Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Republican & Democratic Platforms on Guns

The GVP Report - September 4, 2012

In The News

► Last week in Florida, the Republicans adopted what the NRA touted as the most pro-Second Amendment position ever included in a major party platform. This week in Charlotte, the Democrats will pass a platform that urges "an honest and open conversation about firearms." Mark Glaze, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said, "At least they [Republicans] take a stand. The Democrats mumble some gauzy generalities."

► Four soldiers based at Fort Stewart, Georgia have been arrested and charged with plotting a variety of domestic terrorist, anti-government attacks and the murder of a former associate and his girlfriend. Reports indicate that the group spent $87,000 on assault rifles, other guns and bomb components.

Chuck's Gun Shop► A new study shows that 19% of the guns recovered in crimes in Chicago come from a single gun shop in neighboring Riverdale. A gang member tells the Chicago Sun-Times he knows men whose full-time job is to buy guns from suburban stores and sell them to criminals. He calls them "gun guys", police call them "straw purchasers."

On-line Classes Make It Easy for Non-Virginians to Get A Concealed Weapons Permit. A change in Virginia law allows out-of-state applicants to get a ccw permit from VA that is valid in their state, but without having to meet tougher requirements their home states may impose, such as firing a gun with an instructor.

► This summer a hobbyist used a thermoplastic, 3D printing machine to fashion parts for a homemade .22-caliber rifle. Asked one writer, "How do you control a digital pattern that people can use to print guns in their living rooms?"

► The University of Colorado will allow students with concealed weapons permits to keep guns in some off-campus student housing but students cannot have them in dormitories. Students with ccw permits will also be allowed to carry guns on campus.

► A new poll finds 76 percent of respondents said concealed weapons should not be allowed in houses of worship.

IHOP Shooting One Year Later: 85 Seconds that Changed Carson City. It took Eduardo Sencion only 85 seconds to leave his car, shoot a 30-round clip from an assault weapon in the air, walk into an IHOP while reloading, empty another clip - injuring 14 people and killing 4 - walk outside and fire off another 30 rounds, injuring a motorcyclist.

Community Support

Bruce Reyes-Chow, Why This Christian Will Never Own A Gun. "Guns in our culture are beginning to manifest themselves in ways that are tearing apart the social and cultural understandings that have brought this country together for a very long time."

Gail Collins, Arms and the Duck. After police wound nine bystanders in New York City Collins notes, "And these are people trained for this kind of crisis.  The moral is that if a lunatic starts shooting, you will not be made safer if your fellow average citizens are carrying concealed weapons."

Ring of FireMike Papantonio, Ring of Fire, talks with Paul Waldman, editor for the American Prospect, and Cliff Schecter about why the NRA isn't as big and bad as they want us to think.

Oregon Police Chief Leads Lonely Charge for Stricter Gun Buyer Background Checks. Chief Doug Petit works with National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence to convince federal lawmakers to mandate background checks on all gun sales.

Kevin Krajewski, In Wake of Recent Gun Tragedies, NRA Plows Forward to Arm America. "My wrath was and remains aimed squarely at the senior leadership of the NRA, men like Wayne Lapierre. For more than a decade, he has led an effort to systemically oppose any discussion, let alone passage, of even the most moderate of gun control measures."

Blake Zeff, What the Gun Control Movement Can Learn from Gay Rights. "There's a reason that nothing's happening to improve gun safety in America despite the mass shootings that now occur so regularly: No one in power is scared ot the gun control movement."

Eric Boehlert, Media Matters, More Missing Media Context After Another Gun Rampage. During a CNN discussion about gun control ATF Special Agent Bernard Zapor pointed out, "This is a major social issue for this country." So why isn't it covered that way by the news media?

Waymon Hudson, Seeing Gun Violence Through International Eyes. "I was struck by the tone of all the international reporting - every news story ended with incredulity that the shooter had gotten his two handguns, shotgun, assault-style rifle, and high-capacity clips legally."

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

► Gun rights advocates protested across the street from a gun buyback being offered by Detroit police. The protestors tried to compete with police, offering a better price to those in line for the police program. Few accepted the offer.

► Gun Owners of America issued their Mid Year Report on Gun Rights. "In the fog of war, it might appear like we are always on the defensive." "So as Congress gets ready to come back into session soon, get ready for the fight of your life - especially, the battle to kill gun control legislation and to get pro-gun candidates elected."

► The Daily Beast looks at the Big Guns Inside the NRA Leadership, at the executives and directors, their salaries (not including benefits) and takes a look at the NRA's 2010 990 tax form.

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