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What Will It Take To Truly Address The Epidemic Of Gun Violence In The US?

John Locher
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Clockwise from left, Gabriela Lopez and her husband Roberto Lopez comfort their children Santi Lopez and Max Lopez during a vigil for victims of Saturday's mass shooting at a shopping complex Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in El Paso, Texas.

On this edition of  Your Call, we’ll discuss the recent mass shootings in Gilroy, CA, El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH which all happened within just over a week of each other. Thirty-four people were killed and dozens more were injured. 

In that same week, there were 10 other shootings around the country, including in Washington DC, Chicago, and New York. There have been more mass shootings in America than days so far in 2019 — 255 total, according to the Gun Violence Archive. What will it take to truly address the epidemic of gun violence in the US?


Kate Cimini, reporter for The Salinas Californian

Jessie Balmert, state government reporter with the Cincinnati Enquirer

Julián Aguilar, reporter for The Texas Tribune

Web Resources:

Salinas Californian: Hundreds gather to mourn Gilroy shooting victims

Cincinnati Inquirer: Dayton shooting: Ohio Gov. DeWine pitches gun, mental health changes. Do they have a chance?

Texas Tribune: Mexican officials say El Paso massacre was terrorism aimed at their citizens — and vow to be part of investigation

NYT Op-Ed: When Hate Came to El Paso

NYT: How Many Mass Shootings in 2019? Last Weekend Underscored the Violence

Vox: America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 16 maps and charts

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.