The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy              

September 2022

The Consortium for Risked-Based Firearm Policy



As September came to an end, we would like to reflect on the importance of suicide prevention. It has been 13 years since it was first declared as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in 2008. Since then, it has been a time to acknowledge those affected by suicide, to raise awareness, and to connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services.


According to the CDC, in 2020, 45,979 persons died by suicide in the United States. That is one suicide death every 11 minutes. This is particularly devastating when we consider the fact that firearms are the most common method used in suicides. When firearms are involved, suicide attempts become nearly nearly always lethal. 


While firearms increase the risk that an individual will die by suicide, there is also a link between these two and alcohol consumption. Studies show that 35% of suicide decedents had acutely consumed any alcohol prior to their death.


The Consortium is currently exploring the intersection between alcohol, firearms and suicide as we   prepare our next report “Alcohol as a risk factor for gun violence”. This report will highlight and synthesize existing research evidence and develop a set of policy recommendations. This report will be publicly released in the following months.



New Resources

  • Harvard Health Publishing’s blog, Asking About Guns in Houses Where Your Child Plays.
  • Violence Policy Center’s annual report, When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2020 Homicide Data.
  • Giffords Law Center’s report, Protecting Democracy from Armed Intimidation: A Guide for States.

Upcoming events


November 1-3:Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (HAVI) virtual Conference: Going Further, Together: Building the CVI Ecosystem.  
November 29: December 1. National Research Conference on Firearm Injury Prevention, organized by RAND Corporation, University of Michigan, and Columbia University.
April 17-19, 2023. The annual SAVIR conference in Denver, CO.


Selected Research Articles


Braga AA, Barao LM, Wintemute GJ, Valle S, & Valente J. (2022). Privately manufactured firearms, newly purchased firearms, and the rise of urban gun violence. Preventive Medicine. 


Doucette ML, McCourt AD, Crifasi, C. K., & Webster, D. W. (2022). Impact of changes to concealed carry weapons laws on fatal and nonfatal violent crime, 1980–2019. American Journal of Epidemiology.


Garbarino J. (2022). The war-zone mentality — mental health effects of gun violence in U.S. children and adolescents. The New England Journal of Medicine. 


Gill LM, & Fox AM. (2022). Using social network analysis to examine gun violence. Journal of Forensic Sciences.  


Gutierrez CM, Prickett KC, Hollowell C, Teiko P, & Caton L. (2022). Type of household firearm ownership and firearm suicide among adolescents, 1976-2018. Preventive Medicine.  


Hollo A, VanderStoep A, & Frattaroli S. (2022). Physicians’ perspectives on Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) in the clinical setting: Challenges and opportunities for gun violence prevention. PLoS ONE.  


Jay J, Kondo MC, Lyons VH, Gause E, & South EC. (2022). Neighborhood segregation, tree cover and firearm violence in 6 U.S. cities, 2015–2020. Preventive Medicine.  


MacDonald J, Mohler G, & Brantingham PJ. (2022). Association between race, shooting hot spots, and the surge in gun violence during the COVID-19 pandemic in Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles. Preventive Medicine.  


Pulcini CD, Goyal MK, Hall M, De Souza HG, Chaudhary S, Alpern ER, Fein JA, & Fleegler EW. (2022). Two-year utilization and expenditures for children after a firearm injury. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  


Webster DW & Gostin LO. (2022). The supreme court expands second amendment rights as the nation experiences historic levels of firearms violence. JAMA Network.  


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