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Information on Some of the Other Memorials Dedicated
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Text of the News Stories Surrounding William's Murder
and the Trials.
An Extensive List of Links and Information
on Sites Useful to Grieving Teens and Adults
Grief and Family Support
Related To Gun Violence
Boards and Chats
Information on the Memorial Scholarship Funds
Links to Other Memorial Sites on the Web. You
May Submit Your Own Memorial Site To Your Loved One Here, As Well
Published and Unpublished Articles Written by Me
Regarding My Own Grief and Sense of Loss.
Talks and Writings
Selected Newsgroup Posts
A "Letter of Demonic Advice" in the style
of C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters
regarding the loss of a child and a short story I'd like to believe could come
Information on our book.
More Resources and Materials for Bereaved Families
Bereavement, Victims Rights,
On and Off the Web
Organizations Related to Gun Violence
More Gun Control
Organizations Against More Gun Control
Physicians For Social Responsibility (PSR)
1101 14th Street Northwest,
Washington, D.C. 20005
Telephone: (202) 898-0150
PSR's Violence Prevention Program is building a national Violence Prevention Network of
physicians, public health professionals, PSR staff and supporters working to reduce
firearms and domestic violence. Through this survey, we will link activists and issue
experts working locally on similar issues across the country; build grassroot campaigns to
educate people about violence; and persuade local, state, and federal officials to protect
public health through violence-prevention legislation
[Membership is not limited to members of the health profession. Good links to other
The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
School of Public Health
624 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
Established in 1995 with funding from the Joyce Foundation of Chicago, The Johns Hopkins
Center for Gun Policy and Research is dedicated to reducing gun violence. The Center's
faculty addresses gun violence as a major public health issue - focusing on prevention and
recognizing the firearm as a vehicle of injury and death. By providing accurate
information on firearm injuries, gun policy, and related research, the Center serves as an
important resource for policymakers, scholars, advocacy organizations, attorneys, the
media, and the general public.
[Research clearinghouse. Contact by mail or phone if interested.]
The Bell Campaign
San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, CA 94110
A bell can toll for those lost to gun trauma; it can
also ring out a call to action. While most Americans support responsible gun laws,
this majority is not as vocal as the pro-gun minority. It is time for those who want
our communities to be safe from gun trauma to demand action. Only then can we look
forward to pealing our bell in celebration.
[A remarkably well-organized program which is dedicated to reducing gun violence in
society by advocating strong industry oversight and responsible limits on gun access and
use. An excellent place to go for further links to other organizations and resources
as well as victim support.]
Center to Prevent Handgun Violence
1225 Eye Street, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
Founded in 1983, the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence is a national, non-profit
education, research, and legal action organization dedicated to educating Americans about
the scope of gun violence and preventing further bloodshed. Because there is no single
answer to the crisis, the Center works with doctors, lawyers, researchers, law enforcement
officers, teachers, entertainers, civic groups and the media to attack the gun violence
epidemic on many fronts.
[This is the Bradys organization. Lots of up to date press releases.]
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
10001 6th St. N. W.
Washington, DC 20036
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) was founded in 1974 to combat the growing gun
violence problem in the United States. CSGV is a unique coalition of more than forty
religious, professional, labor, medical, educational and civic organizations. The
Coalition counts more than 100,000 individual supporters nationwide.
The goal of CSGV is the orderly elimination of the private sale of handguns and assault
weapons in the United States. CSGV seeks to ban handguns and assault weapons from
importation, manufacture, sale and transfer by the general American public, with
reasonable exceptions made for police, military, security personnel, gun clubs where guns
are secured on club premises, gun dealers trading in antique and collectable firearms kept
and sold in inoperable condition. Hunting weapons, such as shotguns and rifles would be
unaffected by these bans, because they do not pose a large threat to the American public
the way handguns and assault weapons do.
[$30 membership. Strong political action focus.]
