CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - August 18, 2015
► Since 2010, United States Forest Service officers have handled 8,500 shooting incidents inside national forests. Illegal shootings have intensified precipitously in recent years. The New York Times takes a look at the culture clash over guns in the backcountry and how hikers are increasingly conflicting with recreational target shooters.
► The latest Pew Research Center poll shows 85% of Americans favor expanding background checks. Support was strong among both Republicans and Democrats. But other proposals are more divisive: 85% of Democrats favor creation of a database to track gun sales, compared with 55% of Republicans.
► The Seattle, Washington City Council voted unanimously to establish a tax on gun and ammunition sales and to require gun owners to report lost and stolen firearms to police.
► In a new study in the current issue of American Journal of Public Health, Firearm Prevalence and Homicides of Law Enforcement in the U.S., David Swedler, et al find that police officers are three times more likely to be shot and killed on the job in high gun ownership states in comparison with low gun ownership states.
► Criminologist Tom Nolan, a 27-year veteran of the Boston Police force, blames poor discipline for the shooting deaths of unarmed men like Michael Brown. The message needs to come from the top: If you engage in a deadly force incident, there will be a meticulous investigation and if you violate procedures and policies you will be disciplined.
► What you should know about Senator John Cornyn's NRA-supported bill to "help fix" the background check system.
► Dozens of Alabama sheriffs speak out about serious concerns with the state's concealed weapons permit laws. They said the Lafayette movie theater shooter was "a poster child for what we have been trying to say the last several years about public safety and not doing away with background checks" for permits.
► A Michigan circuit judge has ruled that a Clio-area father can legally open carry his handgun inside of his daughter's elementary school despite a legal challenge from the school district.
► A Wisconsin state appeals court has upheld a ban on carrying firearms on city buses in Madison. The court ruled the state's preemption statute only covers city ordinances, not a Metro policy rule like Madison's.
► Accounts from the front lines of urban gun violence: Baltimore, Maryland. What do you do when your daddy says it's alright to murder a man? When your mother tells you to go out and sell drugs?
► Cenk Uyger, The Young Turks, reacts to the Michigan ruling allowing open carry guns in elementary schools. "The country has lost its mind. His so-called right trumps all of your rights, including your right to have some sort of peace of mind when you send your kid to elementary school."
► David Hemenway, Harvard School of Public Health, op-ed, Does owning a gun make you safer? The evidence is overwhelming that a gun in the home increases the likelihood not only that a household member will be shot accidentally, but also that someone in the home will die in a suicide or homicide. In addition, hundreds of thousands of household guns are stolen each year. The public health costs of gun ownership are very high.
► Senator Edward Markey, guest column, Gun violence is preventable, not preordained. Congress has failed the American people on gun violence. How many more gun-related deaths do we need to suffer before there is enough political will in Congress to ensure there is not one more?
► Mike Weisser, Mike the Gun Guy, Do armed citizens know how to protect themselves with guns? I doubt it. The gun industry has never, ever done a single study that tests the idea that a good guy can stop a bad guy with a gun.
► GunSenseIsMyThing, The Wild West world of online gun exchanges. Think of Armslist.com as a Craigslist for guns. The site has disclaimers about not selling guns out of state or to felons. Of course there is no way to enforce any of this. Take a look at what's for sale now in Tennessee.
► E! Online, Kim Kardashian goes on passionate Twitter rant about gun control, says "Laws have to change!" The Tweet was in response to reports that the Texas shooter who killed 2 adults and 6 children bought his gun online, with no background check.
► Bert Olivier, Thought Leader, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and American gun culture. Cyrus is often labelled a bad role model, while Shift is seen as a good role model. But Cyrus observes the hypocrisy of frowning upon images of her naked body while condoning Shift's projection of images that implicitly justify gun violence.
► Collaboraction theater group new production, Crime Scene: Breathe Life, is a followup to its 2013 play A Chicago Anthology. The play draws from newspaper articles and firsthand accounts to tell stories that examine how gun violence is playing out across Chicago. It is being performed at different venues in Chicago throughout the month of August.
