The GVP Report - March 4, 2014
► The Atlantic, A number of studies have found that having a gun in the house doesn't make a woman safer. In cases where self-defense matters most, women tend to find their own weapons turned against them.
► Center for American Progress report, Young Guns: How Gun Violence is Devastating the Millennial Generation finds that young people are disproportionately both the victims and the perpetrators of gun violence. Read the full report here.
► California's attorney general is asking an appeals court to reverse itself and restore the leeway local government had to decide who can carry a concealed firearm. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has filed an amicus brief that supports the attorney general's request.
► WBUR Boston, When Massachusetts Criminals Want A Gun, They Often Head North. More than half of the guns seized by police come from other states. The biggest suppliers by far were New Hampshire and Maine.
► Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, ATF Agents Lost Track of Dozens of Their Own Guns, Reports Show. Agents left their guns behind in bathroom stalls, at a hospital, outside a movie theater, on a plane, or simply on top of their car and drove away.
► The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear two appeals from the NRA. The justices let stand a ruling that upheld federal law that prevents those 18-20 from purchasing a handgun or ammunition from a licensed firearm dealer and a Texas law that prohibits those 18-20 from carrying loaded, hidden handguns in public.
► Occidental College bans investments in assault weapons companies. Occidental is pledging to stay away from any investments in companies that manufacture assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines for general public sale. The move is the first of its kind for an American university.
► Miami-Dade Mayors Rally Behind Plan to Control Gun Industry with 'Market Forces.' 14 local Florida governments will ask gun companies bidding on police gun contracts to show how they keep guns out of the hands of ineligible or mentally ill buyers and how they spot straw buyers.
► Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel looks at marketing shooting sports to children. Follow a 13-year-old as clerks refuse to sell him cigarettes or beer but a gun show dealer sells him a gun, no questions asked.
► Lewis W. Diugiud, Kansas City, Missouri Star, In the U.S., Guns Have More Value Than Children. Guns have rights and a constitutional amendment. Children don't. We do more to protect guns than we do to protect children.
► Greg Kampikian, professor at Boise State University, Idaho, When May I Shoot a Student? At present, the harshest penalty available here at Boise State is expulsion. But now that lethal force is an option, I need to know which infractions may be treated as de facto capital crimes.
► Ron Baker, Gwinnett Magazine, A Father and Gun Owner Confronts the Limitations of Responsibility. Recently, my wife took my daughter in to use the restroom and found an unattended pistol lying atop the toilet paper dispenser. The pro-gun contingent likes to talk about responsibility. They talk about it in spite of statistics.
► Martha Rosenberg, OpEdNews.com, Are George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn "Protecting" Us? Open and concealed carriers are so full of fear, they are afraid to go where normal people go - including children, the elderly and 90 lb women - every day unless they have their loaded lethal weapons.
► Tim Murphy, Mother Jones,Loaded Chambers: A Brief History of Politicians Accidentally Shooting Things. Shoot happens when public servants unintentionally fire, drop, and forget their firearms. Part II - Why Politicians Shouldn't Pack Heat.
► Dahlia Lithwick, Slate.com, "Stand Your Ground" Nation. America used to value the concept of retreat. Now we just shoot."Stand your ground/shoot first" laws are changing the way the rest of us think about self-protection. Which is the world the NRA dreams of constructing: Everyone armed and paranoid that everyone else is armed.
► Jon Stewart, The Daily Show, Unjustified. Jon Stewart reacts to the Michael Dunn verdict in the murder trial of teenager Jordan Davis.
► Media Matters, 20 Years After Brady Bill Enacted, Conservative Media Still Attacking Gun Background Checks. Members of conservative media have used false statements and paranoid rhetoric to fight legislation to require background checks for more than 20 years.
► Florida bill would allow warning shots against attackers. The bill would expand "stand your ground/shoot first" law to allow people to fire warning shots. The NRA is supporting the legislation.
► ThinkProgress, NRA Urges Senate to Reject Surgeon General Nominee Over Gun Violence Prevention Stance. The NRA objects to the nominee, Dr. Vivek Murthy, because he believes doctors should ask patients about gun ownership and discuss gun safety procedures, believes there should be more federal funding of gun violence research, and supports universal background checks and an assault weapons ban.
► The Missouri Senate bowed to pressure from the NRA and stripped a provision requiring gun owners to report stolen weapons from a bill. Said one state senator, "We are blind followers in here right now. Because one special interest group opposes the amendment, everyone decides to run."
► Brady Campaign presses for expanded background checks at gun shows and online purchases 20 years after the Brady Act went into effect.
