Gun Violence and Trauma: A Public Health Response


Los Angeles Town Hall Meeting

May 5, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Feminist Majority Foundation
433 S. Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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The Los Angeles Town Hall meeting on gun violence and trauma brings an important conversation to the West Coast. Gun violence impacts not only the lives of those physically harmed by its devastation, but also families, schools, places of worship, first-responders, police, and so many more. Increasingly, gun violence touches more lives than ever before. On an average day in the United States, seven teens and children will die from gun violence. However, 40 children and teens will be shot on any given day and somehow survive. Overall, nearly 100 people per day die in the U.S. from gun violence. In fact, more people die in the U.S. from gun wounds inflicted by toddlers than terrorists on U.S. soil. Female victims of domestic violence are more likely to be murdered if there is a gun in the home. What can be done to stem the tide of gun violence? How should lawmakers respond? How should society address the trauma resulting from gun violence?

Co-Sponsored by the UCI Law Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy and the California Women's Law Center.


  • Professor Michele Goodwin

    Chancellor's Professor of Law
    University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • Professor Jody David Armour

    Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law
    University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  • Dr. Patricia Jones Blessman

    Clinical Psychologist
    Expert on child trauma
  • Dr. Melissa Brymer

    University of California, Los Angeles Trauma Psychiatry Program

    Director of Terrorism and Disaster Programs
    UCLA–Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

  • Alex M. Johnson

    Managing Director
    Californians for Safety and Justice
    Vice-President, Los Angeles County Board of Education
  • L. Debbie Murad

    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
  • Professor Lawrence Rosenthal

    Professor of Law
    Expert on Gun Control
    Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Chapman University