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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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Murder, Suicide, and More Convictions: VPC Concealed Carry Killers December Update
The conviction of a Massachusetts concealed handgun permit holder who executed his wife in the driveway of their home, a domestic violence offender who sued to get his concealed carry permit reissued and then killed his six-year-old son and himself, and a drug dealer accused of shooting a customer who didn't pay for three ounces of marijuana are among this month's updates and additions to Concealed Carry Killers, a Violence Policy Center (VPC) on-line resource that tallies reports of killings by concealed handgun permit holders that have not been determined to be legitimate self def
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Michigan Concealed Handgun Licensees Have Suicide Rate Higher Than General Michigan Population--VPC Concealed Carry Killers November Update
Michigan concealed handgun license holders commit suicide at a rate higher than the general Michigan population according to the November update to the Violence Policy Center's (VPC) Concealed Carry Killers , an on-line resource that tallies reports of killings by concealed handgun permit holders that have not been determined to be legitimate self defense.
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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Killings by Concealed Handgun Permit Holders Top 200, One-Third of Incidents Involved Family Violence--VPC Concealed Carry Killers September Update
Concealed handgun permit holders have killed at least 202 individuals since May 2007 with 34 percent of the killings involving family violence according to the September update of Concealed Carry Killers, a Violence Policy Center (VPC) on-line resource that tallies news reports of killings by concealed handgun permit holders. The update comes one day before the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
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Monday, August 30, 2010
Concealed Handgun Permit Holders Fatally Shoot Each Other During Argument: VPC Concealed Carry Killers August Update
Two Florida concealed handgun permit holders who got into a confrontation and shot and killed each other on a neighborhood street are among the additions and updates to Concealed Carry Killers, a Violence Policy Center (VPC) on-line resource that tallies news reports of killings by concealed handgun permit holders.
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Monday, July 26, 2010
House Expected to Vote on Bill to Protect Guns From Claims of Creditors in Bankruptcy Cases
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote tomorrow (Tuesday, July 27) on a bill that would protect guns from the claims of creditors in bankruptcy proceedings (H.R. 5827). The national gun violence prevention organizations Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, GunFreeKids.org, Legal Community Against Violence, Protest Easy Guns, and Violence Policy Center are adamantly opposed to the legislation.
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Friday, July 23, 2010
More Deaths, More Convictions, More Murder-Suicides: VPC Concealed Carry Killers July Update
The conviction of a Tennessee concealed handgun permit holder who murdered another man during an argument over how close their SUVs were parked to one another, a “love triangle of sorts” that ended in murder-suicide, and a 15-year-old killed with an “unloaded” handgun by his friend are among the updates and additions to Concealed Carry Killers, a Violence Policy Center (VPC) on-line resource that tallies news reports of killings by concealed handgun permit holders.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
National State-by-State Study of Drive-By Shootings Reveals Data on Victims, Time, Location
The Violence Policy Center (VPC) today released the second edition of "Drive-By America," a national analysis of drive-by shootings. The study, the most comprehensive analysis of its type, tallied news stories from the 50 states and the District of Columbia from July through December 2008 to identify data and trends associated with drive-by shootings, including the number of incidents by state, the number of victims killed and injured, as well as time of day and location. Findings of the study (available at http://www.vpc.org/studies/driveby2010.pdf "
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Another Mass Shooting, More Convictions, and Other Innocent Victims Murdered by Concealed Handgun Permit Holders
A Florida mass shooting that resulted in the murder of four women, an innocent 17-year-old gunned down by a 61-year-old man in a case of mistaken identity, and a bass player from a cover band accused of murdering the female host of the party where his band was playing are among the June additions to Concealed Carry Killers, a Violence Policy Center (VPC) on-line resource that tallies news reports of killings by concealed handgun permit holders.
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Monday, June 28, 2010
Violence Policy Center Statement on McDonald v. Chicago Decision
Following today's U.S. Supreme Court decision in McDonald v. Chicago that the City of Chicago's handgun ban is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment, thus applying the Court's 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller beyond Washington, DC, Violence Policy Center Legislative Director Kristen Rand issued the following statement:
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Friday, June 11, 2010
Hialeah Mass Shooting Most Recent by a Concealed Handgun Permit Holder
Gerardo Regalado, the 38-year-old man who shot seven women, killing four, earlier this week at a Hialeah, Florida, restaurant is at least the 16th person licensed to carry a concealed handgun reported to have committed a mass shooting (three victims or more) since May 2007 according to Violence Policy Center (VPC) research.
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