► Ron Pinciaro, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, was a panelist at Quinnipiac University's symposium on gun laws and mental health.
►Generation Progress holds Gun Violence Prevention Summit in Washington, D.C.
► Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort delivered 16,000 signatures to state lawmakers calling for universal background checks in gun sales.
► Team 26, cyclists from CT, MA, NY, NH, RI, VA and AZ, to ride again from CT to DC to honor gun violence victims and support prevention.
►Pacem in Terris announces the winner of the Gun Violence Prevention Data Visualization Contest.
► Evolve launches a campaign for responsible gun ownership, The Bill of Rights for Dumbasses.
►Americans for Responsible Solutions released an ad asking people in Georgia to tell Governor Deal to stop the "Guns Everywhere" bill.
► Coalition to Stop Gun Violence push Visa to drop NRA program.
► Ceasefire New Jersey, Sandy Hook Promise and Moms Demand Action and NJ State Senator Nia Gill announced a bill to limit the size of an ammunition magazine to 10 rounds.
► States United to Prevent Gun Violence, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and Brady Campaign are sponsors of gUN COUNTRY, a performance and true stories from those whose lives have been touched by guns. Sunday, March 9th at Dixon Place, NYC.
47-year-old Nick Pitofsky, a Crandall, Texas police officer, shot and killed his wife, 42-year-old Vanessa, before turning the weapon on himself. The murder-suicide came just days after Crandall uploaded a review of his new Mossberg 500 shotgun to YouTube. In the video he talks about how he "purchased this as a self-defense weapon for my household, essentially for my wife." The couple had been married for three years.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The GVP Report - February 18, 2014
► Michael Dunn was found guilty on three charges of attempted murder for shooting into a car full of unarmed teenagers, but the judge declared a mistrial on the murder charge for shooting and killing Jordan Davis. Watch Jordan's parents statement to the press.
► Think Progress reports that at least 26 children and teens have died in Florida "stand your ground/shoot first" cases. See the Tampa Bay Times comprehensive list of "stand your ground" victims in Florida.
► Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence notes a developing trend in state gun legislation. Many states have introduced legislation to repeal or limit the use of shoot first laws. In Georgia, 23 protesters from the group Moral Monday were arrested for refusing to leave a state senator's office after he blocked an effort to repeal the state's "stand your ground/shoot first" law.
► In a new study in the Journal of Urban Health, Daniel Webster, et al, find the repeal of Missouri's background check law is associated with an increase in murders in the state. Watch the press briefing: Science-based Strategies for Reducing Gun Violence.
► A divided federal appeals court struck down California concealed-weapons law saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence looks at how this extreme Ninth Circuit decision is out of sync with other court rulings.
► All In with Chris Hayes looks at how schools are now staging active shooter drills. Instead of enacting stronger gun laws, we as a nation are forcing our kids to participate in these drills.
► The Seattle Weekly looks at a recent House hearing in Washington state on a background check bill. Gabby Giffords testified in favor of stronger background checks. Critics called her a "gun celebrity."
► Tonyaa Wethersbee, CNN, The Extermination of Jordan Davis: An Empty Verdict, A Hollow Victory. Apparently someone on the jury believed Davis' cursing and arguing over the volume of his music equaled a serious enough threat to make Dunn reasonably fear for his life.
► Police Chief Mike Masterton, guest opinion, Idaho Statesman. I wasn't allowed to speak at a recent hearing about guns on college campuses. Arbitrarily ceasing debate raises suspicion about intent.
► Hilton Head, South Carolina, Island Packet Editorial: No need for guns in bars and restaurants. A recent law allowing concealed weapons permit holders to carry guns in bars makes them - as well as the unarmed - less safe.
► Joel Beers, OC Weekly, Our Favorite Occultist Musician Writes a Song About Gun Violence. "It's satirical all right, but I'm pretty serious about it," says Lon DuQuette. "The problem of gun violence in this country is insane. But the problem is more fundamental than having so many guns. The problem is this culture of fear." Listen to I'm Scared.
► The Oregonian Political Fact Check. Were Kip Kinkel and Clackamas Town Center shootings both stopped by an armed citizen? The paper looks at a claim made by the Oregon Citizens Lobby, a conservative activist group.
► The Gun Violence Archive carries on the work of Slate.com's 2013 toll of deaths by gun violence. GVA maintains a database of gun usage including robberies, burglaries, assaults, accidents, suicides and murders.
► Lexington, Kentucky, Herald-Leader Editorial: KY Lawmakers Should Resist NRA's Deadly Illogic on Domestic Violence. Nothing more vividly illustrates the insanity of our gun politics than a move to arm victims of domestic violence in Kentucky.
