6 Ways to Reduce Gun Violence in America

Gun violence in the United States is a public health crisis. It goes beyond the mass shootings that grab the nation’s attention. Every day, gun violence takes lives from communities all across the country in the form of suicides,... Read more
Gun violence in the United States is a public health crisis. It goes beyond the mass shootings that grab the nation’s attention. Every day, gun violence takes lives from communities all across the country in the form of suicides, unintentional shootings, and interpersonal conflicts that become fatal due to easy access to guns. In this country, an average of 35,000 people are killed with guns every year—96 each day. Read less
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Miguel Rodriguez for Center for American Progress

March 28, 2018

Enable the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Research Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue.  In 1996, congressional allies of the gun lobby added a rider to the CDC budget that prevented the agency from spending any funds to “advocate or promote gun control.” At the same time, Congress reduced the... Read more

March 28, 2018

Enable the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Research Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue.  In 1996, congressional allies of the gun lobby added a rider to the CDC budget that prevented the agency from spending any funds to “advocate or promote gun control.” At the same time, Congress reduced the funding appropriated to the CDC by $2.6 million—the exact amount that the CDC spent on gun violence research the previous year. In 2011, a similar rider was added to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget.

The original author of this restriction—former Rep. Jay Dickey (R-AR)— publicly changed his mind about the rider that bears his name and urged Congress to resume public health research on gun violence. More than 100 medical organizations have called on Congress to restore funding for this research.

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Center for American Progress

March 28, 2018

Support Local Violence Prevention and Intervention Programs.  Strengthening the nation’s gun laws is only one part of the solution; in order to reduce gun violence, it is also necessary to invest in evidence-based violence reduction strategies that engage all community stakeholders. Programmatic models such as... Read more

March 28, 2018

Support Local Violence Prevention and Intervention Programs.  Strengthening the nation’s gun laws is only one part of the solution; in order to reduce gun violence, it is also necessary to invest in evidence-based violence reduction strategies that engage all community stakeholders. Programmatic models such as Group Violence Intervention, Cure Violence, and Hospital-based Violence Intervention have proven to be successful at reducing violence in many communities.

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Center for American Progress

March 28, 2018

Make Extreme Risk Protection Orders Available in Every State.  An extreme risk protection order is a civil remedy that allows family members or law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms from a person who poses an imminent risk of harm to their self or others. For the duration of the... Read more

March 28, 2018

Make Extreme Risk Protection Orders Available in Every State.  An extreme risk protection order is a civil remedy that allows family members or law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms from a person who poses an imminent risk of harm to their self or others. For the duration of the protection order, the individual is also prohibited from buying new guns.

An analysis of Connecticut’s ERPO-style law—called risk warrants—found that it was highly effective at identifying individuals who were at the highest risk for suicide and had access to guns. Researchers found that individuals subject to risk warrants were 40 times more likely to die by suicide and that for every 10 to 20 orders issued, one life is saved. In 99 percent of cases where a risk warrant was issued, police officers found at least one gun and removed an average of seven guns per individual.

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