Tuesday, October 2, 2012

More Guns, More Mass Shootings - Coincidence?

The GVP Report - October 2, 2012

In The News

Annual mass shooting casualtiesMother Jones, More Guns, More Mass Shootings - Coincidence? reports that the rate of mass shootings has increased and in situations in which armed civilians attempted to intervene, they not only failed to stop the shooter but also were gravely wounded or killed. 

► Washington Post, Sniper Shootings 10 Years Later, Haunt Those It Touched. In October 2002, a shooting spree in the D.C. region left 10 dead and 3 wounded and paralyzed the region for more than three weeks.  In addition to those impacted in D.C. an Alabama victim of the DC snipers tries to rebuild her life in Georgia.

► New York Times, That Loaded Gun in My Carry-on? Oh, I Forgot. TSA reports that the number of guns found at airport security has been steadily rising. Invariably travelers say they simply forgot they had them. A TSA spokesperson comments, "I would never, ever not know that I have a gun in my bag."

► BBC Magazine, Why British Police Don't have Guns. In the U.K. most front-line officers do not carry guns. "There's a general recognition that if the police are walking around with guns it changes things."

► Media Matters, DOJ Inspector General Report: No Evidence for Right-Wing Media's Fast & Furious Gun Control Conspiracy. The report finds "no evidence the agents had improper motives or were trying to accomplish anything other than dismantling a dangerous firearms organization."

Community Support

► Michael Haynes - Broken Dreams ESPN, OTL: Michael Haynes - Broken Dreams. Michael was on his way to a college basketball scholarship and his dreams of playing in the NBA when he was shot and killed less than a block from his Chicago home while trying to break up a fight.

Mark Follman, Mother Jones,Mitt Romney Loves a Good Gun Conspiracy. Romney has eagerly courted the pro-gun crowd while ignoring a request to meet with survivors of the Tucson and Aurora mass shootings.

Eric Boehlert, Media Matters, Rampage Nation: When A Gun Massacre Isn't Even Big News. A shooting in Minneapolis that left six dead received scant national news coverage. How can a nation have a debate about gun control when the epic, random eruptions of violence that guns produce aren't even thoroughly covered as news?

USA Today, Concealed Carry vs. Colleges. You don't need a Ph.D. to understand that letting college students pack heat is a recipe for tragedy.

Theresa Brown, New York Times, The Human Cost of the Second Amendment, Spend time in a trauma center and see the victims of gun violence as they come in bloody and terrified. Our country's blind embrace of gun rights made this violent tableau possible, and it's playing out each day in hospitals and morgues all over the country.

Arnie Arnesen, Providence Journal, White Guys With Guns Beware. How did the Shoot First law pass in statistically safe New Hampshire? According to the bill supporters, it has everything to do with knees and public parking garages.

David Olimpio, The Good Life, We Don't Want to Play Anymore. Guns don't kill people, people carrying guns out of unreasonable fear and suspicion kill people. It's simple: if you're carrying a gun, you're looking to use it. 

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

► The Detroit News, NRA Role in Training Gun Owners Under Scrutiny in Oakland County. The NRA does not require testing of their firearm instructors for physical or mental soundness or firearms knowledge and safety, and does not track if they've been convicted of violent crimes, imprisoned or placed in a mental hospital.

► Mother Jones, The NRA Surge: 99 Laws Rolling Back Gun Restrictions. Between 2009-2012, 37 states have made it easier to own, carry, and conceal firearms.

Governor's Club Gun Range Gets City Approval to Serve Alcohol. The new gun range in Powder Springs, Georgia will include a cocktail lounge. According to the owner, "Unfortunately, drinking is part of our society and there's a certain amount of concern that we would not be successful if we did not have the ability to serve alcohol."

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