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Media Coverage Often Ignore Guns as the Main Driver of the Recent Rise in Violent Crime Article
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Media Coverage Often Ignore Guns as the Main Driver of the Recent Rise in Violent Crime

The word “gun” or another synonymous variation was only included in 3.5 percent of headlines and summaries of online news posts that included the words “murders” or “homicides,” even though 80 percent of homicides are committed with a firearm, and gun homicides increased by 35 percent.

Will Ragland

Weak Gun Laws Are Hurting Police Officers Fact Sheet
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Weak Gun Laws Are Hurting Police Officers

Gun violence against police officers is a major problem in the United States, but elected officials are still adopting counterproductive measures opposed by law enforcement agencies.

Nick Wilson, Eugenio Weigend Vargas

The United States Must Address Its Gun Trafficking Crisis Article
ATF agents are seen in shadows next to a pickup truck bed holding seized and purchased guns in Maryland.

The United States Must Address Its Gun Trafficking Crisis

Gun trafficking fuels crime and undermines state and local efforts to mitigate violence; the Biden administration has taken important steps that must be complemented by congressional and state-level policies.

Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Alex Barrio

Gun Violence Is Having a Devastating Impact on Young People Fact Sheet
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Gun Violence Is Having a Devastating Impact on Young People

Children and teenagers are suffering from gun violence at disproportionate rates, all while some elected officials push for measures that would further endanger our young generations.

Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Allison Jordan

The Impact of Gun Violence in Michigan Report
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The Impact of Gun Violence in Michigan

Michigan has taken important steps to reduce gun violence, but state leaders should engage in additional actions to further address this public health crisis.

Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Lynna Kaucheck, Allison Jordan

Delaware Will Benefit From a Permit-to-Purchase Law Report
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Delaware Will Benefit From a Permit-to-Purchase Law

While Delaware has already passed important bills to prevent gun violence, the state could take a major step forward by passing a permit-to-purchase law—a measure requiring a license to purchase a handgun.

Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Marissa Edmund, Traci Manza Murphy

Guns and Violence Against Women Report
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Guns and Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence in the United States is fueled by unmitigated access to firearms, a lack of services for survivors, and dangerous narratives spread by the gun lobby.

Marissa Edmund

Non-fatal gunshot injuries during criminal acts in Mexico, 2013–2019 In the News

Non-fatal gunshot injuries during criminal acts in Mexico, 2013–2019

Eugenio Weigend Vargas and Carlos Perez Ricart address the dearth of research around nonfatal gunshot injuries by providing data on and exploring the costs related to such injuries sustained during crimes in Mexico.

Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Carlos Perez Ricart

Religious Organizations Are Integral to the Fight Against Gun Violence Report
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Religious Organizations Are Integral to the Fight Against Gun Violence

Religious organizations and people of faith across the country are working to heal their communities and prevent gun violence through support for broader reforms.

Maggie Siddiqi, Benjamin Fleisher

Concealed Carry Is Linked to Increased Gun Violence in Wisconsin Report
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Concealed Carry Is Linked to Increased Gun Violence in Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s 2011 concealed carry law has been linked to higher levels of gun violence in the state—and policymakers must take action to correct the problem.

Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Jeri Bonavia

Frequently Asked Questions About Gun Trafficking Fact Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions About Gun Trafficking

U.S. firearms are trafficked with alarming frequency, increasing violence in the United States and across international borders.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gun Industry Immunity Fact Sheet
The National Rifle Association (NRA) holds its annual meeting and convention in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 21, 2016. (Getty/NurPhoto/Zach D Roberts)

Frequently Asked Questions About Gun Industry Immunity

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act prevents the gun industry from being held accountable for harm caused and disincentivizes the industry from ensuring consumer safety.

Frequently Asked Questions About Domestic Violence and Firearms Fact Sheet
Demonstrators on Capitol Hill hold up placards representing the number of the people who have died due to gun violence, Washington, D.C., June 2019 (Getty/AFP/Jim Watson)

Frequently Asked Questions About Domestic Violence and Firearms

Serious gaps in federal law allow loopholes for some domestic violence abusers to access firearms, intensifying harm in moments that are already dangerous for survivors.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ghost Guns Fact Sheet
 (Ghost guns that were secured by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department are on display during a press conference held by Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) in Washington, D.C., February 2020.)

Frequently Asked Questions About Ghost Guns

Homemade firearms that can be procured without a background check and do not have serial numbers, known as ghost guns, pose unique risks to community safety.

Frequently Asked Questions About the ‘Charleston Loophole’ Fact Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions About the ‘Charleston Loophole’

A dangerous gap in federal law allows gun dealers to proceed with a sale before a background check has been completed—enabling people who are otherwise prohibited from gun possession to continue to buy guns.

6 Policies To Reduce Gun Violence in Nevada Report

6 Policies To Reduce Gun Violence in Nevada

While Nevada has taken steps to strengthen gun laws in recent years, much more must be done to protect Nevada communities from gun violence.

Chelsea Parsons, Annette Magnus

No Shots Fired Report
Weapons seen on display at a gun shop in Virginia. (Getty/Yasin Ozturk)

No Shots Fired

A new CAP analysis finds that robberies and aggravated assaults in which a gun is not fired but is used as a threat occur frequently and have significant impacts on victims in the United States.

Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Rukmani Bhatia

Rethinking ATF’s Budget To Prioritize Effective Gun Violence Prevention Report

Rethinking ATF’s Budget To Prioritize Effective Gun Violence Prevention

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should overhaul its current spending priorities to better reflect the agency’s unique value-add to gun violence prevention efforts.

Chelsea Parsons, Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Rukmani Bhatia

Ensuring Domestic Violence Survivors’ Safety Report

Ensuring Domestic Violence Survivors’ Safety

Existing support systems for domestic violence survivors are proving inadequate during the pandemic and point to the need for a stronger nationwide infrastructure connecting survivors to vital supports and services.

Robin Bleiweis, Osub Ahmed

The Gun Industry in America Report
Weapons are on display at a gun shop in Virginia, as gun and ammunition sales in the United States have skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Getty/Yasin Ozturk)

The Gun Industry in America

The national debate over gun violence rarely focuses attention on the role of the gun industry in enabling this public health crisis.

Chelsea Parsons, Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Rukmani Bhatia

Dangerous Gaps in Gun Laws Exposed by the Coronavirus Gun Sale Surge Report
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Dangerous Gaps in Gun Laws Exposed by the Coronavirus Gun Sale Surge

The coronavirus crisis has led to a dangerous surge in gun sales, which has given new urgency to addressing the gaps in federal and state gun laws that allow unregulated access to firearms.

Chelsea Parsons, Rukmani Bhatia