CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - February 2, 2016
► East Bay Express investigative report, The Gunrunner and the Peacemakers, examines how California's strong firearm regulations help catch gunrunners and make it harder for felons to get their hands on guns.
► Facebook bans private gun sales. The company said it will ban users from coordinating private sales of firearms on Facebook and Instagram. The ban does not apply to licensed gun dealers.
► Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Gun Law Trendwatch, looks at positive and negative trends in state gun bills being considered in 2016.
► A new study in The Lancet, Policy misperceptions and support for gun control legislation, Peter Aronow and Benjamin Miller, finds that 41% of respondents believe that federal law already requires universal background checks.
► A new study in Violence and Gender, Firearm Ownership and the Murder of Women in the U.S., Michael Siegle and Emily Rothman, finds that women living in states with high rates of gun ownership are more likely to be shot and killed by someone they know than those residing in states with fewer firearms. Every 10% increase in gun ownership was associated with a 10.2% increase in gun-related murders of women.
► How America's gun manufacturers are quietly getting richer off taxpayers. Since 2003, state and local governments from Alabama to Tennessee have given more than $120 million worth of taxpayer funds to at least seven major firearms companies.
► Gun violence not a mental health issue, experts say, pointing to 'anger' and suicides. Gun violence and mental illness are public health problems "that intersect at the edges" but have little overlap. Gun ownership restrictions related to mental health are too broad and can miss people who are suicidal and have pathological anger.
Read Daniel Ruth's column in the Tampa Bay Times Open Carry Bills Are Bad for Tourism, then sign the petition telling the Florida tourist industry that you and your family want a gun-free vacation.
► Sundance Film Festival takes on mass shootings and guns in America. Gun violence was the main subject of four new films at Sundance - two feature documentaries ("Newtown," "Under the Gun") one short documentary, "Speaking is Difficult," and one feature film, "Dark Night."
► 1300 churches across South Carolina take a stand against gun violence as part of Stand Up Sunday. Churches are also asking at least nine members of their congregation to come to a Statehouse rally for stricter background checks on gun purchases.
► Linda Carvel, A new game plan: Treat gun violence like smoking. Make gun violence as politically incorrect as smoking cigars, cigarettes and pipes in restaurants, schools and grocery stores.
► Preventing Gun Violence: Public Health Perspectives examines gun violence through a public health prism. Panelists talk about patterns of violence and explore dynamics at state and Congressional level that impact public safety measures.
► Dennis Henigan, Dear Democrats, Stop Worrying About Paranoid Gun Owners. Allowing gun policy to be dominated by the need to reassure fearful gun owners will not get us the strong gun laws we need and deserve.
► Matthew Hess, Veterans should lead push for more secure gun laws. The military's standards for weapons safety are exceptionally high. Veterans - with their weapons experience and training - have a responsibility to lead the fight for more secure gun laws.
► Gillian Brockell, What one year in mass shootings feels like. 374 mass shootings, in 365 days, in one video. Watch this motion graphic and hear the 911 calls to get a complete picture of the human toll.
► The NRA Strikes Back in Virginia. One month ago, Virginia announced it would no longer recognize concealed-carry permits from 25 states. On Friday, the state reversed itself.
► How has the US gun lobby been so successful? BBC report on how the NRA transformed from a hunting and marksmanship club into a political lobbying group.
► NRA victories in Congress grow with chief lobbyist's role. A look at Chris Cox, 45, a big-game hunter from Tennessee who has used the NRA's bully pulpit and his access to Republican leaders to ward off what he says are attempts to take away Americans' guns.
► Why Do You Own A Gun? Kyle Cassidy took cross-country trips, photographing gun owners in their homes and recorded their answers to the question.
► CeaseFirePA calls for supporters to thank Comcast Corp for standing up to the gun lobby.
► Amanda Gailey, Nebraskans Against Gun Violence, calls filibuster that sinks bill to end local gun regulations a victory for local control.
