Gun Violence

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

APHA Action Alert: Tell your senators to support universal background checks for all gun sales

APHA's Program to Improve Graduation fosters creative ways to engage youth as partners for change. Here's what students at Omaha Northwest High Magnet School created in response to gun violence in America:

Creative Director: James “Jimmy” Watkins, Video Production: Project Raw; Khabeer Saalam

Open-access American Journal of Public Health research on gun violence

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

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.

APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, talks about why Congress needs to enable the CDC to research gun violence as a public health issue:

 

MORE ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

(The Nation's Health)

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

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)

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 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)

APHA: We can build violence-free communities

Letter to the U.S. Senate supporting key amendments to reduce gun violence (PDF)

Over 100 medical and public health groups call for federal gun research (PDF)

APHA mourns Orlando shootings, epidemic of gun violence 

APHA supports executive actions to reduce gun violence 

APHA statement submitted for the record to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights regarding proposals to reduce gun violence (PDF)

Letter urging an end to the federal ban on gun violence research (PDF)

The Nation's Health
APHA Policy Statements
Research/Data
Useful Links & Resources, White House and Executive Agencies
Violence Prevention Advocacy Organizations
Publications

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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