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      Gun Violence

      “As our nation has this very intense debate over how best to make our communities safer and reduce the carnage that occurs from firearms, we’ve given you some policies that will work and how we can move this nation forward.” -- APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD

      Watch our forum: Policies that Work to Prevent Gun Violence 


      Slides from the forum (PDF): Introduction and Overview, Panel 1, Panel 2

      Read about the forum in this article from The Nation's Health

      Share our fact sheet about gun violence and prevention (PDF)

      APHA Action Alerts:

      Spread the word: add your comment to our thought bubble, take a photo with your sign and share it on social media. #stopgunviolence

      A Public Health Approach to Gun Violence Prevention: Your 2020 Action Plan (webinar for APHA members)

      Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S. Guns kill more than 38,000 people and cause nearly 85,000 injuries each year. As a longtime advocate for violence prevention policies, APHA recognizes a comprehensive public health approach to addressing this growing crisis is necessary.

      The issue of gun violence is complex and deeply rooted in our culture, which is why we must take a public health approach to ensuring our families and communities are safe. We must place a renewed emphasis on improving gun injury and violence research.

      If you are interested in a sample op-ed, letter to the editor or technical support to help reach your local media, please contact APHA Media Relations.


      From The Nation's Health: Federal funding for gun violence prevention research sparks hope

      APHA President Pam Aaltonen: Progress on gun violence prevention constrained by unanswered questions (The Nation's Health)

      Webinar for APHA members: Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue 

      Fact sheet: Who Gets Killed in America? The National Violent Death Reporting System is Keeping Track (PDF)

      Troisi, Williams: Public health approach can stem gun violence (PDF, Houston Chronicle)

      "Gun Violence is an epidemic. It is time for a public health response" (editorial in The Guardian by APHA's Georges Benjamin) 

      Diagnosis: gun deaths and injuries are a public health issue (editorial by APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, and Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence President Dan Gross)

      The rate of gun-related murders fell sharply in the 10 years after Connecticut implemented a law requiring people buying firearms to have a license, according to a study (CNN article based on American Journal of Public Health study findings)

      Community preparedness resources for active shooter incidents (NACCHO)

      AJPH Gun Violence Articles

      Gun violence topics page (a collection of open access AJPH  research related to gun violence)

      Academic Public Health and the Firearm Crisis: An Agenda for Action

      Association between Connecticut Permit-to-Permit Handgun Law and Homicide

      The Association between State Laws Regulating Handgun Ownership and Statewide Suicide Rates

      Primary Care, Behavioral Health, and Public Health: Partners in Reducing Mental Health Stigma

      Suicide, Guns, and Public Policy

      The Relationship Between Gun Ownership and Firearm Homicide Rates in the United States, 1981–2010.

      Mental Illness Stigma, Help Seeking, and Public Health Programs.

      The Role of Pain, Functioning, and Mental Health Suicidality Among Veterans Affairs Primary Care Patients

      To Flourish or Not: Positive Mental Health and All-Cause Mortality

      Suicide Risk and Precipitating Circumstances Among Young, Middle-Aged, and Older Male Veterans.

      Availability of Litigation as a Public Health Tool for Firearm Injury Prevention: Comparison of Guns, Vaccines, and Motor Vehicles

      Investigating the Link Between Gun Possession and Gun Assault

       Mental Health Promotion as a New Goal in Public Mental Health Care: A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Intervention Enhancing Psychological Flexibility

      Mental Health Promotion in a Reformed Health Care System

      Reduced Mortality Among Department of Veterans Affairs Patients With Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder Lost to Follow-Up and Engaged in Active Outreach to Return for Care.

      Prevalence of Perceived Stress and Mental Health Indicators Among Reserve-Component and Active-Duty Military Personnel

      Patterns of Treatment Utilization Before Suicide Among Male Veterans With Substance Use Disorders

      Lessons Learned From Mental Health Enhancement and Suicide Prevention Activities in the Veterans Health Administration

      Fact Sheets, Letters, Testimony and APHA News Releases

      APHA gun violence fact sheet (PDF, updated March 2018)

      APHA mourns gun violence victims, calls for immediate action (news release)

      APHA letter to the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (PDF)

      Letters to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders urging $50 million for CDC to research firearm morbidity and mortality prevention (PDF)

      APHA letter to Secretary Pompeo and Attorney General Sessions opposing the recent settlement that would allow for the publishing on the internet of blueprints for printing 3D guns (PDF)

      Health organization letters to the Senate and House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee leaders urging Congress to provide federal funding to the CDC to conduct public health research into firearm morbidity and mortality prevention (PDF)

      Letters from 75 public health, medical and research organization to the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives urging action on comprehensive legislative solutions to firearm-related injuries and fatalities (PDF)

      The violence must end: APHA statement on mass shooting in Southern California

      APHA grieves mass shooting in Pittsburgh, an unconscionable act of violence and hate

      APHA mourns Las Vegas gun violence tragedy

      Letter opposing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (PDF)

      Letters to the House and Senate in support of comprehensive legislative solutions to firearm-related injuries and deaths (PDF)

      Letter opposing the Sportsman Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (PDF)

      The Nation's Health
      APHA Policy Statements
      Violence Prevention Advocacy Organizations

      David Hemenway

      Private Guns, Public Health

      While We Were Sleeping: Success Stories in Injury and Violence Prevention

      Johns Hopkins University Press

      Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis (edited by Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick)

      National Academies Press

      Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review (Authors: Charles F. Wellford, John V. Pepper, and Carol V. Petrie)

      Public Health Newswire

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      Research is Key

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      How Gun Violence Impacts Teens

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      The Tipping Point

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      Cure Violence

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