Gun Violence Prevention
Research confirms that easy access to guns is a risk factor for violence, and more specifically, that easy access to guns increases the risk of homicide, suicide and accidental shootings. The availability of guns increases the risk to women who are abused by their partners, leads to more deadly encounters between police and community members, and contributes to the threat of violent extremism. Nationally, young people experience the highest gun death rate of all age groups, and Black and brown communities suffer a disproportionate impact from gun homicides and non-fatal shootings. Compared to other developed nations, this rate of lethal gun violence is significantly higher in the United States. Reducing all forms of gun violence requires reducing the easy availability of guns.
Goal: Reduce gun deaths and injuries in the Great Lakes region.
- Advance and implement federal, state, and local policies and practices that reduce easy accessibility of guns to those at risk of violence
- Support policies to reduce easy accessibility of guns to those at risk of violence
- Reduce the next generation’s exposure to gun violence through education on the risks of gun ownership
- Litigate to defend evidence-based gun policies and challenge extreme gun rights policies and practices
Two Great Lakes States Launch Data Dashboards to Report Violent Deaths & Develop Prevention Strategies
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently launched MiDVRS and MNDVRS presenting data collected by the NVDRS, the most comprehensive source of data on violent deaths.
How a Philanthropic Bet on Violence Intervention Is Winning Public Dollars
State, local, and city agencies are investing about $150 million this year in a variety of community violence-intervention strategies that philanthropy is road-testing. Read more about how the Joyce Foundation and others are stepping in to fund CVI work.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Poll Gauges Public Attitudes toward Political Violence in the United States
The Joyce Foundation, Trusted Elections Fund, and The Klarman Family Foundation initiated a public opinion research project exploring the public’s view of, and reaction to, political violence and extremism.
Toward a Fair and Just Response to Gun Violence: Recommendations to Advance Policy, Practice and Research
Report with recommendations to advance policy, practice and research by a group of experts convened by the Joyce Foundation beginning in 2019 under the banner “Toward a Fair and Just Response to Gun Violence.”
Landmark Bipartisan Safer Communities Act to reduce gun violence
The Joyce Foundation applauds the bipartisan effort to pass the Safer Communities Act, which brings us closer to the safer America we all seek and deserve.