Gun violence is a national public health emergency that has been exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While we won’t know the full impact of COVID-19 on gun injuries and fatalities for some time, early indications suggest that the data will be incredibly troubling.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence understands that a public health approach is necessary to addressing this crisis. We urge the Biden-Harris administration to join us in applying a public health approach to our nation’s gun violence epidemic, which can help stop gun violence in all its forms — from suicide to domestic violence to community gun violence that often goes unnoticed by the media.
This administration has the opportunity to address the public health crisis of gun violence by making urgently-needed changes and helping to advance firearms regulations that will save lives and keep our communities safe.
In addition to meaningful, life-saving legislation Congress should pass, we recommend the following agency directives and executive actions:
- Appoint strong gun violence advocates across the administration
- Create a Interagency Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention
- Improve firearms data
- Reduce access to lethal means, lowering suicide risk
- Invest in the prevention of community violence
- Create measures to prevent lethal domestic violence
For more details on how the Biden administration can implement these changes, please view our full list of executive action recommendations.