About Bill Durston

Bill Durston, M.D., is a board certified emergency physician who has treated innumerable civilian gunshot victims during a medical career spanning more than 40 years. Before becoming a physician, Durston served in combat with the U.S. Marine Corps during the height of the Vietnam War. He qualified as an expert marksman in the Marines and was decorated for "courage under fire" as a patrol leader with the Marines' prestigious Third Force Reconnaissance Company. Dr. Durston has worked in the area of gun violence prevention with numerous organizations, both medical and non-medical, throughout his career. In 2016, he co-founded Americans Against Gun Violence to fill the need for a national organization that would openly advocate adopting stringent gun control laws in the United States comparable to the laws that have long been in effect in all the other high income democratic countries of the world. Dr. Durston continues to serve as the founding president of Americans Against Gun Violence.
Jun 24, 2022

Americans Against Gun Violence Condemns Supreme Court Ruling

Press Release Americans Against Gun Violence Condemns Supreme Court Ruling that New York’s Requirement for Special Permit to Carry Concealed Handguns Violates the Second Amendment Sacramento California, September June 23, 2022: Americans Against Gun Violence condemns the 6-3 ruling issued by the Supreme Court today in the case of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen (NYSRPA v. Bruen) that New York’s requirement for a special permit to carry a concealed handgun [...]

May 30, 2022

Announcing the Winners of our 2022 National High School Essay Contest

Americans Against Gun Violence is pleased to announce the winners of our 2022 National High School Essay Contest, which was open to all U.S. high school students. To enter the contest, students were required to submit an original essay of 500 words or fewer by April 16, 2022, describing their thoughts about the following statement made by the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger during an interview on the PBS News Hour on December 16, [...]

May 27, 2022

“Seeking Refuge” – Another Horrific Mass Shooting…and Another Tragically Prescient Essay by a High School Student

A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence   It was just over a week ago - a few days after the horrific mass shooting in which an 18 year old white supremacist targeted African Americans at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 people and wounding three others - that I posted message concerning what had turned out to be a tragically prescient winning essay that a 9th grade high school student in Arizona [...]

May 26, 2022

Americans Against Gun Violence Responds to Mass Shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas

Sacramento California, May 26, 2022: Americans Against Gun Violence extends our heartfelt sympathy to the families, friends, classmates, and colleagues of all the victims of the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas on May 24. We also send sincere wishes for a prompt and complete recovery to the victims who suffered non-fatal injuries. As the late Senator Thomas Dodd stated more than half a century ago, though, in June of 1968: Pious condolences will no longer [...]

May 18, 2022

A Tragically Prescient Essay by a Ninth Grade High School Student

A message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence May 18, 2022   We’d scheduled a Zoom call weeks in advance for the evening of Sunday, May 15, to make the final decision concerning the winners in this year’s Americans Against Gun Violence National High School Essay Contest. The prompt for the contest was the following statement made by the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger during an interview on the PBS NewsHour [...]

May 12, 2022

Sanctimonious Nonsense: Two Trump-appointed 9th Circuit Judges Rule that California’s Age Limit for Purchasing Semi-Automatic Rifles Violates the Second Amendment

Sacramento, California, May 12, 2022: In October of 2019, California Senate Bill 61 was signed into law, making it illegal to sell semi-automatic rifles to anyone under the age of 21 other than law enforcement officers or members of the armed forces.[1] The term, “semi-automatic,” is used to describe a firearm in which a feeding device (usually a “magazine”) delivers a new round into the firing chamber as quickly as the shooter can pull the [...]

Mar 03, 2022

“Disturbing” News About Children Being Killed in Ukraine – and in the USA

A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence March 2, 2022   On the evening of February 28, my wife and I watched the segment of the PBS NewsHour concerning the military attack on Ukraine launched by Russian president Vladimir Putin.[i] The program host, Judy Woodruff, warned at the beginning of the segment, “Images in this story may disturb some viewers.” The television coverage included a segment showing a mother sobbing as her [...]

Jan 21, 2022

Announcing Our 2022 National High School Essay Contest

  What do high school students think about “one of the greatest pieces of fraud” that Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger ever saw in his lifetime? A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence   I’m posting this message to inform our supporters that our 2022 Americans Against Gun Violence National High School Essay Contest is now open and to ask for your assistance in bringing the contest to the attention of [...]

Jan 18, 2022

Announcing the Opening of our 2022 National High School Essay Contest

The 2022 Americans Against Gun Violence National High School Essay Contest Is Now Closed for New Submissions from U.S. High School Students    Note: Deadline to enter the contest was 11:59 PM on Saturday, April 16, 2022. Return to this page after May 16 to read the winning essays in this year's contest.     Essay Topic To enter the 2022 Americans Against Gun Violence National High School Essay Contest, students must submit an original [...]

Dec 13, 2021

Which Do They Love More – Their Children or Their Guns?

A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence Four days after the Oxford High School mass shooting, in which a 15 year old student killed four fellow students and wounded six other students and a teacher, Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky posted the photo below of himself and his family on Twitter.   Apparently not wanting to be outdone, four days later, Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado posted the picture below of herself and [...]