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Harvard To Host Gun-Violence-As-Health-Crisis Forum

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Guns are displayed at a gun show held by Westchester Collectors Inc. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Jan. 5, 2013 in Stamford, Conn. (credit: Christopher Capozziello/Getty Images)

Guns are displayed at a gun show held by Westchester Collectors Inc. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Jan. 5, 2013 in Stamford, Conn. (credit: Christopher Capozziello/Getty Images)

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University is hosting a discussion on gun violence as a public health crisis after a gunman killed his mother before he gunned down 20 children and six educators at a Connecticut elementary school.

The Harvard School of Public Health forum comes after the Dec. 14 killings in Newtown that ended when the assailant committed suicide as police arrived.

The rampage prompted President Barack Obama to form a team tasked with coming up with “concrete proposals” to curb gun violence.

Organizers of the Harvard discussion say the U.S. witnessed an alarming string of mass shootings last year.

Tuesday’s discussion will investigate the legal, political and public health factors that could influence future efforts to prevent such massacres.

Participants will include constitutional law, health policy, child psychiatry and public policy experts.

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