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Should Gun Violence Be Treated As A Public Health Issue?07:56
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 file photo, a customer checks out a shotgun at Burdett & Son Outdoor Adventure Shop in College Station, Texas. (Pat Sullivan/AP)
In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 file photo, a customer checks out a shotgun at Burdett & Son Outdoor Adventure Shop in College Station, Texas. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

In the U.S., guns kill more than 30,000 people every year. That's 85 people a day killed in homicides, suicides and gun-related accidents. Think about those numbers in the wake of the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26 people. Tragic as it was, 26 dead represent fewer gun deaths than the daily U.S. average.

As we know, Newtown has sparked a new debate about gun control, but some say it's time to approach guns as a public health issue — like smoking or automobile safety.

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This segment aired on January 7, 2013.

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