Gun Violence Prevention Resources
This repository of local and nationally-focused gun violence prevention resources is not comprehensive, however this is our goal. In order to do so, we invite all those with resource recommendations to share them with us. We will carefully and collectively review each resource before adding them to the list below.
In forming this list of resources, we recognize that the tragedy inflicted by gun violence is not isolated to mass shootings.
60% of all gun deaths in America are suicides and here in Colorado, the firearm suicide rate exceeds the national average with a rate of 76%. When we look at where firearm suicides occur, nationally we find that the rate of firearm suicide in rural communities is more than double the rate in urban communities. In January of this year, Colorado Health Institute reported that between 2014 and 2019, rural counties experienced a firearm-involved suicide rate of 15.5 per 100,000 people compared to urban counties’ average of 11.9 per 100,000. Additionally, deaths by suicide in rural areas were more likely to involve a firearm compared to urban areas.
When we look at race and gun violence in America, we see an epidemic that is experienced disproportionately by Black Americans, who are two times more likely than white people to die by guns and 10 times more likely than white people to die by gun homicide nationally. Here in Colorado, gun violence among Denver youth increased in 2019 and 2020, with the percentage of Denver gun homicide victims younger than 20 years old rising to 17% in 2019. Of those Denver youth who are victims of crime involving guns, Black and Latinos make up 74% despite making up 57% of Denver’s youth population.
With these jarring realities in mind, we aim for this repository to include resources that address suicide prevention in both rural and urban communities of Colorado, identify and address risk and protective factors in preventing gun violence in communities and share ideas for prevention strategies.
Colorado Ceasefire works to reduce gun violence in Colorado by raising awareness about the dangers of gun violence in our homes and communities through legislative advocacy, education and outreach.
Colorado Crisis Services
Colorado Crisis Services is the statewide behavioral health crisis response system offering residents mental health, substance use or emotional crisis help, information and referrals. Its mission is to strengthen Colorado’s mental health system by providing Coloradans with greater access to crisis services wherever they are at, 24/7/365, and regardless of ability to pay.
Youth Violence Prevention Action Table
2020 Comprehensive Plan
Convened in 2019 under the leadership of Denver City Attorney Kristin M. Bronson, the Youth Violence Prevention Action Table increases communication and information sharing among city agencies, community organizations, and youth to address gaps and opportunities where the city can increase support. Additionally, the Action Table was tasked with developing a public health approach to youth violence prevention in a set of strategies outlined in a December 2020 report.
Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative
The Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative works to coordinate, synergize and stimulate collaborative approaches to firearm injury prevention in Colorado and nationally. The initiative aims to be identified as a model of collaboration and neutral (nonpolitical, nonjudgmental) hub of information, deliver outstanding education with rigorous evaluation to demonstrate impact and pursues action-oriented, innovative research to develop and disseminate effective, acceptable interventions.
Youth Violence Prevention Center – Denver
The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) leads the Youth Violence Prevention Center – Denver (YVPC-D) and partners with local community organizations in the Montbello and Park Hill neighborhoods of Denver, Colorado, to prevent youth violence. YVPC-D utilizes the Communities That Care (CTC) model, an evidence-based process that engages and mobilizes local communities to make data-driven decisions to address critical issues in the community.
Heavy Hands Heavy Heart Center
Founded by Lumumba Sayers Sr., Heavy Hands Heavy Heart Center is a boxing, MMA, fitness and community center in Aurora working to curb youth violence and help kids find an alternative to street gangs. In addition to boxing and MMA classes, the community center offers a computer lab, game room and a church service each Sunday, among other things.
Everytown is a nonprofit organization which advocates for gun control and against gun violence. As the largest gun violence prevention organization in America, Everytown works to support and educate communities and decision-makers about gun violence; taking action through enacting and implementing smart gun policies, electing gun sense candidates, demanding accountability and advocating for safety reforms locally and nationally; and build a movement through grassroots organizing in every state, demanding action from elected officials and creating a community of support.
The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Ed Fund) is a 501(c)(3) affiliate organization of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. They use a public health and equity lens to identify and implement evidence-based policy solutions and programs to reduce gun violence in all its forms, seeking to make gun violence rare and abnormal.
Brady: United Against Gun Violence
Brady: United Against Gun Violence is an American nonprofit organization that advocates for gun control and against gun violence. Their programs focus on ending family fire and responsible gun ownership; reducing gun violence in impacted communities by stemming the flow of crime guns to those areas; educating and mobilizing American youth in the fight against gun violence; Brady’s Legal Alliance formed to challenge the gun lobby in courts across America; uniting veterans in support of common-sense measures to reduce gun violence, including firearm suicides; and focusing on democracy reform issues.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV)
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms. An affiliate organization of the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, CSGV believes gun violence should be rare and abnormal. They pursue this goal through policy development, advocacy, community engagement, and effective training.
- Phu, K., Arellano, K., Bains, J., McClelland, S., Morgan, A., Williams, A., & Zubryzcki, J. (2021). Suicide in Colorado: Complex Issues in a Diverse State (pp. 1-25, Rep.). Denver, CO: Colorado Health Institute. Retrieved March 25, 2021, from https://www.coloradohealthinstitute.org/sites/default/files/file_attachments/Suicide%20in%20Colorado%202021.pdf.
- National Center for Health Statistics, Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER) Underlying Cause of Death”. CDC. (2019). https://wonder.cdc.gov/
- Everytown Research – EveryStat: Colorado Gun Suicides and Suicide Attempts. (n.d.). Retrieved March 25, 2021, from https://maps.everytownresearch.org/everystat/#Colorado
- Impact of Gun Violence on Black Americans. (2021, March 18). Retrieved March 25, 2021, from https://everytownresearch.org/issue/gun-violence-black-americans/
- Bronson, K. M. (n.d.). Youth Violenec Prevention Action Table 2020 Comprehensive Plan (Rep.). Retrieved March 26, 2021, from City of Denver website: https://www.denvergov.org/Government/Departments/Mayors-Office/Programs-and-Initiatives/Youth-Violence-Prevention