We encourage visitors to our website to also check out the websites of other organizations working to prevent gun violence. Below are links to the websites of some of these other organizations with brief comments about them and how they differ from Americans Against Gun Violence.
The International Action Network on Small Arms
The International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) is an international coalition of organizations and individuals working to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons.* IANSA supports efforts to make people safer by reducing demand for such weapons, improving firearm regulation and strengthening controls on arms transfers. Through research, advocacy and campaigning, IANSA members are promoting local, national, regional and global measures to strengthen human security. Americans Against Gun Violence is an active member of IANSA.
*The term, "small arms and light weapons" refers to weapons that can be carried by a single individual, from handguns to shoulder mounted grenade launchers. Most of the daily carnage from small arms and light weapons worldwide results from the use of handguns and rifles.
The Violence Policy Center
The Violence Policy Center (VPC) is an excellent source of credible information about guns and gun violence in the United States. Americans Against Gun Violence often refers to studies done by VPC, particularly on issues such as the risks of concealed weapons, the myth of "guns for protection," and the uniquely American problem of mass shootings. In addition to research and education, the VPC also engages in some legislative advocacy. The executive director of the VPC, Joshua Sugarmann, is the author of the book, Every Handgun is Aimed at You, which makes the case for banning handguns in the USA. Officially, though, unlike Americans Against Gun Violence, the VPC does not openly advocate banning or strictly regulating handgun ownership or adopting other stringent gun control regulations in the USA comparable to those in place in other high income democratic countries. Also, unlike Americans Against Gun Violence, the VPC does not engage in grass roots organizing as a means of reducing gun violence in the USA.
GunPolicy.org, which is hosted by the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, is an excellent source of information for comparing rates of gun violence, rates of gun ownership, and firearm regulations between different countries. These comparisons demonstrate the extraordinarily high rate of gun violence in the USA as compared with all other high income democratic countries and the association between lax gun control laws, high rates of gun ownership, and high rates of gun violence. 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.
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (LCPGV), formerly the Legal Community Against Violence, was founded after a mass shooting at at San Francisco law firm in 1993 in which eight people were killed and six wounded before the shooter, an apparently mentally ill man who held a grudge against the law firm for unknown reasons, killed himself. The LCPGV website is an excellent source of information on gun laws in the United States. The LCPGV website also contains information regarding the Second Amendment and the ramifications of the 2008 Heller decision in which the US Supreme Court reversed over 200 years of prior legal precedent in ruling in a narrow 5-4 decision that the Second Amendment conferred a constitutional right to keep a handgun in the home. LCPGV actively participates in fostering what the organization refers to as "smart gun laws." These laws do not, however, include the kinds of definitive gun control legislation advocated by Americans Against Gun Violence, and although the LCPGV website refers to the Heller decision as being a "radical departure" from the Supreme Court's previous interpretation of the Second Amendment, LCPGV does not openly advocate overturning Heller.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, founded in 2001, is named for the late James Brady who was critically wounded by a gunshot to the head while serving as President Reagan’s Press Secretary and standing beside the President during an assassination attempt in 1981. James Brady was severely disabled by the gunshot wound and died of complications in 2014. His wife, Sarah, chaired the Brady Campaign until her death in 2015. Many of the other past and current leaders in the Brady Campaign have also lost loved ones to gun violence. The Brady Campaign is a 501(c)(4) organization that engages in political advocacy focused on expanding background checks for gun purchases and on shutting down disreputable gun dealers. The related Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is a 501(c)(3) educational organization.
Brady's stated goal 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 that allows individuals who already legally own any category of guns being banned by new legislation, including assault weapons, to keep them. The Brady Center website states that it works to "inspire safer attitudes and behaviors around the 300 million guns already in our homes and communities and new gun purchases taking place every day." Neither the Brady Campaign nor the Brady Center advocates overturning the 2008 Heller decision or banning handguns.
Between 2001, when the Brady Campaign was founded, and 2015, the most recent year for which national data on gun deaths are available, the annual number of gun related deaths in the USA increased from 29,573 to 36,252. Even if Brady were to achieve its goal of cutting annual firearm related deaths in half by the year 2025, there would be over 18,000 preventable gun deaths in in the USA in 2025, and the US rate of firearm related deaths would still be 2.5 times higher than in Canada, 5 times higher than in Australia, and 25 times higher than in Britain.
Americans Against Gun Violence acknowledges and respects the important work that the Brady Campaign has done. We believe, however, that our country's goal should be to reduce rates of gun violence in the USA to levels at or below the rates in other high income democratic countries, and that in order to achieve this goal, we must adopt the same kinds of stringent gun control regulations that have long been in place in those other countries. The adoption of such regulations will require overturning the Heller decision and substantially reducing the number of guns in private hands in the USA.
More links to other organizations working to prevent gun violence will be added to this website soon.