► Eileen McCarron, Colorado Ceasefire, Ken Toltz, Safe Campus Colorado, Alana Smart, Colorado Faith Communities United, op-ed, An Unnatural Decision
► Protect Minnesota pushes for bill to require all state gun purchasers to undergo background checks.
► Iowans for Gun Safety criticizes proposed changes to state's emergency management and security.
► Andrea Brauer, Texas Gun Sense, testifies at Texas Senate committee hearing asking for updates on new open carry law.
► MacKenzie Allen, New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, op-ed, Buying a gun is the easy part.
► Arizonans for Gun Safety praises proposed state bill requiring background checks on all gun sales.
► Women Against Gun Violence, Arguing About Guns with Uncle Fred
► Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence joins with others in calling for a state constitutional amendment giving local communities the right to pass and enforce gun-related laws.
► Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense launches new campaign What Could Go Wrong? Guns and Alcohol Don't Mix.
A 29-year-old Newcastle, Washington man was worried about mass shootings so he brought a 9mm handgun to the movie theater. The man, who was apparently drunk, unintentionally fired the gun in the theater, wounding a 40-year-old woman sitting nearby. The shooting victim was in serious, but improving condition at the local hospital.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - January 19, 2016
► In an op-ed published in the New York Times, President Obama stated, "Even as I continue to take every action possible as president, I will also take every action I can as a citizen. I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate who does not support common-sense gun reform." Listen to the President talk about the work ahead and how you can get involved.
► Part of the recent executive actions from the President includes improvements to the NICS background check system. Obama is asking the team that fixed Healthcare.gov to work its magic on the background check system.
► Internet gun sales and background checks explained. Sometimes guns purchased online require a background check. Sometimes they don't. Here's how to know the difference.
► A new report from Violence Policy Center finds there have been more than 800 deaths at the hands of Concealed Carry Killers since 2007.
► A new study, Violent Death Rates: The US Compared with Other High-income OECD Countries, 2010, finds that the US accounts for 82% of all gun deaths among 23 high-income countriesand the gap between gun deaths in the US and other nations is getting wider.
► A new mapping project finds that there are six gun dealers in the U.S. for every Starbucks. Go here to check out the data in your area.
► A new report from the Center for American Progress looks at The Harmful Effect of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. The federal law, enacted in 2005, grants broad immunity from liability to gun manufacturers and dealers in federal and state courts.
► The Government Accountability Office has released a report on firearms trafficking to Mexico. The report finds that 70% of the guns seized in Mexico originated in the U.S. and that high-caliber firearms make up half of all the guns seized and traced.
Stand with President Obama, take the pledge to "not campaign for, vote for, or support any candidate who does not support common-sense gun reform."
► Monte Frank, Team 26, 10 reasons why 2015 was a year of progress for gun violence prevention. The gun violence prevention movement made significant strides in 2015, laying the groundwork for more progress in 2016.
► Mike Weisser, Mike the Gun Guy, Is Obama correct when he calls gun violence an 'epidemic?' He sure is. In 2001, all gun deaths and injuries totaled 92,031. By 2013, gun deaths and injuries had increased to 117,146.
► Evan Defilippis & Devin Hughes, The myth behind defensive gun ownership. Guns owners are far more likely to see their weapons harm a family member than be heroes warding off criminals.
► Dave Perry, Aurora Sentinel, Aurora Subway robbery vigilante is a good guy with a gun but bad news for the public. No doubt the 26-year-old had the best of intentions when he pulled out his gun and shot at a fleeing robbery suspect. But it was a horrendously bad decision and a crime that was equally as dangerous and more insidious.
► John Quaintance, The New Yorker, The Second Amendment: Original Intent. A satirical look at James Madison and Thomas Jefferson discussing the meaning of the Second Amendment.
► William Porter, Denver Post, You may know gun safety, but do the parent's of your child's playmate? "I would rather be safe by asking than sorry I didn't. I would rather create an uncomfortable relationship than attend an unfortunate funeral."
