Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A “Vaccine” for Violence. December 2019


A “Vaccine” for Violence

In a country rife with gun violence, Philadelphia still stands out. In the past month alone, 12 children have been shot—the youngest just 10 months old.

Increasingly, Philadelphia treats gun violence like a contagion, with several programs to prove it—including a branch of Cure Violence Global at Temple University.

What does that mean in practice? 
  • Prevention—not with vaccines—but with community outreach aimed at de-escalating disputes.
  • Identifying risk factors—like poverty and inadequate education—the same way high blood pressure points to heart disease.
  • Deploying point people with close community ties.
 All that, plus a heavy dose of patience.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

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