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Josh Sugarmann
A native of Newtown, Connecticut, Josh Sugarmann is the executive director of the Violence Policy Center (VPC), a national 501(c)(3) tax-exempt national educational foundation working to reduce violence in America ( he founded in 1988. He is the author of two books, National Rifle Association: Money, Firepower & Fear and Every Handgun is Aimed at You: The Case for Banning Handguns. His articles and op-eds have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, The Nation, and Washington Monthly.

Entries by Josh Sugarmann

Murder Rate for Hispanics Is Twice the Murder Rate for Whites

(26) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 11:28 AM


America's gun violence epidemic has a destructive impact on Hispanic communities. New research shows the murder rate for Hispanics is more than double the murder rate for whites, and more than two-thirds of Hispanic murder victims are killed with guns.

These eye-opening...

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The NRA: Gun Industry Trade Association Masqerading as a Shooting Sports Foundation

(13) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 11:49 AM

The National Rifle Association's 2014 annual meeting starts today in Indianapolis and, according to the NRA's website, it will feature "spectacular displays of firearms" and "products from every major firearm company in the country."

Such breathless gun industry rah-rahing is no surprise. The giant firearms industry trade show...

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Murder Rate for Black Americans Is Four Times the National Average

(32) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 9:19 AM

Here are a couple of facts that every American should be ashamed of: Black Americans are four times more likely to be murdered than the national average. What's more, four out of five black homicide victims are killed with guns.

Our new Violence Policy Center report, "Black...

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Gun Industry Hawks Militarized Products at Vegas SHOT Show

(174) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 9:04 AM


Mass shootings are on the rise. More than 31,000 Americans -- an average of 85 a day -- die each year from gun violence. And each year the gun industry puts a happy face on the weapons that...

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Remembering Newtown, One Year Later

(324) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 8:47 AM

Long before the tragedy in my hometown of Newtown, Connecticut, I knew full well that gun violence could happen anytime, anywhere, and to anyone.

After all, research and advocacy to prevent gun violence has long been central to my professional life. Since I founded the Violence Policy Center...

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NRA 'Corporate Partner' Exploits JFK Death in American Rifleman Ad

(54) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 9:17 AM

Fifty years ago on Friday, Lee Harvey Oswald killed President John F. Kennedy with a mail-order rifle he purchased from an ad that appeared in the National Rifle Association's American Rifleman magazine. The ad, from Klein's Sporting Goods in Chicago, was one of many that peppered the magazine back then...

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Black Women Face a Greater Risk of Domestic Violence

(23) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 1:05 PM

The high toll gun violence exacts on black males is all too well known. Less known is the fact that black women also face a disproportionate risk of lethal violence.

That's what we found in a new study released by my organization, the Violence Policy...

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Guns Aren't the Answer to Domestic Violence

(104) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 9:59 AM

The National Rifle Association and its paymasters in the gun industry may present guns as the default answer for a woman's protection, but as Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins this October, the facts tell a very different story about women and guns.

Every year, more than...

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NRA Video Promotes Ted Nugent's Fave Hobby: Shooting Feral Pigs From Helicopters

(243) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 1:50 PM

Remember last month when National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent bragged about shooting feral hogs in Texas with a machine gun from a helicopter -- and then "joked" about how he'd like to do the same to the residents of South Central (now South) Los Angeles?


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Hialeah: Only the Latest Mass Shooting by a Concealed Carry Killer

(307) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 10:06 AM

This past weekend, in Hialeah, Florida, a man with a concealed handgun permit burned $10,000 in cash, set fire to his apartment, shot and killed six people, and then took two others hostage before the shooter, Pedro Vargas, was killed by police. An officer said it was "one...

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NRA's Ted Nugent Jokes About Gunning Down South Central LA Residents Like Feral Hogs

(2170) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 10:29 AM

Here's a question.

Why is it that National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent gets away with joking about machine-gunning South Central Los Angeles residents from a helicopter, equating them with the feral hogs he likes to hunt in the same manner?



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Killers With Concealed Handguns: George Zimmerman Isn't the Only One

(374) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 10:56 AM

Without yet knowing the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, we know one thing for certain: If the gun in Zimmerman's hand were not in the equation, Trayvon Martin would have walked home with his iced tea and Skittles.

The court case that opened this week has dramatically exposed...

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Six Months After Newtown, States Are Taking the Lead

(105) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 9:30 AM

It's hard to imagine a more grim anniversary marker for the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, the town where I grew up. Yet nearly six months later, here we are again. Just days ago, we witnessed a shooting spree in the California beachside community of Santa...

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Guns Kill More People Than Motor Vehicles in 12 States & DC

(966) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 12:04 PM

Here's the latest sobering news from America's gun violence epidemic: In a dozen states and the District of Columbia, you're now more likely to die from gunfire than be killed in a traffic accident.

A new study from my organization, the Violence Policy Center, found that...

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NRA Meets in Houston to Promote Gun Industry's 'Latest and Greatest Products'

(59) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 10:54 AM

Beginning today, the National Rifle Association (NRA) will meet in Houston, Texas, for its annual convention, the public centerpiece of which is, according to the NRA, "the most spectacular displays of firearms, shooting and hunting accessories in the world." Gun companies participating in this show of the "firearm...

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NRA School Plan: Arm Teachers, Turn Schools Into Prisons, and Never Mention Guns

(152) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 12:09 PM

Based on the National Rifle Association's press conference today, the solution to mass shootings like the murder of 26 first graders and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last December is simple: turn our schools into prisons, complete with perimeter fences, security cameras, armed guards, and even...

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The NRA's Flip-Flop on Machine Guns

(60) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 10:15 AM

According to National Rifle Association President David Keene, fully automatic weapons should be illegal.

As far as I know, this is actually news.

Keene, the father of a convicted road rage shooter, actually supports banning a category of firearm. Granted, for most people, outlawing machine guns...

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Newtown-Based Gun Industry Trade Association Begins Celebration of Guns This Week in Vegas

(32) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 9:30 AM

While America continues to grieve over the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and begins looking for answers, for Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the gun industry's multi-million dollar trade association, it's back to business as usual.

Faced, in its own hometown, with the real-world horror that can...

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Florida Teen Jordan Davis One of at Least 32 Youth Killed by Concealed Carry Killers

(318) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 11:43 AM

The deadly shooting of Jordan Davis, 17, by Michael Dunn, 45, at a Florida gas station last week in a dispute over loud music is unfortunately only one example of at least 29 incidents since May 2007 where victims under the age of 18 lost their lives in...

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Black Women Murdered by Men Most Often Die by Gunfire, Usually by Someone They Know

(95) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 3:57 PM

Black women in America are almost always killed by someone they know, most often with a gun, and usually as the result of an argument according to "When Men Murder Women," a report released each year by my organization, the Violence Policy Center, for

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