► Texas open carry activist CJ Grisham announced that he is running for state senate. Grisham heads the group Open Carry Texas. Grisham lost his Texas concealed weapons permit after a 2013 arrest, but state law allows him to continue to carry a loaded, hidden gun in public using another state's permit.
► The Rocky Mount United Methodist Church in Jemison, Alabama has turned an overgrown gully behind the church into a gun range. "This is an opportunity for us to reach out in the name of Jesus Christ in a setting that is completely unique," said the church's pastor.
► Donald Trump regularly calls for getting rid of "gun-free zones." But ThinkProgress spoke with a number of hotels and golf courses in the Trump empire and found multiple locations did not allow guns on the property, even if guests had a concealed weapons permit.
► Gun advocate John Lott was the real author of a viral Fox News op-ed written from the perspective of a female stalking victim. Taylor Woolrich wanted to raise awareness about stalking. "I didn't realize I was being turned into an NRA puppet," she said.
► States United to Prevent Gun Violence's state-based affiliate groups take a Victory Lap for successful 2015 legislative work.
► Jennifer Thorne, Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence talks of the importance of enacting a state Child Access Prevention law to mandate safe gun storage. A bill has been introduced again this year.
► Heeding God's Call and CeaseFirePA protest the proposal to open a new gun shop in a residential neighborhood in Philadelphia.
► Leah Gunn Barrett, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, applauds a settlement reached with state retailers to keep realistic-looking toy guns off shelves.
► Grassroots Change revisits Laura Cutilletta, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, for an update on the Law Center's work and the state of the gvp movement.
► Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Too Many Press Conferences.
► Women Against Gun Violence champions new rules for gun storage in the home backed by Los Angeles City Council.
► Nicole Hockley, Sandy Hook Promise, I'm the Mother of a Murdered Child. No One Else Has to Be.
► Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus and the League of Women Voters hold a Gun Safety Summit to address a new Florida campus-carry bill.
► How North Carolina Moms Demand Action and others fought the NRA and won.
► IANSA, Stop Handgun Violence and Newtown Action Alliance partner with Sixth Sense Productions and ask for your help for the upcoming short film CORNERED.
Pope Francis will address Congress on Sept. 24th. Tweet him and ask him to ask our Congress to help prevent gun violence.
Here's a sample tweet:
On 9/24 visit to Congress, @Pontifex, please address gun violence that kills & injures 100K Americans a year. #EndGunViolence
Convicted felon David Conley was upset that his ex-girlfriend, Valerie Jackson, was 'cheating' on him. Conley bought a handgun online, ammo and handcuffs, broke into her Houston, Texas home, restrained her entire family and executed them one by one, saving her for last. Killed were Valerie, 40, her husband Dwayne, and her six children, Nathaniel, 13, Honesty, 11, Dwayne, 10, Caleb, 9, Trinity, 7 and Jonah, 6.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - August 4, 2015
► A study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, Firearm Ownership and Violent Crime in the U.S., finds that higher ownership of guns in a state is linked to more firearm robberies, more firearm assaults and more homicides in general. "We found no support for the hypothesis that owning guns leads to a drop or a reduction in violence crime," said researcher Michael Monuteaux. "Instead we found the opposite."
► A new study from the Congressional Research Service,Mass Murder with Firearms: Incidents and Victims, 1999-2013, finds that "the prevalence, if not the deadliness, of "mass public shootings" increased in the 1970s and 1980s, and continued to increase during the 1990s, 2000s, and first four years of the 2010s.
► A Florida state Supreme Court ruled that defendants using the Stand Your Ground/Shoot First defense must prove they are entitled to immunity, instead of prosecutors proving they weren't. A report from the Center for American Progress, Jeb Bush's License to Kill, looks at the impact the Stand Your Ground/Shoot First law has had on Florida and the 24 states that have also enacted the law.
► A federal appeals court upheld a controversial Florida law that restricts doctors from asking questions and recording information about patients' gun ownership. Dubbed the "docs vs. Glocks" law, the measure includes a series of restrictions on doctors.
► University of Colorado Hospital emergency physician Emmy Betz, How To Talk About Guns and Suicide. Betz shares her experience at the nexus of conversations about trauma, guns and suicide.
