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GVPedia in the Media

“The Denver Accord Calls For Evidence-Based Solutions To Guns & Violence.”

“That’s where the Denver Accord comes in. Its authors call it ‘an evidence-based road map to reduce gun violence in the United States.’ Devin Hughes is the founder of GVPedia, short for ‘Gun Violence Pedia.’ It’s behind the accord. He spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner about this issue.”

“Stillwater residents to organize Moms Demand Action group against gun violence.”

“It will feature Devin Hughes, president of GVPedia, an information resource committed to gun violence prevention. ‘Devin is nationally known for doing research documenting information regarding gun violence,’ Cindy Alexander, co-leader of Indivisible Stillwater. ‘We’re really excited to have him coming to Stillwater.'”

“Is the ‘Denver Accord’ a Path Toward Ending Gun Violence?”

“The conference was also meant to spark dialogue about ways to reduce the epidemic level of gun violence unfolding daily in America. Recommendations from the gathering have now been compiled into a document known as the Denver Accord, which Hughes refers to as an ‘evidence-based road map’ aimed at reducing gun violence.”

“Dad of Columbine shooting wears the shoes his son died in to highlight gun laws.”

“Tom was inspired to ­oppose the gun lobby by Daniel ­himself. While they were ­having a meal ­together the teenager asked his dad about flaws in the Brady Bill – designed to control over-the-counter gun sales. It was the very loophole Harris, 18, and Klebold, 17, used to build up their arsenal of weapons.”

“Got a License for That?”

“For all of these reasons, passing licensing legislation on the state as well as the federal level was the top recommendation of the more than 140 advocates, survivors, and experts who attended an April 2019 conference on gun violence in Denver to mark the twentieth anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. It was part of a larger program known as the Denver Accord.”

“I feel like I need to do something today to help protect their future,” Metro parents wanting to put an end to gun violence”

Analyst Devin Hughes told us there has been a rise in gun-related deaths. “The CDC shows that from about 2014 to 2018, there’s been a significant increase in gun homicides and suicides, which is about the first time in more than a decade that gun deaths have been increasing,” he said. Parents say they hope facts will encourage people to make educated decisions regarding firearms.”

“The right’s too-good-to-be-true proof that immigration drives crime just fell apart”

“That same year, Lott was caught blogging under a fake name to defend his own work and accused of making up an entire research survey that a colleague found no evidence he ever conducted. A lengthy 2014 summary of Lott’s career by Evan DeFilippis and Devin Hughes proclaimed that “[o]n closer inspection his impressive credentials reveal an academic nomad, never able to secure a place in academia.”

“A study said guns made homes less safe, then the NRA helped stifle research for 21 years”

“In a Los Angeles Times commentary earlier this week, Devin Hughes and Mark Bryant called out House Speaker Paul Ryan and other politicians for failing to act after Ryan cautioned against doing anything “before we even have all the facts and the data.” 

“Nicole Sandler Show – Our Gun Violence Epidemic and Shopping for Good.”

“Mitchell Talks: Opponents Of ‘Permitless Carry’ Speak Out”

Staff/Organization Pieces

“2020 is shattering gun violence records. We must act.”

“The recent dramatic spike in mass shootings is part of a longer trend. From 2013 to 2019, the frequency of mass shootings increased by 65 percent. During that period, the country suffered 2,341 mass shootings that killed 2,642 people and wounded 9,766 more.”

“Guns are Detrimental to the Public’s Safety”

“As the Covid-19 pandemic surges throughout the US, state and federal governments are taking historic measures to ensure public safety. From social distancing to locking down public areas to shutting down hundreds of businesses, American life and culture have been fundamentally altered with one exception: access to guns.”

“Debunking Alternative Facts About Gun Violence”

“We can provide political leaders who are supportive of gun violence prevention policies the resources and talking points they need to fight for laws that have been proven to reduce gun deaths and injuries. Leaders want to be strong, effective champions of this issue; GVPedia provides them the expertise to make big impacts that will save lives.”

“A Lott of Lies about guns in the New York Times”

“John Lott has a long and well-documented history of peddling alternative factsfabricating data, and even adopting the persona Mary Rosh to defend his own work. In order to progress with proven measures to reduce gun violence such as Permit-to-Purchase laws and closing numerous NRA-sponsored loopholes in our current laws, we must dispel dangerous fictions such as Lott’s which degrade public safety.”

“Op-Ed: We have all the data we need: Stronger gun laws would save lives”

“It’s a common refrain from politicians opposed to strengthening gun laws: They use “lack of data” as a fig leaf for their inaction. But there is no lack of data. Our organizations, GVPedia and the Gun Violence Archive, have amassed the relevant research, facts and data — and it all points to the need for legislative action on gun violence.”

“Gun control that works: Safe storage saves lives”

“Lott’s article is riddled with fabrications and falsehoods. For example, he opines that ‘every place in the world that has banned guns has seen an increase in murder.’ Yet Japan is the developed nation that has come closest to completely banning firearms, and it has seen its homicide rate fall more than 75 percent since it adopted its ban in 1958.”

“What Kavanaugh needs to know about gun violence”

“Judge Kavanaugh is correct that assault-style weapons are commonly used in shootings such as those at Aurora, Sandy Hook, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, and many more. He is mistaken, however, about the successful use of assault-style firearms, or any firearms, for civilian self-defense.”

“Point of View: Data, academic studies should guide firearm policy”

“Furthermore, the significant majority of national level academic research since 2005 finds that crime actually increases in states that weaken their laws governing concealed carry. Permitless carry would exacerbate this trend by removing criminal background checks in addition to removing gun safety training from the process.”

“Concealed Carry Laws Increase Crime”

“Today, no states prohibit concealed carry, and May Issue laws are rare, with eight states and DC maintaining such a standard. RTC laws are the norm, with twenty-eight states adopting relatively lax standards for concealed carry. Fourteen states require no permit at all, a list that has rapidly expanded in the past few years.”

“The Staggering Error at the Heart of Pro-Gun Policy”

“Lott’s error, which includes every single mass shooting between 1977 and 1997, completely unravels his claim that only two percent of mass shootings occur in spaces where firearms are allowed as the total number of mass shootings is greatly exaggerated in his data.”

“GVPedia’s Letter to the Joint Economic Committee Members

“Thank you for holding this hearing. Gun violence is not a new problem in our country and will only continue to increase if nothing is done. I think we can all agree that this is not the legacy we want to leave our children.”