Researchers estimate that nationwide, over 380,000 guns are stolen from private citizens annually. Laws requiring reporting can make us all safer.
Preventing suicide should not be confined to medical settings. There are numerous community touch-points that can be leveraged to disseminate information about reducing access to lethal means.
Investing in linking data across state governmental agencies would help us better understand the best opportunities for suicide preventative strategies.
States across the nation are creating individual offices to assess the local landscape of gun violence. These offices are critical in serving as leaders of statewide administration and coordination.
Almost three quarters of Minnesotans support raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm. Gun injuries are the leading cause of death for people ages 18-20.
Guns being trafficked into or within Minnesota play a key role in violence inside the state. It is imperative that agencies with oversight of Minnesota’s 1,655 federally licensed gun dealers adopt strong safeguards.
Firearm safety training could significantly reduce gun violence in high-risk communities. Researchers recommend gun safety and storage instruction to reduce shootings.