Firearm deaths, including homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings have been prevalent in the United States since the turn of the 20th century. Data suggest that firearm deaths now stand to surpass motor vehicle fatalities. Although there is a much debate in the country about the ways to address these issues, there is little research available to help inform policy and action.
To address this, representatives of 42 public health schools and programs from 22 states and 17 leading public health and gun violence prevention advocacy organizations convened in Boston on November 14, 2016, to develop an action agenda for academic public health around the firearm injury crisis. They identified five leading imperatives and key tactical approaches: strengthening research and scholarship, building public health networks and cross-sectoral collaborations, promoting a conversation around gun safety, nurturing state-level initiatives, and developing a business plan and engaging the private sector.