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, April 27, 2011
Killings by Persons Allowed to Legally Carry Concealed Handguns Reach 300—VPC Concealed Carry Killers April Update
Persons legally allowed to carry concealed handguns have killed at least 300 individuals since May 2007 according to the April 2011 update of Concealed Carry Killers , a Violence Policy Center (VPC) on-line resource that tallies news reports of killings by persons allowed to legally carry concealed handguns. These killings include the deaths of 11 law enforcement officers as well as 18 mass shootings where private citizens legally allowed to carry concealed handguns have taken, or have been charged with taking, the lives of 79 innocent victims.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Household Gun Ownership Hits New Low--Fewer Than One Out of Three American Households Has a Gun
Household gun ownership in the United States has dropped to its lowest level since it peaked in 1977 according to a report issued today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) analyzing new data from the General Social Survey (GSS) conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. The GSS has tracked household and personal gun ownership since the early 1970s and, except for the U.S. Census, is the most frequently analyzed source of information in the social sciences.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
NRA Gets Millions From Gun Industry "Corporate Partners" New Study Reveals
The National Rifle Association (NRA) receives millions of dollars directly from domestic and foreign gun manufacturers and other members of the firearms industry through an organized corporate outreach program according to a new report issued today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC).
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Monday, January 31, 2011
Monterey County Ranks #1 for Youth Homicide Victimization in California, 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 2009 California Homicide Victims Ages 10 to 24," a new study analyzing unpublished California Department of Justice Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR) data released today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC).
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
NRA and Some of Its Board Members Have Direct Financial Interests in Stopping Ban on High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines
Board members of the National Rifle Association and its affiliated organization the NRA Foundation, as well as the NRA's lobbying division, have a financial interest in allowing the continued sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines like those used in the Arizona mass shooting according to a just-released investigation by the Washington, DC-based Center for Public Integrity (CPI).
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
NRA and Some of Its Board Members Have Direct Financial Interests in Stopping Ban on High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines
Board members of the National Rifle Association and its affiliated organization the NRA Foundation, as well as the NRA's lobbying division, have a financial interest in allowing the continued sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines like those used in the Arizona mass shooting according to a just-released investigation by the Washington, DC-based Center for Public Integrity (CPI).
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Violence Policy Center Strongly Backs Ban on High-Capacity Magazines
The Violence Policy Center (VPC), a national educational organization working to stop gun death and injury, today hailed Representative Carolyn McCarthy’s (D-NY) proposal to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines at the Capitol Hill press conference announcing the bill.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Gun Industry Holds Annual Trade Show in Aftermath of AZ Shooting
Next week, America's gunmakers will assemble for the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) Show, the annual trade show for the firearms industry. As household gun ownership has dropped dramatically since the early 1970s and America's youth turn away from guns, the SHOT Show is proof of the gun industry's embrace of increased lethality to shore up its fading market and declining sales.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines: The Common Thread That Runs Through Mass Shootings
High-capacity ammunition magazines are the common thread that run through most mass shootings, the Violence Policy Center (VPC) stated today in profiling the guns and ammunition magazines used in 10 of America’s most notorious mass shootings ( http://www.vpc.org/fact_sht/ VPCshootinglist.pdf ).
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Monday, January 10, 2011
Semiautomatic Pistol Used in Arizona Shooting Is Same Model Handgun Used in Virginia Tech Shooting
The same model handgun used in the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and 19 others on Saturday was also used in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, the Violence Policy Center (VPC) pointed out today in a backgrounder released on the Glock 19 pistol and ammunition magazine used in the Arizona attack (see http://www.vpc.org/fact_sht/ AZbackgrounder.pdf for backgrounder).
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