► Adam Winkler & Cara Natterson, There's a simple way to reduce gun violence: Raise the gun age. People under 25 are responsible for a disproportionate amount of America's gun violence. Nearly 50% of all gun homicides are committed by people younger than 25. Mass shooters are often young, too.
► Lonnie & Sandy Phillips, Empty chair filled with meaning for parents of gun violence victim. The empty chair at the President's State of the Union address represents our loved ones taken by gun violence. It symbolizes the enduring suffering and resolve we understand all too well.
► Time.com, What it's like to own guns in a country with strict gun regulation. People who love to shoot in Australia look at the situation in America with dismay. All these mass killings are giving our sport a bad name. It's making everybody fear people like me, where they should have no fear.
► Norah Vawter, I know what everyday gun violence means. I was shot by a stranger when I was 4. My mom was shot, too, saving my life. She was left paralyzed and died 20 years later.
► NRA again leaves out millions in political spending from tax forms. After failing to disclose $33.5 million in political activity from 2008 to 2013, the NRA failed to disclose another $25 million in political spending to the IRS in 2014.
► U.S. Senate sets hearing on President Obama's executive actions. Sen. Shelby has asked Attorney General Lynch to testify at a Jan. 28 hearing on the president's actions. Shelby considers the actions "executive overreach."
► Texas gun owners worry that open carry is backfiring. On an online forum, concealed carriers claim that a new law is leaving them unwelcome at more private businesses.
► Wayne LaPierre wants to debate President Obama - he should debate 1999 Wayne LaPierre first. 1999 LaPierre was an adamant background check supporter. Today he has positioned himself as a virulent opponent of expanding background checks.
► Connecticut Against Gun Violence, Newtown Action Alliance and others protest the National Shooting Sports Foundation SHOT Show.
► Virginia Center for Public Safety held its 24th Annual Vigil & Advocacy Day. They were joined by Virginia Governor McAuliffe, the Coalition Against Gun Violence and others.
► Jeremy Brigham, Iowans for Gun Safety, op-ed, The caucus experience.
► Linda Finn, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, points to loopholes in state gun laws that could be closed.
► Edmund Smith, Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence, talks about how lax gun laws in Indiana fuel gun violence in Chicago.
► Gabrielle Giffords, Americans for Responsible Solutions, op-ed, We can no longer wait for a Congress in the gun lobby's grip to act.
► Dr. Jonathan Metzl, Safe Tennessee Project, joins Melissa Harris Perry show to talk about the extent of Second Amendment rights.
► New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, applauds Albany's new firearm safe storage law.
► Hollye Dexter, Women Against Gun Violence, talks about how gvp advocates are getting around the gun lobby.
► Jeri Bonavia, Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, calls bill to allow concealed weapons on school grounds "ridiculous."
► Jordan Royer, Washington Ceasefire, op-ed, It's time to get passionate about gun violence prevention.
► More than 100 advocates and activists, including representatives from a number of state gvp groups, were invited to the White House when the President unveiled his executive actions.
► Jeffrey Lott, Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence, "We think the President is doing the right thing."
► Tom Mauser, Colorado Ceasefire, talks about Obama's new executive actions.
► Julia Wyman, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, talks with CKNW radio about the White House ceremony & more.
►North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, applauds the President's actions.
► Celebrities and other high-profile figures join with the Brady Campaign to thank the President for his actions.
Two members of the American militia movement, Charles Carter and Vincent Smith, co-organizers of the "Paul Revere 2016 Final March to Restore America," got into a drunken dispute over a gun. Smith shot Carter in the head, killing him.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - January 5, 2016
► President Obama is taking a number of steps this week to address our epidemic of gun violence. His first Weekly Address of 2016 looked at the unfinished business of gun violence prevention. On Monday, Obama met with Attorney General Lynch and others to discuss options for reducing gun deaths. As a result of the meeting, the President issued new Executive Actions to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer. On Thursday, the President will join CNN in a one-hour live town hall, "Guns in America."
