High profile shootings in the USA……
Atlanta, Georgia, November 6, 2020: 3 people killed, including rapper, King Von; 3 others wounded…
Chicago, Illinois, July 21, 2020: 15 mourners wounded outside funeral home in drive by shooting…
Molson Coors Brewery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 26, 2020: 5 people killed by coworker who then shot and killed himself…
Jersey City, New Jersey, December 10, 2019: 4 people, including a police officer, killed, 3 other people, including 2 officers and a civilian, wounded in suspected anti-semitic hate crime…
Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, December 6, 2019: 3 trainees killed, 8 other people, including 2 police officers injured…
December 4, 2019, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Hawaii: 2 civilians killed, 1 wounded by on duty sailor…
Fresno, California, November 17, 2019: 4 people killed, 6 wounded at backyard party…
Saugus High School, Santa Clarita, California, November 14, 2019: 2 students killed, 3 wounded by 16 year old student who shot himself immediately afterward and later died…
Long Beach, California, October 29, 2019: 3 people killed, 9 wounded…
Elkmont, Alabama, September 2, 2019: Father, step-mother, 6 year-old step-brother, 5 year old step-sister, and 6 month old step-brother shot and killed by 14 year-old boy…
Midland and Odessa Texas, August 31, 2019: 7 people killed, 24 wounded…
Dayton, Ohio, August 4, 2019: 9 people killed, 27 injured…
El Paso Texas, August 3, 2019: 22 people killed, at least 24 other injured…
Gilroy, California, July 28, 2019: 3 people killed, 13 injured…
Municipal Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia, May 31, 2019: 12 people killed, 4 wounded…
STEM Charter School, Highlands Ranch, Colorado, May 7, 2019: 1 student killed, 8 students wounded…
University of North Carolina, Charlotte, April 30, 2019: 2 students killed, 4 students wounded…
Baltimore, Maryland neighborhood cookout, April 29, 2019: 1 person killed, at least 7 people wounded…
April 27, 2019, Chabad Synagogue, Poway, California: 1 woman killed, 3 people, including 8 year old girl, wounded…
February 15, 2019, Henry Pratt Manufacturing Plant, Aurora, Illinois: 5 employees killed, 5 police officers wounded…
January 26, 2019, near Baton Rouge, Louisiana: 5 people killed, including gunman’s girlfriend, girlfriend’s father and brother, and gunman’s parents…
January 23, 2019, SunTrust Bank, Sebring, Florida: 5 women killed…
January 10, 2019, Davis, California: 22 year old female police officer ambushed and killed during her first month on the job while investigating minor traffic accident…
Chicago Mercy Hospital, November 20, 2018: Emergency physician, pharmacy resident, and police officer killed by physician’s ex-boyfriend…
Thousand Oaks, California, November 7, 2018: 12 people killed, 22 injured…
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 27, 2018: 11 people killed, 6 wounded at Jewish synagogue by anti-Semitic gunman…
Bakersfield, California, September 13, 2018: 5 people killed, including shooter’s ex-wife…
Cincinnati, Ohio, Fountain Square Office Building, September 6, 2018: 3 people killed, 2 wounded…
Jacksonville, Florida Video Football Gaming Tournament, August 26, 2018: 2 people killed, 9 wounded…
Capital Gazette newspaper, Annapolis, Maryland, June 28, 2018: 5 people killed, including editor, 3 journalists, and another staff member…
Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe, Texas, May 18, 2018: 8 students and 2 teachers killed, 13 wounded…
Nashville, Tennessee, April 22, 2018: 4 people killed, 2 wounded…
Pathway Home for Veterans with PTSD, Yountville, California, March 9, 2018: 3 female staff killed by former client…
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, February 14, 2018: 14 students and 3 staff killed, 17 wounded by former student…
Marshall County High School, Benton, Kentucky, January 23, 2018: 2 students killed, 12 wounded…
Since 1968, more U.S. civilians have been killed by guns than all the U.S. soldiers killed by any means in all the wars in which the United States has ever been involved…
On an average day in 2017, 109 people were killed by guns in the United States, and at least 2-3 times this many people suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds…
In 2017, a total of 39,773 people were killed by guns in the United States, and at least 2-3 times this many people suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds…
Highlands Ranch, Colorado, December 31, 2017: 1 police officer killed, 4 other officers and 2 civilians wounded…
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, 422 wounded…
Freeman High School, Rockford, Washington, September 13, 2017: 1 student killed, 3 students 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…
Since 1968, more U.S. civilians have been killed by guns than all the U.S. soldiers killed by any means in all the wars in which the United States has ever been involved….
On an average day in 2016, 106 people were killed by guns in the United States of America, and approximately, 232 suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds….
In 2016, a total of 38, 658 people were killed by guns in the United States of America….
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

A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence

November 9, 2020

With the outcome of the 2020 presidential election now decided, the fact that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be the next President and Vice President, respectively, of the United States of America brings new hope that we can make progress toward ending our country’s epidemic of gun violence.

