High profile shootings in the USA……
Tehama County, California, November 14, 2017, 5 people killed, 12 wounded, including 6 children…
Sutherland Springs, Texas, November 5, 2017, 26 people killed, 20 wounded…
Las Vegas, Nevada, October 1, 2017, 58 people killed, hundreds wounded…
New York City Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, June 30, 2017, 1 person killed, 5 wounded…
Little Rock, Arkansas, June 30, 2017, 25 people wounded…
Alexandria, Virginia baseball field, June 14, 2017. 4 people wounded…
San Francisco UPS warehouse, June 14, 2017. 3 people killed, 2 wounded…
Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale Airport, Florida, January 6, 2017. 5 people killed, 6 wounded…
On an average day in the United States, 99 people killed by guns, 232 wounded….
Since 1968, more U.S. civilians have been killed by guns than all the U.S. soldiers killed in all the wars in which the United States has ever been involved…
Townville, South Carolina, September 28, 2016. 2 people killed, including shooter’s father and 6 year boy, 2 others wounded by 14 year old boy…
Burlington, Washington, September 28, 2016. 5 people killed at department store makeup counter…
Fort Myers, Florida, July 25, 2016, 2 people killed, 17 wounded…
Sniper Attacks, Dallas, Texas, July 7, 2016, 5 people killed, 7 wounded…
Pulse Nightclub, Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016, 49 people killed, 58 wounded…
Excel Industries, Hesston, Kansas, February 25, 2016, 3 people killed, 14 wounded…
Kalamazoo, Michigan, February 20, 2016, 6 killed, 2 people wounded…
On an average day in the United States in 2015, 99 people killed by guns, 232 wounded….
Since 1968, more U.S. civilians have been killed by guns than all the U.S. soldiers killed in all the wars in which the United States has ever been involved…
Inland Regional Center, San Bernardino, California, December 2, 2015, 14 people killed, 21 wounded…
Planned Parenthood, Colorado Springs, November 27, 2015, 3 people killed, 9 wounded…
Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Oregon, October 1, 2015, 9 people killed, 9 wounded…
Marine Corps Recruitment Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee, July 16, 2015, 5 people killed, 2 wounded…
Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, South Carolina, June 17, 2015, 9 people killed, 1 wounded…
On an average day in the United States in 2014, 92 people killed by guns, 222 wounded…
Since 1968, more U.S. civilians have been killed by guns than all the U.S. soldiers killed in all the wars in which the United States has ever been involved…
Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Marysville, Washington, October 24, 2014, 5 people killed, 1 wounded…
University of California, Santa Barbara student mass murder, Isla Vista, California, May 23, 2014, 6 people killed, 13 wounded…
Fort Hood, Texas, April 3, 2014, 3 people killed, 12 wounded…
Rancheria Tribal Office and Community Center, Alturas, California, February 20, 2014, 4 people killed, 2 wounded…
On an average day in the United States in 2013, 92 people killed by guns, 231 wounded…
Since 1968, more U.S. civilians have been killed by guns than all the U.S. soldiers killed in all the wars in which the United States has ever been involved…
Washington Navy Yard, Washington D.C., September 16, 2013, 12 killed, 8 wounded…
Hialeah Apartment Building, Hialea, Florida, July 26, 2013, 7 killed…
Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, California, June 7, 2013, 6 killed, 3 wounded…
Pinewood Village Apartment, Federal Way, Washington, April 21, 2013, 5 killed…
On an average day in the United States, 92 killed, over 180 wounded…
In an average year in the United States, over 30,000 killed, over 60,000 wounded…
Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut, December 14, 2012, 20 children and 7 adults killed, 2 wounded…
Accent Signage Systems, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 27, 2012, 7 killed, 1 wounded…
Sikh Temple, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, August 5, 2012, 7 killed, 3 wounded…
Century Movie Theater, Aurora, Colorado, July 20, 2012, 12 killed, 58 wounded…
Café Racer, Seattle, Washington, May 20, 2012, 6 killed, 1 wounded…
Oikos University, Oakland, California, April 2, 2012, 7 killed, 3 wounded…
"Pious condolences will no longer suffice…"
"Quarter measures and half measures will no longer suffice…"
"The time has now come that we must enact stringent gun control legislation…"
"…gun control legislation comparable to the legislation in force in virtually every civilized country in the world."

Senator Thomas Dodd, June 11, 1968

"Pious condolences will no longer suffice…"
"Quarter measures and half measures will no longer suffice…"
"The time has now come that we must enact stringent gun control legislation…"
"…gun control legislation comparable to the legislation in force in virtually every civilized country in the world."