► Congress quietly voted to extend a ban on gun-violence research. One week after the tragic shooting at Charleston's Emanual AME Church, the House Appropriations Committee voted 32-19 against an amendment that would have lifted the 19 year-old ban on funding for the Center for Disease Control to research the causes of gun violence as a public-health issue.
► What happened to the $1.3 Billion Congress approved to improve federal gun background checks? The NICS Improvement Amendment Act of 2008 was intended to improve lapses in state record keeping. But almost 90 percent of that money has never been spent.
► The scarcity of guns for purchase in New York and the lack of heroin in Vermont allows gun traffickers to make a significant profit on guns. In Vermont you can legally buy a gun through a private sale at a gun show, yard sale, or from a private sale online. If you are willing to break the law you can drive the weapon to NY and sell if for triple the price.
► Retired U.S. Army General Russel Honore tells reporters that America is mired in a state of denial about its gun culture and that's harming the country. "We've confused the right to bear arms with the right to carry arms all the time anywhere or anyplace you want."
► One year later, a mother still seeks justice in her daughter's death. Donna Bryan's daughter, Katherine, was shot in the head when her husband's friend discharged his gun while showing off a Western-style quick-draw twirl he had been practicing. Katherine, who was five months pregnant, died of her injuries. Prosecutors declined to press charges against the shooter.
► Every Monday We the People for Sensible Gun Laws holds a vigil in front of the White House. Last week they were joined by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes and D. C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. "We the people decide what the Second Amendment means and we insist on strong legislation around gun control."
► Paris, Bay Area hip-hop artist, Guns Are Killing My Community. Guns are ravaging the black community. But without reform of our gun laws, and an acknowledgement that people are dying while the gun industry profits, this will continue to be my community's holocaust.
► Sarah Clements, Generation Progress, wrote An Open Letter to Amy Schumer imploring her to join the gun violence prevention movement. Schumer responds by joining her cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer, at a press conference to help him announce a new plan to crack down on mass shootings and gun violence in America.
► The Conversation, How big tobacco gifted campaigns of misdirection and misinformation to the gun lobby. By the 1980s, having seen the success of the tobacco campaign that sought to distort rather than engage debates, the NRA hardened its position.
► KL Johnson, Progressive Press, A Gun Walks Into A Bar ..... We do not have to live with this affliction, this sickness, these knee-jerk, asinine reactions when a mass shooting occurs. Repeal the godforsaken Second Amendment. There, I said it.
► Nico Lang, Salon, America's white masculinity complex and the myth of the "senseless" mass shooting. What is senseless about a man with a record of violence against women, who publicly espouses misogynistic views, shooting up a movie theater that's screening a movie starring and written by a feminist icon in an audience that was predominantly women? Nothing.
► Bill Mefford, The Hill, The House's Hypocrisy. Despite numerous horrific, tragic events, Congress has done absolutely nothing to prevent gun shootings from happening again and again. The House of Representatives is simply not interested in public safety.
► Mike McIntire, NY Times Sunday Review, What Makes a Shooter Do It? Guns are great equalizers, especially for people with limited voice, people on the fringes of society who may be rejected by peers. Many shooters turn out to be people who are looking for something larger than their own small lives.
► Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, Obama's Evolving Outrage On Guns. During his Presidency, he's gone from a kind of rote acknowledgment of the issue to a deeply felt recognition of its centrality. Seeing the President's metamorphosis suggests that, as the old song had it, a change is going to come.
► Eric Conrad, Florida Politics, We're Just Haggling Over Price. The Gun Lobby walks up to the American People and asks "Would you allow me to sell as many of my products in an unregulated manner, including to the mentally unstable and criminally minded, if it only cost you a few tens of thousands of deaths a year?" The People respond: "Of course. No one should limit our liberty." The Gun Lobby then asks: "What if that included an average of two mass shootings a month in elementary schools, movie theaters, and places of worship?" "Of course not!" the People respond. "We value the lives of innocent citizens. What kind of country to do take us for?" Gun Lobby: "We've already established that. Now we're just haggling over price."
