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. 

The VPC submitted an amicus brief in support of Washington DC's partial ban on handgun ownership in the 2008 Heller case and issued a highly critical press release when a narrow 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court ruled that the Washington DC law violated the Second Amendment. On its website, though, unlike Americans Against Gun Violence, the VPC does not explicitly advocate overturning Heller, nor does it explicitly advocate banning or strictly regulating civilian handgun ownership or adopting other stringent gun control regulations in the United States comparable to those in place in other high income democratic countries.