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Criminal Justice: Gun Violence

Background Information


Background Information

Learn about gun violence and related social and political issues with these sources:

Public Opinion Polls

Public Opinion

Pew Research Center

 U.S. demographics of gun ownership and public opinion polls on gun safety and gun policy.

Roper Center for Public Opinion

Shootnngs, Guns, and Public Opinion -- this webpage from Cornell's Roper Center includes data on Americans' support for stricter gun control laws and how it varies as mass shootings are reported.



Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives 

Includes information on firearms licensing, manufacturing and export, commerce, loss and theft, and registration.


Bureau of Justice Statistics

Firearms and Crime Statistics includes links to publications with data on gun-related crime.


Gun Violence Archive

"An online archive of gun violence incidents collected from over 7,500  law enforcement, media, government and commercial sources daily," includes unintentional shootings, defensive shootings, mass shootings, shooting injuries, and shooting deaths.


National Center for Health Statistics

   From the CDC, includes firearm mortality by state.