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Youth Violence Endemic to Milwaukee

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Gun violence reached epidemic proportions in Milwaukee in the 1990s. Today, it is endemic --woven into the fabric of everyday life. That's according to researcher and physician Dr. Steven Hargerten of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Hargarten views youth homicide, especially among minority males, as a disease.

He says therefore the community should use a public health approach for preventing it. That means working to pinpoint the causes of violence and its potential victims.