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Guns and Crime: Archives

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

Faith Leaders Calling for an End to Gun Violence

Gun violence preventionVoices in faith communities across America are loudly speaking out about how gun violence affects them and why we need a real solution now.

By Eleni Towns | Thursday, March 21, 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

After Tragedies, Coloradans Unite Around Universal Background Checks

play_alt icon Video The tragedies of Columbine and Aurora have galvanized Coloradans—including gun owners—around common-sense gun-safety measures like universal background checks.

By Andrew Satter | Thursday, February 14, 2013

NRA Working to Elect Pro-Gun Judges and Prosecutors

David KeeneUsing a front group, the NRA has spent millions of dollars to influence the elections of state supreme court judges and attorneys general nationwide.

By Billy Corriher | Thursday, February 14, 2013

Constitutionality of Proposed Firearms Legislation

Gun store article icon Issue Brief The firearm regulation measures endorsed by President Obama and proposed by Congress are safely within constitutional confines and reflect the sort of reasonable regulation that the Supreme Court has already endorsed in previous cases.

By Winnie Stachelberg, Arkadi Gerney, and Robyn Thomas | Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Top 10 Reasons Why Communities of Color Should Care About Stricter Gun-Violence Prevention Laws

Gun violenceCommunities and families of color disproportionately suffer from gun violence, and any comprehensive legislation to prevent gun violence should attempt to bring down its causes in these areas.

By Morriah Kaplan and Sophia Kerby | Thursday, January 17, 2013

Preventing Gun Violence in Our Nation

Sandy Hook bus article icon Issue Brief Through better background checks; taking military-grade weapons off the streets and out of criminals’ hands; and improved data, coordination, and enforcement, we can reduce the gun violence that plagues our communities, our children, and our families.

By Neera Tanden, Winnie Stachelberg, Arkadi Gerney, and Danielle Baussan | Saturday, January 12, 2013