We hope you had a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday. Before getting any farther into the month, here are our June updates:
June marked Gun Violence Awareness Month, and we were heartened to see so many Consortium members and friends participating in #wearorange and awareness-raising events, including Dr. Jeff Swanson, who released a video on National Gun Violence Awareness Day encouraging engagement in gun violence prevention. Coinciding with a day of awareness on the Hill, the Ed Fund organized and sent a letter from researchers to Senate leadership in support of Universal Background Checks, signed by many Consortium members and friends. You can read the letter here.
We also watched the first 2020 Democratic presidential debates, where gun violence was one of the featured topics. Some candidates have been citing research by Consortium members in their support of various policies, including licensing/permit-to-purchase policies and extreme risk laws. For more on where the Democratic candidates stand on gun violence prevention issues, see this comparison by The Trace.
At the end of the month, Hawaii became the 17th state (plus DC) to enact an extreme risk law. Consortium members continue to share evidence and expert advocacy in support of them, such as Dr. Amy Barnhorst’s op ed in Minnesota’s Duluth News Tribune.
There are two webinars newly available online that you may find valuable:
- This webinar on the implementation of extreme risk laws featuring Consortium Executive Director Josh Horwitz as a panelist was filmed as part of a Bloomberg American Health Initiative convening at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
- The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law hosted a webinar on their recent report examining gun violence against LGBT people, including a discussion of the findings, potential implications for policies and interventions, and a call for future research.
Finally, see below for research updates. Please continue to send us any recently published studies, projects, or other relevant resources and news so that we can include them in this newsletter – and don’t forget to tag us on twitter! our handle is @Consortium_RBPF.