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From what our experts have described, there appears to be a paucity of data that can be used to design appropriate interventions and policy. Admittedly the current cultural and political climate makes gathering data a significant challenge. It seems that large policy changes are increasingly going to be difficult for some time to come.

One of the major tenets of public health intervention is the modification of health belief models. If you wanted to develop a public health intervention focused on firearm safety for a small community what data would you feel to be a priority to collect, such that you could design a successful intervention? What challenges exist to collecting this data today?