Gun Violence Initiative Commemorates the Past Five Years

June 4, 2020

Gun Violence Initiative Releases Video and Report Commemorating the Past Five Years on National Gun Violence Awareness Day


To commemorate National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 5th, the Gun Violence Initiative is releasing a five-year report and video chronicling the evolution of the Gun Violence Initiative. Spearheaded by Chancellor Emeritus Mark S. Wrighton, his wife Risa Zwerling Wrighton and the Institute for Public Health, the Gun Violence Initiative launched on April 21, 2015. Remaining loyal to its initial goals, the initiative connects the Washington University community to current research on violence prevention, convenes community partners to address gun violence and catalyzes innovative solutions to reduce gun violence in the St. Louis region.

Read this blog post from initiative intern Victoria Grace Assokom-Siakam.

For the month of June, the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute’s Blog, Lex Lata, Lex Ferenda (the law as it is, the law as it should be), will be dedicated to highlighting gun violence prevention work being done across campus, the St. Louis region and around the country. This special blog series is a collaborative effort between their Initiative on Gun Violence & Human Rights and the Gun Violence Initiative.

Read a timeline of Gun Violence Initiative milestones and view highlights of our work from the past five years.


We want to thank everyone who has worked or partnered with the Gun Violence Initiative during the past five years, whether through hands-on participation, by reading our blog posts or donating. We look forward to learning and growing more with you in the future to help eradicate this complex public health issue.