Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Goofy Gun Conspiracy

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The GVP Report - June 26, 2012

Goofy Gun Conspiracy

Rachel Maddow ShowRachel Maddow describes the paranoid gun rights fantasy that is the basis behind the Republican political interest in the "Fast and Furious" gun tracking operation.

► For background information on Fast and Furious see David Graham, The Atlantic, Eric Holder, Contempt of Congress and Fast and Furious: What You Need to Know and the Los Angeles Times ATF's Fast and Furious Scandal.

► For information on the gun conspiracy theory put forth by the NRA and others see Think Progress, The Wild Conspiracy Theory Driving the Fast and Furious Investigation; The Christian Science Monitor, What 'Conspiracy' Lies Behind Eric Holder and 'Fast and Furious'?; Think Progress, Five Things to Know About the Republican Witchhunt Against Attorney General Holder; and TalkingPointsMemo, Five Signs You May Be a Fast & Furious Conspiracy Theorist.

► Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic, notes that The Real Scandal of Fast and Furious is the partisan finger-pointing and the Republican-dominated Congress that has done nothing to stop gun trafficking on the Mexican border but is suddenly concerned enough to hold contempt hearings while the real problem will go unsolved. 

In The News

Center for American ProgressA new study from the Center for American Progress shows The Economic Benefits of Reducing Violent Crime.  It looks at the costs communities pay for violent crime through lower property values, higher insurance premiums, more money spent on police, courts, and jails, and calculates the savings for 8 cities if violent crime was reduced 25 percent. 

► The online gun dealer who sold guns linked to three mass shootings has closed amid a flurry of complaints from customers who allege he failed to deliver orders after billing for them.

A federal judge has thrown out part of Chicago's gun law, finding the section that prohibits a firearm permit to someone convicted of unlawful use of a weapon "unconstitutionally void for vagueness" and a "violation of the right to keep and bear arms."

► Chicago funeral director, Spencer Leak, comments on the funerals he conducts for young adult and teenage victims of violence. "These kids don't expect to live a full life," he said. "You get about a thousand other kids who come to these funerals.  They see how it's celebrated and they think this is how I'll be celebrated when I get shot."

► Palm Beach Post, Police Officers Can Deal with PTSD-like Symptoms After Shooting, notes that when an officer is involved in a shooting the potential psychological backlash is predictable, troubling and can span months if not years.

► New York Times, Method to Track Firearm Use Is Stalled by Foes, looks at the gun lobby's fight to block microstamping technology from being enacted in New York and California. 

Community Support

Nasty Jack, Satire on Gun Violence...Is That Possible? notes that while innocent people are experiencing a bloodbath, the NRA continues to push for looser gun laws and see the accuracies in The Onion's satirical piece.

► SemDem, The Daily Kos, Florida NRA Gone Wild.  Thanks to a new Florida law it was perfectly legal when a man went duck hunting in a neighborhood retention pond, surrounded by houses and children playing. 

► A new book by James Atwood, America and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé, argues that our national myth that God has appointed America as "the trustee of civilization" gives license to people to carry guns and warns that an absolute trust in guns and violence morphs easily into idolatry.

Eli Blake, Deep Thoughts, The Debate On Guns Has Been Changing, writes how ten years ago he often differed with Democrats on gun issues but not anymore.  It's not his position that has changed, but the debate, with the gun lobby now aggressively pushing guns into places where they have never been allowed in the past.  

Art on Issues, A Glimpse Into Non-Self Defense Concealed Carry Killings at Eating and Drinking Establishments, notes that it is simply not true to say there have been 'no problems' with concealed carry at restaurants and bars and the use of the term 'law abiding citizen' to defend carrying concealed weapons should not be applied to the entirety of the ccw population.

Colbert ReportStephen Colbert looks at Joe the Plumber's campaign ad that claims gun control caused the Holocaust

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

Media Matters, Fox News, Firearms Sales, and the Gun Lobby Feedback Loop, chronicles the loop between conservative media outlets and the gun lobby and how they benefit each other. 

► AmmoLand warns that A Push for Microstamping is Really a Push for National Gun Registration, new powers of gun taxation and the all-out gun bans associated with the scheme.

►Think Progress, NRA Offers 'Stand Your Ground' Insurance to Cover Legal Costs of Shooting People in Self-Defense that includes criminal and civil defense costs, cost of civil suit defense, and criminal defense reimbursement.  

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