The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy              

November 2019

The Consortium for Risked-Based Firearm Policy



In the spirit of the season, this week we celebrated Public Health Thank You Day. From all of us here at the Consortium, thank you for your work to prevent gun violence through the public health approach. We wish you and your families and communities a happy and safe Thanksgiving.


Read on for November updates from the Consortium:


Extreme risk laws were featured on 60 Minutes – did you tune in? Consortium co-founder and Executive Director Josh Horwitz spoke about the Consortium-developed extreme risk protection order policy (called “red flag law” on 60 Minutes) in the context of the law’s upcoming implementation in Colorado. The segment also referenced research led by Consortium members Jeff Swanson and Garen Wintemute. You can catch up on the full episode here.


New resources:

  • In honor of Veterans Day, our partners at the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence released a new report, Prevent Firearm Suicide: Service Members and Veterans, that highlights the epidemic of military service member and veteran suicide by firearm and recommends solutions needed to reduce these deaths. The report features Consortium-recommended lethal means safety counseling and extreme risk laws, among other firearm suicide interventions, and can also be found on the Prevent Firearm Suicide website.
  • Developed by researchers at the University of Colorado Denver, Safety in Dementia is a free resource that addresses firearm access, driving, and general home safety for people living with dementia, their caregivers, and healthcare and other service providers; the project was featured in an October JAMA Network interview with Consortium contributor Emmy Betz. It joins Lock to Live, an online decision aid from the same team intended to help adults at risk of suicide (and their families) to think about firearm and medication access.


Webinar alert! 12/5, 3:00pm ET: the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) is hosting a webinar, Pathways to Advocacy for Violence and Injury Researchers. Speakers include Consortium Managing Director Vicka Chaplin, who will discuss advocacy to promote evidence-based policy using the Consortium and the Ed Fund’s partnership and process as an example. You can register here.


As a reminder, our newsletter archive is now publicly available and we share the research recaps on twitter – join us! Please tag us in your tweets or email us your updates so we can amplify and highlight the gun violence prevention work you’re doing. This month’s research recap is below.




American Academy of Pediatrics. (2019). Stricter gun laws, lower pediatric gun-related mortality. American Academy of Pediatrics Grand Rounds. 


Bailey HM, Zuo Y, Li F, Min J, Vaddiparti K, Prosperi M, Fagan J, Galea S, & Kalesan B. (2019). Changes in patterns of mortality rates and years of life lost due to firearms in the United States, 1999 to 2016: A joinpoint analysis. PLOS ONE. 


Beard JH, Jacoby SF, James R, Dong B, Seamon MJ, Maher Z, Goldberg AJ, & Morrison CN. (2019). Examining mass shootings from a neighborhood perspective: An analysis of multiple-casualty events and media reporting in Philadelphia, United States. Preventive Medicine.


Borg BA, Krouse CB, McLeod JS, Shanti CM, & Donoghue L. (2019). Circumstances surrounding gun violence with youths in an urban setting. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 


Campbell BT, Thaker S, Fallat ME, Foley DS, McClure E, Sakran JV, Nasr IW, Ziegfeld S, Ehrlich PF, Snodgrass M, Levy M, Naik-Mathuria BJ, Johnson B, Demello AS, Jones S, Watters JM, Burke P, Allee L, Kozyckyj T, Letton RW, Kuhls DA, Bulger EM, & Stewart RM. (2019). A multicenter evaluation of a firearm safety intervention in the pediatric outpatient setting. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 


Carter PM, Mouch CA, Goldstick JE, Walton MA, Zimmerman MA, Resnicow K, & Cunningham RM. (2019). Rates and correlates of risky firearm behaviors among adolescents and young adults treated in an urban emergency department. Preventive Medicine. 


Conley MA. (2019). Asymmetric issue evolution in the American gun rights debate. Social Science Research. 


