Promoting frank dialogue about the risk that firearms pose in moments of crisis is critical, and many members of society can take part in this conversation — from family physicians to gun dealers to military commanders. Legislation may prove an important tool for reducing these needless tragedies as well: some states have passed laws allowing family members and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily remove someone's firearms if they have demonstrated a danger to themselves and others.

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Reports Gun Violence Trends April 11, 2017

Mass Shootings in the United States: 2009-2016

Using FBI data and media reports, Everytown for Gun Safety developed an analysis of mass shootings that took place between January 2009 and December 2016.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns Comments on Mental Health Gun Rules

by Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Mayors Against Illegal Guns submitted this comment to ATF to urge the agency to modernize its rules implementing the federal firearms prohibitions on individuals who pose a danger to themselves or others because of mental illness. The proposed rule changes would facilitate the sharing of information on the dangerously mentally ill with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, a critical tool in preventing dangerous persons from obtaining access to firearms.

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Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) and Suicide

America is in the midst of a firearm suicide epidemic. But preventing a suicidal person’s access to firearms can save their life. Extreme risk protection orders—also called gun violence restraining orders—enable courts to temporarily prohibit a person from having guns if law enforcement or immediate family members show that he poses a significant danger to himself or others.

Firearm Suicide in the United States

Access to a gun during a period of crisis is often the difference between life and death. Approximately 90% of people who attempt suicide with a gun will die. In contrast, over 90% of those who attempt suicide by other methods will live, and they are unlikely to attempt suicide again. This is not because gun users are more suicidal, or more mentally ill. It is because guns are more lethal than any other method of self-harm.

Unlocked and Loaded: How America’s children are dying by gun suicide

Child firearm suicide is a gun violence crisis. It is also frequently preventable. Child suicides are often undertaken impulsively, with unlocked firearms they find at home. Because guns are more lethal than any other method of suicide, a child who attempts suicide with a gun is likely to die; approximately 90% of gun suicide attempts end in death. But when children can’t access guns in their moment of crisis, they are much less likely to die—even if they attempt suicide by another method.