Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV or Ed Fund), its sister organization, are two parts of a national, non-profit gun control advocacy organization that is opposed to gun violence.
In 1974, the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society formed the National Coalition to Ban Handguns, a group of thirty religious, labor, and nonprofit organizations with the goal of addressing "the high rates of gun-related crime and death in American society" by licensing gun owners, registering firearms, and banning private ownership of handguns with "reasonable limited exceptions" for “police, military, licensed security guards, antique dealers who have guns in unfireable condition, and licensed pistol clubs where firearms are kept on the premises.” In the 1980s and 1990s, the coalition grew to 44 member groups. In 1989, the National Coalition to Ban Handguns changed its name to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, in part because the group felt that assault weapons as well as handguns, should be outlawed. Today, the coalition comprises 48 member organizations.
According to CSGV, its mission is to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy. The organization has five areas of focus, regarding issues and campaigns:
- Opposed to the "insurrectionist philosophy" which the group attributes to the National Rifle Association (NRA). The coalition contends the NRA's goal "to retain the right to take whatever measures necessary, including force, to abolish oppressive government” is, in fact, a plot to oppose any regulations on guns and degrades the institutions that protect other freedoms.
- Support on state and federal levels, research relating to, and the implementation of firearm microstamping, an emerging ballistic identification technology which purports to allow law enforcement to trace the serial number of a firearm from ejected cartridge case(s) recovered at a crime scene. Microstamping was enacted into law in the state of California in 2007 with AB 1471. It was immediately suspended while the state determines the feasibility of implementing the law.
- Believes that the ability of private individuals to engage in private firearms transactions without requirement for background checks constitutes a loophole in the law, and is working to change this.
- Highlight problems with the current system for providing permits to carry a concealed loaded weapon in public.
- Support thorough federal legislation, repealing the Tiahrt Amendment, renewing the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, closing the gun show loophole, and prohibiting individuals who are on any government watch list from purchasing firearms.
- Michael K. Beard is the President of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence/Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, a title he has held since the inception of the respective organizations.
- Joshua Horwitz is the Executive Director of CSGV/EFSGV. Mr. Horwitz is an attorney who joined the Ed Fund in 1989 as Legal Director.
- Ladd Everitt has served as the organization's Director of Communications since May 2006.
CSGV consists of 48 organizations. Among them are religious organizations, child welfare advocacy groups, public health professionals, social justice, and political action organizations.
Member groups include:
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Association of Suicidology
- American Ethical Union
- American Jewish Committee
- American Jewish Congress
- American Psychiatric Association
- American Public Health Association
- Americans for Democratic Action
- Association of Japanese Families of Gun Violence Victims in the U. S. A.
- Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America
- The Bible Holiness Movement, International
- Center for Science in the Public Interest
- Central Conference of American Rabbis
- Children's Defense Fund
- Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
- Church of the Brethren
- Communitarian Network
- The Council of The Great City Schools
- DC for Democracy
- The DISARM Education Fund
- Fellowship of Reconciliation
- Friends Committee on National Legislation
- Jesuit Conference - Office of Social Ministries
- Jewish Community Center Association
- Jewish Women International
- Loretto Community
- Mennonite Central Committee
- National Association of School Psychologists
- National Association of Social Workers
- National Council of Jewish Women
- National Council of Negro Women
- National Urban League
- North American Federation of Temple Youth
- Pan American Trauma Association
- Peace Action of Washington
- Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
- Union for Reform Judaism
- Unitarian Universalist Association
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- United Church of Christ
- United Federation of Teachers
- United Methodist Church Board of Church & Society
- United States Conference of Mayors
- United States Student Association
- United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
- Woman's National Democratic Club
- Women's League for Conservative Judaism
- YWCA of U. S. A.
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- Don B. Kates; Henry E. Schaffer; John K. Lattimer; George B. Murray; Edwin H. Cassem (1994). "GUNS AND PUBLIC HEALTH: EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE OR PANDEMIC OF PROPAGANDA?". Tennessee Law Review 61: 513–596.
"The position of the National Coalition to Ban Handguns is very clear... [We support] ban[ning] the manufacture, sale and possession of all handguns, except for police, military, licensed security guards and pistol clubs." Michael K. Beard, testimony on behalf of the National Coalition to Ban Handguns in support of 8-132 Before the Committee of the Judiciary 3 (Mar. 22, 1989) (transcript on file with the Tennessee Law Review;...
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- Goss, Kristin (2006). Disarmed: the missing movement for gun control in America. Princeton University Press. p. 112. ISBN 978-0-691-12424-7. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
- "Member organizations". Retrieved 2011-05-19. Template:Fixed link
- About Us
- Issues & Campaigns
- "Guns, Democracy and Freedom - Coalition to Stop Gun Violence". Retrieved 2010-04-02.
When gun enthusiasts talk about "freedom," they have something specific in mind—freedom from government oppression. In their view, unfettered access to firearms is the key ingredient to protecting individual rights from overreaching by government. They argue that the only way to keep centralized authority in check is to ensure that individual citizens retain the capability to confront the government with force of arms.
- Bill Documents AB1471
- "Gun Show Loophole". Archived from the original on November 27, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
- Federal Legislation