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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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Combating Crime Guns: A Supply-Side Approach

February 11, 2020

This report is intended to help state and local elected officials better understand the issue of crime guns, the "supply-side" approach to gun violence prevention, and the various ways a supply-side approach may be implemented at the local level. This report can also be used by members of the community and media as a guide to hold their elected officials responsible for enacting a comprehensive supply-side approach.

The Mental Health Impact of Mass Shootings

August 21, 2019

For survivors of mass shootings, the mental and physical toll does not end when the shooting stops. Recently, these complex and long-term effects have been highlighted by the tragic and premature deaths of several survivors. These deaths have once again crystallized the nation's deep sorrow and shared trauma associated with mass shootings. The immense harm and loss of life caused by these tragedies make it abundantly clear that we cannot discuss mass shootings without acknowledging the repercussions they have on the mental health of survivors, their families and friends, their communities, and the psyche of the country as a whole.This report is an overview of the broad, varied, and long-lasting effects of mass shootings, which extend well past the lives lost the day the tragedy occurs. The psychological impact of mass shootings can result in PTSD, substance misuse, self-harm, major depressive disorders, and panic attacks, among others. Up to 95 percent of people exposed to mass shootings experience symptoms of PTSD in the early days after the incident, and most of those individuals feel the psychological effects of the trauma months later.The traumatic effects of mass shootings do not end when the bullets stop firing. For months and years after, survivors, loved ones, communities, and the country as a whole struggle to cope with the psychological and pervasive effects of these tragic events. 

Gun Violence Through a Human Rights Lens

April 23, 2019

This report discusses the impact of gun violence on human life in America from a human rights perspective: the right to life, the security of person, health and mental health, the right to education, the rights of children, the rights of women, and the right to be treated equally under the law. Creating minimum standards for the regulation of firearms to prevent them from being used by individuals to abuse human rights is an important step forward.

The Truth About Suicide and Guns

March 27, 2019

This report explores the link between suicides and guns, explains which communities are most impacted, and reviews what policies could be put in place to prevent the epidemic. The report finds a number of alarming trends related to guns and suicide. The report also prescribes several policy solutions to prevent the gun suicide epidemic.

Crime Guns in Impacted Communities

February 15, 2019

This report discusses crime guns in America. The report shows that gun violence in American is a big problem, however, it does not impact all Americans equally.  Gun homicide has a disparate impact on African American communities.

Military-Connected Community Attitudes and Experiences With Gun Ownership in the U.S.

January 1, 2019

ScoutComms, on behalf of Brady, developed an online survey to better understand attitudes and experiences about gun ownership within U.S. military-connected communities.Those surveyed include gun owners or individuals who live in a home with guns AND are current or former service members or immediate family to current or former service members. Nearly 71% of respondents identified as veterans of the U.S. military.