► Joe Nocera, New York Times, The Gun Report: One Year Later. The clearest message The Gun Report sends is the most obvious. Guns make killing way too easy.
► Media Matters, An NRA Operative is Running The Washington Times Editorial Page. Former NRA president David Keene is serving as the paper's opinion editor while still acting as a spokesman for the gun lobby and serving as one of its top leaders.
► Gun Owners of America outlines to its members how the Fight Against Obama Anti-Gun Policies Continues on Multiple Fronts.
► ColoradoPols.com reports that a Pueblo Recall Organizer Admits Lying to Petition Signers. Victor Head gave false information in order to obtain recall petition signatures against a Colorado state senator.
► Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence's Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend is March 13-16th. Visit the website to get involved.
► Colorado Ceasefire testified against a bill aimed at overturning Colorado's background check law. The bill failed.
► For the second quarter in a row Americans for Responsible Solutions has raised more money through its super PAC than any other super PAC in the country.
► Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign have both filed legal arguments in support of Maryland's assault weapons ban. The law is being challenged in federal court by gun rights activists.
► Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns launch a Campaign to End Gun Sales on Facebook and Instagram.
► Andrew Goddard, Virginia Center for Public Safety, is featured in the article After Va Tech, A Long Struggle Over Gun Laws.
► Violence Policy Center, Jordan Davis Killing Part of Disturbing National Trend of Concealed Carry Killers. Report finds individuals legally allowed to carry concealed weapons responsible for at least 622 deaths since May 2007.
► Leah Barrett, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, letter to the editor in New York Times, Safe Storage of Guns.
► John Rosenthal, Stop Handgun Violence, supports the 44 recommendations issued by a special task force looking at Massachusetts' gun laws.
► Toby Hoover, Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, speaks out against Ohio's guns in bars law.
15-year-old Adrian Broadway, of Little Rock, Arkansas, was with a group of friends playing a prank on another teen. They had dumped leaves, eggs and mayonnaise on a car when the homeowner, 48-year-old Willie Noble, ran out of the house and started shooting at the car of teens as they drove away. Adrian was shot in the head and died of her injuries. Noble has been charged with first-degree murder.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The GVP Report - February 4, 2014
► A U.S. District judge upheld Connecticut's toughest-in-the-nation assault weapons ban, calling it a constitutionally valid means of balancing gun rights and the government's interest of public safety and crime control. The Louisiana Supreme Court upheld two state firearm statutes ruling that the 2012 constitutional amendment passed by the voters "was not meant to invalidate every restriction on firearms."
► Young Guns: A Diane Sawyer Special takes a look at children and guns. Segments include: Can you really hide guns from children?; and Young kids drawn to guns.
►In a new study in Pediatrics, Hospitalizations Due to Firearm Injuries in Children and Adolescents, John Leventhal et al find about 20 children per day in the US are injured by guns seriously enough to require hospitalization and more than 6% die from their injuries. Study author Dr. Robert Sege tells NPR that the effects of gun violence on children and teens are long lasting and wide ranging.
► ProPublica, The PTSD crisis that's being ignored: Americans wounded in their own neighborhoods. Patients are not getting treatment for PTSD. They're not even getting diagnosed. "The rates of PTSD we see are as high or higher than Iraq or Afghanistan."
► A Florida man has built a gun range in his side yard and under state law it's totally legal. Notes a county commissioner, "without any oversight, somebody's neighbor could set up a gun range and invite his friends over and have a good old time shooting."
► While sentencing a white supremacist to prison for being a felon in possession of assault rifles, a U.S. District Judge noted that this trial "illustrates how easy it is for anyone to buy firearms online or on the street."
► A report in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Active Shooter Events from 2000 to 2012, finds that the frequency of active shooter events has increased in recent years and a definite increase in the number of people shot and killed in these incidents.
► ThinkProgress, There has been an average of one school shooting every other school day so far this year. 2014 is off to a deadly start: in the first 14 school days of the year, there have been at least 7 school shootings.
► Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks,A Sensible Safe Smart Gun Law - Guess Who Hates It, talks about Smith & Wesson's refusal to comply with California's new microstamping law. "Why are they opposed to this law? It's because they want to sell more guns to criminals."
► Portsmouth, New Hampshire Herald, Speak In Support of Background Checks Law Now. Will a reasonable bill aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of convicted felons once again be shouted down, or will we strengthen our lawmakers' resolve by letting them know the true will of the people of New Hampshire?
