New VPC Project Documents Prevalence of Assault Weapons Recovered by Law Enforcement in the District of Columbia

The Violence Policy Center (VPC) today launched Assault on DC, a new online research project offering examples of assault weapons routinely recovered by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in the District of Columbia. More>>

Missouri Ranked #1 For Black Homicide Victimization

Missouri has the highest Black homicide victimization rate in the nation with a rate of 50.98 per 100,000—more than twice the national Black homicide victimization rate and eight and a half times the overall homicide rate nationwide—according to a new analysis by the VPC. More>>

Guns Rarely Used to Kill Criminals or Stop Crimes, New VPC Report Shows

Every time a gun is used by a private citizen to justifiably kill a criminal, guns claim 30 lives in criminal homicides alone, according to Firearm Justifiable Homicides and Non-Fatal Self-Defense Gun Use, a just-released study from the VPC. This most recent edition of the VPC study comes as the gun industry has expanded its marketing efforts promoting guns for self-defense, including targeting communities of color. More>>