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Webinar Series on Emerging Research in Gun Violence Prevention

In August 2020, we launched a new monthly virtual webinar series highlighting emerging research on gun violence through the Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform Program. Each webinar is free and open to the public, join the mailing list to receive invitations for future webinars in this series.

The series builds on the Joyce Foundation’s long history of funding research on gun violence with new data and the latest findings on emerging topics, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gun violence. See our 25 Years of Impactful Grant Making report to learn more about the Foundation's Gun Violence Prevention work.

The recordings of all the past webinars are available below:

  1. Pandemic Gun Violence Trends
  2. Community-based Gun Violence
  3. Firearm Suicide: New Data on Trends and Risk
  4. Are Firearms Licensing Laws key for effective background check policies?
  5. The State of Gun Violence Research – Past, Present and Future
  6. Emerging Research on Stand Your Ground Policies
  7. Criminal Justice Responses to Illegal Gun Possession

Check back for new recordings each month.

1. Pandemic Gun Violence Trends

August 2020 - Dr. Garen Wintemute, the Baker-Teret Chair in Violence Prevention at the University of California, Davis, and Julia Schleimer, Research Data Analyst with the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis discussed new research released in July on gun violence trends during the COVID-19 pandemic, which found that the surge in firearm purchases during the pandemic is linked to higher rates of firearm violence in the U.S.

The slideshow presented by Julia Schleimer can be found here.


2. Community-based Gun Violence

September 2020 - Thomas Abt, author of Bleeding Out and Senior Fellow at the Council on Criminal Justice, and Eddie Bocanegra, senior director of the Heartland Alliance, shared research on efforts to stop violence in our cities and how that research plays out on the ground.


3. Firearm Suicide: New Data on Trends and Risk

October 2020 - Dr. Arielle Sheftall, of Nationwide Children's Hospital, discusses trends in suicide rates, and David Studdert, of Stanford University, discussed the increased suicide risk associated with handgun ownership, drawing from research findings released this summer in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Links to the slideshow presentations:


4. Are Firearms Licensing Laws key for effective background check policies?

November 2020 - Daniel Webster and Cass Crifasi, both of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy, discuss how the design and implementation of firearms background checks policies matter by drawing from their new research released this summer in the American Journal of Public Health that compares changes in purchaser licensing laws in CT and MO with comprehensive background checks laws in MD and PA.

The slideshow presented can be viewed here.

The Polling Memo: Key Findings on Public Support for Firearms Licensing mentioned during the webinar can be viewed here.


5. The State of Gun Violence Research – Past, Present and Future

January 2021 - Featuring guest speakers Catherine Barber, MPA, Senior researcher, Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Research Center; Shani Buggs, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis; and April M. Zeoli, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University.

Speakers shared their perspectives on key issues in gun violence prevention research, including domestic violence, community-based gun violence, and firearm suicide.

The Next 100 Questions: A Research Agenda for Ending Gun Violence report discussed in the webinar can be viewed here.


6. Emerging Research on Stand Your Ground Policies

February 2021 - Dr. David K. Humphreys and Dr. Michelle Degli Esposti discussed their new research on states that have enacted Stand Your Ground policies and demonstrated this policy’s impact on physical injury, violence and crime in those jurisdictions.

The slideshow presented can be viewed here.

To learn more about the Stand Your Ground Research Project, click here.


7. Criminal Justice Responses to Illegal Gun Possession


March 2021 – Featuring speakers: Dr. David Hureau, Dr. David E. Olson, Dr. Theodore Wilson, II.

There is a robust debate underway about the appropriate role of the criminal legal system and its response to gun violence. Concerns about over policing and over incarceration in communities of color are grounded in the lived experience of many Americans. At the same time, data about the system’s response to gun crime is not readily understood or available.

During this webinar, the speakers presented and answered questions on new research on the criminal justice system’s response to gun crime in Illinois and New York.

The slideshow presented can be viewed here.

Learn more on Illinois data here:


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