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Gun Violence

Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S. Guns kill more than 48,000 people a year, and firearm injuries were among the five leading causes of death for people ages 1-44 in the U.S in 2022, according to CDC. As a longtime advocate for violence prevention policies, APHA recognizes a comprehensive public health approach to addressing this growing crisis is necessary.

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How does public health tackle gun violence?

 

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The issue of gun violence is complex and deeply rooted in our culture, which is why we must take a public health approach to ensuring our families and communities are safe. We must place a renewed emphasis on improving gun injury and violence research.

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“As our nation has this very intense debate over how best to make our communities safer and reduce the carnage that occurs from firearms, we’ve given you some policies that will work and how we can move this nation forward.” -- APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD

Policies that Work to Reduce Gun Violence forum:
Presentation slides (PDF) Introduction and OverviewPanel 1Panel 2

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APHA webinar: Gun Violence Prevention through the Public Health Lens: History, Intersectionality and Interventions

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鶹ý President Pam Aaltonen:  (The Nation's Health)

Webinar for APHA members:  

Fact sheet: Who Gets Killed in America? The National Violent Death Reporting System is Keeping Track (PDF)

Troisi, Williams: Public health approach can stem gun violence (PDF, Houston Chronicle)

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(editorial by APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, and Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence President Dan Gross)

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AJPH Gun Violence Articles

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Fact Sheets, Letters, Testimony and APHA News Releases

APHA gun violence fact sheet (PDF)

APHA welcomes Surgeon General’s Advisory on Firearm Violence (news release)

Organization letter to House and Senate appropriators supporting FY 2024 funding of $35 million for CDC, $25 million for NIH, and $1 million for NIJ for firearm morbidity and mortality prevention research (PDF)

APHA letter to House leaders in support of H.R. 715, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (PDF)

APHA letter to Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Congressional action on gun violence prevention legislation (PDF) 

APHA mourns gun violence victims, calls for immediate action (news release)

The Nation's Health

 

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Johns Hopkins University Press

(edited by Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick)

National Academies Press

(Authors: Charles F. Wellford, John V. Pepper, and Carol V. Petrie)

Public Health Newswire

Take Action Now!

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Research is Key

How Gun Violence Impacts Teens

The Tipping Point

Cure Violence