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This special collection brings together evidence and insights from nonprofits, foundations, and research organizations working to understand the full impact of firearm use and gun violence in the US. By providing us with analyses of current state and federal laws as well as valuable data on suicides, homicides, accidents, and mass shootings, these organizations seek to inform sound public policy and to curb this ongoing public health epidemic.

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Youth Advocacy Toolkit

September 1, 2023

Living as a young person in Texas comes with the reality of livingwith the gun violence crisis that is plaguing our state. At Texas Gun Sense, we aim to empower young people through education.This toolkit is designed to provide young Texans under the age of 18 with the tools and information required to be effective gun violence prevention advocates.

Safe Storage of Firearms: A Toolkit for School Districts

August 10, 2023

Firearms are the leading cause of death for children in the United States. Millions of children live in homes where firearms are loaded and unlocked. Accidental shootings, suicide and school shootings can occur when firearms are not securely stored.This toolkit provides school districts with information about their legal obligation to notify parents about child access prevention and safe storage, as well as additional steps schools can take to promote safe storage of firearms.

Preventing & Reducing Gun Violence Injuries and Fatalities: A California Toolkit for Communities, Survivors, and Service Providers

March 1, 2023

The presence of firearms in dangerous or abusive situations, including domestic violence, harassment, workplace violence and risk of suicide, can increase the likelihood of severe injury or fatality. Our communities – especially survivors of domestic violence – must be aware of the many options and resources available when seeking safety.California is a leader in providing legal options to reduce the risks of firearms and increase safety. This toolkit is designed to support survivors of domestic violence in their safety and healing, and provide vital resources to service providers. This toolkit covers legal remedies and provides information on non-legal approaches to increasing safety, as well as the protections provided under both civil and criminal laws designed to remove firearms from abusive people. A protective order is not itself the sole solution,  and should be considered as one potential tool within a broader safety plan.

Mass Attacks Defense Toolkit

May 31, 2022

RAND researchers created this tool to advance efforts to prevent and reduce intentional, interpersonal firearm violence and public mass attacks in the United States. The goal of this tool is to provide practical strategies and guidance on deterring, mitigating, and responding to mass attacks for a variety of audiences, including public safety experts, practitioners, policymakers, community groups, and the general public.The tool is organized by the three phases of the Mass Attack Defense Chain: (1) prevent the attack, (2) mitigate the attack, and (3) follow up after the attack.

From Healing to Action: A Toolkit for Gun Violence Survivors and Allies

January 21, 2022

This two-part toolkit aims to give you some of what we wish we'd had the day our lives changed forever, and what we've learned since.Part One is devoted to the emotional needs survivors face. We offer a roadmap of experiences and feelings you may have, and ways to address them. We understand and respect that everyone is different and grieves at a different pace. That's one reason we provide you, in a spirit of humility and love, these tips and anecdotes.We have found that sharing our experiences and trying to make this world a better and more peaceful place has been immensely helpful in our personal healing. Part Two offers suggestions for how to get involved in saving lives from gun violence, if you so choose.

A Toolkit for Corporate Action to End Gun Violence

January 18, 2022

This Toolkit for Corporate Action on Gun Violence was developed to guide companies as they work to address gun violence, both internally in their own operations and externally in the communities they are linked to. The Toolkit is split into three sections: the business case, framework, and industry deep dives.

American Epidemic: Guns in the United States - Education Guide

October 19, 2021

This guide serves as a viewer supplement to the exhibition American Epidemic: Guns in the United States and can be used for engaging with the exhibition virtually or in person. The guide includes information about the works on view, questions for looking and discussion, classroom activities, and suggested readings.

Nonfiction Storytelling on Gun Violence in the United States: Where We've Been and Where We Can Go

October 1, 2021

Documentaries and other forms of non-fiction storytelling can play a critical role in challenging dangerous fantasies behind U.S. gun culture, exposing who is profiting from gun violence, and highlighting solutions that many people don't know about or don't believe actually work. Documentary storytelling can also give a platform to underrepresented voices and experiences of gun violence. How can filmmakers, funders, other media gatekeepers, and gun violence prevention organizations work together to enrich documentary storytelling in this space, expand narratives around gun violence, and spur systemic change? What are the challenges artists face in creating work related to gun violence — from funding an idea to collaborating with stakeholders? What are proven successful strategies and best practices for effective documentary film marketing, outreach, distribution, and impact campaigns relating to gun violence? 

Implementation Toolkit for Gun Safety Laws

July 12, 2021

Giffords Law Center is deeply committed to working with policymakers and stakeholders to identify key components of effective implementation. Our Implementation Toolkit offers information and resources to assist communities with this important and often overlooked aspect of gun violence prevention policies.

More Than Just a Piece of Paper: A Toolkit for Advocates

January 25, 2021

Over the past ten months, BWJP/NRCDVF has researched public attitudes toward firearm-involved intimate partner violence, as well as attitudinal impediments to disarming domestic violence offenders, with support from The Joyce Foundation. The culmination of these efforts is this resource: More Than Just a Piece of Paper: A Toolkit for Advocates on Firearms and Domestic Violence During COVID-19. This toolkit provides advocates with tools for engaging conversations (both locally and on the state level) on the impact of firearms on domestic violence victim-survivors, particularly during periods of wide-spread crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Policymaker's Playbook to Reduce Gun Violence without Policing Communities

January 1, 2021

In the midst of COVID-19 and summertime upticks of gun violence and police violence, policymakers must listen to communities on the front lines of the public health epidemic of gun violence. This playbook offers policymakers a three-step process in taking a public health approach to address these intersecting crises.

Policing Guns and Gun Violence: A Toolkit for Practitioners and Advocates

December 21, 2020

The NNSC, with support from the Joyce Foundation, led a project to develop the exercise of police-led discretion towards incidents involving violence, guns, and high-risk people. In recent years, police departments have expanded the formal use of discretion in attempts to minimize criminal justice contact for first-time, nonviolent offenses, particularly those involving substance abuse, mental health, or youth. Police also exercise discretion in more informal, ad hoc ways with regard to incidents or potential incidents of violence, but that practice is far less common and studied. The NNSC brought together scholars, law enforcement officials, and civil society leaders to outline the space for discretion and unearth lessons and insights from the existing use of discretion in responding to violence and gun crime. The project allowed us to build towards new applications and practices of discretion that minimize harmful criminal justice involvement while advancing public safety and create two resources for the field: a white paper and a toolkit for practitioners and advocates.