Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Obama: Now is the time to take action against gun violence

The GVP Report - January 22, 2013

In The News
Obama's Weekly AddressPresident Obama announced a series of concrete steps we should take to protect our children and our communities from gun violence including universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, and helping schools hire more resource officers.  In his weekly address he said he "would do everything in my power to make them a reality." .  Think Progress highlights what you need to know about the proposals.
Obama campaign to become nonprofit Organizing for Action. The group will advocate for the president's policies including reducing gun violence. 
New York Governor Cuomo signs the nation's first gun violence prevention bill since Newtown. The package includes fortifying the state's assault weapons ban, limiting ammunition magazine size and strengthens mental health regulations. NY State Police have launched a hotline to answer questions about the new laws.
Newtown Superintendent testimony In D.C., the House Democratic Steering Committee held a hearing, "Gun Violence Prevention: A Call to Action" that included testimony from Newtown, CT School Superintendent Janet Robinson. (Her testimony begins at 33:35 into the video).
► The President has directed the CDC to conduct research into the causes and prevention of gun violence.  The Last Word looks at how and why the NRA suppressed gun violence research.
► A new report from the National Research Council, U.S. Health in International Perspective, finds "the prevalence of firearms in the United States looms large as an explanation for higher death rates from violence, suicidal impulses, and accidental shootings."

Community Support
Molly Smith, who is organizing theJanuary 26th March on Washington for Gun Control, explains Why I Am Marching for Gun Control.
Summit on Reducing Gun ViolenceMore than 20 gun policy experts and government officials met for a two day "Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis" at Johns Hopkins University.  Video of the presenters can be viewed here.  The presentations will also be published in February. You may pre-order the book here. 
Time Magazine, Your Brain in a Shootout: Guns, Fear and Flawed Instincts. Winning a gunfight without shooting innocent people typically requires realistic, expensive training and a special kind of person, a fact that has been strangely absent in today's discussions.
Dale Hansen, The Detroit News, The NRA Needs to Look in the Mirror gives examples of how the NRA has fought for nearly unlimited access to any and all guns. 
Benedict Carey and Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times,Warning Signs of Violent Acts Often Unclear. One fundamental problem with looking for "warning signs" is that it is more art than science. The sort of young, troubled males most likely to commit school shootings often do not qualify for any diagnosis.
The Daily ShowJon Stewart, The Daily Show,devoted his entire show on January 8th to discussing the problem of gun violence in America.
Alex Seitz-Wald, Salon.com, The Hitler Gun Control Lie. Gun rights activists who cite the dictator as a reason against gun control have their history dangerously wrong.
Media Matters, Nine Media Myths About Proposals to Strengthen Gun Laws, offers facts to dispel the myths and falsehoods being put forth by those against Obama's gun violence prevention proposals.
Gawker.com complied list of some of the people either killed or injured by guns on Gun Appreciation Day. After learning of five people shot at gun shows on Saturday, Gawker decided it was time to create this larger list.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing
► Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) sends an email to his supporters warning "they're coming for your guns."  "You and I are literally surrounded," it reads.
► Saturday, January 19th, was Gun Appreciation Day.  Go here to find out what you should know about the event.
► Rick Perry, Louis Gohmert, Rand Paul and Ted Nugent are just a few of the people reacting strongly against the president's gun violence prevention proposals. Go here to see some of the craziest anti-Obama gun reactions.
► Mother Jones, Unmasking the NRA's inner circle, that includes a CEO who sells Bushmaster assault rifles and a top director who lives in Newtown.

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