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Center for Gun Violence Solutions

We conduct rigorous research and use advocacy to implement evidence-based, equitable policies and programs that will prevent gun violence in our communities.

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Who We Are

The Center for Gun Violence Solutions combines the expertise of the country’s most respected gun violence researchers with the skills of the nation’s most experienced gun violence prevention advocates. We develop and apply scientific research to identify a range of innovative gun violence solutions and to advocate for systemic changes. This combination creates a unique opportunity to turn public health research into policy action that reduces all forms of gun violence and saves lives.

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Public Health Approach to Gun Violence

A public health approach to prevent gun violence addresses both firearm access and the factors that contribute to and protect from gun violence. This multidisciplinary approach brings together a range of experts across sectors—including researchers, advocates, legislators, impacted communities, community-based organizations, and others—in a common effort to develop and implement equitable, evidence-based solutions.

Our Work in Practice

Our team synthesizes and applies the best available scientific evidence in conjunction with input from communities impacted by different forms of violence to develop policy and program recommendations to address gun violence. We inform relevant stakeholders of these recommendations by developing educational materials, including reports and issue briefs, conducting public forums, and submitting expert testimony. Learn more about our Solutions.

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New Report Highlights U.S. 2020 Gun-Related Deaths

A new report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions analyzes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention firearm fatality data for 2020—a year that saw the highest number of gun-related deaths ever recorded by the CDC and a sharp increase in gun homicides. Among other things, the report concludes that states with the most robust gun laws have lower gun-related death rates.

Firearm Basics

In order to have productive conversations about firearms and firearm policies, it is imperative to understand the basics of firearms—How do they work? What are the different parts called? How are they used? This simple but comprehensive tool can help everyone understand the different parts of a firearm and lead to more productive conversations about gun violence prevention.

To learn more about evidence-based strategies to reduce gun violence, enroll in our free and open online course Reducing Violence in America: Evidence for Change.

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Our Leadership

Visiting Professor of the Practice
Health Policy and Management

Josh Horwitz, JD, works to reduce gun violence by utilizing public health research and health equity analysis to build advocacy campaigns that meet critical opportunities in the policy development process.

Daniel Webster
Professor
Health Policy and Management

Daniel Webster, ScD '91, MPH, studies policies and programs intended to reduce gun violence and teaches public health approaches to violence prevention.

Cassandra Crifasi
Associate Professor
Health Policy and Management

Cassandra Crifasi, PhD '14, MPH, studies how evidence-based policies and programs can reduce violence and advance equity.

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Faculty Spotlight

Odis Johnson, PhD

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

Odis Johnson, PhD, Core Faculty Member, studies social policy and data science with racial equity and justice for young people in focus.

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Life-saving solutions exist. We can make gun violence rare. Join us.