► A handful of armed militiamen have occupied a federal facility near Burns, Oregon as part of a protest on behalf of two local ranchers. Here's what you need to know to make sense of this situation.
► The Trace looks back at the most powerful sentences about gun violence prevention published in 2015.
► Violence Policy Center's new report, State Firearm Death Rates Ranked by Rate, 2014, finds that states with weak gun laws and higher gun ownership lead the nation in gun deaths.
► The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence's new report, 2015 Gun Law State Scorecard, reveals a strong correlation between smart gun laws and fewer gun deaths.
► Washington state King County Superior Court Judge upheld Seattle's new tax on gun and ammunition sales. The judge dismissed the NRA's lawsuit seeking to block the tax.
► The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Florida law that prohibits doctors from asking patients questions about gun ownership, ruling that the law does not violate doctors' First and 14th Amendment rights.
► Virginia Attorney General Herring announced the state will no longer recognize out-of-state concealed handgun permits from 25 states because the states have lax concealed gun permitting laws compared with Virginia.
► IBT Times special report, Bullets Beyond Recall: Defective Guns Outside US Government's Reach. Unlike virtually any other consumer product sold in the US the federal government has no authority to force the recall of potentially defective firearms.
► Gun deaths in your district: What have your elected representatives done? Find out how many people near you have died from guns in 2015, where your congressional representatives stand on the issue and how much money they're received from the gun lobby.
► This is what gun violence looks like: 6-year-old Toshia Kinebrew, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was shot outside her apartment in July 2015. The shooting left her paralyzed. Her medical bills have surpassed $1 million and her recovery and treatment are far from over.
Here is a list of resources on how you can get involved, get informed and take action.
► George Rodrigue, The Plain Dealer, Fear, facts and questions of guns. It's impossible to review gun-safety research without concluding that on average every new gun in America increases the risk of homicide and suicide. The risk is greatest for the guns' owners and then for the people closest to them.
► Timothy Johnson, Media Matters, What 2016 holds in store for guns, the NRA, and the Presidential election. Gun safety has emerged as a major campaign issue for 2016. The NRA will use the issue to try to swing the elections and stop new legislation.
► Mat Thompson, Salon.com, I have given away my guns: I'm a Texan and a hunter, but I won't be part of gun culture any more. I was raised to be a responsible gun owner and until we can pass common-sense gun laws, I just don't feel responsible in owning a gun.
► Trinity Wall Street church presses Cabela's to stop selling high-capacity firearms. The church filed a shareholder resolution to be voted on at Cabela's annual 2016 meeting. The church raised a similar complaint at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. last year.
► Gary Gutting, NY Times, Guns and Racism. Perhaps we just haven't realized the extent to which gun violence is destroying urban black communities. But once we realize this, our passion for justice and hatred of racism should galvanize us to action.
► Mike Weisser, Mike the Gun Guy, Where do crime guns come from? Not necessarily from where you think. Hundreds of thousands of guns are stolen every year. We can't have a substantive conversation about reducing gun violence without asking how to prevent the theft of guns.
► Delphine d'Amora, Mother Jones, 6 signs the NRA is losing its stranglehold on gun policy. In schools, communities, states, and even in the federal government, people are taking action to curb the gun violence epidemic.
► Christopher Hooks, Texas Monthly, Why the mock mass shooting matters. A small group of gun rights protesters put on a "fake mass shooting" at the University of Texas at Austin. The protesters were hugely outnumbered by counter-protesters.
► A. J. Somerset, Alternet.org, The disinformation gunmakers want you to believe about women and guns. The popular ideas about women and guns exist chiefly in the minds of men with guns.
► There's something funny about the NRA's tax filings.... A New York Post review of the NRA's tax forms finds years that were littered with information gaps and apparent falsehoods.
► U.S House and Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would give government funds to gun violence prevention research. The omnibus government funding bill keeps in place the 17-year-old ban on money for the CDC and the NIH to do research on guns.
