Carbondale residents asked to complete survey about gun violence

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI) – People across the country are searching for answers in the wake of another mass shooting, this time in Texas.

The city of Carbondale is asking residents to complete a survey about gun violence in the community to improve safety.

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale was asked to conduct research to better understand the nature of gun violence happening in the city and to study the drivers or conditions that facilitate the gun violence with hopes of creating a solution and improve safety.

Residents’ knowledge of and experience with gun violence is an important part. All adult residents in Carbondale are asked to take a brief online survey to share their experiences and opinions.

SIUC released a community survey to pinpoint the locations of the most common shootings.

Tammy Kochel, Associate Dean of Health, and Human Sciences, says the survey is just one piece of the information needed to solve gun violence.

”Gun violence takes many, many forms and our solutions also need to take many, many forms and so I think not limiting ourselves to just one option I mean certain political groups are going to focus on one thing versus another but I think we need to have a more comprehensive approach that looks at prevention and intervention and reporting all of those things,” Kochel said.

The survey is limited to Carbondale residents.

Internet access is available at the Carbondale Public Library or residents can complete the survey on your cell phone, tablet, or computer. The survey will take about 8-10 minutes to complete.

Responses are anonymous. They will not collect names or addresses. Only summary statistics will be included in a report to the council.

Participation is voluntary. Survey takers can refuse to answer any question or discontinue the survey at any time without penalty.

Tap here to complete the survey.

Survey takers may refuse to answer any question or discontinue the survey at any time without penalty.

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Dr. Tammy Kochel, Associate Dean in the College of Health and Human Sciences, at tkochel@siu.edu or (618) 453-6371. Leave a voicemail and someone will call you back.

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