GAGVF Funded Research
Currently, we have funded two research projects have been completed by the University of Washington School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology in collaboration with the Seattle and King County Departments of Public Health, and Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center.
The first research project deals with the reduction of risk and accidental shootings by children, as well as suicide by youths. It studies how to better reach gun owners and change behavior around safe storage of firearms.
The study, “Firearm Ownership, Storage Practices, and Suicide Risk Factors in Washington State, 2013–2016” was first published in the American Journal of Public Health in June/July of 2018 and then picked up by media around the country. It became a prime motivator for Seattle’s Mayor, Jenny Durkan, who requested legislative action on safe storage of guns from the Seattle City Council which was unanimously passed on July 9, 2018. On October 2, 2018 the King County Council passed secure gun storage legislation.
Just completed and approved for future publication is research on firearm safety practices among gun-owning households with children, especially in relation to adult alcohol use. It includes analyses of firearm ownership and safety practices among households with an elderly person, expressly in relation to their mental health and cognitive function.
The results of these published research papers are very rewarding. The information released is educating communities, not only in Washington State, but on a national level. Constituencies are changing; legislation is being enacted, acted upon and passed. Our outreach is growing to enable us to continue and strengthen successes in the gun violence prevention movement.
We will keep you informed and hope you will join us along the way!