► Carrie Larson, Daily Kos, NRA, Walmart, Guns and GREED. Walmart's role as the nation's largest seller of guns and ammunition has been widely reported; their role in supporting a pro-gun political agenda has not been widely understood.
► Dana Milbank, Washington Post. After the Aurora movie shooting a group of D.C. women resolved to meet outside the White House every Monday until the nation comes to its senses on guns. They've missed only a couple of Mondays since then.
► Glennon Doyle Melton, Share This With All the Schools, Please. Chase's teacher watched Columbine knowing that all violence begins with disconnection and that children who aren't being noticed will eventually resort to being noticed by any means necessary. So she decided to do something about it in her classroom, every week.
► New York artist, Jon Burgerman 'Head Shots' series shows New Yorkers the other side of the poster. Burgerman appears bloody and defeated in front of the gun-toting movie posters in the NY subway system.
► Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun, A gun culture and violence as the answer make the worst possible, even in Columbia. "Although easy access to guns is supposed to be an issue of personal freedom, look how it restricts us with metal detectors and fears that going to the movies or to school or to the local mall may be a fatal decision."
► LZ Granderson, CNN, When a city's gun laws get shot down. Whatever ordinances the mayor comes up with have to be reasonable, otherwise the city is back in court. Groups, like the NRA, keep suing. Innocent people, like Baker, keep dying.
► Media Matters, 5 things to know about the NRA's takeover of one of America's largest gun shows. #1 - NRA ousted the previous owners for refusing to allow assault weapons post-Newtown.
► Joe Nocera, From your friends at the NRA. The following are verbatim excerpts from emails sent by the NRA.
► Bloomberg Businessweek, A bolder gun industry brings out battlefield-style weapons. The strategy assumes that consumers want to buy versions of the firearms depicted in cable news reports from war zones.
► New ammunition for sale - Radically Invasive Projectile (R.I.P.). The geometry at the tip of the bullet has much to do with the way the projectile travels through human tissue and promises to "take out all vital organs."
► Virginia Center for Public Safety held their 21st Vigil and Advocacy Day. Activists could not bring American flags inside the capitol because the sticks were seen as a security risk. Yet gun rights groups were allowed to enter the building with handguns and assault rifles.
► Washington Ceasefire to launch bus campaign in Seattle. The ASK (Asking Saves Kids) ads will run throughout 2014.
► Moms Demand Action launches campaign asking Facebook and Instagram to prohibit gun sales and trades.
► Penny Okamoto, Ceasefire Oregon, Background checks do in fact reduce gun violence.
► Gabby Giffords, Americans for Responsible Solutions, testified on Washington state initiative to expand background checks."The nation is counting on you."
► Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, co-counsel for plaintiffs, hails Milwaukee judge's decision to allow wounded officers' case against top crime gun dealer to go to trial.
► Connecticut Against Gun Violence opposes amnesty to gun owners who failed to register assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
► Sandy Hook Promise parents Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden testified in favor of New Hampshire background check bill.
► Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence video of their panel discussion The Fight Over the Second Amendment and Smart Gun Laws.
► New Mexicans for Gun Safety holds rally at state house to urge the governor to take up background check bill.
62-year-old Rodney Black, of Barboursville, West Virginia fatally shot his new neighbor and the neighbor's brother without warning. Black told authorities he thought the victims were breaking into a building he owned. But Black does not own the building nor were the victims on his property. Black has been charged with first-degree murder. The victims, 60-year-old Garrick Hopkins and 61-year-old Carl Hopkins both leave behind wives and children.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
The GVP Report - January 21, 2014
► Movie producer Harvey Weinstein is working on a new film taking on the NRA and has pledged to choose projects that "aren't violent or as violent as they used to be." He added, "You have to look in the mirror, too. The change starts here, it has already."
► Memphis College of Art students' Gun Down Anti-Violence Campaign. The young artists took the community's stories and put them on canvas so "people can see that youth aren't standing for violence in their community."
► Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh will stage The Library at NY Public Theater. "The Library is about one of the most disturbing and important issues of our times - gun violence. The theater, like our nation, needs to deal with this."
► Monologist Mike Daisey's new production Story of the Gun looks at the political and emotional issue of gun control. "Talking about the issue and reflecting on the power of this tool is what will help us be better in the future."
► Actor Sean Penn turns his 65 guns into a sculpture by Jeff Koons saying "a strong woman who happens to be from South Africa" changed his mind about owning guns.
► In a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Accessibility of Firearms & Risk for Suicide & Homicide Victimization Among Household Members, Andrew Anglemeyer, et al, found a heightened risk of dying from suicide and murder for those who own or have access to a gun. People who lived in homes with firearms were between two and three times more likely to die from either cause compared to those who didn't live with a gun.
