The head of the National Rifle Association went public Friday with the group's controversial plan to stop gun violence -- to put an armed guard at every school. But one Bay Area man has much different solution.
Louis Eisenberg, a 31-year-old Facebook engineer, said he has a plan to treat gun violence as a public health epidemic.
Eisenberg is behind one of hundreds of online petitions that have sprung up since the tragedy at sandy hook elementary.
His goal is to force the Centers for Disease Control to study gun violence, something, critics said, it hasn't been able to do because of the NRA.
"There are about 30,000 people who die every year from gun violence, which is actually the same number who die from car crashes, and the CDC spends a lot of money and time researching car crashes and they barely look at guns at all," Eisenberg said.
In an online petition on Change.org, Eisenberg and others are asking the CDC to research and measure the magnitude of gun violence in America.
The NRA successfully lobbied lawmakers to cut CDC funding and outlaw such research on gun control in the 1990s.
"Finally, something so terrible has happened that regular people are saying, we've got to do something," Eisenberg said. "That this is no longer acceptable."
In Washington, protesters interrupted the NRA's news conference.
Eisenberg has yet to hear from the NRA or the CDC about his petition, but he's hopeful it will get someone's attention.
As of Saturday afternoon, Eisenberg's online petition had more than 300 hundred signatures.
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department echoed some of Eisenberg's sentiment, saying it considers violence and injury prevention one of its three local winnable battles.
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