Ways to Reduce Gun Violence
- Ban Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines. The Texas shooter legally bought two AR-style rifles just days before the attack. A review of mass shootings between January 2009 and July 2015 found that 155 percent more people were shot and 47 percent more were killed when assault weapons or large-capacity magazines were used.
- Support Gun Violence prevention laws, policies, and strict regulations.
- Enable the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Research Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue.
- Require Background Checks for All Gun Sales. Universal background checks are an effective way to help reduce gun violence and gun trafficking.
- Support Local Violence Prevention and Intervention Programs
- “Warning Signs of Youth Violence,” co-produced by the APA and MTV in 1999 and updated in January 2013, can help young people recognize when a classmate or friend might be a potential danger to themselves or others: https://www.apa.org/topics/physical-abuse-violence/youth-warning-signs
- Disarm All Domestic Abusers
- Make Extreme Risk Protection Orders Available in Every State. An extreme risk protection order is a civil remedy that allows family members or law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms from a person who poses an imminent risk of harm to themself or others. For the duration of the protection order, the individual is also prohibited from buying new guns.
Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy: https://www.apa.org/pubs/reports/gun-violence-prevention
How Can We Prevent Gun Violence in American Schools? https://everytownresearch.org/report/how-can-we-prevent-gun-violence-in-schools/