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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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Unarmed Teen Trayvon Martin One of More Than 400 Victims of “Concealed Carry Killers” since May 2007
The deadly shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman is unfortunately only one example of at least 402 victims killed in 32 states since May 2007 in incidents 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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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monterey County Ranks #1 for Youth Homicide Victimization in California for Second Year in a Row, New Study Reveals
Monterey County’s young people suffer a murder rate that leads all California counties and is nearly three times the overall state rate for the same age range, according to “Lost Youth: A County-by-County Analysis of 2010 California Homicide Victims Ages 10 to 24,” a study analyzing unpublished California Department of Justice Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR) data released today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC). The study, available at http://www.vpc.org/studies/ cayouth2012.pdf
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Friday, January 06, 2012
Number of Americans Shot Each Year is Rising New Analysis Shows
As gun violence prevention supporters begin holding vigils across America marking the January 8th one-year anniversary of the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that claimed six lives and wounded 13 others, including U.S.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
US House Committee Approves National Concealed Carry Bill-Research Shows Permit Holders Kill Innocents
As the House Judiciary Committee today voted to approve a bill (H.R. 822) to nationalize the carrying of concealed handguns, Violence Policy Center (VPC) research shows that since May 2007 at least 385 people--including 11 law enforcement officers--have been killed in incidents not ruled self-defense involving private citizens legally allowed to carry concealed handguns. Included in this number are numerous mass shootings--the most recent occurring in July at a child's birthday party at a Texas roller rink--claiming the lives of 89 innocent victims.
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Monday, October 24, 2011
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 just-released 2008 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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Newswire article
Friday, July 15, 2011
VPC Endorses New Federal Gun Anti-Trafficking Bill
Today at a Capitol Hill press conference, the Violence Policy Center (VPC) strongly endorsed legislation introduced by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) to help stem the flood of military-style firearms from the United States to Mexico and other countries in the Western Hemisphere. The bill would create a federal anti-trafficking statute, something, shockingly, that current law lacks. This gaping hole in federal gun laws has helped make the United States a beacon for international gun traffickers.
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Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Arizona Mass Shooter, Conviction of Concealed Carry Cop-Killer, Among the June Additions and Updates to VPC's Concealed Carry Killers
At least 319 people, including 11 law enforcement officers, have been killed in incidents not ruled self-defense involving private citizens legally allowed to carry concealedhandguns according to the June update of the Violence Policy Center's (VPC) Concealed Carry Killers on-line resource ( http://www.vpc.org/ccwkillers.htm ).
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Newswire article
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Report: Gun Industry Militarization Drives Mexico Gun Trafficking
As the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform focuses on alleged failures of the U.S. Justice Department’s program to stop gun trafficking to Mexico, a new study by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) identifies the major force driving the criminal cross-border gun traffic: the gun industry’s cynical militarization of the U.S. civilian gun market.
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Newswire article
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Concealed Carry Killers May Update, 309 Deaths and Counting
At least 309 people, including 11 law enforcement officers, have been killed in incidents not ruled self-defense involving private citizens legally allowed to carry handguns according to the May update of the Violence Policy Center's Concealed Carry Killers on-line resource ( http://www.vpc.org/ ccwkillers.htm ).
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Newswire article
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Analysis Details 300 People--Including 11 Law Enforcement Officers--Killed Since May 2007 by Persons Allowed to Legally Carry Concealed Handguns as Wisconsin Legislature Holds Hearings on Allowing Concealed Loaded Handguns in Public
While Wisconsin concealed carry proponents promise that proposed legislation allowing the carrying of loaded concealed handguns in the state will increase public safety and aid law enforcement, since May 2007 at least 300 people--including 11 law enforcement officers--have been killed by private citizens legally allowed to carry handguns in killings not ruled self-defense according to Concealed Carry Killers, an on-line resource ( http://www.vpc.org/ ccwkillers.htm ) from the Washington, DC-based Vio
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