Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America

February 26, 2018

Deeply concerned about the recent Florida school shooting, a group of 19 prominent experts in violence prevention has prepared a statement for national dissemination: “Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America.” This group is seeking organizations and individual experts in relevant fields (education, mental health, public health, etc.) to endorse this statement.

Endorsements are needed by 7pm EST on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. The statement is embargoed until it is released to the national press, on or about February 28, 2018. We encourage all participating organizations to post the statement on their websites AFTER the embargo is lifted.

  • Organizations can endorse here:
  • Individuals can endorse here: 

This statement is a sequel to the “December 2012 Connecticut School Shooting Position Statement,” disseminated nationally following the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting.

We purposely made this document briefer, less academic, and more specific in order to encourage action. Although some readers may not agree with all aspects of this statement, we ask you to consider endorsing it on its general principles. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Matthew J. Mayer (

Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence
(names in alphabetical order)
Ron Avi Astor, Ph.D., University of Southern California
George G. Bear, Ph.D., University of Delaware
Catherine P. Bradshaw, Ph.D., University of Virginia
Dewey G. Cornell, Ph.D., University of Virginia
Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., University of Florida
Daniel Flannery, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Michael J. Furlong, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Nancy Guerra, Ed.D., University of California, Irvine
Robert Jagers, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Shane R. Jimerson, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Matthew J. Mayer, Ph.D., Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Maury Nation, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Amanda B. Nickerson, Ph.D., University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
David Osher, Ph.D., Takoma Park, MD
Russell Skiba, Ph.D., Indiana University
George Sugai, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Daniel W. Webster, Sc.D., Johns Hopkins University
Mark D. Weist, Ph.D., University of South Carolina

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