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Experts welcome new federal funding for gun research

In December, Congress voted to approve $25 million for gun violence research. Experts hope the new funding will shed light on questions about gun ownership and the effectiveness of firearm policies and violence prevention efforts. The new funding ends what had effectively…

Does creating gun-free zones increase safety?

Some communities have designated certain public spaces, like courthouses and municipal buildings, as gun-free zones. But experts say there’s no conclusive evidence as to whether establishing such zones increases safety. A December 4, 2019 story on WAMU (Washington, D.C.’s NPR station) described…

How a database helps prevent violent deaths

Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) has been crucial in helping policymakers, health care workers, and researchers understand more about what leads to violent deaths, including homicides and suicides, and how to help…

Could recent mass shootings spur action to reduce gun violence?

The federal government has not taken steps to reduce gun violence in the U.S., even after a spate of mass shootings. But other entities—such as state governments, foundations, and corporations—may be spurred to take action, according to Harvard T.H. Chan School of…

Medical groups issue joint call to action on gun violence

Several high-profile medical organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Public Health Association, are calling for action on gun violence in the U.S. In a policy paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the…

Can tearing down abandoned buildings reduce gun violence?

It’s possible that removing blighted structures from neighborhoods with high rates of gun violence could help reduce shootings, according to a new study. Researchers led by Jonathan Jay, postdoctoral fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, looked at neighborhoods in…