Multiple studies over several decades confirm that easy access to guns is a risk factor for violence. Easy access to guns increases the number of homicides, suicides and accidental shootings. It increases the risk to women abused by their partners. And young people experience the highest gun death rate of all age groups. While the overall rate of violent crime in the United States is comparable to other developed nations, the rate of lethal violence is significantly higher in America, where people are 25 times more likely to be shot and killed. Simply put, we have many more gun deaths because we have many more guns. To reduce gun violence, we must address the easy availability of guns.
GOALTo reduce gun deaths and injuries in the Great Lakes region.
STRENGTHEN STATE AND LOCAL POLICIES TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE
The foundation supports development and advocacy of evidence-based policies in Great Lakes states to reduce firearm accessibility to those at risk of violence. We also support initiatives to improve enforcement of existing gun laws and defend against efforts to weaken them.
CONTINUE TO BUILD THE BODY OF EVIDENCE FOR POLICIES AND STRATEGIES TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE
Credible research and access to data are essential for successful gun violence prevention policy development, advocacy and implementation. The Joyce Foundation supports new research studies to inform gun violence prevention policy and practice, and the dissemination of research findings.
REDUCE THE NEXT GENERATION’S EXPOSURE TO GUN VIOLENCE THROUGH EDUCATION ON THE RISKS OF FIREARMS
Research on firearm risks and gun violence prevention measures is not well known. We will support educational initiatives to build awareness of the research on firearm violence and its prevention.
USE THE COURTS TO PROMOTE AND DEFEND GUN SAFETY
Supreme Court decisions make clear that evidence-based firearm regulations are constitutionally permissible. The Foundation will support legal strategies to uphold gun violence prevention policies and advance gun safety.