Violence Policy Center

The Violence Policy Center is a national tax-exempt educational organization working for a safer America through research, investigation, analysis, and advocacy. The VPC provides information to policymakers, journalists, organizations, advocates, and the general public.

Releases by this organization

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Friday, May 18, 2018
Violence Policy Center Statement on Mass Shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas
Following the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas which according to news reports resulted in at least eight deaths and an unknown number of injuries, Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarmann issued the following statement: “Once again the nation mourns innocent...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018
Violence Policy Center Backgrounder: Arm Teachers? The Facts Argue Against It
The Parkland high school shooting has prompted renewed debate regarding the idea of arming teachers or other school personnel to fend off attacks by armed intruders or students. Similar arguments were put forward by the gun lobby following the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton,...
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Friday, February 16, 2018
Backgrounder on Smith & Wesson M&P15 Assault Rifle Used in Mass Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida
Following news reports that the AR-15 style rifle used in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was a Smith & Wesson M&P15 assault rifle, the Violence Policy Center (VPC) today released Understanding the Smith & Wesson M&P15 Semiautomatic...
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Thursday, February 15, 2018
Violence Policy Center Statement on Mass Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida
Following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida with an AR-15 style assault rifle that left 17 dead and more than 15 wounded, Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarmann issued the following statement: “Our nation mourns once again a horrific...
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
U.S. Gun Death Rate Jumps 17 Percent Since 2008 Supreme Court District of Columbia v. Heller Decision Affirming Right to Own a Handgun for Self-Defense
Gun deaths in the U.S. have jumped 17 percent since the 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that there is a right to keep a handgun in the home for self-defense, according to a new analysis by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) of just-released 2016 data...
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Wednesday, December 06, 2017
House Passes Federally Mandated Concealed Carry, Threatening Public Safety & Law Enforcement Lives
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 38, a bill that establishes a system of federally mandated concealed carry reciprocity that would force every state to recognize concealed carry permits issued by any other state. This proposal would undermine each state’s ability to take the...
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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Violence Policy Center Statement in Support of Senator Feinstein’s Landmark Bill Banning Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines
Following Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) introduction today of a landmark bill to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, Violence Policy Center Legislative Director Kristen Rand issued the following statement: “Military-bred semiautomatic assault weapons and ultra-high...
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Monday, November 06, 2017
Violence Policy Center Statement on Sutherland Springs Mass Shooting
In response to the assault weapon attack at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that left 26 churchgoers dead and more than 20 wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in modern Texas history, Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarmann issued the following statement: “Our...
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Monday, October 02, 2017
Violence Policy Center Statement on Las Vegas Mass Shooting
In response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, that left more than 50 victims dead and more than 400 injured, Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarmann issued the following statement: “Little more than a year after our nation’s most deadly mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub...
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Thursday, September 21, 2017
More Than 1,600 Women Murdered by Men in One Year, New Study Finds
More than 1,600 women were murdered by men in 2015 and the most common weapon used was a gun, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) study When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2015 Homicide Data . This annual report is released in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October...
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