Groups rally around the country, including Columbus, against gun violence
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- The battle over gun rights reemerged with more than 100 rallies against gun violence spread out around the nation. The rallies were sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
In Columbus, trauma surgeons joined with first responders to talk about what they are seeing. Dr. John Groner, a trauma surgeon at Nationwide Children's Hospital, says most of the victims he sees were shot by other children or relatives, not criminals.
"For us guns are really not different than swimming pools and bicycles, ATVs, and even prescription drugs. All of these things cause injury and death and our job is to try and figure out how to prevent that," he said.
Groner says the first step to reducing gun violence is universal background checks. A Quinnipiac Poll released earlier this month found 90 percent of Ohioans, including 86 percent who identified themselves as a gun owner, support expanded background checks on gun purchases.
"This is a public health issue, not a constitutional issue," he said.
There are more regulations on microwave ovens than hand guns, according to Groner.
David Keseg, medical director for the Columbus Division of Fire, says over the past five years, local hospitals have treated more than 1,900 Franklin County residents for gunshot wounds. More than 1,400 of these incidents were intentional shootings.
He points out that in states where there are mandatory background checks, gun trafficking is 48 percent lower than in states where that is not the case.
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