► In June, Colt Holding Company filed for bankruptcy protection, citing $269 million in unsecured debt. The company's most famous product was the single-action pistol known as the "Peacemaker" (the Colt .45) issued to U.S. Calvary during the Civil Way. Colt's union is asking the state of Connecticut to give financial support to the company. Colt employes 610 people in West Hartford, CT.
► The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the lobbying organization of gun manufacturers and dealers, has rejected a call from Democratic senators and police organizations to delayed guns sales beyond three days to people who haven't been cleared by the NICS background system.
► There has been a big shift in how 2016 Republican candidates talk about their personal guns. Candidates are shifting from talking about enjoying firearms as sporting tools to elevating guns as mystical guarantors of freedom and safety.
► States United to Prevent Gun Violence won 14 Lions for its "Guns With History" campaign at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
► Women Against Gun Violence applauds the decision of the Los Angeles City Council to ban the possession of high-capacity gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, calling it a "life-saving measure."
► Everytown for Gun Safety filed a lawsuit seeking public records on crime guns from the ATF. This type of data provides unique insights into gun trafficking.
► Safe Tennessee Project warns of dangers of Tennessee's new guns-in-public parks law, especially at big-crowd events like Chattanooga's Riverbend Festival.
► Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence congratulates the winners of its 20th annual Student Voices Contest. The state-wide essay, poetry, spoken word, and art contest is open to students in 1st - 12th grades.
► John Rosenthal, Stop Handgun Violence, op-ed, Gun Sale Background Check 'Breakdown' by NRA Design
► A Tale of Two Cities - Proof that handgun purchaser licensing saves lives. Read the Missouri and Connecticut studies.
► Violence Policy Center, Gun-Running Nation, How Foreign-Made Assault Weapons are Trafficked from the U.S. to Mexico and What to Do About It.
► Protect Minnesota calls for legislators to plug loopholes in state gun laws in response to a rise in homicides in Minneapolis.
► CeasefirePA objects to state legislator's plan to reintroduce an NRA backed bill that would allow interest groups to sue local municipalities over their firearms ordinances.
► Eileen McCarron, Colorado Ceasefire, lte, Colorado gun violence in the news: A sampling of one day's headlines.
► Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, The Policies that Could Have Prevented the Charleston Shooting.
► North Carolinians Against Gun Violence "incredibly pleased" with compromises reached in hot-topic state gun bill.
► New Yorkers Against Gun Violence asks Apple to #DisarmTheiPhone, to remove the gun emoji and take a stand for stricter gun accessibility.
Tana and Jason Shane were shot and killed and their 26-year-old daughter Jorah was injured when the family stopped to help a broken-down motorist on the side of the road in Pryor, Montana. 18-year-old Jesus Deniz Mendoza, of Worland, Wyoming told investigators he he shot the family because he was getting tired of waiting around and because the daughter laughed at him. Jorah's aunt told reporters they have kept the television off in Jorah's hospital room and she doesn't know about her parents. The aunt is not sure how they break the news.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - June 9, 2015
► New research published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Two years after Newtown - Public opinion on gun policy revisited, by Colleen Barry, PhD, MPP, et al, finds that a large majority of Americans - including gun owners - continue to support strengthening gun laws. 85 percent of gun owners and 83 percent of non-owners support universal background checks.
► U.S. Supreme Court rejects NRA challenge to San Francisco gun laws. The court let stand rulings in favor of a city measure that requires handgun owners to secure weapons in their homes and an ordinance that bans the sale of hollow-point bullets.
► South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed into law a bill that strengthens penalties for domestic abusers and sets new restrictions on gun possession for domestic violence offenders, including a lifetime gun ban for the most severe crimes.
► Michigan judge backs Grand Rapids police in open-carry lawsuit. The judge ruled that the police officer acted lawfully when he stopped a man openly carrying a holstered firearm and that the Plaintiff's behavior was "consistent with tactical preparedness for unlawful purposes."
► A new study in Preventive Medicine, Alcohol misuse, firearm violence perpetration, and public policy in the U.S., Garen Wintemute, MD, finds that restricting access to firearms for people who misuse alcohol could prevent firearm violence.
