Lunch & Learn Webinar Series

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.

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.

Dr. Arielle Sheftall, of Nationwide Children's Hospital, discusses trends in suicide rates, and Dr. 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

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. Featuring speakers Dr. David Hureau, Dr. David E. Olson, and Dr. Theodore Wilson, II.

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 presentation can be viewed here.

Learn more on Illinois data here:

8. Strategies to Reduce the Lethality of Intimate Partner Violence - April 2021

In the U.S., the majority of women murdered by intimate partners are killed with guns, and firearm availability makes abuse far more lethal. Given the role that firearms play in this type of violence, states have responded by enacting laws to restrict abusers’ access to guns. But localities vary in their implementation and enforcement of these measures. Featuring speakers Dr. Shannon Frattaroli and Josh Sugarmann.

During the webinar, we discussed what the evidence tells us about the lethal connection between intimate partner violence and firearms and examine new research on how four states are trying to mitigate this risk.

Speaker presentations and related resources:

9. Who bought guns during the pandemic? Previewing new survey data - June 2021

Since March 2020, 3.6 million NICS checks have been conducted per month – a 50% increase over the average monthly rate in 2019. In this month's Webinar, researchers from Northeastern and Harvard Universities shared their national survey's preliminary data to answer critical questions about these recent gun buyers, including how many people have become new gun owners over the past year, their demographics, how many and what types of guns they bought, and the reasons why they decided to buy guns. Featuring speakers Dr. Deborah Azrael and Dr. Matthew Miller.

The slideshow presentation can be viewed here.

Dr. Cassasandra Crifasi, Dr. Alexander McCourt, and Dr. Mitchell Doucette from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy discuss the changing legal landscape regarding state concealed carry gun laws, and new research from the Center on the impacts of these changes on violent crime and police-involved shootings.

Slideshow presentation by Dr. Alexander McCourt: Changes to the legal landscape for civilian gun carrying and impacts on violent crime.

Slideshow presentation by Dr. Mitchell L. Doucette: Officer-involved Shootings and Concealed Carry Weapons Permitting Laws, 2014-2020.

11. Juvenile delinquency, adult firearm access, and crime outcomes - November 2021

Dr. Jeffrey Swanson, Dr. Brett Gardner, Dr. Josie Caves Sivaraman, and Darrell Miller preview the results of an ongoing study examining the rationale for and effectiveness of such laws; describe the relevant statutory landscape in the 50 states; and provide commentary and discuss implications of this research for policy and law, which have been challenged in court in recent years.

The presenters' slideshows have been compiled into one file and can be viewed here.

12. Research on racial & socioeconomic disparities in violence during pandemic -December 2021

Recent data suggests that interpersonal violence increased to historic levels in many U.S. cities during the coronavirus pandemic in patterns that may have been influenced and exacerbated by underlying disparities. To understand this dynamic further, researchers with the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, examined 13 major U.S. cities where the burden of violence was highest in 2020 and studied how disparities discovered that year compared to pre-existing disparities in 2018 and 2019.

This webinar previewed the researchers’ findings alongside observations from those working on the ground to examine the implications of these findings on policy and practice. Featuring speakers Julia Schleimer and Arnitta Holliman.

Slideshow presentation by Julia Schleimer can be view here.

For more about the new article in the American Journal of Public Health click here.

Click here for information on the Milwaukee Blueprint for Peace. The Blueprint for Peace is the first of its kind in Milwaukee dedicated to the prevention of multiple forms of violence. It establishes clear direction and a call to action for a public health approach to violence prevention that engages community residents and multiple sectors.

13. Emerging research on the need for more effective co-responder models - March 2022

There are an estimated 240 million 911 calls placed annually nationwide, yet little is known about how police interact with communities, or how these interactions impact public safety. During the webinar, panelists previewed new research findings around 911 service calls and discussed new community responder strategies being deployed nationwide to complement existing law enforcement first responses. Featuring speakers Rebecca Neusteter, Ayesha Delany-Brumsey, and Sarah Wurzburg.