Handgun Epidemic Lowering Plan (HELP)
Violent Injury Prevention Center (VIPC)
Children's Memorial Hospital
2300 Children's Plaza, #88
Chicago, Illinois 60614
HELP is the public health voice in the national debate about handgun violence. Since 1993,
HELP has served as a clearinghouse for information regarding the modern plague caused by
firearms, emphasizing prevention and policy solutions that focus on handguns. In this way,
HELP serves its over 100 organizational members (including the American Medical
Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Physicians),
individual members, the media and policy makers. HELP hosts national conferences for
interested professionals to meet and share information and solutions. All of HELP's work
seeks to prevent the death, disability and suffering caused by handgun violence, through
efforts to reduce civilian access to handguns.
[Local action is in the Chicago area. Good online resources.]
Pacific Center for Violence Prevention
The Pacific Center for Violence Prevention, a project of the Trauma Foundation,
works to prevent youth violence in California. Located at San Francisco General Hospital,
the Center serves as the policy headquarters for the Violence Prevention Initiative
funded by The California Wellness Foundation.
[Excellent site for statistical and scientific studies available online.]
The Violence Policy Center (VPC)
Violence Policy Center
2000 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The Violence Policy Center (VPC) is a national 501(c)(3) educational foundation that is at
the forefront of organizations working to reduce firearms violence in America. The Center
works to increase public understanding of firearms violence as an expanding public health
crisis of which crime is merely the most recognized aspect.
[Excellent links to related sites. Excellent research on firearms in society available
Mothers Against Violence in America -MAVIA
105 14th Avenue, Suite 2-A
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206.323.2303 or 800.897.7697
Mothers Against Violence in America is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to
reducing violence by and against children through preventive education and grassroots
advocacy. Founded in January, 1994, and headquartered in Seattle, MAVIA has thousands of
grassroots supporters around the country, with chapters in over 30 communities in
Washington state and beyond.
[An organization concerned with a variety of expressions of violence in our society.
Activity is primarily west coast, but good resources available.]
The Educational Fund to End Handgun Violence
The Educational Fund is dedicated to stopping gun violence through education,
litigation, and grass roots activism.
Increasing the public's understanding of firearms violence is an integral part of reducing
the level of violence. To advance this understanding, the Educational Fund is an
information resource for researchers, educators, journalists, attorneys, legislators and
the general public. The Educational Fund to End Handgun Violence is the sister
organization of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
[A program within the Harborview operation.]
Handgun Control, Inc.
1225 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Handgun Control, Inc. (HCI) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization which works for
the formulation and adoption of reasonable and practical measures for the prevention of
gun violence. The nation's largest gun control lobbying organization, HCI works to enact
stronger gun control legislation at the federal, state, and local level. Handgun Control,
Inc. mobilizes activists and allied organizations around the gun control issues and
educates voters about candidates' positions on gun control.
[Free membership, contributions accepted]
Join Together is a national resource center linking people through information and
strategies to encourage community action to prevent and reduce the use of illicit drugs,
excessive alcohol, tobacco and gun violence.
[Extremely well-developed site for topics of focus. Excellent section on the effects of
grief and loss.]
Organizations Against More Gun Control
- Disclaimer: These organizations are included to give, in all fairness, equal time to
the pro-gun lobby. Some of their sites are very extreme with regard to this issue and are
not for the faint of heart. Some of these organizations are more moderate in their
approach. Many of them give good information and resources for anyone interested in
lobbying their legistature and congressional representatives on any social issue, as well
as well-researched information into the current state of gun laws and legislation across
the country. If you are doing research on the gun control issue, it is essential to
understand the mentality and tactics of the pro-gun lobby.
