The History of NGVAC
On New Years Eve 2006, Elliot Fineman answered his door to a Chicago police officer who informed him that his 44 year old son, Michael had been gunned down in a San Diego restaurant the night before while dining with his wife. Michael had been a combat medic with Special Forces serving in Operation Desert Storm and survived countless highly dangerous missions in Africa, the Far East and Latin America. He was also an award-winning home designer with his own successful business in Del Mar California. At the time of his murder he had been writing a book about how to complete any building project on time and in budget, and was shooting a cable T.V. pilot to bring this solution to the public. He left behind his wife and three children.
This utterly senseless act was committed by a mentally ill man who had no legal right to a gun yet was able to buy it legally because of holes in the background check database. Prior to Michael’s death, Elliot supported the concept of common sense gun restrictions, but like many Americans he didn’t fully understand the connection between the country’s lax gun laws and their terrible consequences.
National Gun Victims Action Council is Elliot’s response to Michael’s death, and a promise to the hundreds of thousands of gun victims, survivors and their families to change the culture of violence in America. Elliot spent many years as a strategic marketing advisor to Fortune 500 companies, so his understanding of strategy and how corporations function has become an invaluable tool in the formation and strategic direction of NGAC.
National Gun Victims Action Council (NGVAC) is a non-profit network of gun victims, survivors, the faith community and ordinary people leveraging their economic power to change America’s gun laws. By harnessing the buying power of 9 million victims (the loved ones of those who lost their lives to guns), their supporters, 5 million gun assault survivors, their supporters and many of the 100 million Americans polls consistently show want sane gun laws, NGVAC will introduce a different strategy based on establishing an economic lever that leads to sane gun laws.
To establish the economic lever, NGVAC will initiate targeted boycotts and seek public and financial support from corporations and organizations that champion our goals. See OVERVIEW for more details [Link].
In the short time since its inception, NGVAC has already received the commitment and support of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, the United Church of Christ, the National Council of Churches (NCC), and the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).
Please become a Supporting Member of National Gun Victims Action Council today [Link] Together we can save Americans from the tragedy of gun violence.
It is important to note that sane gun laws can simultaneously protect the Second Amendment right of the legal gun owner and the non-gun owner’s unalienable rights, endowed by the creator, and expressed in the Declaration of Independence, to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.