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Gun Violence

Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S. Guns kill more than 48,000 people a year, and firearm injuries were among the five leading causes of death for people ages 1-44 in the U.S in 2022, according to CDC. As a longtime advocate for violence prevention policies, APHArecognizes a comprehensive public health approach to addressing this growing crisis is necessary.

How does public health tackle gun violence?


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The issue of gun violence is complex and deeply rooted in our culture, which is why we must take a public health approach to ensuring our families and communities are safe. We must place a renewed emphasis on improving gun injury and violence research.

If you are interested in a sample op-ed, letter to the editor or technical support to help reach your local media, please contact APHAMedia Relations.


“As our nation has this very intense debate over how best to make our communities safer and reduce the carnage that occurs from firearms, we’ve given you some policies that will work and how we can move this nation forward.” -- APHAExecutive Director Georges Benjamin, MD

Policies that Work to Reduce Gun Violence forum:
Presentation slides (PDF) Introduction and OverviewPanel 1Panel 2

Read about the forum in 

APHAwebinar: Gun Violence Prevention through the Public Health Lens: History, Intersectionality and Interventions

From The Nation's Health:

APHAPresident Pam Aaltonen:  (The Nation's Health)

Webinar for APHAmembers:  

Fact sheet: Who Gets Killed in America? The National Violent Death Reporting System is Keeping Track (PDF)

Troisi, Williams: Public health approach can stem gun violence (PDF, Houston Chronicle)

"" (editorial in The Guardian by ѻý's Georges Benjamin) 

(editorial by APHAExecutive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, and Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence President Dan Gross)

, according to a study (CNN article based on American Journal of Public Health study findings)


AJPH Gun Violence Articles

(a collection of open access AJPH  research related to gun violence)






Fact Sheets, Letters, Testimony and APHANews Releases

APHAgun violence fact sheet (PDF)

Organization letter to House and Senate appropriators supporting FY 2024 funding of $35 million for CDC, $25 million for NIH, and $1 million for NIJ for firearm morbidity and mortality prevention research (PDF)

APHAletter to House leaders in support of H.R. 715, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (PDF)

APHAletter to Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Congressional action on gun violence prevention legislation (PDF) 

APHAmourns gun violence victims, calls for immediate action (news release)

The Nation's Health


APHAPolicy Statements
Violence Prevention Advocacy Organizations


David Hemenway

Johns Hopkins University Press

(edited by Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick)

National Academies Press

(Authors: Charles F. Wellford, John V. Pepper, and Carol V. Petrie)

Public Health Newswire

Take Action Now!

multiple public health words like vaccine prevention health equity and injury prevention

Research is Key

How Gun Violence Impacts Teens

The Tipping Point

Cure Violence