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On November 7, 2014 , the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Ed Fund)—in partnership with the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE) and United States Attorney James Santelle—convened a gun violence prevention forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the aftermath of the tragic shooting of five-year old Laylah C. Petersen the previous night, the forum provided a platform for policy makers, mental health providers, medical professionals and concerned citizens to discuss gun violence prevention policies in Wisconsin. It was attended by more than 120 Wisconsin residents.
Members of the Ed Fund-organized Consortium for Risk-Based Firearms Policy (including Ed Fund executive director Josh Horwitz; Dr. Jeffrey Swanson of Duke University; Dr. Garen Wintemute of the University of California, Davis; and Dr. Shannon Frattaroli of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) presented evidence from their report, “Guns, Public Health, and Mental Illness: An Evidence-Based Approach for State Policy.” The event also included a panel of esteemed local speakers who discussed the implications of the Consortium’s recommendations for Wisconsin. This panel included Ralph Hollmon of the Milwaukee Urban League, Assistant Chief James Harpole of the Milwaukee Police Department, Representative Sandy Pasch of the Wisconsin Legislature, and Reverend Jerry Hancock of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Madison. Jeri Bonavia, the executive director of WAVE, concluded the event by outlining action items for the days, weeks, and months ahead.
A new report containing policy recommendations specific to Wisconsin was also distributed. The Ed Fund looks forward to continuing its work in Wisconsin to bring evidence-informed gun violence prevention policies to the state.
For more information about the summit, read local coverage of the event from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.