The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy              

May 2019

The Consortium for Risked-Based Firearm Policy




It has been an exciting month in gun violence prevention research, policy, and education – here are a few highlights:


On May 8, the House Appropriations Committee passed the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2020, which includes $50 Million to support “firearm injury and mortality prevention research” divided evenly between the CDC and NIH. The Ed Fund’s press release includes quotes from Consortium members and friends on why this piece of legislation should be a priority. This bill is expected to be voted on by the full House the second week of June. If you are looking for ways to be involved, please call your Representative and ask that they support this critical piece of legislation. We will also be highlighting academic voices in support of this funding on our Ed Fund and Consortium social media as the vote approaches, so if you are interested in submitting a quote to be included, please reach out to Ed Fund Director of Federal Affairs, Dakota Jablon, at


On May 13th, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released a free MOOC, or massive online open course, Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change. As the first MOOC focused on gun violence, the course is taught by Consortium members and friends Drs. Daniel Webster, Jon Vernick, Cass Crifasi, and Alex McCourt, and features a multitude of other Consortium members and their work – including a case study of the Consortium itself. Congratulations to all involved!


On May 29, Consortium Steering Committee member Dr. Shannon Frattaroli and Executive Director Josh Horwitz, along with Ed Fund staff, organized and led a convening on the implementation of Extreme Risk Laws at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with support from the Bloomberg American Health Initiative and the Joyce Foundation. Consortium members were among the experts who gathered with law enforcement and other stakeholders from around the country to discuss successes and challenges with the law to date, and to identify successful implementation strategies. The one-day meeting coincided with the release of a new website, developed by the same team that organized the convening, that will serve as a comprehensive resource on Extreme Risk Law implementation.


This month, the Ed Fund welcomed Jen Pauliukonis, MAT as Director of State Affairs to our team and announced the upcoming return of Lisa Geller, MPH as Policy Analyst. We are thrilled to have them on board and look forward to their contributions at the Ed Fund and to the Consortium as well!


We enjoy hearing from you! Please send us any recently published studies, projects, or other relevant resources and news so that we can include them in this newsletter. Our recap of new research is below.




American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. (2019). Firearm injury research and epidemiology: A review of the data, their limitations and how trauma centers can improve firearm injury research. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.


Anestis MD, Houtsma C, Daruwala SE, & Butterworth SE. (2019). Firearm legislation and statewide suicide rates: The moderating role of household firearm ownership levels. Behavioral Sciences and the Law.


Bulger EM, et al. (2019). Proceedings from the Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention: A public health approach to reduce death and disability in the US. Journal of the American College of Surgeons.


Cook A, et al. (2019). Population-based analysis of firearm injuries among young children in the United States, 2010-2015. American Surgeon.


Cutler GJ, Zagel AL, Spaulding AB, Linabery AM, & Kharbanda AB. (2019). Emergency visits for pediatric firearm injuries by trauma center type. Pediatric Emergency Care.


Donohue JJ, Aneja A, & Weber KD. (2019). Right-to-carry laws and violent crime: A comprehensive assessment using panel data and a state-level synthetic control analysis. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.


Holt SR, Rosenbaum J, Ellman M, Doolittle B, & Tobin DG. (2019). Physicians should play a role in ensuring safe firearm ownership. Journal of General Internal Medicine.


Hoops K & Crifasi C. (2019). Pediatric resident firearm-related anticipatory guidance: Why are we still not talking about guns? Preventive Medicine.


Iroku-Malize T & Grissom M. (2019). Violence and public and personal health: Gun violence. FP Essentials.


The Lancet Public Health. (2019). Firearms: The cost of inaction. The Lancet.


Metz A, Monahan J, Garrett B, & Siebert L. (2019). Risk and resources: A qualitative perspective on low-level sentencing in Virginia. Journal of Community Psychology.


Monuteaux MC, Azrael D, & Miller M. (2019). Association of increased safe household firearm storage with firearm suicide and unintentional death among US youths. JAMA Pediatrics.


National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Health and Medicine Division; Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. (2019). Health systems interventions to prevent firearm injuries and death: Proceedings of a workshop.


Petty JK, Henry MCW, Nance ML, Ford HR, & APSA Board of Governors. (2019). Firearm injuries and children: Position statement of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. Journal of Pediatric Surgery.


Tracy BM, et al. (2019). Community distress predicts youth gun violence. Journal of Pediatric Surgery.


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