The slideshow presentation can be viewed here.

To access the Council of State Governments Justice Center's Expanding First Response toolkit click here. The toolkit serves as a central hub for local communities and states looking to establish or strengthen community responder programs.

Click here to learn more about the upcoming Transform911 Convenings to be held on March 3-4, 2022. These virtual workshops by the University of Chicago Health Lab are open to the public.

14. The perceived vs. actual risk of firearm ownership I - April 2022

Perceptions relating to the risks and benefits of bringing a firearm into the home may play an important role in a person’s decision to own guns, how those firearms are stored, and who else in the home is thought to have ready access to those guns. During this webinar, panelists discuss new research that examines different aspects of firearm-related risk perceptions and access to household firearms. Featuring speakers Ali Rowhani-Rahbar and Carmel Salhi.

The slideshow presentation by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar can be viewed here.

The slideshow presentation by Carmel Salhi can be viewed here.

15. The perceived vs. actual risk of firearm ownership II - May 2022

As explored in our previous (The perceived vs. actual risk of firearm ownership - April 2022), perceptions relating to the risks and benefits of bringing a firearm into the home may play an important role in a person’s decision to own guns. This webinar was a continuation of the initial conversation to discuss two new landmark research studies that further add to a growing body of evidence showing that a gun in the home is associated with higher risks of injury and death. Specifically, researchers discussed new data showing that people living with handgun owners are significantly more likely to die by homicide compared with neighbors in gun-free homes. Researchers also discussed a second study that finds that women who do not own guns but live with adults who do are significantly more likely to die by suicide compared with their female neighbors in gun-free homes. Featuring speakers Dr. David Studdert and Dr. Matthew Miller.

The slideshow presentation by Dr. David Studdert can be viewed here.

The slideshow presentation by Dr. Matthew Miller can be viewed here.

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16. Extreme Risk Protection Orders: What The Research Tells Us - June 2022

In light of recent and tragic events, we hosted a special edition of our virtual Lunch & Learn webinar series on Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO). ERPOs – known in some contexts as "red flag laws" – are policies allowing a court to temporarily remove firearms from an individual at risk of hurting themself or others, based on the assessment of loved ones and/or law enforcement.

This webinar featured researchers Joseph Blocher, Jeff Swanson, Garen Wintemute, and April Zeoli who discussed some of the most recent and compelling research on ERPOs. The discussion included a study on the impact of ERPO on gun suicide in Connecticut, a study examining the impact of ERPO on potential mass shootings, and an ongoing multi-state evaluation of the impact of ERPO on suicide risk across states - as well as analysis of the due process implications of ERPO and related policies.

Garen Wintemute also discussed the research on the impact of ERPO on potential mass shootings, as well as three other recent studies on ERPO cited by Dr. Wintemute and a recent memo on the impact of ERPO on mass shootings published by the Violence Prevention Research Center at UC Davis.

Click here to view The Bullet Points Project's website, referenced by Dr. Wintemute.

17. Toward a Fair and Just Response to Gun Violence Discussion

The epidemic of gun violence continues to take a devastating toll on our communities. In many cities, current levels of gun violence are reaching levels not seen since the 1990s. As policy makers grapple with how best to respond, in late June, the Joyce Foundation issued a new report, Towards a Fair and Just Response to Gun Violence, containing the consensus view on what can be done to address gun violence in a way that is both fair and just. The consensus report represents the views of advocates, prosecutors and defense attorneys, policy experts, researchers, violence intervention practitioners, and members of law enforcement, all experts in their fields who have come together to address some of the hardest questions facing our communities.

Speakers Soledad McGrath, Sheriff Jerry Clayton, and Nick Suplina discussed the report’s three primary recommendations: expanding community-based interventions, emphasizing supply side solutions to gun violence, and refocusing law enforcement’s response to illegal gun possession. Additional sources mentioned during the webinar:

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