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.
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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
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Recent Blogs

  • Breonna Taylor and the Invisibility of Black Women and Girls in America

    We’re in a both an unusual and special time as a country. Unusual in that, in the midst of an intensified election year, where so many legislative decisions can negatively impact the livelihoods of the most vulnerable children and families, and the countless protests against racial injustice and police brutality happening all over the country, we are also searching for a level of normalcy from the effects of the pandemic in our everyday lives. This time is also special and calls for urgency in the continued push, pull and pressure to ensure long-lasting radical change for society as whole, but more importantly for America’s most oppressed and marginalized groups of people.  

  • Introducing our 2020 Voter Guides

    To help make voting more accessible, CDF has released its 2020 voter guides. Our guides explain why voting matters at every level of government (the presidential election is not the only election on the ballot!), highlight the children’s issues that are at stake in this election, and help you make a plan to vote smartly and safely, especially within the context of COVID-19.

  • What the Supreme Court Means for Children

    The Supreme Court will continue to be one of the most powerful forces shaping the lives of children and the world we are leaving for them. In a time of growing polarization, we continue to see more cases decided on close margins, giving a single Justice the power to profoundly impact the health, safety, and well-being of millions of children for generations to come. Confirming a new Justice is one of the most consequential actions that a Senator can take and as with any vote they take, CDF believes it is  imperative they do so with the interests of children in mind.

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