Thanks to everyone who helped make our first annual dinner on October 22nd a resounding success!

Special thanks to our keynote speaker, Joshua Sugarmann, Executive Director of the Violence Policy Center, for his eloquent address on the topic, Gun Violence in America: A Preventable Epidemic. Click on these links to read the text of Mr. Sugarmann's keynote address and to listen to an interview with him on Capital Public Radio, Sacramento's NPR station.

A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence

The Air Force is Not the Problem – And A Good Guy with a Gun Is Not the Solution

In the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5, attention has been focused on the fact that the Air Force failed to report to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the fact that the gunman, Devin Kelley, had been hospitalized involuntarily for mental illness and imprisoned for domestic violence before being given a bad conduct discharge. As a result, Kelley was able to pass a background check and buy an assault rifle from a gun store without any difficulty. But even if Kelley had been on the NICS prohibited list, he could have easily obtained the assault rifle he used in the massacre from a “kitchen table” gun dealer or a gun show.

Much attention has also been focused on the fact that a good Samaritan who lived nearby shot and wounded Kelley, but only as Kelley was leaving the church after killing 25 people and wounding 20 others inside.

The Air Force dropped the ball, and the good Samaritan definitely acted in a heroic manner, but the Air Force is not the main problem, and a good guy with a gun is not the solution.

The main reason for the regular occurrence of mass shootings in the United States, and for the fact that gun violence claims 99 lives on an average day in our country, is that our country is awash in guns. And the obvious solution to stopping the shameful epidemic of gun violence that afflicts our country is the one that always seems to get the least attention....

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Preventing Firearm Related Deaths and Injuries in the United States of America
Mission Statement of Americans Against Gun Violence

Firearm related deaths and injuries are a serious public health problem in the United States of America, and the rate of gun violence in the USA is much higher than in all other economically advanced democratic countries. It is the position of Americans Against Gun Violence that we have not only the ability, but also the moral responsibility, to reduce rates of firearm related deaths and injuries in our country to levels that are at or below those in the other high income democratic countries of the world.

We support incremental steps toward reducing gun violence in the United States such as expanding background checks and banning assault weapons. On the other hand, we believe that it is critically important to make the American people aware that in order to reduce rates of firearm related deaths and injuries in the United States to levels comparable to those in other economically advanced democratic countries, we must adopt comparable gun control laws. Such laws include stringent regulations, if not complete bans, on civilian ownership of handguns and all automatic and semi-automatic rifles. Such laws need not prevent responsible hunters and target shooters from practicing their sports with traditional sporting rifles and shotguns. In order to stringently regulate or ban handguns, the Supreme Court's radical reinterpretation of the Second Amendment in the 2008 Heller decision must be overturned. We further believe that stringent regulation of civilian firearm ownership should be accompanied by stringent regulation of the use of lethal force by law enforcement officers.

In addition to educating the American people regarding the need for the adoption of definitive gun control laws, it is our mission to debunk the myths promoted by the gun industry and its associated lobby, including the myth that honest, law-abiding people should own or carry guns “for protection;” that the Second Amendment was intended to confer an individual right to own guns; and, the most pernicious myth of all - that the gun lobby is more powerful than the rest of the American people.

We are confident that one day, the United States will adopt stringent gun control laws comparable to those already in place in every other high income democratic country of the world. The only question is how many more Americans will die needlessly of gunshot wounds before that day arrives. It is our mission to work to make that day come sooner rather than later.

Click on this link for downloadable version of this mission statement in PDF format.