► Fatal police shootings in 2015 approaching 400 nationwide. About half the victims were white, half minority. Among unarmed victims, two-thirds were black or Hispanic. Overall, blacks were killed at three tie the rate of whites or other minorities.
► Self-defense or illegal homicide? Is Stand Your Ground/Shoot First evolving? Verdict by verdict, cases are educating US gun owners on the limits of the law and clarifying that the laws rarely protect people who willingly put themselves into potentially dangerous situations, and then open fire.
► President Barack Obama, Senator Elizabeth Warren and actress Julianne Moore were some of the ten of thousands of people who were #WearingOrange on National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
► Miami New Times, Eight Months After Mass Shooting at the Spot Nightclub, Liberty City Grapples With Fallout. The Sept. 27, 2014 violence was the largest mass shooting in Miami in decades. More than eight months later, many questions remain.
Recently, the House of Representatives approved their version of the Commerce Justice, and Science Appropriations Act for 2016. The bill contains a number of dangerous "gun riders." The bill now heads to the Senate. Please, take a moment and call your member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and ask them to NOT include these bad gun riders in the Senate CJS Appropriations bill.
► HBO Documentary Film, Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014, premiering June 22nd, tells the story of those who have been killed by gunfire, whether by homicide, unintentional or suicide. Stories are told with images from social media, frantic 911 calls, police reports and videos.
►David McGrath, op-ed, Chicago Tribune, NRA version of 2nd Amendment lacks common sense. Ask any high school English teacher to parse the Second Amendment, and they will say that it does not prohibit common-sense restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns, in spite of the NRA's claim to the contrary.
► Danica Davidson, MTV News, 15 Facts About Gun Violence. #15 - Each day, approximately 32 people are killed by another person through gun violence, 51 commit suicide with a gun, and 45 people are shot accidentally, which sometimes results in death.
► Dylan Matthews, Vox, Most gun deaths are suicides not homicides. That's a strong case for stronger gun policies. Suicide is the terminal stage of a disease. It's a preventable death that we can, and should, prevent. And gun control is a necessary tool for doing that.
► Michael Sierra-Arevalo, op-ed, Hartford Courant, The Shooting Disease: Who You Know, Where You Live. "Crazy" is a word used to describe the violence and death toll from guns. But it's not random. As any police officer will tell you, gun violence happens in the same places, year after year.
► Kaeley McEvoy, Sojourners,Intimate Partner Violence and Guns: A Deadly Combination. The cycle of women shot by their intimate partner is an epidemic that needs to be stopped. Guns are used in fatal intimate partner violence more than any other weapon.
► John Boyle, Asheville, North Carolina Citizen-Times, What it's like to carry a loaded gun. Be sure you're mentally able and willing to kill someone. I'm not joking - that's what this is about.
► Matt Valentine, op-ed, Politico Magazine, Texas Just Made College Less Safe. University leaders have thought guns on campus are a bad idea since 1824. So why do states keep allowing it? The fact is, you are less likely to be murdered on a school campus than in the general population.
► Joseph Huff-Hannon, Rolling Stone, Toddlers Are Shooting Each Other: We Don't Need Guns in Schools. I've been tracking shootings involving toddlers for research for my satirical play, Bullets Over Preschool. The title was inspired by the story of a 4-year-old who shot up a daycare center with a 9mm he found in his father's truck.
► Claire McCarthy M.D, Boston Children's Hospital, Why Don't We Treat Gun Safety Like Car Safety?When we talk about motor vehicle safety laws we don't argue about car rights. We would think it was absurd if someone said it was their right to drive faster than the speed limit. We get that cars are dangerous. But somehow gun safety discussions end up being about rights - instead of safety.
► Republicans aim to use the DOJ funding bill to push gun riders. House Republicans have attached several gun riders to the DOJ appropriations bill in an effort to block a number of gun regulations from the Obama administration.
► Louisiana's state legislature decided to eliminate a tax holiday for hurricane equipment and school supplies, but keep one for guns and other hunting tools.
► Man with rifle scares at airport: How important is civility to open-carry? Now that some states have decided that residents can carry weapons even at the airport, Americans have watched a steady stream of primarily white males testing the boundaries of what is acceptable when it comes to guns in public places.
