"Pious condolences will no longer suffice…"
"Quarter measures and half measures will no longer suffice…"
"The time has now come that we must enact stringent gun control legislation…"
"…gun control legislation comparable to the legislation in force in virtually every civilized country in the world."

Senator Thomas Dodd, June 11, 1968

About Bill Durston

Bill Durston, M.D., is a board certified emergency physician who has treated innumerable civilian gunshot victims during a medical career spanning more than 40 years. Before becoming a physician, Durston served in combat with the U.S. Marine Corps during the height of the Vietnam War. He qualified as an expert marksman in the Marines and was decorated for "courage under fire" as a patrol leader with the Marines' prestigious Third Force Reconnaissance Company. Dr. Durston has worked in the area of gun violence prevention with numerous organizations, both medical and non-medical, throughout his career. In 2016, he co-founded Americans Against Gun Violence to fill the need for a national organization that would openly advocate adopting stringent gun control laws in the United States comparable to the laws that have long been in effect in all the other high income democratic countries of the world. Dr. Durston continues to serve as the founding president of Americans Against Gun Violence.
Jul 02, 2024

Press Release: A Critical Appraisal of Surgeon General Murthy’s Firearm Violence Advisory

2024-07-02T13:42:14-07:00

Sacramento California, June 27, 2024: During Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, Dr. Vivek Murthy co-founded “Doctors for Obama,” which morphed into “Doctors for America,” after Obama was elected as president. While serving as president of Doctors for America in October of 2012, Dr. Murthy “tweeted:” Tired of politicians playing politics w/guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue. After the resignation of Surgeon General Regina Benjamin in [...]

Press Release: A Critical Appraisal of Surgeon General Murthy’s Firearm Violence Advisory2024-07-02T13:42:14-07:00
Jul 02, 2024

Announcing the Winners of our 2024 National High School Essay Contest

2024-07-03T10:33:35-07:00

Americans Against Gun Violence congratulates the winners of our 2024 National High School Essay Contest, which was open to all U.S. high school students in the United States. To enter the contest, students were required to submit an original essay of 500 words or fewer* describing their thoughts about the following excerpt from the Americans Against Gun Violence Mission Statement: In creating constitutional obstacles, where none previously existed, to the adoption of stringent gun control laws [...]

Announcing the Winners of our 2024 National High School Essay Contest2024-07-03T10:33:35-07:00
Jan 10, 2024

Our 2024 National High School Essay Contest Is Now Closed to New Student Entries

2024-07-02T08:40:43-07:00

Note: The deadline for students to enter our 2024 National High School Essay Contest was April 20. The contest is now closed to new entries. Return to this page in late May to read the winning essays. Americans Against Gun Violence is pleased to announce that our 2024 National High School Essay Contest is now open for student entries. We'll be awarding at least $15,000 in total scholarships again this year distributed among 12 winners, [...]

Our 2024 National High School Essay Contest Is Now Closed to New Student Entries2024-07-02T08:40:43-07:00
Nov 14, 2023

Interview with Dr. Michael North on Capital Public Radio “Insight” Program After the Lewiston Mass Shooting is Available for Online Listening

2023-11-14T08:30:01-08:00

Americans Against Gun Violence brought Dr. Michael North of Scotland to be our keynote speaker at our annual dinner in Sacramento, California on Saturday, October 21. Dr. North lost his five year-old daughter, Sophie, in the 1996 mass shooting at the elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, in which Sophie's teacher and 15 other children were killed and ten other students and three other children were wounded. Great Britain already had a ban on automatic and [...]

Interview with Dr. Michael North on Capital Public Radio “Insight” Program After the Lewiston Mass Shooting is Available for Online Listening2023-11-14T08:30:01-08:00
Nov 13, 2023

“Gun Control in Great Britain After the 1996 Dunblane Primary School Mass Shooting: A Model for the United States”

2024-01-15T09:22:23-08:00

“Gun Control in Great Britain After the 1996 Dunblane Primary School Mass Shooting: A Model for the United States” Full Text of the Keynote Address by Michael North, Ph.D. Presented at the Americans Against Gun Violence Annual Dinner In Sacramento, California, October 21, 2023 With an introduction by Americans Against Gun Violence President Dr. Bill Durston   Dr. Durston: During the many years that I’ve been working in the field of gun violence prevention, I’ve [...]

“Gun Control in Great Britain After the 1996 Dunblane Primary School Mass Shooting: A Model for the United States”2024-01-15T09:22:23-08:00
Sep 24, 2023

A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to Meet a True Hero in the Field of Gun Violence Prevention

2023-09-29T10:09:08-07:00

A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence I’ve been working in one way or another on the issue of gun violence prevention for much of my adult life – ever since 1969, that is, when I returned from serving in combat as a member of the U.S. Marines in the war in Vietnam. Having just left a war zone, I didn't want to permanently live in one. In all the years that [...]

A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to Meet a True Hero in the Field of Gun Violence Prevention2023-09-29T10:09:08-07:00
Sep 08, 2023

Make Your Reservations to Attend Our 2023 Annual Dinner Featuring a Keynote Address by Dr. Michael North of Scotland

2023-09-08T16:05:53-07:00

Reservations are now open for our 2023 Americans Against Gun Violence Annual Dinner. The dinner, which is being co-hosted by the Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, will be held on the evening of Saturday, October 21, at the Hilton Arden West, 2200 Harvard Street, in Sacramento. Doors open for social hour, including a no-host bar, at 6:00 PM PDT, dinner will be served at 7:00, and the program, featuring a keynote address by [...]

Make Your Reservations to Attend Our 2023 Annual Dinner Featuring a Keynote Address by Dr. Michael North of Scotland2023-09-08T16:05:53-07:00
Aug 22, 2023

Americans Against Gun Violence Calls on the Supreme Court Once Again to Reverse a Death Sentence, Wrongly Decided, for Tens of Thousands of Americans Annually

2023-09-09T03:36:13-07:00

Sacramento, August 23, 2023: Americans Against Gun Violence filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief on Monday in the Supreme Court case of United States v. Rahimi. In this case, the Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether a federal law prohibiting individuals subject to a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) from owning a gun violates the Second Amendment. Earlier this year, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the conviction of Zackey [...]

Americans Against Gun Violence Calls on the Supreme Court Once Again to Reverse a Death Sentence, Wrongly Decided, for Tens of Thousands of Americans Annually2023-09-09T03:36:13-07:00
Jun 30, 2023

Announcing the Winners of our 2023 National High School Essay Contest

2024-01-23T09:32:26-08:00

Americans Against Gun Violence congratulates the winners of our 2023 National High School Essay Contest. To enter this year’s contest, students were asked to submit an essay of 500 words or fewer in response to the following prompt, which was chosen based in part on input from some of our past essay contest winners: “Describe your thoughts about lockdown drills conducted in response to the threat of shootings on American school campuses.” We received over [...]

Announcing the Winners of our 2023 National High School Essay Contest2024-01-23T09:32:26-08:00
Apr 13, 2023

Americans Against Gun Violence Responds to Mass Shooting at the Old National Bank in Louisville, Kentucky

2023-04-13T10:22:22-07:00

Sacramento California, April 13, 2023: We at Americans Against Gun Violence extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families, friends, and colleagues of the five staff members who were killed in the mass shooting at the Old National Bank in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 10, 2023. We also send our sincere wishes for a prompt and complete recovery to the eight other people who were wounded, including police officer Nickolas Wilt, who was critically wounded by [...]

Americans Against Gun Violence Responds to Mass Shooting at the Old National Bank in Louisville, Kentucky2023-04-13T10:22:22-07:00
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