April 16, 2007 started out like any other day for college student Colin Goddard. The senior International Studies major woke up that morning, picked up a friend on his way to Virginia Tech and made his way to his 9 a.m. French class in Norris Hall. But roughly halfway through the lecture, everything changed. A lone gunman burst through the door and opened fire.
Last week, The Trace spoke with sociologist Jooyoung Lee, who documents the myriad psychological and physical wounds endured by gunshot survivors. Many of the victims featured in Lee’s work would (or should) have been treated at a medical facility called a trauma center. Unlike conventional emergency rooms, Level 1 trauma centers are uniquely equipped to deal with critically injured patients, with highly-trained rapid-response teams —including surgeons — on call 24 hours a day. When a gunshot victim enters a Level 1 trauma center, his chances of survival increase by 25 percent.
A program to educate youth on gun violence is receiving a lot of recognition. The program is called “Educating Kids About Gun Violence” or “EKG” for short.