► Larry Pratt, head of Gun Owners of America, argued that "the Second Amendment was designed for people just like the president and his administration" and added that if the present government wants "to go tyrannical on us, we got something for 'em."
► New PSA from Women Against Gun Violence, Lock up Your Guns
► Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort hosted a symposium to discuss evidence-based approaches to prevent gun violence.
► Becky Ceartas, North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, speaks out against a bill that would do away with the state's pistol permit system. Americans for Responsible Solutions is airing a new 30-second ad calling on the legislature to defeat the bill.
► June 21st is National ASK Day (Asking Saves Kids). Join an event near you or find out how to host your own ASK Day playdate.
► Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence is working on legislation that would allow only trained law enforcement to concealed-carry on school property.
► The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and others protested Chuck's Gun Shop as part of the "Stop Bad Apple Gun Dealers" campaign.
► Penny Okamoto, Ceasefire Oregon, speaks against a vote by Lane County, Oregon county commissioners to not enforce new statewide gun background check requirements.
► Heeding God's Call took part in a march to mourn the death of an Overbrook, Pennsylvania man shot and killed during an armed robbery by a 14-year-old and two 15-year-olds.
► New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, elected officials, clergy and community leaders mark the third annual Gun Violence Awareness Month. New York is the only state with an official month dedicated to gun violence prevention.
► Violence Policy Center warns that a House-passed amendment could put fully automatic machine guns into the hands of criminals.
► Unload Your 401k campaign from States United to Prevent Gun Violence and the Campaign to Unload won two AICP Next Awards. The work will now become part of the Department of Film at the Museum of Modern Art.
19-year-old Lacie LaRose was shot and killed during a graduation party in College Station, Texas. Ronald McNeil was asked to leave the party after an argument over the rules of beer pong. McNeil returned with a gun and fired off 14 rounds from a .40-caliber Glock. Lacie was shot in the neck and died of her wounds. Two other students were injured.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - May 26, 2015
► The Atlanta Journal-Constitution special report, .13 Seconds. Faster than the blink of an eye, a stray bullet fired in celebration crossed a Lilburn street and turned a holiday into a tragic night. Since that moment, in Georgia, you have been more likely to die in a shooting than a car crash.
► Gun deaths up in Georgia, 44 other states. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of data finds that only D.C. and four states reported fewer gun deaths in 2013 than in 2003. Nationwide, gun deaths rose by 12 percent over the last decade.
► A new study in Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Gun Violence Restraining Orders: Alternative or Adjunct to Mental Health-Based Restrictions on Firearms? by Shannon Frattaroli et al, finds that the gun violence restraining order is a new tool for preventing gun violence and a promising strategy for reducing firearm homicide and suicide.
► Center for American Progress new report The Bureau and the Bureau. A review of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and a proposal to merge it with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
► Rachel Maddow shares a story that pushes her outrage-o-meter into the red zone. A Colorado law requires the family of an Aurora mass-shooting victim to pay $220,000 in legal fees to the ammunition maker they tried to sue.
► What background checks data reveals about gun purchases in America, Governing magazine. Most states ran fewer firearm background checks last year, but that's only part of the story.
► 7 in 10 schools now have shooting drills, needlessly traumatizing huge numbers of children. Schools are now treating mass shootings like tornadoes and earthquakes - disasters beyond their control that students must be prepared for at all costs.
► St. Louis, Missouri, top prosecutor launches gun violence prevention campaign website. StLouisGunCrime.comprovides data on gun crimes and court cases and access to resources.
► Cerbeus, unable to sell assault rifle manufacturer Remington Outdoor, will let investors cash out. The California State Teachers' Retirement System has long called for the sale of the gun maker. The investment firm will take Remington out of its main private equity funds and put it into a separate financial entity.
► Reveal, the Center for Investigative Reporting, Gun shows highlight states' differing laws on firearms, compares gun shows in California and Nevada to see how state laws impact the events.
► A new Tumblr page, Guns Left in Bathrooms, chronicles examples of guns forgotten by their owners and guns shot in public restrooms across the country.
