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

Newswire article
Friday, November 09, 2012
Non-Self Defense Deaths Involving Persons Legally Allowed to Carry Concealed Handguns Hit 484
At least 484 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 October update of the Violence Policy Center's (VPC) Concealed Carry Killers on-lineresource ( http://www.vpc.org/ccwkillers.htm ).
Read more
Newswire article
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Gun Deaths Outpace Motor Vehicle Deaths in the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia)
A new Violence Policy Center (VPC) analysis ( http://www.vpc.org/studies/dmv.pdf ) of just-released federal firearm and motor vehicle deaths data reveals that gun deaths outpace motor vehicle deaths in the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia). The analysis, which uses the most recent complete data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, reveals that in 2010-- --Gun deaths in the DMV totaled 1,512 while motor vehicles deaths totaled 1,280.
Read more
Newswire article
Friday, August 24, 2012
Violence Policy Center Statement on Shooting Outside Empire State Building
Following the fourth high-profile shooting in little over a month, this time outside the Empire State Building in New York City and reportedly involving a 45 caliber handgun, the Violence Policy Center, a national non-profit educational organization working to stop gun death and injury, issued the following statement:
Read more
Newswire article
Monday, August 06, 2012
Violence Policy Center Statement on Shooting at Sikh Temple Leaving Six Dead, Others Critically Wounded
Following the second gun massacre in a little over two weeks, this time at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin leaving six victims dead and others critically wounded, the Violence Policy Center, a national non-profit educational organization working to stop gun death and injury, issued the following statement:
Read more
Newswire article
Thursday, July 26, 2012
New VPC Report Details Marketing and Production History of Assault Rifle Used in Aurora, CO, the Smith & Wesson M&P15
Colorado mass shooter James Holmes’ alleged use of a Smith & Wesson M&P15 semiautomatic AR-15-style assault rifle "demonstrates the clear and present danger of a gun designed for war and ruthlessly marketed for profit to civilians" according to a new report, Understanding the Smith & Wesson M&P15 Semiautomatic Assault Rifle Used in the Aurora, Colorado Mass Murder ( http://www.vpc.org/studies/M&P15.pdf ), released today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC).
Read more
Newswire article
Monday, July 23, 2012
National Rifle Association-Backed Law Made Possible Internet Ammunition Sales Reportedly Exploited by Colorado Shooter and Removed Recordkeeping Requirements, NRA Reaps Profits From Such Sales Today
Changes in federal law that allow virtually anyone to purchase ammunition over the Internet in bulk quantities without any recordkeeping are the direct result of the National Rifle Association's flagship bill of the 1980s--The Firearms Owners’ Protection Act, commonly known as "McClure-Volkmer"--which was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.
Read more
Newswire article
Thursday, May 03, 2012
More Than 1,300 Murder-Suicide Deaths Occurred in 2011, New Study Estimates
At least 691 Americans died in 313 murder-suicides during the first six months of 2011 with the vast majority (89.5 percent) involving a firearm, according to the fourth edition of the Violence Policy Center’s (VPC) study "American Roulette: Murder-Suicide in the United States" ( http://www.vpc.org/studies/ amroul2012.pdf ). Using these figures, the VPC estimates that more than 1,300 Americans died in murder-suicides in 2011 and that 12 murder-suicides occur in the United St
Read more
Newswire article
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Michigan Reports 38 Deaths, Including the Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer--VPC Concealed Carry Killers April Update
From July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, 38 lives were ended by Michigan concealed handgun permit holders in non-self defense deaths according to the April update of the Violence Policy Center's (VPC) Concealed Carry Killers on-line resource ( http://www.vpc.org/ccwkillers.htm . The Michigan concealed handgun permit deaths are comprised of: five pending criminal homicides (including the murder of a law enforcement officer); four criminal homicide convictions; and 29 suicides.
Read more
Newswire article
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
NRA Annual Meeting This Weekend in St. Louis, MO--State Ranked #1 for Black Homicide Victimization
Missouri suffers the worst black homicide victimization rate in the nation, yet this weekend in St. Louis the National Rifle Association (NRA) will hold its yearly celebration of guns at its annual meeting and firearms industry gun exposition.
Read more
Newswire article
Monday, April 02, 2012
New VPC Study Details How Lax Concealed Carry Laws Are Designed to Boost Gun Sales
The lethal shooting of unarmed, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by concealed handgun permit holder George Zimmerman is the predictable result of an aggressive decades-long campaign by the National Rifle Association (NRA) to promote lax concealed carry laws and attendant "Shoot First" laws that boost gun industry sales according to a new Violence Policy Center (VPC) report, “Never Walk Alone”--How Concealed Carry Laws Boost Gun Sales" ( http://www.vpc.org/studies/ ccwnra.pdf
Read more

Pages