About Us

“There are more than 58,286 names engraved on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. As I stand here, looking at my reflection in the wall, I feel the enormity of their presence. How could so many who served with us, not return? Then I think about the fact that every two years, more lives are taken by gun violence in the United States than all the names engraved on this solemn wall. Ed Smith, President HCGV
“There are more than 58,000 names engraved on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC.  As I stand here, looking at my reflection in the wall, I feel the enormity of their presence.  How could so many who served with us, not return? Then I think about the fact that every two years, more lives are taken by guns in the United States than all the names engraved on this solemn wall.”
Ed Smith, President HCGV

Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence is an outgrowth of the Healthy City Committee of the Caring Community founded in 1990.  It brings together Hoosiers concerned about the rising tide of gun violence to seek solutions to this problem at the local, state and national levels.  Gun violence is now the second leading cause for young white males and the leading cause of death of young African-American males.

Of course, guns alone are not responsible for these deaths.   However, because firearms are so easily accessible in the United States, we have the dubious honor of having one of the highest murder rates in the world.

Polls show that the overwhelming majority of Americans are in favor of stricter gun laws-  even the majority of gun owners support responsibility in gun purchases and ownership.  Yet our legislators tend to hear only from the powerful lobbies and oppose laws that foster responsible standards for gun ownership.   If we join together, our voices will be heard.   You can make a difference!

We hope that you will join Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence and work with us to decrease the number of gun-related injuries and deaths.

If you have questions, feel free to contact us at: info@hcgv.org

Board of Directors                                              

Officers                                                                                        Board Members
President: Edmund Smith                                  Dr. Stephen Dunlop      Prof. Emeritus Brad Yoder
Vice President: Prof. Paul Hanson                     Rev. Roger Heimer         Courtney Mohler PhD
Secretary: Dr. Marilyn Bull                                 Dr. David Mason
Treasurer: Dr. Ramon Dunkin                             Nancy Dickinson