Press Release:

New Paper Applies Social Ecological Model to Firearm Suicide Prevention
Jun 26, 2018


“Firearm suicide is preventable. This paper provides a blueprint for intervention at the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels."

“An individual who knows that they are at a higher risk of suicidality can take steps to protect themselves -- like pursuing safer storage options or not having a gun in the home at all. A family member or friend may help the individual store their firearms more safely, while a medical professional can provide lethal means safety counseling as part of their care. The person’s community can enact change through gun shop projects. And our society can work to pass stronger gun laws, such as extreme risk laws, to provide tools that have been shown to reduce firearm suicides."



WHO WE ARE

The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Ed Fund) was founded in 1978 as a 501(c)(3) affiliate organization of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. The Ed Fund develops and implements evidence-based policy advocacy campaigns that reduce gun death and injury.

The Ed Fund prides itself on developing innovative strategies to move the gun violence prevention movement forward. We have pioneered new approaches to address the intersection between mental illness and gun violence; promoted 21st century crime-solving technologies like microstamping; and encouraged municipal officials to use their "buyer power" as procurers of firearms for law enforcement to force the gun industry to engage in more responsible business practices.

Ed fund reports
  • Breaking Through Barriers: The Emerging Role of Healthcare Provider Training Programs in Firearm Suicide Prevention.

    The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence and the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy are proud to announce the release of a new report, “Breaking Through Barriers: The Emerging Role of Healthcare Provider Training Programs in Firearm Suicide Prevention.”

    Read the report »

  • Firearms Removal/Retrieval in Cases of Domestic Violence

    "Firearms Removal/Retrieval in Cases of Domestic Violence" is report co-authored by the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy and Prosecutors Against Gun Violence. The report provides recommendations for policies and practices to reduce gun violence perpetrated by domestic abusers.

    Read the report »

  • Guns, Public Health, and Mental Illness: An Evidence-Based Approach for Federal Policy

    “Guns, Public Health, and Mental Illness: An Evidence-Based Approach for Federal Policy” is a 2013 report commissioned by the Ed Fund that proposes specific, state-level policy recommendations aimed at preventing those most likely to commit violence from obtaining firearms.

    Read the report »

  • Guns, Public Health, and Mental Illness: An Evidence-Based Approach for State Policy

    “Guns, Public Health, and Mental Illness: An Evidence-Based Approach for State Policy” is a 2013 report commissioned by the Ed Fund that proposes specific, state-level policy recommendations aimed at preventing those most likely to commit violence from obtaining firearms.

    Read the report »

  • Justice Denied: The Case Against Gun Industry Immunity

    “Justice Denied: The Case Against Gun Industry Immunity” is a 2013 report by the Ed Fund that exposes the unprecedented legal protections provided to the gun industry by the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, a law enacted in 2005 at the behest of the NRA.

    Read the report »

  • Virginia’s Gun Show Loophole

    This 2003 report from the Ed Fund, titled "Virginia's Gun Show Loophole," examines a flaw in the state's gun laws that allows dangerous individuals to buy guns from private sellers at these events without undergoing a background check. The report argues for the closing of this loophole.

    Read the report »

  • Utilizing the Buyer Power Strategy to Reform the Gun Industry

    As major purchasers of firearms for law enforcement, U.S. cities have significant "buyer power" they can use to leverage change in the gun industry. "Countermarketing" is an exciting and novel strategy to curb the flow of illegally trafficked firearms. Read the Ed Fund's 2011 report, "Utilizing the Buyer Power Strategy to Reform the Gun Industry," to learn more.

    Read the report »

  • Microstamping Technology: Precise and Proven

    "Microstamping Technology: Precise and Proven" is a 2008 report from the Ed Fund that examines the latest evolution in ballistics identification. Microstamping technology makes microscopic engravings on cartridge casings that can identify a firearm, making it an invaluable crime-solving tool.

    Read the report »

  • Licensing Access to Handguns

    "Licensing Access to Handguns" is a 2002 report from the Ed Fund that argues that an "effective licensing system will prevent the vast majority of unqualified applicants from gaining access to handguns," thereby reducing gun violence in the United States.

    Read the report »

  • Killing Machines: The Case for Banning Assault Weapons

    "Killing Machines: The Case for Banning Assault Weapons" is a 2003 report from the Ed Fund that advocates for the renewal of the federal ban on semiautomatic military-style rifles that was in place from 1994-2004. The law also prohibited high-capacity ammunition magazines.

    Read the report »

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