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3 gun deaths each day called a Tennessee 'public health crisis'

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- A new report says gun violence in Tennessee is now a “public health crisis.” 

The study by Safe Tennessee Project says, on average, 3.4 Tennesseans die each day due to gun violence. The report says 1246 state residents were killed by gunfire in 2017 alone. The study calls that a new state record and well above the national average.

The report cites federal data noting Tennessee has the 11th highest firearms death rate in the country, the 4th highest number of gun fatalities among children, and the 19th highest incidence of firearms suicide.

The study's authors express confidence that gun deaths are a solvalble problem. They urge state officials to treat firearms violence as a public health issue.

Safe Tennessee Project argues there is precdent for such a public health approach to gun deaths. They note U.S. traffic fatalities have been dramatically reduced in recent years through a combination of public health research and legislation.

Would you like to review the full, 70 page report "TENNESSEE GUN VIOLENCE: An issue of public health and public safety"?