Mission: To provide free online access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States.
Background: The Gun Violence Archive was established as an independent research group in 2012 to provide comprehensive data that could inform the national conversation regarding gun violence. In an effort to provide near-real-time data about the tragic consequences of gun violence, it has since evolved into an online archive of gun-violence incidents collected from over fifteen hundred media, law enforcement, government, and commercial sources daily. GVA makes it clear that it is not, by design, an advocacy group, and that its mission, while not confined to the debate on gun rights vs. gun regulations, is to document incidents of gun violence and gun crime so as to provide raw, verified data to those who need to use it in their research, advocacy, or writing.
Outstanding Web Features: With the exception of suicide by gun and armed robberies, the GVA site catalogs incidents in near real time where someone has been injured or killed by a gun. Incidents of defensive gun use — homeowners who use a gun to stop a home invasion, store clerks who use a gun to stop a robbery, individuals who stop an assault or rape with a gun — are also tracked. The GVA database of gun-related incidents can be searched by date, date range, street address, city and/or state, participant type/age/gender, and gun type, number of guns, and whether the guns were stolen. Incidents occurring over the last 72 hours are highlighted under a separate tab and annotated with basic information such as the state/county where the incident occurred, the location of the incident, and the number of individuals killed or injured in the incident. Each incident also is accompanied by an incident report and a link to the source from which the basic information was drawn. The site also provides an interactive map that spotlights gun violence nationwide; links to reports that are frequently requested (e.g., teens killed, accidental injuries, officer-involved shootings, mass shootings in 2016, etc.); and links to analysis and opinion aggregated from other online sources. Visitors can stay up-to-date with GVA research by following the organization on Facebook or Twitter.