Below you’ll find a selection of some of the books, articles and academic research we found useful when reporting these stories on the more than 33,000 annual gun deaths in America and what it would take to bring that number down.



Private Guns, Public Health,” by David Hemenway

The Way of the Gun: A Bloody Journey into the World of Firearms,” by Iain Overton

Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review,” edited by Charles F. Wellford, John V. Pepper and Carol V. Petrie

Evaluating Gun Policy: Effects on Crime and Violence,” edited by Jens Ludwig and Philip J. Cook

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America,” by Jill Leovy

Reducing Gun Violence in America,” edited by Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick

Public Policy in an Uncertain World: Analysis and Decisions,” by Charles F. Manski


Articles and reporting projects

How the Gun Control Debate Ignores Black Lives,” ProPublica

Gun Control: Where it went wrong and how to fix it,” The Guardian

Guns: How They Shaped Our Culture and What They Mean to the Modern Texan,” Texas Monthly

How They Got Their Guns,” The New York Times

In Medical Triumph, Homicides Fall Despite Soaring Gun Violence,” The Wall Street Journal

Police Body Cameras: What Do You See?” The New York Times

The Counted: People killed by police in the U.S.,” The Guardian

Fatal Force,” The Washington Post

Temporary Restraining Orders Can Set Off Alleged Abusers. But Only 16 States Make Them Hand Over Their Guns,” The Trace

Domestic Abusers Frequently Get to Keep Their Guns. Here Are the Big Reasons Why,” The Trace

Why the Suspected Texas Shooter’s Domestic-Violence History Didn’t Keep Him from Owning Guns,” Mother Jones

Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll,” The New York Times

One Week in April, Four Toddlers Shot and Killed Themselves,” The New York Times

New VA study finds 20 veterans commit suicide each day,” Military Times

Health Experts Question Army Report on Psychological Training,” PBS NewsHour

Army morale low despite 6-year, $287M optimism program,” USA Today


Academic papers and research

What Works in Reducing Community Violence,” U.S. Agency for International Development

Silent Gunshots: The Deafening Toll of Gun Violence in America,” Trauma & Treatment

Identifying Armed Respondents to Domestic Violence Restraining Orders and Recovering Their Firearms: Process Evaluation of an Initiative in California,” American Journal of Public Health

Firearms and the incidence of arrest among respondents to domestic violence restraining orders,” Injury Epidemiology

The impact of pesticide regulations on suicide in Sri Lanka,” International Journal of Epidemiology

The Current Status of Suicide Prevention Programs in the Military,” U.S. House Committee on Armed Services

Combat Exposure and Risk for Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among Military Personnel and Veterans: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior

Predictors of Suicide and Accident Death in the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers,” JAMA Psychiatry

Suicides in the U.S. Military: Birth Cohort Vulnerability and the All-Volunteer Force,” Armed Forces & Society

Comparative Analysis of Suicide, Accidental, and Undetermined Cause of Death Classification,” Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior

Unintentional firearm deaths: a comparison of other-inflicted and self-inflicted shootings,” Accident Analysis & Prevention

Reporting on pediatric unintentional firearm injury: Who’s responsible,” Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

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