Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Facts Checked, Myths Debunked and Helpful Debate Guides

The GVP Report - February 5, 2013

In The News

► As the discussion about gun violence prevention continues it is helpful to keep the following articles handy. FactCheck.Org: FactChecking GOP Response to Obama Gun Plan. MediaMatters: 16 Media Myths About Proposals to Strengthen Gun Laws. Think Progress: The Ultimate Guide to the Gun Safety Debate. Mother Jones: 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down. The Atlantic: Gun Violence in America: 13 Key Questions (With 13 Concise Answers)

David Wheeler testimonyPublic hearings on gun policy have begun, including hearings by the Connecticut legislature and the U.S. Senate, where former congresswoman Gabby Giffords spoke.  Go here to watch the powerful testimony from David Wheeler whose son was killed at Sandy Hook. The White House also continues to keep up the demand for action on gun violence.

► Mother Jones investigation: Want to Buy a Gun Without A Background Check? Armslist Can Help. Looks at the world of private, online gun sales. Think Progress reports How I Was Able to Buy 4 AR-15s in 20 Minutes through Armslist with no background check required.

► Salon.com: No Really, Americans Support Gun Control, reports on 12 polls since Newtown that show a consistent pattern of support for gun violence prevention measures, including over 90% support for universal background checks, an absurdly high number

► Associated Press: Tracing a Firearm is a Low-Tech Process.  There is no national database of guns. Not of who owns them, how many are sold annually or even how many exist. When police want to trace a gun, it's a decidedly low-tech process.

►Slate.com: The Pentagon's Unholy Alliance: How Chuck Hagel could single handedly do more to advance gun control than almost anyone else. In 2005, the Pentagon endorsed a bill that made gun distributors and manufacturers immune from lawsuits. As Secretary of Defense, Hagel should rescind that position.

► New York Times: Selling a New Generation on Guns. Threatened by long-term declining participation in shooting sports, the gun industry has poured millions of dollars into a broad campaign to ensure its future by getting guns into the hands of more, and younger, children.

Community Support

► The Sun News, Cleveland, Ohio: Beachwood Rabbi Leading Fight for Increased Gun Control.  Gun violence has touched every community Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk has served. He said it is time to speak up, because otherwise lawmakers will think people approve or do not care about specific laws and issues.

Daily Show looks at Senate Hearings The Daily Show with Jon Stewart reviews the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on guns. "Gun rights advocates argue that guns are a necessary protection from a government simultaneously on the verge of fascism and impotence."

► Ruth Marcus, Washington Post: The Phony Pro-Gun Argument, disputes Senate Judiciary testimony of Gayle Trotter,  Independent Women's Forum, noting women are far more likely to be the victims of gun violence than to benefit from using a gun in self-defense.

► Christian Science Monitor, Answer to Gun Violence May Lie in Nonsmoking Campaigns. A lesson in curbing a risky product like guns can be found in the recent history of nonsmoker rights.

► Portland, Maine Press Herald: Arming Teachers Wrong Response to Gun Violence.  Putting guns in schools, possibly in untrained hands, would expose students to danger.

► David Fellerath: I'm a Gun Owner. But I Want Nothing To Do With the NRA.  Gun owners need to get our heads out of the sand and meet non-gun owners on common ground.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

For Maine gun club, benefits of required NRA membership outweigh negatives. One way the NRA helps expand its membership is to offer benefits to gun clubs, in exchange for requiring club members to join the NRA.

This gun rights backer, armed with his Glock and his blog, is always on alert. Washington Post takes a look at Rob Farago who runs TheTruthAboutGuns.com.

How Video Games Fund Arms Manufacturers. Simon Parkin examines the virtual weapons trade, from marketing guns to young people to selling lucrative licenses.

► Violence Policy Study warns of "Next Wave" of assault pistols for sale in the United States. AK-47 and AR-15 assault pistols that combine the power of an assault rifle with the concealability of a handgun lead the way.

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