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.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Violence Policy Center Backgrounder on Pistols Used in Isla Vista Shooting
The killer in the Isla Vista shooting on May 23, 2014 owned three 9mm semiautomatic handguns, including two Sig Sauer P226 pistols and one Glock 34 pistol. Semiautomatic weapons are the type of firearm most commonly used in mass shootings. Below are important facts about the pistols used in the Isla Vista shooting, the manufacturers who made them, and the financial links between these two manufacturers and the National Rifle Association. Experts from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) are available if reporters need additional information.
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Monday, February 10, 2014
Jordan Davis Killing Part of Disturbing National Trend of Concealed Carry Killers
As the trial of concealed carry permit holder Michael Dunn in the fatal shooting of teenager Jordan Davis gets underway, research shows this tragic incident is part of a nationwide trend. The Violence Policy Center (VPC) has found that individuals legally allowed to carry concealed handguns are responsible for at least 622 deaths since May 2007 — including the victims of 27 mass shootings and the killing of 14 law enforcement officers.
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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Murder Rate for Black Americans is Four Times the National Average
Black Americans are four times more likely to be murdered than the national average, and four out of five black homicide victims are killed with guns, according to a new analysis by the Violence Policy Center (VPC). The study finds the black homicide victimization rate in 2011 was 17.51 per 100,000, while the overall national rate was 4.44 per 100,000. The national homicide victimization rate for white Americans was 2.64 per 100,000.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Florida Movie Theater Shooter the Latest Example of a Concealed Carry Killer
The shooting in a Florida movie theater Monday in a dispute over texting during a movie preview is just one of hundreds of fatal incidents perpetrated by private individuals legally allowed to carry concealed weapons.
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Monday, January 13, 2014
At Las Vegas Trade Show, Gun Industry Puts a Happy Face on Weapons of War
As the nation continues to suffer mass shootings and more than 31,000 gun deaths a year, the gun industry is holding its annual trade show this week in Las Vegas to sell and market its lethal merchandise. The event, known as the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show , is billed as the largest gun trade show in the world.
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Friday, December 13, 2013
Violence Policy Center Statement One Year After the Newtown Shooting
Josh Sugarmann, Executive Director of the Violence Policy Center and a native of Newtown, Connecticut, released the following statement prior to the anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012:
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Thursday, October 31, 2013
Concealed Carry Killers Responsible for at Least 26 Mass Shootings in the Past Six Years
Private citizens legally allowed to carry concealed handguns have committed at least 26 mass shootings over the past six years — including the recent mass murder at the Washington Navy Yard that left 12 dead and a July shooting in Hialeah, Florida that ended the lives of six innocent victims.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Violence Policy Center Releases Annual Report on Women Murdered by Men for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October
More than 1,700 women were murdered by men in 2011 and the most common type of weapon used was a firearm, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) report When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data . This annual report is released to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. It is the only published source of comprehensive data on females murdered by males.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Navy Yard Massacre Only the Most Recent Mass Shooting by a Concealed Handgun Permit Holder
The attack at the Washington Navy Yard that claimed 12 innocent victims is only the latest example of a mass shooting committed by a person legally allowed to carry a concealed handgun. Since May 2007, there have been more than 24 mass shootings perpetrated by such shooters, according to research by the Violence Policy Center (VPC).
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
As Zimmerman Case Begins, VPC Research Details Hundreds of Examples of Innocent Lives Lost to “Concealed Carry Killers
Washington, DC— As the trial opens this week over the deadly shooting of Trayvon Martin, research shows that similar fatal incidents are shockingly common. The Violence Policy Center has uncovered hundreds of examples of non-self defense incidents involving private citizens legally allowed to carry concealed handguns. These incidents resulted in 516 deaths — including 24 mass shootings and the killing of 14 law enforcement officers.
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