the “public health” discussion as lives lost to gun violence.
For more details on each of the four points above, see the full text of “No, Gun Violence Is Not a ‘Public Health’ Issue“.