Despite Political Obstacles APA Provides Gun Violence Prevention Resources | Building Background Knowledge
July 25, 2016
On the Gun Violence Prevention page on its site, the American Psychological Association ("APA") admits funstration at political obstructionism in the face of a public health menace.
The page provides access to a wealth of important information including research on gun violence, things that each of us can do to prevent gun violence and a section on APA Offices and Programs.
However, like many other public health organizations the APA has been frustrated in their work on this issue by "political opposition".
In an introduction to the resources on the page, the APA states:
"Gun violence affects society in many ways, including higher medical costs, reductions in quality of life because of fear of gun violence and stresses on the criminal justice system. The United States has the highest rate of gun-related injuries among developed countries, as well as the highest rate of gun ownership. Psychologists and other public health scientists are working to develop effective methods to reduce gun violence, but political opposition has created barriers to government support for research."