►Jason Prystowsky, MD, 'Sometimes You Hear the Bullet'; In the ER the Night of the Isla Vista Shooting. I am an emergency physician with Cottage Hospital and a professor at UCSB. I had the burden and the privilege of working in the emergency room the evening of May 23, 2014.
► Jennifer Carlson, LA Times, op-ed, Why Men Feel the Need to Carry Guns. Sociologists now want to understand why some Americans not just own but also carry guns.
► John Traphagan, Dallas Morning News, When will we examine our heavily armed culture? As a whole, Americans do not seem to be able to handle gun ownership in a way that permits maintenance of a civil society.
► Errol Louis, CNN Political Commentator, In Waco carnage, a message to America. Is American culture now so drenched in weapons - and so wearily accustomed to violence - that a bloody massacre barely registers as news?
► The Guardian, Trigger warning: 10 shocking truths about gun violence. #10 - The US is the only country that relaxes gun laws after a massacre.
► Mike Weisser, Mike the Gun Guy, When the Ad Council starts talking about gun safety, everybody listens. The Ad Council is running gun-safety messages on television and radio stations around the country, funded by a million dollar grant from the Department of Justice.
► Professor Daniel Webster, Johns Hopkins University, The News & Observer Op-Ed, Making it easier for criminals to get guns in North Carolina. Research indicates that proposed changes in NC law would lead to more violence crime. If you want to know what happens when a state repeals a law requiring background checks for all handgun sales, you can look to the state of Missouri.
► Firmin Debrabander, Salon, The NRA's sinister project: Turn America into a "shoot first" society. The gun rights movement warns of a society riddled with pervasive threats - increasingly, they come from police officers, or their absence, or their recklessness. And the NRA gets its way: more guns on our streets.
► Florida Governor Scott signed into law an NRA backed bill that allows people to carry a gun without a concealed weapons permit during a declared state of emergency.
► NRA opposition affectively squashed a provision in a Louisiana bill that would expand the definition of domestic abuse victims. The provision would have allowed those accused of abusing "dating partners" to be charged with domestic abuse and prevented them from owning a firearm.
► NRA debuts 2016 conspiracy: Hillary Clinton is coming for your guns. An article in the NRA's magazine claims Clinton "wants control over every aspect of your right to keep and bear arms - so she can deny it at will."
► Sturm, Ruger & Co firearms has promised to donate $2 to the NRA for each gun sold. This doubles the amount it pledged to the organization following the 2012 election.
► #WearingOrange on Tuesday, June 2nd on National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Show your support for an America free from gun violence.
► Ed Smith, Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence, op-ed, IndyStar, National Concealed Carry Legislation is Dangerous.
► Richard Martinez lost his son during the UCSB shooting. Since then he has set aside his law practice and gone to work for Everytown for Gun Safety, meeting with politicians and counseling others who have lost loved ones to gun violence.
► Mary Steufert, Brady Campaign and Protect Minnesota, op-ed, Duluth News Tribune, Thinking back to the Million Mom March and the Years Since Then.
► Chicago Mayor Emanuel named Carole L. Brown as City of Chicago Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Brown serves on the boards of several non-profits including the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence.
► New Yorkers Against Gun Violence brought 150 school children from Bronx and Harlem to Albany. The group received a mixed welcome.
► Gabby Giffords, Americans for Responsible Solutions, traveled to Oregon to advocate for more controls to protect victims of domestic abuse from gun violence.
►Jonathan Panzer, Texas Gun Sense, encourages legislators to "do the right thing, not the politically expedient thing" and vote against an open carry bill.
► Coalition to Stop Gun Violence launches a new coalition, Ballots Not Bullets, to address the increasing use of violence in targeting public policy.
► Miranda Viscoli, New Mexicans for Gun Safety, op-ed, Santa Fe New Mexican, Don't Undermine New Mexico's Concealed Carry Laws
Two rival motorcycle gangs, the Bandidos and the Cossacks, got into a shoot-out at a restaurant in Waco, TX. The fight started in the bathroom and spilled into the bar and parking lot. 9 people were killed and at least 18 were injured. People arrested 170 people are recovered hundreds of weapons from the scene. Guns were also found stashed in various places at the restaurant.