To learn more about the subject of preventing gun violence, we recommend the websites of the following organizations as sources of credible information.


International Organizations

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.

Read more about IANSA and its relationship to Americans Against Gun Violence, 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.

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National Organizations


The Violence Policy Center
The Violence Policy Center (VPC) is an excellent source of 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 legislative advocacy. The VPC is hosting a video contest for high school students in 2019.

Read more about the VPC, its executive director, Joshua Sugarmann.




The Giffords Law Center


The Giffords Law Center is named for former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded by a gunshot to the head in a mass shooting in 2011. The organization was previously known as the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (LCPGV), but changed its name to the Giffords Law Center a few years ago after partnering with the organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, which was founded by Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former astronaut and current Senator-elect from Arizona, Mark Kelly, in 2013. The Giffords Law Center website is a good source of information about gun laws in the United States.

Read more about the Giffords Law Center.



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.

Read more about the Brady Campaign and Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, including how Brady differs from Americans Against Gun Violence



Local Organizations


The Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility


The Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility has been actively involved in gun violence prevention since the chapter was restarted in 2003. Americans Against Gun Violence grew, in part, out of the work that PSR/Sacramento was doing at the local level. PSR/Sacramento fully supports the position of Americans Against Gun Violence concerning the need for the adoption of stringent gun control regulations in the United States comparable to the regulations that have long been in effect in every other high income democratic country of the world. In addition to working on preventing gun violence, PSR/Sacramento also works on reducing the threat of nuclear weapons, protecting the environment, ensuring universal access to necessary medical care, and promoting social justice. PSR/Sacramento welcomes all progressive activists, not just physicians, to become involved in chapter activities.



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