Daruwala SE, Bandel SL, Houtsma C, Butterworth SE, & Anestis MD. (2019). Conservative beliefs, male gender, and beliefs about means safety among firearm owners. Cognitive Therapy and Research.


Daugherty J, Waltzman D, Sarmiento K, & Xu L. (2019). Traumatic brain injury–related deaths by race/ethnicity, sex, intent, and mechanism of injury—United States, 2000–2017. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 


Durfee A & Goodmark L. (2019). Gender, protection orders, and intimate partner violence in later life: A study of protective order filings in Arizona. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.


Evans EJ & Thompson M. (2019). Questions and answers from research centers on gun violence. Health and Social Work.


Friedman J, Karandinos G, Hart LK, Castrillo FM, Graetz N, & Bourgois P. (2019). Structural vulnerability to narcotics-driven firearm violence: An ethnographic and epidemiological study of Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican inner-city. PLOS ONE.


Hernandez MC, Jenkins DH, Schiller HJ, Zielinski MD, & Hamill ME. (2019). Civilian concealed carry legislation and unintentional firearm mortality in the US: 1986–2015. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 


Hunt S. (2019). Exploring the relationship between firearm suicides, gender, and occupation in Riverside County, California. ProQuest Dissertations.  


James BLW, Ben Khallouq BA, & Swana HS. (2019). Effect of child access prevention legislative language on pediatric firearm injury rates. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 


Kivisto AJ & Porter M. (2019). Firearm use increases risk of multiple victims in domestic homicides. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law. 


Kongkaewpaisan N, Nederpelt C, Hechi ME, Saillant N, Rosenthal M, King DR, Fagenholz PJ, Kaafarani HMA, Velmahos G, & Mendoza A. (2019). For your safety: Gun use in American homes. Journal of the American College of Surgeons.


Levy M, Alvarez W, Vagelakos L, Yore M, & Ben Khallouq B. (2019). Stand your ground: Policy and trends in firearm-related justifiable homicide and homicide in the US. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 


Marshall A, Jose W, Arnold L, Bozeman M, Harbrecht B, Benns MV, & Miller KR. (2019). Utilization of a collaborative database to determine recidivism rates after firearm injury. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 


Mauri AI, Wolfson JA, Azrael D, & Miller M. (2019). Firearm storage practices and risk perceptions. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 


Ertle AR. (2019). LETTER: Household firearm ownership and storage, suicide risk factors, and memory loss among older adults. Annals of Internal Medicine.  In response to: Morgan ER, Gomez A, Rivara FP, & Rowhani-Rahbar A. (2019). Household firearm ownership and storage, suicide risk factors, and memory loss among older adults: Results from a statewide survey. Annals of Internal Medicine. 

RESPONSE: Morgan ER, Gomez A, Rivara FP, & Rowhani-Rahbar A. (2019). Household firearm ownership and storage, suicide risk factors, and memory loss among older adults. Annals of Internal Medicine. 


Peluso H, Cull JD, & Abougergi MS. (2019). The effect of opioid dependence on firearm injury treatment outcomes: A nationwide analysis. Journal of Surgical Research. 


Simonetti JA & Brenner LA. (2019). Promoting firearm safety as a suicide prevention strategy within health care systems: Challenges and recommendations. Psychiatric Services. 


Smith RN, Reed J, Macias-Garcia J, Blemur DN, Williams KN, & Kiesha FD. (2019). Asking saves kids: Brief parental education to reduce unintentional pediatric firearm injury. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 


Szlyk H, Azasu E, & Joe S. (2019). Firearm suicide as a human rights priority for prevention. Washington University Journal of Law and Policy.


Vella MA, Warshauer A, Tortorello G, Fernandez-Moure J, Giacolone J, Chen B, Cabulong A, Chreiman K, Sims C, Schwab CW, Reilly PM, Lane-Fall M, & Seamon MJ. (2019). Long-term functional, psychological, emotional, and social outcomes in survivors of firearm injuries. Journal of the American Medical Association Surgery. 


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