Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Aurora, Colorado Shooting


The GVP Report - July 24, 2012


Aurora Shooting VictimsOur deepest sympathies go to all those affected by this terrible tragedy.  Click here for more information about the victims of the shooting. They had one thing in common. They were eager to watch the new Batman movie.


Aurora Shooting

At about 12:38 a.m. on July 20th, James Holmes allegedly tossed two gas canisters into a sold out movie theater and began shooting into the crowd. 12 people were killed and at least 58 others were wounded. For in-depth coverage of the tragedy go to The Denver Post.

► CNN, Colorado Shooter's Rifle Jammed During Rampage, the assault rifle jammed due to a problem with the 100-shot magazine feeding it. One of the survivors said he would not have been alive if the suspect's gun had not jammed.

► Politico, Shooting Prompts Call to Curb Online Ammo. At various stores online, apparently without raising an eyebrow or a red flag, James Holmes was able to buy 3,000 rounds for an assault rifle, 3,000 rounds for Glock handguns and another 300 shotgun shells.

► Media Matters, Aurora and the Media Myth of Public Opposition to Gun Control. Some in the media are distorting public opinion to predict that the events in Aurora will not have an impact on the debate over gun violence prevention. In fact, polls indicate public support for a broad range of stronger gun restrictions, including the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban.


Background

Violence Policy Center - Bullet Holes: Semiautomatic Assault Weapons - What Are They? What's So Bad About Them?

Violence Policy Center, NRA-backed law made possible Internet ammunition sales reportedly exploited by Colorado shooter and removed recordkeeping requirements, NRA reaps profits from such sales today.

Map of Mass Shootings Mother Jones, MAP: 36 Murders Across America in 30 Years. Report maps killings carried out by lone shooter, during a single incident in public places, where shooter took the lives of at least four people.

NBC Today Show,How Easy Is It to Get An Assault Weapon? Jeff Rossen investigates how easy it is to buy the same types of guns used by James Holmes with no background check and no questions asked.

Violence Policy Center,The Militarization of the U.S. Civilian Firearms Market, looks at the rise of the militarized civilian gun market and its impact on public health, safety, and crime in the U.S. and the world. 


Community Support

Jason Alexander, @IJasonAlexander, There is no excuse for the propagation of assault weapons. They are not guaranteed or protected by our constitution.  If they were, then we could all run out and purchase a tank, a bazooka, a SCUD missile and a nuclear warhead.

►  Cliff Schecter, 5 Issues That Divide Gun Owners and NRA Leadership. The NRA's membership agrees with most Americans that our gun laws should protect our families, not the financial interest of a clique of elites.

Bill Moyers & Michael Winship, The NRA Has America Living Under the Gun. Every year there are 30,000 gun deaths and 300,000 gun-related assaults in the U.S. Firearm violence costs our country as much as $100 billion a year. Toys are regulated with greater care and safety concerns than guns. So why do we always act so surprised?

New York Daily News, Blood on Hands of Obama, Mitt and NRA! Through their inaction and their silence, Obama and Romney have fallen into line with all those who enabled Holmes to take hold of that AR-15 and will enable others to do so in the future unless America's political leaders develop the courage to fight to save lives.

Scott Thill, Why Batman Believes in Gun Control, What would Batman do in the wake of such an incident? He'd shake his head at us for making it easy for the Aurora shooter to acquire the weaponry he used to violently warp reality.

Doktor Zoom, Wonkette, An Armed Society is a Bullet-Riddles Society: Notes from the Periphery of a Shooting. For all of the gun-fondlers' claims that the Aurora shootings could have been stopped if only one or more audience members had been carrying, I have to be very skeptical.

Russ Baker, Who What Why, Did You Hear About the Shooting? One of the most striking things about shooting incidents in America...is how common they are. Another striking thing is how often the media fails to note the previous point, or to explore what that means - or what might be done about it.

Gail Collins, New York Times, Guns and the Slog. The gun control advocates, who used to fight for sensible laws on universal background checks and registration, now devote most of their time to stopping states from making it legal to carry concealed weapons in a kindergarten, or to shoot someone you sort of suspect may intend to hurt you.

Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks, Politicizing Guns: If Not Now, When?  It's a trick. When people tell you that you shouldn't politicize a tragedy like the shooting in Aurora, they are unwittingly helping to spread NRA propaganda.

Melissa Harris-Perry on Gun Violence StatsMelissa Harris-Perry, People Are Not Numbers. Tragic - that's the word that comes to mind when we're thinking about what happened in Colorado. But, still we can't lose sight of the shattered lives and loss that occurred there, we also have to remember the tragedy that happens around our country on a daily basis.


What the Gun Lobby is Doing

The NRA has chosen to ignore the shooting in Aurora. They continue to focus on the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty portending that the treaty "could seriously erode our Second Amendment right to bear arms."

► Think Progress, Tea Party Senator: Keeping Guns from 'Demented Individuals' Will 'Restrict Our Freedoms'. In response to the Colorado shooting, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said he would oppose gun control efforts that could be used to "restrict our freedoms" and instead suggested arming "responsible" people to combat "sick, demented individuals who want to do harm."


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