Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S. Guns kill almost 30,000 people and cause 60,000 injuries each year. As a longtime advocate for violence prevention policies, APHA recognizes that a comprehensive public health approach to addressing this growing crisis is necessary.
The issue of gun violence is complex and deeply rooted in our culture, which is why we must take a comprehensive public health approach to ensuring our families and communities are safe. We must place a renewed emphasis on improving gun injury and violence research. Ongoing work is need to ensure firearms do not fall into the wrong hands and to expand access to mental health services to those who need it most.
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APHA supports executive actions to reduce gun violence
Over 100 medical and public health groups call for federal gun research (PDF)
Troisi, Williams: Public health approach can stem gun violence (PDF, Houston Chronicle)
Public health taking stronger approach to gun violence: APHA, Brady team up on prevention
"Gun Violence is an epidemic. It is time for a public health response" (editorial in The Guardian by APHA's Georges Benjamin)
APHA, Brady Campaign summit: 'The tide is turning' in gun violence epidemic
APHA on gun violence: 'This is how we keep people alive and safe'
Tell Congress to pass common-sense measures to reduce gun violence (APHA action alert)
Letter urging an end to the federal ban on gun violence research (PDF)
Chicago Tribune previews gun violence prevention as key issue at APHA Annual Meeting in Chicago
MORE ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
More police die in states with higher gun ownership, AJPH study finds
Public health joining with new partners to fight gun violence (article in APHA's newspaper, The Nation's Health)
Diagnosis: gun deaths and injuries are a public health issue (editorial by APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, and Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence President Dan Gross)
The rate of gun-related murders fell sharply in the 10 years after Connecticut implemented a law requiring people buying firearms to have a license, according to a study. (CNN article based on American Journal of Public Health study findings)
Community preparedness resources for active shooter incidents (NACCHO)
Want more information on organizations that work with victims of gun violence and other types of violence? Check out Chapter 11 from APHA's book, Confronting Violence. Also, the following articles and content have been unlocked to public viewing: