Public Education and Engagement
Gun Violence Prevention Strategy: Public Education and Engagement to Achieve Stronger Gun Laws
Goal: Gun laws in the U.S. allow for easy access to an unlimited number of almost any type of firearm, by virtually anyone. A growing body of research shows that strong gun laws correspond with lower rates of gun crime and violence. The Joyce Foundation supports efforts at the local, state and national levels to build awareness about the problem of gun violence in America, and to educate the public, policy makers and the media about common-sense policies that improve public health and safety.
Theory of Change: Building public awareness can spur engagement by gun violence prevention supporters, and can help ensure that public policy is better aligned with public opinion.
The Joyce Approach
Support outreach to law enforcement and community organizations, and to those most impacted by gun violence.
Encourage state-based efforts in the Great Lakes region to educate the public about effective gun violence prevention policies.
Support training for journalists and nonprofit journalism on gun violence and gun policy issues.
Latest News From The Gun Violence Prevention Program
10/28/2014 2:12:00 PM
Citing new statistics that police gun deaths have increased 64% since last year, law enforcement calls for background checks for every gun purchase.
9/18/2014 11:34:00 AM
Ellen Alberding encourages Chicago leaders to make it possible for all voices to be heard in the most powerful way possible.
9/17/2014 9:30:00 AM
It is also critical that lawmakers put in place policies that make it more difficult for persons at greatest risk of violence to gain access to a firearm...