Last updated on: 4/10/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Violence Policy Center (VPC) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?"
Reasoning:

“Innocent victims continue to die at the hands of private citizens with permits to carry concealed handguns… Concealed handgun permit holders are responsible for at least 928 deaths not involving self defense since 2007, including 31 mass shootings that killed 147 people…

The findings of [our research] are consistent with the latest academic research, which shows that state laws allowing concealed handguns in public do not increase public safety – in fact, they do the opposite.”

“More Than 900 Deaths at the Hands of Concealed Carry Killers Since 2007, Latest VPC Research Shows,” vpc.org, Mar. 27, 2017

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“Founded in 1988 by Executive Director Josh Sugarmann, a native of Newtown, Connecticut, the VPC informs the public about the impact of gun violence on their daily lives, exposes the profit-driven marketing and lobbying activities of the firearms industry and gun lobby, offers unique technical expertise to policymakers, organizations, and advocates on the federal, state, and local levels, and works for policy changes that save lives.”

“About the VPC,” vpc.org (accessed Apr. 10. 2017)

Mission:

“The Violence Policy Center (VPC) works to stop gun death and injury through research, education, advocacy, and collaboration…

Gun violence is not only a crime problem: It is a public health epidemic. Each year, more than 33,000 Americans die from gun violence in suicides, homicides, and unintentional shootings. Shockingly, guns are the only consumer product manufactured in America that the federal government does not regulate for health and safety. The gun industry has exploited this unique exemption by designing, manufacturing, and marketing increasingly lethal products, nearly always using crossover military technologies.

The inevitable result of this militarized civilian gun industry can be seen across our nation: from mass shootings using semiautomatic weapons with high-capacity ammunition magazines, to vigilante justice meted out by concealed handgun permit holders. At the same time, in the face of declining household gun ownership, the firearms industry is targeting women and even grade-school children as their new potential customers.

The VPC firmly believes the answer to reducing gun violence lies in applying the decades-long lessons of public health injury prevention and consumer product safety regulation to the gun industry and its products.”

“About the VPC,” vpc.org (accessed Apr. 10. 2017)

Other:
501(c)(3) nonprofit
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?