6 Ways to Reduce Gun Violence in America
Gun violence in the United States is a public health crisis.
It goes beyond the mass shootings that grab the nation’s attention. Every day, gun violence takes lives from communities all across the country in the form of suicides, unintentional shootings, and interpersonal conflicts that become fatal due to easy access to guns.
Yet this violence is not inevitable. In 2018, the Center for American Progress released a comprehensive analysis of actions that could be taken to reduce gun violence in America. There is no single, simple solution to reducing gun violence in this country. But these commonsense reforms offer a starting point.
Read the latest from CAP's Gun Violence Prevention team
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Debunking Myths the Gun Lobby Perpetuates Following Mass Shootings
Fact Sheet: Weakening Requirements to Carry a Concealed Firearm Increases Violent Crime
In this series
Make Extreme Risk Protection Orders Available in Every State
Extreme risk protection orders provide a crucial tool for family members and law enforcement to intervene and prevent a tragic shooting.
Disarm All Domestic Abusers
Guns in the hands of domestic abusers pose an extreme risk to victims of abuse.
Support Local Violence Prevention and Intervention Programs
A comprehensive approach to reducing gun violence must include support for evidence-based violence intervention programs that engage all community stakeholders.
Require Background Checks for All Gun Sales
A glaring gap in the federal law allows individuals to buy a gun without a background check and with no questions asked.
Enable the CDC to Research Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue
Two decades of restrictions on public health research into gun violence has left us willfully ignorant about the full scope of this problem and the most effective interventions to prevent it.
Ban Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines
Weapons of war should have no place in our communities.