Gun Violence Prevention

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Stay updated on recent work to protect children not guns.

Recently Released Research

The Children’s Defense Fund’s Parent and Child Trends Survey was conducted to amplify the voice of children and parents in the national conversation on a wide range of issues, from current worries to future hopes and dreams, and from emotional to physical safety and wellbeing. “School Shootings Spark Everyday Worries” summarizes the survey’s findings on children’s and parent’s views on gun violence and school safety, which show that fear of school shootings is a top concern for families across the country.
The Small Arms Survey recently released Estimating Global Civilian-Held Firearms Numbersa briefing paper on gun ownership in the United States and around the world. This new research shows global firearm ownership is on the rise and America owns nearly half of the world’s 857 million firearms. Read the full briefing paper

Recent Blogs

  • For Our Children: National Day of Social Action

    In more than 120 planned events from coast to coast, thousands of CDF Freedom Schools Scholars pushed for more gun violence prevention efforts as they told the world: #YouthArentBulletproof.

  • Keeping Our Covenant with Children

    On Monday the nation paused, again, to mourn the tragic loss of three children to gun violence at Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, alongside three adults who cared for them. Again, because according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at 19%, firearms are the leading cause of death for children in our country. Again, because according to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been more mass shootings than days in the year 2023.

  • Always Expecting Something to Happen

    It is past time for Congress to hear and heed our children’s calls. Gun violence is not an inevitable or intractable problem. Congress can—and must—strengthen background checks, ban assault weapons, and pass other gun safety measures to ensure all children a chance to grow up free from violence and fear.

Child Watch® Columns

  • “Youth Aren’t Bulletproof”

    “Dear Lawmaker, My name is Ana Rodriguez. I lost my daughter, Maite Rodriguez on May 24, 2022 in a mass shooting at her school, Robb […]

  • Wear Orange

    May 29 was Memorial Day in the United States, and the long weekend that is traditionally observed with shared American remembrance made headlines again for […]

  • It’s Always the Guns

    Gun violence takes a relentless toll in our nation. Every day more than 300 people are killed or injured by guns in the United States, […]