Senator Thomas Dodd, June 11, 1968

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Dec 09, 2017

Congress Should Be Ashamed: The Concealed Carry Criminal Act of 2017

Congress Should Be Ashamed: The Concealed Carry Criminal Act of 2017 Following the mass killing of 20 first grade children and six adult staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December of 2012, former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded herself by a gunshot to the head in a mass shooting in January of 2011, issued the following statement: In response to a horrific series of shootings that has sown terror [...]

Nov 27, 2017

The Tehama County Shooting, Laura's Law, and Laura's Mom

The Tehama County Shooting, Laura's Law, and Laura's Mom You’ve probably heard about the mass shooting in Tehama County in Northern California on Tuesday, November 14. Or maybe not, if you don’t live in Northern California. It was the 18th mass shooting in the United States this month, if one defines a mass shooting as a single incident in which four or more people, not including the perpetrator, are shot. And it was “just a [...]

Nov 27, 2017

Letter to the Editor re: What to tell children about school shootings

An edited version of following letter to the editor regarding the November 14, 2017  Tehama County, California mass shooting, which included a shooting at Rancho Tehama Elementary School, was published in the November 26 issue of the Sacramento Bee.   What To Tell Children About Mass Shootings The two articles in the Sunday Bee concerning the Rancho Tehama Elementary School shooting describe a “family fun day” featuring “pizza and hugs;” security measures such as lockdown [...]

Nov 15, 2017

More about the Coalition Against Gun Violence of Santa Barbara County

The Coalition Against Gun Violence of Santa Barbara County lists the following "Agenda for Action" on its website. To raise awareness throughout the entire community — children, teens and adults — that the spreading epidemic of gun violence is a menace to us all, and that combatting it requires each of us to take a stand; To counter advertising campaigns by the gun lobby and gun manufacturers encouraging gun acquisition through education about the risks [...]

Nov 14, 2017

More About the International Action Network on Small Arms

Among it's other activities, the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) brings together representatives of "civil society" from around the world to make their voices heard at the Biennial Meeting of States (BMS) at the United Nations every two years where progress on the program to eradicate the illicit international trade in small arms is reviewed by UN delegates. Americans Against Gun Violence President Dr. Bill Durston spoke on behalf of U.S. civil society [...]

Nov 14, 2017

More About the Brady Campaign and Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

The stated goal of the Brady Campaign and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is to cut the number of annual US gun deaths in half by 2025. The Brady Campaign does not support any gun control legislation, though, that does not include a "grandfather clause." Grandfather clauses in gun control bills allow individuals who already legally own any category of guns being banned in the new legislation, including assault weapons, to keep them. The Brady Center website states [...]

Nov 14, 2017

More about the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

In 2016, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (LCPGV) partnered with Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), the organization founded by former US Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly. Congresswoman Giffords was critically wounded in 2011 in a mass shooting in which six people were killed and thirteen other people were wounded. Due to the severity of her brain injury, Congresswoman Giffords probably plays only a symbolic role in ARS. Americans Against [...]

Nov 14, 2017

More about GunPolicy.org

GunPolicy.org works mainly in the area of gun violence research and dissemination of information. Unlike Americans Against Gun Violence, it does engage in legislative advocacy or grass roots organizing in order to change gun policies. Due to lack of funding, GunPolicy.org stopped updating its website in 2016. Americans Against Gun Violence is actively seeking to raise money to continue to collect data comparing rates of gun ownership, rates of gun violence, and differences in gun control [...]

Nov 14, 2017

More about the Violence Policy Center

The executive director of the Violence Policy Center, Joshua Sugarmann, was the keynote speaker at our Americans Against Gun Violence first annual dinner on October 22, 2017. (Click on this link to read Mr. Sugarmann's speech.) In addition to co-authoring numerous reports with colleagues at the VPC, Mr. Sugarmann is the author of the 2001 book, Every Handgun is Aimed at You: The Case for Banning Handguns, and the 1996 book,  NRA: Money, Firepower, and Fear.  [...]

Nov 11, 2017

The Air Force Is Not the Problem...And A Good Guy With A Gun Is Not the Solution

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, in which 25 people were killed, including eight children and a pregnant woman,  and 20 others wounded, it has been revealed that the gunman, Devin Kelley, had been hospitalized involuntarily for mental illness and imprisoned for domestic [...]