The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy              

June 2020

The Consortium for Risked-Based Firearm Policy



We are heartbroken and angry by the continuous injustices caused by systemic racism and police brutality. We know racism is a public health crisis, police brutality is a public health crisis, police killing Black people is a pandemic, and gun violence does discriminate based on race and ethnicity.


We also know that we all have a role to play in dismantling systemic racism. As the authors of this editorial state so well, “Science has a racism problem. Scientists are problem solvers. Let’s get to it.” Thus, we hope you will join us in our efforts to unlearn racism and advance anti-racism, both personally and professionally. Research and its applications in promoting health equity and violence prevention is more important than ever, and we have more work to do. We know many of you are deeply committed to advancing evidence-based policy for gun violence prevention and we hope we can all work together to improve the data and research related to race, racism, and violence; consciously increase the diversity of the research and academic fields we represent; and enhance the ways in which research is implemented in policy and practice for a more equitable, safe, and welcoming society for all.


Please read on for new resources and news highlights from this month, followed by our monthly research recap.


New Initiatives:

  • We are happy to share the introduction of Sustain Equity Group, a new independent initiative led by Kayla Hicks, whom many of you know as the Ed Fund’s long-time Director of African American and Community Outreach and consistent contributor to Consortium convenings. Sustain Equity Group will focus on building power by investing in the development of Black women in the violence prevention space. Learn more at
  • The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting is creating a Center for Gun Violence Reporting. According to the announcement, the new center will “improve reporting on community gun violence by collaborating with journalists and local organizations to raise voices from neighborhoods and broaden the range of expert sources quoted in stories – de-emphasizing the predominant law enforcement narrative.”

New Resources:

Upcoming Events:

Media Mentions:




Bernardin ME, Moen J, & Schnadower D. (2020). Factors associated with pediatric firearm injury and enrollment in a violence intervention program. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 


Betz ME & Anestis MD. (2020). Firearms, pesticides, and suicide: A look back for a way forward. Preventive Medicine. 


Bonne S, Tufariello A, Coles Z, Hohl B, Ostermann M, Boxer P, Sloan-Power E, Gusmano M, Glass NE, Kunac A, & Livingston D. (2020). Identifying participants for inclusion in hospital-based violence intervention: An analysis of 18 years of urban firearm recidivism. Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.


Choi PM, Dekonenko C, Aguayo P, & Juang D. (2020). Pediatric firearm injuries: A Midwest experience. Journal of Pediatric Surgery.


DeMello AS, Yang Y, Schulte J, Wolf DA, Holcomb JB, Bless B, DeMeter K, Wade CE, & Drake SA. (2020). Learning from suicide deaths in Harris County, Texas. Death Studies.


Dodson NA & Hemenway D. (2020). Toward a deeper understanding of gun violence. Pediatrics.


Gunnell D, Appleby L, Arensman E, Hawton K, John A, Kapur N, Khan M, O’Connor RC, Pirkis J, Caine ED, Chan LF, Chang SS, Chen YY, Christensen H, Dandona R, Eddleston M, Erlangsen A, & Yip PS. (2020). Suicide risk and prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lancet Psychiatry.


Langmann C. (2020). Effect of firearms legislation on suicide and homicide in Canada from 1981 to 2016. PloS One. 


Martin DD, Wyatt KL, & Shanahan SB. (2020). Practitioners’ perspective on extreme risk protection orders. JAMA Network Open.


Massey AE, Borghesani P, Stuber J, Ratzliff A, Rivara FP, & Rowhani-Rahbar A. (2020). Lethal means assessment in psychiatric emergency services: Frequency and characteristics of assessment. Archives of Suicide Research.


Ozuna L, Champion C, & Yorkgitis B. (2020). Partnering with patients to reduce firearm-related death and injury. Europe PMC.


Pallin R, Schleimer JP, Pear VA, & Wintemute GJ. (2020). Assessment of extreme risk protection order use in California from 2016 to 2019. JAMA Network Open.


Pomeranz JL & Silver D. (2020). State legislative strategies to pass, enhance, and obscure preemption of local public health policy-making. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 


Reeping PM & Hemenway D. (2020). The association between weather and the number of daily shootings in Chicago (2012-2016). Injury Epidemiology. 


Riva F, Mattijssen EJAT, Hermsen R, Pieper P, Kerkhoff W, & Champod C. (2020). Comparison and interpretation of impressed marks left by a firearm on cartridge cases—Towards an operational implementation of a likelihood ratio based technique. Forensic Science International.


Robertson EL, Frick PJ, Walker TM, Kemp EC, Ray JV, Thornton LC, Wall Myers TD, Steinberg L, & Cauffman E. (2020). Callous-unemotional traits and risk of gun carrying and use during crime. American Journal of Psychiatry.


Sacks CA & Bartels SJ. (2020). Reconsidering risks of gun ownership and suicide in unprecedented times. New England Journal of Medicine. 


Sadler AG, Mengeling MA, Cook BL, & Torner JC. (2020). Factors associated with U.S. military women keeping guns or weapons nearby for personal security following deployment. Journal of Women’s Health. 


Schell TL, Cefalu M, Griffin BA, Smart R, & Morral AR. (2020). Changes in firearm mortality following the implementation of state laws regulating firearm access and use. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.


Schonfeld DJ & Demaria T. (2020). Supporting children after school shootings. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 


Shah AA, Sandler A, Kane T, & Petrosyan M. (2020). Fatal and non-fatal firearm injuries in US children: A chronological analysis of trends and outcomes from the National Trauma Data Bank. Pediatrics. 


Sokol RL, Victor BG, Piellusch EK, Nielsen SB, Ryan JP, & Perron BE. (2020). Prevalence and context of firearms-related problems in child protective service investigations. Child Abuse & Neglect.


Stanley IH, Hom MA, Marx BP, & Reger MA. (2020). Post-traumatic stress disorder and firearm ownership, access, and storage practices: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.


Studdert DM, Zhang Y, Swanson SA, Prince L, Rodden JA, Holsinger EE, Spittal MJ, Wintemute GJ, & Miller M. (2020). Handgun ownership and suicide in California. New England Journal of Medicine.


Tatebe LC, Rajaram Siva N, Pekarek S, Liesen E, Wheeler A, Reese C, Schlanser V, Kaminsky M, Messer T, Starr F, Mis J, Bokhari F, & Dennis A. (2020). Heroes in crisis: Trauma centers should be screening for and intervening on posttraumatic stress in our emergency responders. Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.


Wilson MP, Moutier C, Wolf L, Nordstrom K, Schulz T, & Betz ME. (2020). ED recommendations for suicide prevention in adults: The ICAR2E mnemonic and a systematic review of the literature. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 


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