I got into some trouble for saying gun violence is a public health issue. A little bit of trouble. But you know, I was stating what I think is the obvious, and I think most people in the country understand, which is that far too many people die from gun violence. And in my book, every single death from gun violence is a tragedy because it was preventable. It’s unacceptable.
-- "Surgeon General", via Joe at joehuffman
You must understand, there are various gradations of "Public Health", mostly determined by the actions of the the victim!
Minor example: if you don't brush your teeth for years, you're a skuzz and you get a lot of dental issues.
If you don't go for an annual check-up from your doctor, minor infections can become major illness.
And if you don't prepare to defend yourself against violent criminals, you are a a possible victim of homicide.
Oh, Wow! That's a HUGE step beyond Halitosis and Skin disease!
Strangely, many of us are more concerned with relatively 'minor' infections, and completely oblivious to violent attacks. You got to ask yourself ... if the risks of all three threats are roughly similar possibilities, why don't more of us go for semi-annual checkups, brush daily, and carry daily?
The answer is that brushing your teeth is easy to do and socially acceptable; annual medical check-ups are just "a reasonable thing to do: because we're all subject to communicable diseases;
But being attacked by a violent predator?
Gee ... you must be PARANOID!
I'm kind of hoping that someone will compare the rate of Gingivitis annually, vs violent assault.
Considering the consequences of each, I'm still willing to bet Big Money that more Americans brush daily, compared to those who regularly carry means of physical defense against assault.
So, what's it going to be?
Brush every day?
Carry every day?
Why can't you do both?