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.

  1. Advance and implement federal, state, and local policies and practices that reduce easy accessibility of guns to those at risk of violence
  2. Support policies to reduce easy accessibility of guns to those at risk of violence
  3. Reduce the next generation’s exposure to gun violence through education on the risks of gun ownership
  4. Litigate to defend evidence-based gun policies and challenge extreme gun rights policies and practices
Policy Watch

Firearms fix

Stemming gun violence and saving lives are the goals of newly passed legislation in Illinois that will shore up the state’s outdated gun-license system, strengthen background checks and invest in mental health services for impacted communities.

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Who bought guns during the pandemic

Foundation-funded research is turning a spotlight on a protracted gun-buying surge by Americans, which accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grantee Spotlight

For 25 years, building the case for keeping us safe

For more than a quarter century, researchers at Johns Hopkins University have built a global reputation for pursuing data and policy to reduce gun violence. The team marked its 25th anniversary this year in 2021.

Policy Watch

Federal funds for violence prevention

Akron, Ohio, is among cities planning to use federal stimulus dollars for violence prevention initiatives. Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said he intended to use “significant resources" from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) to combat gun violence.

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New Survey Sheds Light on Americans’ 2nd Amendment Views

In 2008, a divided U.S. Supreme Court decided in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep a handgun in the home for self-defense.