Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Convenience of the Internet Without the Bother of a Background Check

The GVP Report - February 21, 2012

In The News
Rossen Reports: Anyone Can Buy Guns, No Questions Asked.  Within 12 hours this reporter bought 8 guns,  assault rifles, handguns, even a .50-caliber sniper rifle, with no criminal background check, no questions asked.  The guns were found through ads on the Internet.
Christian Science Monitor, How Starbucks Became the Darling of American Gun Owners, the National Gun Victims Council has called for a boycott of Starbucks for allowing customers to openly carry guns.  Gun-rights advocates have responded with a "buycott."
You Can Now Carry Your Gun at the Florida State Fair After a new FL law that declared all local gun ordinances void and complaints by a gun-rights group, the State Fair Authority was forced to change its policy banning guns at the fair.
The New Hampshire Senate rejected several controversial pro-gun bills.  "We spent a grand total of 6 minutes on 5 bills because we want to focus on the issues that are important to the NH people," said the Senate president.  The Virginia Senate also rejected a bill that would have allowed guns on college campuses. 
Greensboro, NC News & Record, Concealed Weapon Permits Higher Among Legislators, reports that 19% of NC state legislators have ccw permits, compared to 2.6% of the general NC population, and all but one of them voted in favor of last year's omnibus gun rights bill. 
Washington Post, Killings in Line of Duty Haunt Police Officers, interviews D.C. area police who have fatally shot suspects in justified incidents and speak of the torment after. Cops shooting bad guys might be the mainstay of tv dramas but in real life its rare, and the emotional toll can last forever.
ATF Busts Real Housewives Buying Guns for CartelsPolice arrested 22 people, mostly young housewives and older moms, charged with buying guns to be smuggled to Mexican drug cartels.  More than 200 guns, including AK-47s and .50-caliber sniper rifles, were seized.

Community Support
The Propaganda Professor, Estimating Defensive Gun Uses Reasonably, uses real numbers rather than survey results to try and estimate the number of annual defensive gun uses.
Spocko, My Firedoglake, Want Guns With Your Grande at Starbucks?,  offers specific local actions that can be taken around the open carry Starbucks issue including guiding police response, setting up negative press for open carriers, and creating financial pressure outside of a boycott using an insurance angle. 
Mike Williams, Richmond, VA Times-Dispatch, A Step Backward on Guns, notes that the repeal of Virginia's one-handgun-a-month law would complete the gutting of a measure that was a documented success before state lawmakers began chipping away at it.
Rekha Basu, Des Moines, Iowa Register, Gun Bill Shoots Holes in Building a Civil Society, looks at the "shoot first" bill before the Iowa legislature and notes that under this bill, the other person's actual intent wouldn't even matter, as long as you felt threatened you could shoot away.
Monica Yant Kinney, Philadelphia Inquirer, PA Bill Preventing Local Gun Crackdowns Would Be Travesty, writes that tax dollars are being spent to fund legislation seemingly written by, and for, an interest group with the sole goal of launching costly and frivolous lawsuits against local governments. 
John Pickens, Anthony Daykin, G.T. Fowler, The Arizona Republic, Guns on Campus Will Lead to More Danger.  Three police chiefs at three AZ state universities firmly oppose allowing guns on campuses and explain why.
Paul Waldman, Think Progress & The American Prospect, The Myth of NRA Dominance Part I: The NRA's Ineffective Spending, reports that NRA contributions to candidates have virtually no impact on the outcome of Congressional races, nor does the NRA's endorsement. 
Local Designers Raising Funds for "Art Not Arrests" Anti-Violence Project. A Brooklyn group is raising money for an art installation and free summer art classes for kids.  Any remaining funds will go to community organizations that work against gun violence.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing
NRA Grassroots Alert, Vol. 19, No. 7,  scroll down to see updates on state legislation being pushed by the gun lobby.
Media Matters, NRA Spokesman Ted Nugent's Top 10 Inflammatory Comments, looks at Nugent's vicious and extreme rhetoric.
Transcript of Wayne LaPierre's recent speech at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference).  PolitiFactCheck's Truth-O-Meter says LaPierre's claim that "Obama endorsed a total ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of all handguns" is Mostly False.   
American Trigger Sports Network launches a new series "Stop the Threat", a panel discussion on why you should carry a loaded gun with you wherever you go. 

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