Special Collection: Gun Violence
Taking Aim at Gun Violence: Rebuilding Community Education and Employment Pathways

In the current national debate over gun control, the aspect that is not receiving enough attention is what may be the root cause of gun violence in most black communities -- concentrated poverty. Opportunities for vocational, educational, and... … more

Major School Shootings in the United States Since 1997

This is a listing, compiled from newspaper reports, of major school shootings in the United States since 1997. … more

Gun Laws Matter 2012: Understanding the Link Between Weak Laws and Gun Violence

We hear stories of gun violence every day. Domestic disputes turning deadly. Street crimes taking the lives of innocent people. Mass shootings wreaking havoc in our public spaces. Suicides and fatal accidents devastating families across the country.... … more

Gun Deaths Outpace Motor Vehicle Deaths in the DMV in 2010

Firearm-related fatalities exceeded motor vehicle fatalities in the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) in 2010, the most recent year for which data is available for both products. Firearm-related deaths include homicide, suicide, and... … more

The Case for Gun Policy Reforms in America

Debates about gun control often drift towards general arguments about whether guns make us safer or less safe, and gun control is equated with restricting gun ownership. However, with recent Supreme Court decisions overturning laws which ban firearm... … more

When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2010 Homicide Data

While this study does not focus solely on domestic violence homicide or guns, it provides a stark reminder that domestic violence and guns make a deadly combination. Firearms are rarely used to kill criminals or stop crimes. Instead, they are all... … more

Characteristics of Federally Licensed Firearms Retailers and Retail Establishments in the United States: Initial Findings from the Firearms Licensee Survey

Firearms have widely supported legitimate purposes but are also frequently used in violent crimes. Owners and senior executives of federally licensed firearms dealers and pawnbrokers are a potentially valuable source of information on retail... … more

The Second Amendment Battleground: Victories in the Courts and Why They Matter

This brief examines trends in Second Amendment litigation since the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark District of Columbia v. Heller decision in 2008. Although the Heller Court held that the Second Amendment protects a responsible, law-abiding citizen's... … more

Understanding the Smith & Wesson M&P15: Semiautomatic Assault Rifle Used in the Aurora, Colorado Mass Murder

This report discusses the history and profit motive behind Smith & Wesson's introduction into the civilian market of its M&P15 semiautomatic assault rifles in 2006. It then explains the history, distinguishing features, and lethal... … more

National Teen Gun Survey

UCAN's national survey (which has been running for more than a decade) indicated some fairly disturbing trends about youth fears, experiences and attitudes toward gun violence. A comparison of survey results from May 2009 to January 2012 showed... … more