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Conversations About Safe Storage

Description

Our team intends to create a podcast series to inform and empower individuals about how to have conversations regarding safe storage of firearms with gun owners. The goal of our project is to help decrease suicide rates among firearm owners based on research that indicates gun owners who safely store their firearms are less likely to die from firearm-related suicide. Our team plans to overcome discomfort associated with conversations about firearms and safe storage by offering stories to motivate and dispel myths around this potentially awkward subject.

Strategic Alignment with National Suicide Prevention Goals

CDC Suicide Prevention Strategies

As it is outlined in the CDC's "Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices," our project is aligned with the following strategies:

    • Create Protective Environments

    • Promote Connectedness

    • Lessen Harms and Prevent Future Risk

White House Priorities

As it is outlined in The White House "Fact Sheet: New Strategy Outlines Five Priorities for Reducing Military and Veteran Suicide," our project is aligned with the following priorities:

    • Improving Lethal Means Safety

    • Addressing Upstream Risk and Protective Factors

Selected References

  1. Anglemyer A, Horvath T, Rutherford G. The accessibility of firearms and risk for suicide and homicide victimization among household members: a systematic review and meta-analysis [published correction appears in Ann Intern Med. 2014 May 6;160(9):658-9]. Ann Intern Med. 2014;160(2):101-110. doi:10.7326/M13-1301
  2. Betz ME, Harkavy-Friedman J, Dreier FL, Pincus R, Ranney ML. Talking about “firearm injury” and “gun violence”: words matter. Am J Public Health. 2021;111(12):2105–2110
  3. Grossman DC, Mueller BA, Riedy C, et al. Gun storage practices and risk of youth suicide and unintentional firearm injuries. JAMA. 2005;293(6):707-714. doi:10.1001/jama.293.6.707
  4. Pallin R, Wintemute GJ, Kravitz-Wirtz N. "What does it depend on?": Perceptions of safety related to firearms in homes and neighborhoods. PLoS One. 2021;16(12):e0261038. Published 2021 Dec 29. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0261038