► Stag Arms gun manufacturer pleads guilty to violating federal firearms laws. Owner Mark Malkowski pleaded guilty on behalf of the company to a felony count of possession of machine guns not registered to the company. He will pay a $100,000 fine and not be permitted to own, operate or manage a firearms company.
► Gun Owners of America: An introduction to the country's most controversial gun group. How Larry Pratt and the small lobbying group has made a name for itself by pulling at the NRA's right flank.
► States United to Prevent Gun Violence's Guns With History campaign named the Most Read Advertising and Branding Story of 2015 by Adweek.
► Leah Gunn Barrett, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, lte NY Times, Gun laws work. It's a tragedy that Congress won't listen.
► Jennifer Thorne, Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, objects to the proposed "Guns Everywhere Bill" before the state legislature.
► Amanda Gailey, Nebraskans Against Gun Violence, op-ed, Reasonable limits could reduce mass killings.
► Joshua Horwtiz, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, coauthored a chapter, Preventing Gun Violence: Decreasing Access to Firearms during Times of Crisis, in the new book Gun Violence and Mental Illness.
► New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence supports proposed state bill to require background checks on all guns sales at gun shows.
► Ralph Fascitelli, Washington CeaseFire, comments on uptick in state concealed weapons permits and gun sales.
► Everytown for Gun Safety and the NBA team up for #EndGunViolence campaign.
► Fritz Walker, CeaseFirePA, op-ed, Close our firearm background check loophole.
► Heather Martens, Protect Minnesota, argues that "it's a fantasy that's being peddled to people that they can stop mass shootings and terror attacks if they just carry guns around."
► Moms Demand Action, #GroceriesNotGuns, applauds Texas grocery stores that have opted out of the new open-carry gun law.
► Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence applauds the unanimously approved resolution by the Skokie Village Board calling on Illinois to license firearms dealers.
► Po Murray, Newtown Action Alliance, talks with Guns.com for report Newtown, CT: Gun Control Ground Zero.
► Gray Sackett, Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah, warns that gun buyers who think guns will help them be safe in their homes are actually putting themselves at risk.
► Stop Handgun Violence unveils its new billboard, We're not anti-gun, We're for life.
The first child shooting of 2016 happened on January 1st, just after midnight. A 9-year-old girl was shot in the arm while walking out of church in Orlando, Florida. Police say the incident was possibly the result of celebratory gunfire. The girl was treated at the scene.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - December 8, 2015
► President Obama addressed the nation on keeping the American people safe. Here's what Congress should do now to defeat the threat of terrorism here at home: Make sure no one on a No Fly List is able to buy a gun or buy powerful assault weapons.
► PolitiFact finds Marco Rubio's statement that 700,000 Americans could be affected by bill tying terrorist watch list to gun purchases Mostly False.
► U.S. Supreme Court rejects 2nd Amendment appeal of Highland Park assault weapons ban. The court leaves in place a lower court decision that upheld a law banning assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.
► San Bernardino shooting victims: Who they were. A father of six. A mother of three who fled religious persecution in Iran. The youngest was 26. The oldest was 60.
► The Trace, Planned Parenthood Shooting: 8 Things to Know Now. "This is not normal. We can't let it become normal," President Obama said in a statement - his 16th set of remarks following a shooting rampage.
► Republicans line up to crush gun control efforts in wake of San Bernardino. Republicans overwhelmingly voted down a measure for background checks on every firearm purchase and a measure that would bar individuals on the Terrorist Watchlist from being able to purchase a gun.
► Think Progress, The Gun Industry Has Systematically Demolished Regulators and Avoided the Fate of Cigarettes. The gun lobby preempted the sort of tactics that anti-smoking activists successfully used to reduce cigarette consumption.
► Police arrest 3 in shooting of Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis. Five black men, ages 19 to 43, were taken to the hospital with gun shot injuries after three white men, ages 21 to 26, opened fire on a crowd outside the Police Department's 4th Precinct.
