Experts say gun violence is public health crisis

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Experts have reportedly told Kentucky lawmakers that gun violence needs to be addressed as a public health crisis.

According to Kentucky Public Radio, a legislative committee heard testimony on Wednesday about how gun violence impacts young people.

Since the shooting in Marshall County earlier this year, lawmakers have considered many different pieces of legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.

The only one that passed encourages more law enforcement in schools.

Governor Matt Bevin said he thinks parents should be responsible for locking up guns when they have children in the house, but he wouldn’t say whether he thought that should be mandated by law.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, firearm-related injuries are the third leading cause of death in children between ages 1 and 17.

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(This story was originally published July 19, 2018)

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