We promote evidence-based public health approaches to reduce gun violence. Our non-partisan work includes:
Mass Shooting Protocol & Playbook
In 2020-2021, we researched cities that responded to mass shootings. We interviewed mayors, staffers, law enforcement officials and others with a focus on the role of city leaders. Their experiences informed the Mass Shooting Protocol and Playbook.
We are currently seeking funding to develop resources city leaders can use to reduce community gun violence and suicide (the nation's leading causes of gun violence) in their communities. First, we propose to conduct research involving city leaders, local health departments, and community gun violence experts to learn how city leaders can better implement evidence-based community violence prevention programs to make neighborhoods safer. Second, we propose to develop guidance for city leaders to help them reduce suicide by using effective public health messaging to promote safe gun storage and appropriate suicide prevention resources in their communities.
In 2022, we proposed a partnership between Northeastern University Law School (NUSL) students and the National Coalition to Prevent Domestic Violence to research how judges and domestic violence prevention advocates can increase the rate of domestic violence protective orders that require guns to be relinquished. In 2020, in partnership with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, NUSL students researched existing gun laws to identify racial bias in their passage, application, and enforcement. In 2019, in partnership with Stop Handgun Violence, NUSL students researched extreme risk protection order (ERPO) laws in 18 jurisdictions to identify the most effective implementation approaches (see report).
Education & Advocacy
We organize and speak at public events to promote public health approaches to reduce gun violence and to educate city leaders about their role in responding to a mass shooting. Recent presentations to city leaders include:
- Florida League of Cities Conference
- U.S. Conference of Mayors Conference
- Mayors Against Illegal Guns University
- National Active Assailant Association Conference
In January 2021, in partnership with Northeastern's Bouve School of Health Services, we organized Public Health Approaches to Protecting Youth from Gun Violence During COVID and Beyond, a three-part, online conference for health care professionals.
We regularly publish op-eds promoting public health approaches to reduce gun violence. Please see our Publications page for more information.