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What You Can Do to Combat Gun Violence (Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition action sheet)

Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence

Mission statement: The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the reduction of death and injury caused by firearms.

Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition

Mission statement: The Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition (ILGVP) advocates for common sense, evidence-based gun violence prevention measures that will save lives in Illinois.

Guns in the Home

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The Important Conversation You Should Be Having With Other Parents (HuffPost)

"We look at this as a public health issue," said Seattle Children's Hospital's chief medical officer.


House to hold first hearing on gun violence in nearly a decade (The Hill, 01/31/2019)

On February 6 the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on gun violence prevention for the first time in eight years.

Election Night Guide: What to Know about Gun Safety and the 2018 Midterms (Giffords)

Even before the final votes are counted, one thing is already clear: the politics of guns has shifted dramatically in the past year.

Congress Quashed Research Into Gun Violence. Since Then, 600,000 People Have Been Shot. (The New York Times)

Why do so many Americans kill one another, and how can the violence be stopped? The C.D.C. quit studying these and other questions over 20 years ago.

To end gun violence in Chicago, should we focus on quick fixes or root causes? Yes. (Crain's Chicago Business)

The debate often is whether it's more important to focus on immediate solutions or to take a longer view and address its root causes. A new survey shows that this is a false choice, Nina Vinik, director of the Joyce Foundation's Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform Program, writes in this Crain's op-ed.

In rural Illinois, officials are creating 'sanctuary' counties to protect gun owners from new laws (CNN)

At least four counties have passed resolutions declaring themselves "sanctuary counties," meaning they would not enforce any gun control measures passed by state lawmakers.

Mass Shootings

There have been 263 days in 2018 — and 262 mass shootings in America (Vox)

Nearly one mass shooting a day, according to the Gun Violence Archive’s count.

Mental Health

Active-Shooter Drills Are Tragically Misguided (The Atlantic, March 2019)

There’s scant evidence that they’re effective. They can, however, be psychologically damaging—and they reflect a dismaying view of childhood.

Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Questionnaire
Background on the ACE Study (CDC)
More ACE resources

The ACE Questionnaire was developed as part of a groundbreaking study that found that certain adverse experiences in childhood can affect not only adult social and emotional well-being but physical health as well.

Generation Z reported the most mental health problems, and gun violence is the biggest stressor (CNN)

Many members of Generation Z—young people between 15 and 21—have taken more active roles in political activism this year, and a new survey indicates that the state of the nation is to blame for this generation's stress levels.

Helping Teachers Manage the Weight of Trauma (Harvard Graduate School of Education)

Teachers, counselors, and administrators may recognize the cumulative stressors that they face, but they don't always realize that their symptoms are a common reaction to working with traumatized children.

How Trauma Affects Kids in School (Child Mind Institute)

Learn how trauma from ongoing neglect, abuse, homelessness or violence causes children to have problems with learning and behavior, and how to help these kids.


Worried about gun violence, more than 20 Illinois schools install blue emergency boxes that notify police of an active shooter (Chicago Tribune)
Concern over gun violence at schools has prompted one parochial school on Chicago's North Side to install a nearly $90,000 security system, designed to quickly notify police in the event that an active shooter is on the church or school premises.


Gun Violence Archive

Mission statement: Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is a not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States. GVA will collect and check for accuracy, comprehensive information about gun-related violence in the U.S. and then post and disseminate it online.

The Armed States of America (Statista)

Gun ownership data.

What Is Gun Ownership Like State by State

Total and per capita gun ownership.

Firearm Mortality by State

Data from the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention