The greatest public health crisis according to the surgeon general isn’t cancer or heart disease. It’s isolation – isolation and the effects from being socially disconnected.

“We have to ask ourselves, what causes people to have so much anger in themselves that they visit it upon other people in the form of violence. When we look at that we realize we have a great degree of isolation and frustration in our country.”

Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has called gun violence in the United States a public health issue. He says more funding and research is needed to get at the root causes of gun violence.

In 1996, Congress banned the Center for Disease Control from allowing funds to be used for research on gun violence. The ban was instated after the National Rifle Association accused the CDC of lobbying for gun control using government funds.

Watch our video for more of Dr. Murthy’s perspective on gun violence in America and our social disconnect.

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