The resources and reading materials listed below were compiled by the Gun Violence Initiative launched in April 2015. This list is not meant to be comprehensive.
Firearm injuries are the second leading cause of death in children. Safe storage is an essential step in ensuring that children are not harmed by bullets, an occurrence that happens all to often in the home. A study done by pediatric surgeons at the two children’s hospitals in St. Louis showed that 40% of pediatric firearm injuries were in fact unintentional injuries.
In an effort to reduce these injuries, this public service announcement video was released on September 10, 2019 in coordination with the Gun Violence Task Force committee hearing and represents an effort to help motivate and educate the public in best practices regarding firearm and ammunition storage in the home. Lead by trauma surgeons Dr. Joseph Sakran and Dr. Laurie Punch, fueled by the art of Ian Wood, a fourth year Washington University in St. Louis medical student, and brought to life through the writing and voice acting of Dr. Marty K. Casey, this collaboration of professionals represents the power of art and science working together to address a complex public health issue.