The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy              

November 2022

The Consortium for Risked-Based Firearm Policy



November is National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. In addition to celebrating their rich and diverse cultures, tradition, and histories, this month presents an opportunity to raise awareness about the unique challenges Native people face, both currently and historically due to discrimination, lack of adequate access to health services, and trauma brought about by colonization and genocide.


American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities are disproportionately impacted by gun violence. These communities experience police shootings, domestic violence, and suicide at higher rates than their white counterparts. However, existing CDC data is certainly an undercount of the true scope of this problem. Available data are under-reported due to incomplete and inconsistent reporting as well as misclassifications of race and ethnicity. The lack of accurate data becomes particularly problematic for research and policy efforts that try to address these disparities.


In addition to accurate and culturally sensitive data that can better inform research and policy, community-led interventions can help prevent gun violence in these communities. Without accurate data, policies and resources for these interventions may fall short of their potential as community problems and health inequities may not be appropriately identified or addressed, perpetuating disparities.




  • Econofact factsheet, Gun Violence in the U.S.
  • Center for American Progress factsheet, Gun Violence Has a Devastating Impact on Hispanic Communities
  • March for Our Lives and Change Research’s poll results on likely voters under 35 and their perceptions on gun violence




  • Chapman BP, Peters K, Kannan V, Hutchison M, Lapham S, Caine ED, & Conner KR. (2022). Intergenerational social mobility and suicide risk by firearm and other means in US males. Journal of Psychiatric Research.  
  • Girgis RR, Rogers RT, Hesson H, Lieberman JA, Appelbaum PS, & Brucato G. (2022). Mass murders involving firearms and other methods in school, college, and university settings: Findings from the Columbia Mass Murder Database. Journal of Forensic Sciences.  
  • Newsome K., Sen-Crowe B, Autrey C, Alfaro S, Levy M, Bilski T, Ibrahim J, & Elkbuli A. (2022). A closer look at the rising epidemic of mass shootings in the United States and Its association with gun legislation, laws, and sales. The Journal of Surgical Research. 
  • Tomsich EA, Schleimer J, Wright MA, Stewart SL, Wintemute GJ, & Kagawa RMC. (2022). Intimate partner violence and subsequent violent offending among handgun purchasers. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.  
  • Simpson JT, Hussein MH, Toraih EA, Suess M, Tatum D, Taghavi S, & McGrew P. (2022). Trends and burden of firearm-related injuries among children and adolescents: a national perspective. The Journal of Surgical Research.  
  • Uzzi M, Aune KT, Marineau L, Jones FK, Dean LT, Jackson JW, & Latkin CA. (2022). An intersectional analysis of historical and contemporary structural racism on non-fatal shootings in Baltimore, Maryland. Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention.  

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