Acknowledged by the National Rifle Association as the “most effective…anti-gun rabble rouser in Washington,” the Violence Policy Center (VPC) works to end gun violence through research, public education, advocacy, and collaboration. Founded in 1988 by Executive Director Josh Sugarmann, a native of Newtown, Connecticut, the VPC approaches firearms violence as a broad-based public health issue and works to reduce all categories of gun death ─ homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings ─ and related injury.
VPC high-profile public education campaigns shine a light on the gun industry, gun lobby, and the effects of gun violence on all Americans. With a constant stream of original, groundbreaking, fact-based research, our work results in widespread television, print, and online news coverage that directly impacts local, state, and national policy in support of a progressive and effective gun violence prevention agenda. Our goal is not just to inform, but also engage affected groups, working together to achieve concrete results.
With decades of experience in the gun violence prevention movement,the VPC’s staff supplies unique technical expertise and knowledge to organizations, advocates, and policymakers on the local, state, and federal levels. We help develop and promote effective life-saving measures, but equally important, we strategize to stop the relentless efforts of the corporate gun lobby to weaken existing gun laws and promote a guns-everywhere society.