American Firearms Association
The American Firearms Association ("AFA") is a non-profit nationwide gun-owners
and sportsmen's organization dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the shooting sports
while seeking to reconcile the Second Amendment and gun owners rights with fair and
reasonable gun control legislation. We dispute the notion that gun owners rights must be
in opposition to the majority of public opinion with regards to gun control. We believe
that the Second Amendment guarantees Americans an individual right to own guns, but that
it does not preclude fair gun control measures which seek to safeguard society. We believe
that it is unwise and shortsighted for gun owners to continually stonewall public opinion
on gun control issues, as this allows anti-gun organizations to portray us in a negative
light. It is our conviction that it is wiser to implement a compromise strategy which
seeks to enact legislative guarantees for gun ownerswithin future legislation. We have
endorsed both the Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Freeze; we are especially pleased
that the Assault Weapons bill excludes an extensive list of sporting firearms. We reject
the "Armed Populace" doctrine of the NRA as misguided and unrealistic. We
believe that Americans have the right to obtain firearms for self-defence against criminal
behavior. We promote the acquisition and use of sporting firearms for sporting purposes.
[An interesting, moderate approach to gun control. This group does not receive favorable
comments from many other pro-gun interests. I applaud their balanced viewpoint.]
Gun Owners of America
8001 Forbes Pl Suite 102
Springfield VA 22151
Gun Owners of America (GOA) is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to
preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership
as a freedom issue.
From state legislatures and city councils to the United States Congress and the White
House, GOA represents the views of gun owners whenever their rights are threatened.
GOA has never wavered from its mission to defend the Second Amendment-- liberty's freedom
teeth, as George Washington called it.
[A very serious political activist organization with much grassroots support. Good
information on political figures, current bills, and government contact info. Internet
site represents what many consider a very extreme view of the issue.]
Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
James Madison Building
12500 N.E. Tenth Place
Bellvue, WA 98005
The Citizens Action Project was developed to encourage people to get involved in the fight
for the Second Ammendment. Each month we provide insights as to what each and every person
can do on an individual basis to help the fight.
[Same organization sponsors the Second Amendment Foundation website -- www.saf.org]
The Firearms Coalition
P.O. Box 6537
Silver Spring, MD 20916
[Neal] Knox has testified before Congressional committees at least fifty times since 1966
when he appeared before the House Subcommittee on Crime against what eventually became the
Gun Control Act of 1968. He was the founding editor of Gun Week , editor and publisher of
Handloader and Rifle magazines, and Executive Director of NRA-ILA following a members'
rights revolt at the 1977 NRA convention in Cincinnatti. For the past nine years he has
worked as a writer and lobbyist supported by people who believe as he does, that the
Second Amendment is about the fundamental human right to defend self, family, home, and
Jeff Chans Archive
Welcome to my collection of mostly firearms information. I hope you find this archive
useful for educating yourself and others about the issues, for writing letters to the
editor and your legislators, and for finding out how to get involved in defending your
freedom. Remember that the battle for our freedom is won at the voting booth and in the
hearts and minds of the undecided.
[An amazing repository for information about Pro-Gun, Anti-Gun activities.]
Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership
2872 So. Wentworth Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Membership in Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) is open to ALL law
abiding firearms owners who believe that ownership of firearms is a CIVIL RIGHT, not a
privilege as a drivers license is. The annual dues is $20.00 and is deductible from your
Federal Income Tax. The fact that we are a Jewish organization enables us to criticize
Jewish Leaders such as the Anti -Defamation League and Elie Wiesel who support
prohibitions on the civilian ownership of firearms. JPFO can criticize these people and
organizations without fear of being labeled anti-Semitic. We also attack non Jewish gun
prohibitionists such as Sarah Brady whose falsehoods erode the Constitution's protections
that are most vital to all Americans. JPFO is a non profit educational organization that
uses intellectual research in the fight to destroy gun control. [Well, that's pretty
self-explanatory, isn't it?]
National Rifle Association
The NRA is you -- its members ... millions of Americans representing a diverse contrast of
age, sex, race and religion. You're patriots one and all. You believe in the Constitution,
staunch in the defense of your rights and you actively pursue some of this country's
finest traditions - Hunting and Sports Shooting. Since its incorporation in 1871, the NRA
has grown as a service organization involved in all aspects of the shooting sports and a
proud defender of the Bill of Rights.
[In addition to its better known pro-gun activism, the NRA also has a well-defined program
on keeping felons in prison and increasing crime-fighting measures and effectiveness.
A good site for research on the gun industry and current events as well as a look
into the mentality of the gun ownership component.]