When it comes to reducing, preventing, and addressing gun violence, having access to a diverse range of options, even in an emergency, can save lives. Gun violence has worked its way into nearly every aspect of American life, and it’s a complex, multifaceted problem. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution.
Outlined below are tools and methods that can be used to reduce gun violence in a variety of circumstances. In a domestic violence
situation, for example, counselors, doctors, and lawyers can help create a safety plan to reduce risk. Community-based organizations can intervene with at-risk individuals before a shooting happens, helping prevent community violence
. When it comes to preventing children
from firing unsecured guns in the home, safe storage laws can head off a tragedy. While the types of gun violence vary, many of the solutions are connected—meaning there are opportunities to reduce risks that address multiple issues at once.
For instance, in addition to engaging in violence interruption, community-based organizations can also provide mental health services to those seeking to harm themselves and can offer advice on the best way to keep children safe with a gun in the home.
Gun safety laws are only one piece of the puzzle, and it’s critical to be prepared to address the various ways gun violence can impact communities.