Letter: Gun violence warrants CDC study

Regarding the May 6 letter by Evan Vulich “Gun violence not a citywide issue”:

Its author opposes the idea to invite CDC to study gun violence in Cedar Rapids. He lists three reasons: Violence is not an organic disease, the shootings do not take place in the part of the city where he lives, and there is no need to study their causes because he already knows them: The parents of the kids who did the shootings did not teach them how to make right choices.

The author should consider what happens when a person gets shot. A bullet in one’s body is an organic problem. And many bullets in many bodies amount to many organic disorders. This makes the problem an epidemic, which is something the CDC studies.

Since the author does not live in the southeast side of Cedar Rapids, how does he know what parents teach their children in this neighborhood?

Still what he proposes as an explanation of the shootings can be treated as a plausible hypothesis. However, hypotheses need an empirical verification. Which is why we need a CDC study. They have the scientific tools that would enable them to verify Vulich’s hypothesis.

Jozef Figa

Cedar Rapids

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