Tuesday, January 8, 2013

White House weighs broad gun violence prevention agenda

The GVP Report  - January 8, 2013

In The News

► The White House is weighing a broad, comprehensive approach to curbing gun violence. In addition to reinstating the expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines other measures being considered include universal background checks, a national database of certain gun sales and strengthened mental health checks. 

@GunDeaths Slate partners with @GunDeaths to collect data on gun deaths since Dec. 14th. You can help them draw a more complete picture of gun deaths in America.


The Supreme Court won't overturn a Georgia law banning guns in churches.The court refused to hear an appeal from GeorgiaCarry.org which asked to overturn a lower court decision upholding Georgia's law banning guns in churches.          

► States with the worst mass shootings in 2012 saw smaller increase in gun sales than states in the South and the West.

Technology exists that would make guns safer. Biometrics and grip pattern detection can sense the registered owner of a gun and allow only that person to fire it. But the gun industry has no interest in making smart guns.        

States have subsidized makers of assault rifles to tune of $19 million. A Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting examination of tax records shows millions in tax breaks, most within the past five years.         

Smith & Wesson broke Clinton-era gun safety pledge to boost profits. Gun manufacturer had agreed new firearms would not take ammunition magazines larger than 10 rounds. But then introduced a new line of high-capacity pistols and its first ever military-style assault rifle.        

The NRA myth of arming the good guys. Mother Jones investigation shows mass shootings in the US are on the rise and ordinary citizens with guns don't stop them.

Community Support

Bill MoyersBill Moyers, NRA's Vision: A Nation Packing Heat Wayne LaPierre means business. Big business. So naturally, in a country where even life and death are measured by the profit margin, the cure for gun violence is, yes, more guns! Bigger profits.  (read full transcript here)

Naomi Zeveloff, Jewish Daily Forward,Choosing Sensitive Details in One Sandy Hook Story. "After interviewing the mother of a child killed at Newtown I wondered about sharing painful details. She had made it clear that she wanted the public to have a picture of the damage inflicted on the children's bodies.  I now believe she told me about what happened to Noah's body so that I would use it in the story, and give the public a clear picture of the brutality of the Sandy Hook shooting."

Spocko, FireDogLake, Guns Don't Sell Guns, People Do. How the NRA turns death into a sales tool and how to stop them.  Let's say that people have finally had enough with the way the NRA leadership is driving the discussion. What can you do, to make a difference? Here are some specific actions you can take.

Rachel Marsden, Baltimore Sun, In NRA-land, We're All Crack Shots and Cold-Blooded Killers.  We need sensible, effective, intelligent solutions, not gratuitously self-serving agenda-pushing. Because the more out of hand things get, the greater the risk of reaching the point of total crackdown on freedom.

John Wasik, Forbes.com, Gun Liability Insurance: Still a Viable Proposal. Let the insurance companies price the risk according to age, personal history, location and other factors. Like insuring any other form of property - cars, homes - you can buy as many guns as you want.  You'll just need to insure them.

Liam Madden, Salon.com, Iraq Vet: Newtown Changed My Mind on Gun Control. I'm a hunter and a vet, and I revere the Second Amendment.  But I used bankrupt logic: It's time for gun control.

Daniel Darling, CNN.com, My Take: It's Time for Evangelicals to Speak Up About Guns. An unwillingness to entertain common-sense restrictions casts the evangelical faith in an unnecessarily unfavorable light. It may cause some to think we love our guns more than our neighbors. There are many things about which Christian should be unyielding; the right to own a killing machine should not be one of them.

Geoffrey Canada, New York Daily News, New York's Newtown: The epidemic of city children killed by handguns has haunted me throughout my career. As someone who has been to way too many funerals, trying to comfort sobbing mothers over the murders of their beautiful children, I find it incomprehensible that it is harder to buy and own a car in American than it is to buy and own a handgun. At the time that the Second Amendment was passed, it was inconceivable we would turn those guns on ourselves and commence a self-slaughter. 

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

Wayne LaPierre on Meet the Press, "If it's crazy to put more guns in schools, then call me crazy."  LaPierre said there was no chance new gun control will pass in Congress.  Israel's Foreign Ministry rejected LaPierre's claim that Israel serves as proof that guns are needed in schools noting that armed guards at schools are meant to stop terrorists, not crazed or disgruntled gunmen. Jeanne Assam, who was working as a security guard when she confronted a gunman at New Life Church, called LaPierre's proposals "ridiculous."

Asa Hutchinson, who has been tasked with leading NRA's School Shield program, has ties to the security industry.  Hutchinson sits on the board of Pinkerton Government Services, a firm that provides security officers and other services.   Hutchinson has called for "trained, armed and professional security officers" in all schools.

► Southern Poverty Law Center notes that the far right is in a frenzy over the possibility of gun legislation. In a chilling development, a well-know neo-Nazi posted the photo and home address of a Colorado Congresswoman who proposed a ban on high-capacity magazines.  Reporters at a White Plains, New York newspaper found themselves under similar harassment after the paper published the names and addresses of handgun permit holders.

►Slate.com reports that the NRA has recently thrown its weight behind an industry campaign to deregulate and promote the use of silencers. The American Silencer Association is working to rebrand the silencer as a safety device. 

1 comment:

  1. They could test out the effectiveness of gun's safety by adjusting the some levels in the laser tools they are using in molding and assembling the parts of it. Also they could hold a dry run that would test how does the reinvention affects the performance of the gun.

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