Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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The GVP Report - September 18, 2012

In The News

In D.C. another measure of gun violenceIn D.C., another measure of gun violence: Men in Wheelchairs, story & video of a support group for young, black men left paralyzed by gun injuries. In Nebraska an Omaha man is living proof of gun violence, left paralyzed when a bullet shattered his vertebra. Gunfire is the third-leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States.

Garen Wintemute, University of California Davis, has published a new study, Characteristics of Federally Licensed Firearms Retailers and Retail Establishments, in the Journal of Urban Health. The first of its kind survey of FFLs found that 96.3% of respondents agreed that "private ownership of guns is essential for a free society" and just over half, 54.9% believed that "it is too easy for criminals to get guns in this country."

Houston Chronicle, Stolen Guns Nurture Deadly Violence. Analysis shows that about 4,000 guns are stolen every year in the Houston area, from homes, cars, pawn shops, even gun dealers, with only 7% ever recovered.

iMediaEthics PollCheck survey, designed to check the validity of media polling, Highlights Problem with General Questions in Gun Control Polls.

Cops, Guns & Death  "We got a war going on out there, because let's face it: there's a proliferation of illegal guns in the hands of people willing to use them," said John Firman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. In the last four weeks seven police officers have been shot to death and ten more wounded by gunfire

Community Support

Gabby Giffords at DNC What's Wrong With this Picture: The Gabby Giffords DNC Appearance and Gun Violence.  How could this striking cameo occur without any heed to the political issue underlying Giffords' maiming?

Tuck Langland, South Bend, Indiana Tribune, Let Us Begin to Curb the Unlimited Accessibility of Guns. When we realize that adding more guns to reduce killings is like adding more mosquitoes to reduce malaria. Someday this age of unlimited gun accessibility will appear in our history books as an age of madness.

Amanda Keenan, Junior at the University of Nebraska, Conceal and Carry Policies on Campus Would Spur Fear, Distraction. How comfortable would you feel if you asked the person next to you in class to borrow a pen and a gun feel out of their backpack?

BOOK REVIEWS, David Cole, New York Review of Books, Our Romance With Guns, looks at  Gunfight by Adam Winkler, The City That Became Safe by Franklin Zimring and Don't Shoot by David Kennedy.  Patrick Heery, Unbound, question and answer with James Atwood author of America and Its Guns.

Matt Nagin, PolicyMic, James Holmes Demonstrates Why We Must Reinstate the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. When the public is in mortal danger, gun control becomes an urgent necessity. Gun violence poses an imminent threat to the very fabric of American society.

Holmberg takes VA online ccw class Mark Holmberg, WTVR, Richmond, Virginia, Online Concealed-Carry Classes Just Too Easy. It took Holmberg 20 minutes to skim the very basic instruction about handguns. Most of the 20 true-false questions were ridiculously easy and he got all the answers right, which is pretty much guaranteed by the folks who run these sites.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

► Chuck Norris, U.N. Gun-Control Treaty: Bad for Gun Owners.  "The proposed treaty is a mechanism for Iran and other tyrannical powers to have a say in your gun ownership."

► The Raw Story, Firearms Magazine 'Truly Sorry' for Saying 'Pocket Sized Machine Gun' Not for Civilians. Recoil magazine is backing down from its statement that civilians shouldn't be allowed to buy the MP7A1 - a concealable submachine gun designed to penetrate body armor - because the gun had no "sporting applications."

NRA's Chris Cox Goes One on One with Governor Mitt Romney. "For gun owners this year's election is going to define the future of our freedom, perhaps more than any other in our history."

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