The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy              

August 2022

The Consortium for Risked-Based Firearm Policy



The CDC just released provisional data showing that between 2020 and 2021, life expectancy at birth fell to 76.1 years.  This is the lowest it has been in the U.S. since 1996 and the largest two year decline in a century. While this decrease is mainly driven by deaths directly caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are also other contributing factors.


Alcohol and firearms continue to be leading causes of death. The number and rate of alcohol-related deaths increased approximately 25% between 2019 and 2020. During this same period, gun homicides increased by 35% and gun suicides increased by 11%, reaching historic high levels.


These alarming trends of firearm violence and increase in alcohol consumption led the Consortium to work on a report exploring alcohol as a risk factor for gun violence. In this report, we are developing a set of policy recommendations that take into consideration data, existing research, and an overview of current laws. This comprehensive approach will contribute to the often unexplored link between alcohol and gun violence and will hopefully become a resource for policymakers, law enforcement, and other advocates working on gun violence prevention policy.




  • Everytown’s report, How to Stop Shootings and Gun Violence in Schools.
  • Center for American Progress factsheet, Weak Gun Laws Are Driving Increases in Violent Crime.
  • The Joyce Foundation, Trusted Elections Fund, and the Klarman Family Foundation  frequency questionnaire, Political Violence.
  • Brookings Institution essay, Addressing the Root Causes of Gun Violence with American Rescue Plan Funds: Lessons from State and Local Governments.
  • UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program memo/factsheet, Extreme Risk Protection Orders to Prevent Mass Shootings: What do Researchers Know?



September 8: Newton Action Alliance, #EndGunViolence Lunch & Learn 




Buggs SAL, Zhang X, Aubel A, Bruns A, & Kravitz-Wirtz N. (2022). Heterogeneous effects of spatially proximate firearm homicide exposure on anxiety and depression symptoms among U.S. youth. Preventive Medicine.  


Brunson R, Wade B, & Hitchens B. (2022) Examining risky firearm behaviors among high-risk gun carriers in New York City, Preventive Medicine.  


Crifasi CK, Ward JA, McGinty EE, Barry CL, & Webster DW. (2022). Public opinion on laws regulating public gun carrying. Preventative Medicine.


Frost E, Garg A, Nasr I, & Hoops K. (2022). Assessing the effect of COVID-19 stay-at -home orders on firearm injury in Maryland. Preventive Medicine.  


Jacoby SF, Smith RN, & Beard JH. (2022). Rethinking “recidivism” in firearm injury research and prevention. Preventive Medicine. 


Kroshus E, Kesner T, Steiner MK, & Rivara FP. (2022). Parent communication and decision making about firearm storage. Annals of Behavioral Medicine: A Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. 


Logan TK, & Landhuis J. (2022). Should we be paying more attention to firearm threats in ex-partner stalking cases? Behavioral Sciences & the Law. 


Rochford HI, Berg M, & Peek-As C. (2022) The “Boyfriend Loophole” and Intimate Partner Homicides: A Longitudinal Analysis Using the National Violent Death Reporting System. J of Prevention.  


Ward J, McGinty E, Hudson T, Stone EM, Barry CL, Webster D, & Crifasi C. (2022) Reimagining public safety: Public opinion on police reform and gun violence prevention by race and gun ownership in the United States Preventive Medicine  


Wu TY, Hsieh HF, Chow CM, Yang X, Resnicow K, & Zimmerman M. (2022). Examining racism and firearm-related risks among Asian Americans in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. Preventive Medicine Reports.  


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