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Voters Overwhelmingly Support Judicial Election Reforms

Recent polling results indicate that the vast majority of voters want to eliminate the influence of campaign cash in judicial elections.

By Billy Corriher | Friday, June 21, 2013

Recommendations for Executive Action to Combat Illegal Gun Trafficking and Gun Crime

President Barack Obama gun action article icon Issue Brief There is much the president can do to address gun violence in our communities that does not require approval by Congress.

By Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons | Monday, June 10, 2013

A Dual Disenfranchisement: 2013 Update

Voting article icon Issue Brief As recently released data show, the rate of women of color showing up at the polls on Election Day increased from 2008 to 2012.

By Liz Chen | Wednesday, May 22, 2013

No Justice for the Injured

Theodore Olson book_alt2 icon Report An analysis of state supreme court rulings shows that an influx of corporate campaign cash is influencing judges to rule against those injured while on the job or by business entities such as hospitals.

By Billy Corriher | Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Preventing Domestic Abusers and Stalkers from Accessing Guns

The Smith & Wesson .45 caliber M1911 pistol article icon Issue Brief Weaknesses in federal law and law enforcement leave untold numbers of women vulnerable to gun violence committed by men who have harassed, stalked, threatened, and terrorized them, often for years.

By Winnie Stachelberg, Arkadi Gerney, Chelsea Parsons, and Megan Knauss | Thursday, May 9, 2013

9 Reasons Why Progress on Stronger Gun Laws Is Within Reach

Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Gabby Giffords, Mark Barden article icon Issue Brief Even though the Senate failed to pass an amendment to require background checks for most gun sales, stronger gun laws are still within reach.

By Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons | Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Advocates Continue Efforts to Prevent Gun Violence

Gun-violence preventionIn the wake of last week’s Senate vote against legislation to prevent gun violence, Americans must remember that their efforts to reduce gun violence are a marathon, not a sprint.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Thou Shall Not Kill: Faith Groups and Gun-Violence Prevention

Gun-violence prevention article icon Issue Brief In this brief, we examine the efforts of faith-based groups to prevent deaths caused by firearms through their work as first-responders, advocates, and prophetic voices against the scourge of gun violence.

By Jack Jenkins, with Eleni Towns | Tuesday, April 23, 2013

America Under the Gun

America Under the Gun Cover Art book_alt2 icon Report A new CAP analysis suggests a relationship between weak state gun laws and high levels of gun violence.

By Arkadi Gerney, Chelsea Parsons, and Charles Posner | Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Interactive: Measuring Gun Violence Across the 50 States

cursor icon Interactive This interactive map shows a state-by-state survey of 10 measures of gun violence drawn from FBI, ATF, and CDC data. The measures are aggregated to show that states with weak gun laws have higher rates of gun violence, and states with stronger gun laws have lower rates of gun violence.

By Emma Shapiro and Charles Posner | Tuesday, April 2, 2013

What the Public Really Thinks About Guns

Students join interfaith candlelight prayer vigil to end gun violence article icon Issue Brief There is clear consensus around a variety of common-sense gun laws, as well as consensus around what limits are unacceptable. Congress is fighting over questions that are simply not controversial.

By Margie Omero, Michael Bocian, Bob Carpenter, Linda DiVall, Diane T. Feldman, Celinda Lake, Douglas E. Schoen, Al Quinlan, Joshua Ulibarri, and Arkadi Gerney | Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Blindfolded, and with One Hand Tied Behind the Back

Handguns at Capitol City Arms Supply article icon Issue Brief The use of appropriations riders to enact policy changes has reached new heights in the area of firearms.

By Winnie Stachelberg, Arkadi Gerney, and Chelsea Parsons | Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Infographic: Fixing Gun Background Checks

Only federally licensed gun dealers currently have to perform background checks on purchasers of firearms. A law instituting universal background checks would help further prevent gun violence.

By Arkadi Gerney and Kendall Bills | Monday, March 4, 2013

5 Reasons Why Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act Enhances Our Democracy

I Voted article icon Issue Brief Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act has protected our right to vote and is needed to continue building a diverse electorate that includes all Americans.

By Sandhya Bathija | Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Every State Can Implement Transgender-Inclusive Health Coverage

Transgender attorney Sara SchnorrA case study of the Oregon Insurance Division shows how statutes already on the books in every state give state policymakers the authority to end antitransgender discrimination in health insurance.

By Andrew Cray | Friday, February 15, 2013