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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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Gun Deaths Outpaced Motor Vehicle Deaths in 12 States and the District of Columbia in 2010, New Analysis Shows
Gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 12 states and the District of Columbia in 2010, the most recent year for which comprehensive state-level data is available, a new analysis from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) shows. Nationwide, improved safety standards have steadily reduced traffic fatalities over the past decade, while firearm deaths (homicides, suicides, and fatal unintentional shootings) continue unabated.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
NRA’s Long-Running Opposition to Regulation of Common Explosives Threatens Public Safety While Benefiting Its Gun Industry “Corporate Partners” New VPC Report Reveals
Since the 1970s, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has worked to block federal regulation—including background checks on transfers—of black and smokeless powder.
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Monday, April 15, 2013
Guns are Rarely Used to Kill Criminals or Stop Crimes New VPC Analysis Reveals
“Guns are rarely used to kill criminals or stop crimes” according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) report Firearm Justifiable Homicides and Non-Fatal Self-Defense Gun Use ( http://www.vpc.org/studies/justifiable.pdf ). The report analyzes national data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics' National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Examples of Non-Self Defense Deaths Involving Persons Legally Allowed to Carry Concealed Handguns Hit 508--VPC Concealed Carry Killers March Update
At least 508 people, including 14 law enforcement officers, have been killed since May 2007 in incidents not ruled self-defense involving private citizens legally allowed to carry concealed handguns according to the March update of the Violence Policy Center's (VPC) Concealed Carry Killers on-line resource ( http://www.vpc.org/ccwkillers.htm ).
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Thursday, March 07, 2013
Violence Policy Center Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee Action Approving Bill to Stop Gun Trafficking
In response to the Senate Judiciary Committee today passing legislation to make gun trafficking a federal crime, the Violence Policy Center (VPC) issued the following statement by VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand:
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Thursday, February 07, 2013
States With Higher Gun Ownership and Weak Gun Laws Lead Nation in Gun Death
States with higher gun ownership rates and weak gun laws have the highest rates of gun death according to a new analysis by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) of 2010 national data (the most recent available) from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
New Violence Policy Center Study Warns of "Next Wave" of Assault Pistols for Sale in the United States
Not since the late 1980s and early 1990s has there been such a wide variety of assault pistols available for sale on the U.S. civilian market warns the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) study Assault Pistols: The Next Wave ( http://www.vpc.org/studies/awpistols.pdf ). The study contains more than 20 examples of assault pistols currently marketed in the United States, led by AK-47 and AR-15 pistols that offer assault rifle power in a compact pistol format. Each of the assault pistols detailed in the study would be banned by legislation introduced last week by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
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Tuesday, January 08, 2013
While Newtown and America Grieve, Newtown, CT-based Gun Industry Trade Association National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) Prepares for Its Annual Celebration of Guns Next Week in Las Vegas
On January 15, 2013, the Newtown, Connecticut-based gun industry trade association the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) will launch the 35th edition of its SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Promoted as "The Event That Keeps on Giving" that's "Too Good to Miss," profits from the show help fund NSSF's legislative activities on Capitol Hill and in states across the nation as well as its marketing efforts on behalf of the firearms industry.
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Friday, December 21, 2012
Statement from Violence Policy Center on NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre's Press Conference Today
Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center, and native of Newtown, Connecticut, issued the following statement today in response to the NRA’s call for more armed guards as the sole solution to school shootings in the United States:
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Florida Teen Jordan Davis One of 499 Victims of “Concealed Carry Killers” Since May 2007
The deadly shooting in Florida of Jordan Davis, 17, by Michael Dunn, 45, in a dispute over loud music at a Florida gas station on November 23rd is unfortunately only one example of at least 499 victims killed in 32 states since May 2007 in incidents not ruled self-defense involving private citizens legally allowed to carry concealed handguns according to the November update of the Violence Policy Center's (VPC) Concealed Carry Killers on-line resource ( http://www.vpc.org/ccwkillers.htm ).
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