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Policies that Work to Reduce Gun Violence

Public Health Event // Washington



Sep 23 2019, 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

This half-day forum was co-hosted by APHA and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to:

  • highlight the most up-to-date evidence on gun violence prevention; and
  • elevate the best research on strategies to reduce deaths and injuries stemming from gun violence.

In 2017, there were 39,773 gun deaths in the United States. Firearm suicides, the most common form of firearm-related death, have risen steadily since 1999, and the number of people killed or injured in public mass shootings has increased dramatically over the past decade.

Scientific evidence can inform solutions to the national epidemic of gun violence. To complement the national discussion of important legislation to expand background checks, this forum examined the data behind other policies that can save many lives.


Georges Benjamin, MD; Charles Branas, PhD; Shani Buggs, PhD, MPH; Carnell Cooper, MD; Cassandra Crifasi, PhD; Linda Christine DeGutis, DrPH; Shannon Frattaroli, PhD; Joshua Sharfstein, MD; Jeffrey Swanson, PhD; Daniel Webster, ScD; April Zeoli, PhD, MPH