Mission: To stop gun death and injury through research, education, advocacy, and collaboration.
About the Organization: Founded in 1988, the Violence Policy Center works to inform the public about the impact of gun violence on their daily lives; expose the profit-driven marketing and lobbying activities of the firearms industry and gun lobby; offer technical expertise to policymakers, organizations, and advocates on the federal, state, and local levels; and advocate for policy changes that save lives.
Current Programs: Framing gun violence as not only a crime problem but also a public health epidemic, VPC's education program informs the public through targeted campaigns, social media, and events about the impact of gun violence, including statistics about female victims of domestic gun homicide; African-American, Latino, and youth victims of gun violence; homicides by concealed carry permit holders; self-defense gun use; suicide; and murder-suicide. The organization's research efforts include reports about assault weapons, the firearms industry and its financial support for the National Rifle Association, the causes of gun violence, and public health approaches to reducing firearm death and injury.
VPC's advocacy work to bring an evidence-based perspective to the campaign for stronger gun violence prevention laws and policies has helped Connecticut and New York pass some of the nation's toughest gun-violence-prevention legislation. The organization's focus areas include regulating firearms like other consumer products and addressing marketing to children, gun trafficking, and the militarization of marketing images used by the gun industry. VPC also collaborates with diverse organizations working toward gun violence prevention and related issues.
Website: Visitors to the VPC website can learn about the impact of gun violence, the role of the gun lobby, and issues for regulating the gun industry; browse reports and videos; and/or link to sites that list federal statutes and regulations and state laws by state and topic. They also can read about five things they can do to stop gun violence, sign up for email updates, and/or make a donation.
Funding: The Violence Policy Center is funded by foundations and individuals.