► NY Times, 'I think about it daily': Life in a time of mass shootings. The Times asked readers: How often, if ever, do you think about the possibility of a shooting in your daily life?
► German Lopez, Vox, America's Gun Problem, Explained. It's important to grasp not just the stunning statistics about gun ownership and gun violence in the U.S, but America's very unique relationship with guns and how it plays out in our politics to ensure that our culture and laws continue to drive the routine gun violence that marks American life.
► Missouri State Rep. Stacey Newman pre-filed bill would make guns as difficult to access as abortions. The bill would require anyone buying a gun to follow the restrictions required of women seeking abortions, including a 72-hour waiting period and meeting with a licensed physician to discuss the risks of gun ownership.
► Mark Joseph Stern, Slate, The Price We Pay for Liberty? America must not value the liberty to own a gun over the liberty to live free from violence.
► David Roberts, Vox, Why mass shootings don't convince gun owners to support gun control. To gun enthusiasts, mass shootings are not arguments against guns but for them.
► Kashana Cauley, BuzzFeed, A Black Woman Walks Into a Gun Show. The gun show loophole allows shoppers to buy guns from private dealers without a background check. I stared down a sea of Confederate flags to find out what that's like.
► Lois Beckett, ProPublica, How the Gun Control Debate Ignores Black Lives. By failing to talk about the majority of gun murder victims - black men - politicians and advocates are missing the chance to save lives.
► Jessica Jin, Qz.com, America's absurd love affair with guns can only be fought with something even more absurd. The #CocksNotGlocks campaign was meant to be obnoxious. But it turns out everyone is frustrated, tired of hearing about preventable gun deaths, tired of America's love affair with guns.
► Gun industry execs admit business booms following mass shootings. The gun industry is cashing in on mass shootings. Sales 'just went crazy' after Sandy Hook massacre said industry executive.
► National Shooting Sports Foundation outspends NRA. The gun industry trade group spent $3.5 million on lobbying in 2014. The group opposes virtually all gun violence prevention proposals, including expanded background checks.
► Conservative media react to San Bernardino mass shooting with evidence-free solution of more concealed guns. There is no evidence that concealed guns are a real-life solution to mass shootings; according to an analysis of public mass shootings over a 30-year period, not a single one was stopped by an armed civilian with a concealed carry permit.
► GOP candidates display firearms machismo. Republican politics have hardened from gun rights to gun pride, as candidates embrace and show off the more militaristic features of weaponry.
► Women Against Gun Violence video Votes Bought By The NRA.
► States United to Prevent Gun Violence and Campaign to Unload, Guns in your investment portfolio: arming your 401k against gun makers.
► Robyn Thomas, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, 'Thoughts and prayers' won't stop the next mass shooting.
► Shira Goodman, CeaseFirePA, lte, Solve Gun Crisis American Way. "This" won't stop until we stop it. The truth is, this is on us.
► Violence Policy Center, Mass Shooters Used Rifle Exempt from California Weapons Law.
► Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort says Gov. Walker's "see something, say something" has value, but efforts cannot stop there.
► Dr. Jonathan Metzl, Safe Tennessee Project, joins Melissa Harris-Perry panel on Deadly shooting at Colorado Planned Parenthood.
► New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence takes aim at gun show loophole in state law.
► 50 mayors across country join with the Brady Campaign, call on Attorney General Lynch to crack down on 'Bad Apple' gun dealers.
► Joan Peterson, Protect Minnesota, recounts open carriers at state Capitol. How Open Carry Undermines Open Debate.
► Amanda Gailey, Nebraskans Against Gun Violence, Trump, Carson, and NRA Stoke Domestic Terror.
► Newtown Action Alliance slideshow for 3rd Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence.
45-year-old Johnny Mount shot and killed 52-year-old Julia Brightwell, a waitress in a Biloxi, Mississippi Waffle House, after she asked him not to smoke in the restaurant. According to a family friend, Mount was struck by a car in 2002 and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He has been charged with first degree murder.