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Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund seeks to improve our understanding of the causes of gun violence and the solutions to reduce it.
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- Conducting groundbreaking original research
- Developing evidence-based solutions to America’s gun violence crisis
- Launching public awareness campaigns to educate advocates, lawmakers, and the country at large
The Bigger Picture
Important facts about gun violence in America
4.6 million American children live in homes with guns that are both loaded and unlocked.1
Every year, more than 700 children 17 and under die by suicide with a gun.2
Every year 350 children in America under the age of 18 gain access to a firearm and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else.3
¾ of school shooters acquired their firearm from the home of a parent or close relative.4
Households that lock both firearms and ammunition have a 78 percent lower risk of self-inflicted firearm injuries among children and teenagers.5
- Matthew Miller and Deborah Azrael, “Firearm Storage in US Households with Children: Findings from the 2021 National Firearm Survey,” JAMA Network Open 5, no. 2 (2022): e2148823.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, WONDER Online Database, Underlying Cause of Death. A yearly average was developed using four years of most recent available data: 2018-2021.
- Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, “#NotAnAccident Index,” https://everytownresearch.org/maps/notanaccident/.
- National Threat Assessment Center, “Protecting America’s Schools: A US Secret Service Analysis of Targeted School Violence,” US Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, 2019, https://bit.ly/2U7vnwa.
- David C. Grossman et al., “Gun Storage Practices and Risk of Youth Suicide and Unintentional Firearm Injuries,” JAMA 293, no. 6 (2005): 707–14.