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Elizabeth Van Brocklin was a reporter at The Trace from 2015 to 2019.
Living through the era of school shootings, one drill at a time.
Shot and Forgotten
Isolated by their gunshot injuries, members of a resilient New York City artists’ collective are forging new identities through poetry, music, and design.
How We Fix This
Activists have long fought to make urban violence a priority for the movement. Now they are slowly securing more dollars for programs proven capable of saving lives.
An innovative prevention measure gives people the power to suspend their own gun rights. For the law professor who developed the concept, it’s deeply personal.
After the shooting, Frank DeAngelis made a vow to rebuild his school. Now he’s coaching administrators who have endured tragedies of their own.
To curb homicides, Eric Jones started by having the Stockton, California PD focus on repairing its relationship with residents. “More than ever, I see trust in police connected to reducing violent crime.”
Ask The Trace
Political leaders often imply that gun violence is a mental health problem. But the research shows the reality is more nuanced.
Safe storage, red flag laws, group therapy, and focusing on likely offenders can help prevent shootings.
The trend reflects a growing willingness among legislators to invest in a better understanding of the issue.
Last year, a third of Philadelphia's shooting victims arrived at a trauma center in the back of a cop car. We asked other cities why they haven't embraced the practice.
In Philadelphia, police often race shooting victims to the hospital rather than wait for paramedics. Experts in trauma and policing say more cities should consider it.
A new study shows that people who’ve been shot need blood transfusions more often, and in much larger quantities — which comes at a price.
Tips on how to interview and write about America’s growing population of gunshot victims with empathy and sensitivity.
“Every push-up is a person, it’s not just a number.”
After surviving a bullet wound, Hollan Holm responded with dark humor. But after 20 years, he stopped being able to outrun his trauma.