A Case Western Reserve University professor is joining an interdisciplinary group of 19 experts in academia from around the country speaking out against gun violence.
Daniel J. Flannery, a professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, is part of a national call-to-action list with a goal of preventing school and community violence.
The group issued a statement in the aftermath of the recent mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, leaving 17 students and teachers dead and reigniting the discussion about gun control in America.
The team noted that “a focus on simply preparing for shootings is insufficient,” and that the nation needs a change in policy transitioning “from reaction to prevention.”
That’s the whole idea behind the Mandel School’s Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, where Flannery is the director.
“We need a comprehensive public-health approach to gun violence that is informed by scientific evidence and free from partisan politics,” he said.
Public-health approach to preventing gun violence
Flannery, who’s the Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun professor at the Mandel School, said that a public-health approach to protecting children as well as adults from gun violence involves three levels of prevention:
Universal approaches promoting safety and well-being for everyone;
Practices for reducing risk and promoting protective factors for persons experiencing difficulties;
Interventions for individuals where violence is present or appears imminent.
The others participating in the Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence are:
Ron Avi Astor, University of Southern California
George Bear, University of Delaware
Catherine Bradshaw, University of Virginia
Dewey Cornell, University of Virginia
Dorothy Espelage, University of Florida
Michael J. Furlong, University of California, Santa Barbara
Nancy Guerra, University of California, Irvine
Robert Jagers, University of Michigan
Shane Jimerson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Matthew Mayer, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Maury Nation, Vanderbilt University
Amanda Nickerson, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Pedro Noguera, University of California, Los Angeles
David Osher, Takoma Park, MD
Russell Skiba, Indiana University
George Sugai, University of Connecticut
Daniel Webster, Johns Hopkins University
Mark Weist, University of South Carolina
“We contend that well-executed laws can reduce gun violence while protecting all Constitutional rights,” Flannery said. “It’s time for federal and state authorities to take immediate action to enact these proposals and provide adequate resources for effective implementation. We’re calling on law enforcement, mental health and educational agencies to begin actions supporting these prevention efforts.”