• Mental Health Resources

    A comprehensive list of helplines.

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  • NEW CDC DATA SHOW 39,740 PEOPLE DIED BY GUN VIOLENCE IN 2018

    A new report from the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence draws on new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reveal that 39,740 people died from gun violence in 2018, including 24,432 by suicide and 13,958 by homicide. The number of gun deaths remained relatively steady from 2017 to 2018, with 33 fewer deaths in 2018 compared to 2017 — the highest year on record. This data brief delves into newly released data to illustrate the fatal toll of the gun violence epidemic in America.

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  • Prevent Firearm Suicide

    Suicide is a growing public health crisis and firearms are among the most lethal and most commonly used suicide methods in the United States. A multilevel approach for suicide prevention that addresses access to firearms can save lives.

    Our firearm suicide prevention model applies the social ecological model and focuses on four levels of intervention (societal, community, relationship, and individual) to reduce access to firearms by individuals when they are at an elevated risk for self-harm.

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  • NEW Extreme Risk Laws Toolkit

    Extreme Risk Laws are now enacted in 15 states and the District of Columbia -- and are being considered in several more. In response to the increased interest in these laws, the Ed Fund has joined Giffords and the Alliance for Gun Responsibility to launch a state legislative toolkit. The toolkit, which is designed to help enact and implement Extreme Risk Laws across the country, aims to reach both advocates and legislators.

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  • New Paper Applies Social Ecological Model to Firearm Suicide Prevention

    The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Ed Fund) is pleased to announce the release of a new paper in Injury Prevention. The paper, entitled "Limiting Access to Lethal Means: Applying the Social Ecological Model for Firearm Suicide Prevention," was authored by the Ed Fund public health team and outlines a novel application of the social ecological model for firearm suicide prevention.

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Press Release:

2018 CDC Data Report
Feb 13, 2020


“The new 2018 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data illustrates America’s gun violence public health crisis. For the second year in a row, American firearm deaths remained relatively steady at an all time high. In our new report, Gun Violence in America: An Analysis of 2018 CDC Data, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence examines the deadly toll of gun violence that kills 103 Americans each day.



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
  • Guns in America: An Analysis of 2018 CDC Data

    Gun violence is a public health epidemic in the United States. In 2018, 39,740 Americans died by
    gun violence, including 24,432 by suicide and 13,958 by homicide. The number of gun deaths
    remained relatively steady from 2017 to 2018, with 33 fewer deaths in 2018 compared to 2017.
    Gun deaths continue to be a major cause of premature death.

    Read the report »

  • Gun Violence in America: 2018 Data Brief

    A new report from the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence draws on new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reveal that 39,740 people died from gun violence in 2018, including 24,432 by suicide and 13,958 by homicide. The number of gun deaths remained relatively steady from 2017 to 2018, with 33 fewer deaths in 2018 compared to 2017 — the highest year on record. This data brief delves into newly released data to illustrate the fatal toll of the gun violence epidemic in America.

    Read the report »

  • 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.”

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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