Reducing Gun Violence

The United States Conference of Mayors has strongly supported sensible gun safety legislation and policies since 1968. Below is information on recent actions the Conference has taken, federal actions, and other resources that may be helpful to mayors.

Actions

United States Conference of Mayors

Federal Government Action

The White House

U.S. Department of Justice

Community Violence Intervention (CVI) Webinar Series

In April 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration announced historic investments in community violence intervention (CVI) efforts to combat the gun violence epidemic. As part of the Administration’s efforts to support communities seeking to implement or expand CVI efforts, subject matter experts are presenting on CVI-related topics in a series of webinars. This webinar series is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Education, and the White House Domestic Policy Council.

 

Part 1: Evidence-based Theory and Research on CVI

In this webinar, presenters discuss immediate steps communities can take to reduce community violence as well as the social determinants of health (e.g., norms, policies) that can lead to inequities in violence. Within this framework, presenters define CVI, including the theory and research behind specific CVI models such as street outreach, violence interrupters, group violence interventions, and hospital-based interventions, as well as the role of the community and law enforcement within CVI. Here are the recording and slides of the first webinar.

Part 2: Place-based Approaches to CVI

During this webinar, presenters discuss CVI efforts in the context of a place-based approach. Framed in the social ecological model, place-based approaches can reduce and prevent community violence and crime by enhancing and maintaining the physical characteristics of settings where people come together to foster social interaction, strengthen connectedness, and increase collective efficacy (e.g., shared trust among residents and willingness to intervene). Presenters highlight the importance of community engagement within place-based approaches and discuss how incorporating community revitalization efforts, such as increasing green spaces and addressing abandoned buildings can reduce and prevent community violence. Here are the recording and slides of the second webinar. 

Part 3: CVI in Practice

In this webinar, leading CVI experts share their on-the-ground experiences on how to implement CVI strategies within communities. They share insights on what communities should consider to effectively implement and sustain CVI efforts.  Here are the recording and slides of the third webinar.

Responding to Mass Shootings

Resources for Cities

Gun Safety Organizations

  • Mayors Against Illegal Guns  Founded in 2006 by then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and then-Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and part of Everytown for Gun Safety, MAIG is a coalition of mayors fighting to end gun violence in America. It works with mayors to fight for gun safety laws and enact gun violence prevention strategies.
  • Brady  Named for Jim and Sarah Brady who led the organization for many years, Brady works to address gun violence from all angles, emphasizing education, litigation, and legislation to ensure that every community is safe, not only from mass shootings, but also from the daily toll of gun homicide, domestic violence, suicide, unintentional shootings, and police violence.
  • Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence  Giffords is an organization dedicated to saving lives from gun violence. Led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, it works to inspire the courage of people from all walks of life to make America safer. For over 25 years, Giffords Law Center has been at the forefront of the fight for justice and legislative reform.
  • The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence  Founded in 1974, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. Its guiding principle is simple: Gun violence should be rare and abnormal. The Coalition pursues this goal through policy development, advocacy, community engagement, and effective training.
  • Cities United  Cities United supports a national network of mayors who are committed to reducing the epidemic of homicides and shootings among young Black men and boy ages 14 to 24 by 50%.  In 2018 it published A Strategic Resource for Mayors on Disrupting Community Violence and Preventing Homicides.

Law Enforcement Organizations

  • Major Cities Chiefs Association The Major Cities Chiefs Association is a professional organization of police executives representing the largest cities in the United States and Canada. The MCCA provides a unique forum for urban chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement executives to share ideas, experiences, and strategies. MCCA provides a collaborative forum for the advancement of public safety through innovation, research, policy development, government engagement, community outreach, and leadership development.  MCCA collects violent crime statistics from its members.  Its most recent report compares the first quarter of 2021 with 2020.
  • Police Executive Research Forum  The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is an independent research organization that focuses on critical issues in policing. Since its founding in 1976, PERF has identified best practices on fundamental issues such as reducing police use of force; developing community policing and problem-oriented policing; using technologies to deliver police services to the community; and evaluating crime reduction strategies. Its most recent report is Reducing Gun Violence: What Works, and What Can Be Done Now
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives  ATF is a law enforcement agency in the United States’ Department of Justice that protects communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. It partners with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public we serve through information sharing, training, research, and use of technology.