► Morristown, NJ joins the growing list of towns pledging to review police gun purchase policies. New Jersey Together says that tax-funded military and police agencies buy 40 percent of guns sold in America and should use their clout with gun makers to push for reforms.
► Procedural error ends recall effort against Idaho school board chairman who proposed to arm school staff. "The recall galvanized opponents of armed school staff and helped demonstrate the level of community opposition to the proposal."
► MSNBC Reports, Guns + Impulsive Teenagers = Tragedy. What the gun lobby doesn't tell you - and the statistics do - is that most gun owners are not the heroes of their own stories: they are the victims.
► The number of guns confiscated at U.S. airports jumped 20% in 2013 to 1,828, with Atlanta airport leading the way. Five guns were seized on the average day across the nation's airports.
► Keeping public buildings free of guns proves too costly for Kansas towns. A new state law allows communities to ban guns at city halls, libraries, etc. as long as local governments pay for metal detectors and security guards to keep guns out.
► Mother Jones report, How Reddit became a gun market - and authorized its logo on assault rifles. Since 2011, part of the popular online forum has grown into an active marketplace for assault rifles, high-capacity magazines, and other powerful firearms.
► Alison Knopf, Behavioral Healthcare, A Portrait of Adam Lanza: Gun Control & Mental Health System at a Crossroads. The bottom line: access to guns doesn't go with severe mental illness, and people with mental illness need a lot better access to treatment than they are getting now.
► The Arizona Republic, Our View, Mervin Brewer should have left cops and robbers to the cops. A trained police force is best protection against crime, not a shoot-out in the mall parking lot. Police officers are trained to assess and de-escalate dangerous situations, not shoot first and figure things out later.
► Rob Ryan, Gainesville Sun, Why are we bringing guns to movie theaters? Are we collectively so afraid to do something so simple and innocuous as going to the movies now that we need to start packing heat? And if so, what does that say about us?
► Tim Phillips, Salon.com, Can neuroscience help settle the gun control debate? New scientific studies show sacred values play a role in driving human behavior, indicating that communicating about the differences in value systems may be the key to resolving the gun debate.
► David Warsinger, MIT The Tech, A bipartisan solution to gun violence - better bullets. Emerging technologies could save lives and transform the debate. Bullets that are less lethal but that have more stopping power can reduce gun violence while pleasing gun owners, safety advocates, and even the NRA.
► The NRA is directly behind a bill loosening Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. The bill, which would permit gun owners to brandish a gun or fire warning shots, was written by Marion Hammer, a former NRA president.
► NRA settles with Rhode Island Board of Elections for $63,000. The NRA violated state law when if funded its Rhode Island PAC from its federal PAC.
► Media Matters, 5 things to know about the gun industry's annual trade show. # 5 - No personal guns allowed. Personal firearms are explicitly prohibited on SHOT Show exhibition premises.
► Media Matters, NRA News promotes dubious acts of self-defense to advance false gun violence narrative. The daily segment pushes the false claim that guns are more likely to be used in self-defense than to commit a crime.
► Connecticut Against Gun Violence, Newtown Action Alliance and the Campaign to Unload protest the SHOT Show outside NSSF's headquarters.
► New Yorkers Against Gun Violence announces its agenda for 2014 including working for a strong Child Access Prevention law.
► Linda McFadyen-Ketchum, Moms Demand Action, Supreme Court must protect victims of domestic violence
► Vincent DeMarco, Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, Maryland gun law is saving lives.
► Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence holds a press conference to urge passage of HB88, a bill to require mental health providers to report dangerous patients.
► Texas Gun Sense applauds Travis County Commissioners decision to not allow gun shows that don't require every gun buyer to have a background check.
► Gabby Giffords, Americans for Responsible Solutions, Our fight for stronger gun laws is a lot like my rehab. Every day, we must wake up resolved and determined. Every day we will recruit a few more allies, talk to a few more elected officials, convince a few more voters.
► CeaseFirePA, students and faculty urge PA State System of Higher Education to implement a ban on guns on campuses.
► Protect Minnesota held its 3rd Annual Remembrance of Life Ceremony to honor those killed by gun violence.
34-year-old Spanish Fork, Utah police officer Joshua Boren shot and killed his 7-year-old son, 5-year-old daughter and wife before tuning the gun on himself. Co-workers say Boren appeared upbeat and didn't show signs of distress before the killings. The deaths come just days after 32-year-old Kyler Ramsell-Oliva, of Syracuse, Utah, shot and killed her two daughters, ages 13 and 7, before killing herself.