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Preventing Gun Violence

Honoring Those We Have Lost

Join us and together we can end gun violence

Gun Policy Reforms In America

Gun Policy Reforms In America

Strengthening the nation’s response to gun violence.

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Gun Violence Prevention Program

Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Public Policies


Program History

Each year nearly 100,000 people are shot in the U.S., and nearly 30,000 of them die. The Joyce Foundation seeks sound, research-based strategies to reduce this toll. Starting with a prototype at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the 1990s, the Foundation helped establish a central database, the National Violent Death Reporting System, now a project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it has funded research exploring the relationship between guns and such problems as suicide, domestic violence, and risks to children.

Joyce has supported policy and advocacy by state groups, physicians, and law enforcement groups, and litigation strategies to defend existing gun laws in the wake of the Supreme Court Heller decision. Research shows that most Americans, including most gun-owners, favor reasonable laws to keep firearms away from criminals, domestic abusers, and people with mental illness, but the “gun rights” drumbeat has drowned out such common-sense approaches. The Foundation is continuing its work to educate the public, policy makers and the media about the toll of gun violence in American communities and potential solutions.

Latest News From The Gun Violence Prevention Program


Statement on Oregon Mass Shooting

Once again, the easy availability of guns in America has led to a terrible and senseless mass shooting. How many deaths must we endure without taking action...


A statement by Ellen Alberding, President of the Joyce Foundation, on the tragedy in Charleston

Our deep condolences go out to the victims of the families affected by the horrible tragedy in Charleston. All of us here at the Joyce Foundation stand...


Joyce Foundation Approves 45 Grants

On April 21, 2015 the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors approved 45 grants spanning 7 programmatic priorities.


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