Discussing and addressing complex social problems requires a broad understanding of their contributing factors and the consequences of not addressing them. Identified as a major public health risk, gun violence in the United States can impact individuals across their lifespans. Conversations around its root causes as well as preventative strategies and interventions can mitigate that risk and support safe, thriving communities. The following resources provide information and actionable steps to reducing and preventing gun violence.
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Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence by Brian Clements, Alexandra Teague and Dean Rader
Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land Land by Toni Jensen
Glimmer of Hope by The March for Our Lives Founders
Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories edited by Sarah Lerner
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin
The Second Amendment: A Biography by Michael Waldman
Ali, A., Broome, J., Tatum, D., Fleckman, J., Theall, K., Chaparro, M. P., Duchesne, J., & Taghavi, S. (2022). The Association between Food Insecurity and Gun Violence in a Major Metropolitan City. The journal of trauma and acute care surgery, 10.1097/TA.0000000000003578. Advance online publication.
Theall, K. P., Francois, S., Bell, C. N., Anderson, A., Chae, D., & LaVeist, T. A. (2022). Neighborhood police encounters, health, and violence in a Southern City. Health Affairs, 41(2), 228–236.
Houghton, A., Jackson-Weaver, O., Toraih, E., Burley, N., Byrne, T., McGrew, P., Duchesne, J., Tatum, D., & Taghavi, S. (2021). Firearm homicide mortality is influenced by structural racism in US metropolitan areas. The journal of trauma and acute care surgery, 91(1), 64–71.
Wamser-Nanney, R., Nanney, J. T., & Constans, J. I. (2020). The Gun Behaviors and Beliefs Scale: Development of a new measure of gun behaviors and beliefs. Psychology of Violence, 10(2), 172–181.
Wamser-Nanney, R., Nanney, J. T., & Constans, J. I. (2020). Trauma exposure, posttraumatic stress symptoms, and attitudes toward guns. Psychology of Violence.
Wamser-Nanney, R., Nanney, J. T., & Constans, J. I. (2019). PTSD and attitudes toward guns following interpersonal trauma. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(13-14).
Wamser-Nanney, R., Nanney, J. T., Conrad, E., & Constans, J. I. (2019). Childhood trauma exposure and gun violence risk factors among victims of gun violence. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 11(1), 99–106.