It’s hard to imagine any president being worse on the gun violence issue than our current lame duck, Donald J. Trump, who promised the National Rifle Association at the beginning of his presidency, “I will never, ever let you down.”[i] On the other hand, if we hope to make progress in preventing gun violence over the next four years, we will need to educate both President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris concerning the facts that the main reasons for our country’s extraordinarily high rate of gun violence as compared with all the other high income democratic countries of the world are our extraordinarily lax gun control laws and the related extraordinarily high number of privately owned guns per capita in our country; and that in order to reduce our rate of gun deaths and injuries to levels comparable to the rates in other advanced democracies, we must adopt comparably stringent gun control laws. Based on past statements that they’ve made, both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris clearly have significant gaps in either their knowledge or in their political courage on the issue of gun violence prevention. Given that they’ve both pledged to be guided by science, truth, and the bests interests of the American people, though, I have hope that with the help of input from people like us, those gaps can be filled.

And at the same time that we educate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and urge them to have the political courage to openly advocate and do everything within their power to achieve the adoption of stringent gun control laws in the United States comparable to the laws in other high income democratic countries, we need to continue to work to fill the gaps in the knowledge and/or political courage of other elected leaders and to dispel some myths that are widely accepted by a majority of the American electorate – myths that constitute the main obstacles to stopping our country’s epidemic of gun violence. These myths include 1) the myth that the Second Amendment was intended to confer an individual right to own guns; 2) the myth that honest, law-abiding people should own or carry guns "for protection;" 3) the myth that we can stop the epidemic of gun violence in our country without adopting stringent gun control laws comparable to the laws in other high income democratic countries and without substantially reducing the number of privately owned guns in circulation; and 4) the myth that we need more research in order know what steps we must take to prevent gun violence.

I will be posting additional information in the near future concerning these four myths and the extent to which President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris have endorsed them, refuted them, or been silent on them in the past. For now, though, for a more detailed discussion of these four myths, I'll direct interested readers to the expanded text of the presentation that I gave at the American Public Health Association annual conference on October 26, 2020.

At this point in time, I would like to urge everyone to register for our National Gun Violence Prevention Conference this coming Sunday, November 15, from 12 noon-2 PM PST.  This conference, which will be conducted live via Zoom, will be a unique opportunity to hear Dr. Michael North talk about how he helped lead a successful campaign to completely ban civilian ownership of handguns in Great Britain after his five year old daughter, Sophie, was murdered along with 15 other students and their teacher at the elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland in 1996. There have been no further school shootings since the ban went into effect, and the rate of gun deaths in Great Britain is currently 1/60th the rate in the United States.

The conference will also feature a presentation by the prominent San Francisco Bay Area attorney, Anthony Schoenberg, who successfully defended a local large capacity magazine ordinance against a gun lobby challenge in the case of Fyock v. Sunnyvale. Mr. Schoenberg was the first person to describe the Supreme Court's rogue 2008 Heller decision to me as "an abomination." He’ll be talking about the Second Amendment and the need to overturn Heller. I'll be wrapping up the first hour of the conference with a reprise of portions of the talk on gun violence prevention that I presented at the American Public Health Association annual conference last month and further discussion of the opportunities and challenges that a new presidential administration present. In the second hour of the conference, we'll invite all participants to join in discussing how we can work more effectively together to stop our country's epidemic of gun violence.

Because of technical features of the Zoom platform, we’ve decided that it will work best to break up the conference into two separate components - a Zoom "webinar" for the first hour, and a Zoom "meeting" for the second hour. We aren’t requiring any payment to participate in the webinar or the meeting, but in order to ensure that we have adequate capacity on our Zoom account to accommodate everyone who wishes to participate, we do request that participants register in advance. The registration process involves simply clicking on the links below and entering your name and email address.

To register in advance for the November 15 webinar beginning at 12 noon, click on this link.

To register in advance for the interactive meeting that follows the webinar (beginning about 1 PM), click on this link.

After registering for the webinar and the interactive meeting that follows, you’ll be sent emails from Americans Against Gun Violence via the Zoom server with the links for joining both hours of the conference. Note that you can log in for the webinar portion as early as 11:30 AM, but the webinar itself will begin at 12 noon.

You’ll have an opportunity to type in questions for Dr. North, Mr. Schoenberg, and myself via the “Q&A” feature on the Zoom screen during the first hour, but you can also submit questions in advance if you like via the Contact Us page of this website. During the second hour, you’ll be able to ask questions and offer comments and suggestions verbally.

We’re hosting the virtual conference via Zoom in lieu of our traditional annual dinner due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Our annual dinners have been our main fundraising events in past years. Although we’re not asking for anyone to pay anything to participate in the Zoom conference, we would appreciate it if you're not already an official paid member of Americans Against Gun Violence, that you would join at this time at the rate of just $25/year ($10/year for students). And of course, if you're in a position to make an early end of year donation to support our ongoing work, we'd greatly appreciate any additional contribution that you could make.

Thanks for your support. I hope to see you (virtually) and talk with you at the Americans Against Gun Violence National Conference on November 15.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Bill Durston, MD

President, Americans Against Gun Violence

 

 

 

[i] Michele Gorman, “Full Transcript: President Trump’s Speech Fires up the NRA,” Newsweek, April 28, 2017, http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-full-transcript-atlanta-592039.