Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Take a break from reading and watch one of these informative videos

The GVP Report - February 19, 2013

NBC - Guns in AmericaWatch NBC News week long series, Flashpoint: Guns in America. Reports include: The faces behind the numbers;  How did mentally ill killer amass an arsenal?; and Smart gun technology.

PBS - After NewtownWatch PBS weeklong "After Newtown" programming.  Includes specials from PBS NewsHour, FRONTLINE, Washington Week, NOVA, Need to Know and more.

►Watch the Senate Judiciary SubcommitteeSenate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on reducing gun violence. Panelists included U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy; Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe ; Suzanna Hupp, survivor of 1991 mass shooting in Killeen, TX. 

Center for American Progress video report Watch Center for American Progress report After Tragedies, Coloradans unite around Universal Background Checks.

State of the UnionWatch President Obama, State of the Union address, "Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote." calls on Congress to act on behalf of victims of gun violence.

Watch exclusive video of Fort Hood Shooting aftermath and interview with survivors who want event classified as terroist attack, not workplace violence.

Newtown testimoniesWatch Newtown parents, first responders and teachers testify at Connecticut legislative hearing on gun violence.

In The News

Federal case outlines how guns made their way from Indiana to Chicago. Gang member got weapons from college student who went on shopping sprees across state line.

Special election for Jesse Jackson Jr's Congress seat pits NRA-supported Democrat against gun-control advocates. Mayor Bloomberg's PAC makes endorsement and runs ad against NRA supported Halvorson. Halvorson drops out of race.

Bipartisan deal close on expanded background checks. Four Senators are "95 percent of the way" on background check bill.

California State Senator receives death threat over gun violence prevention legislation. Police arrest suspect and find illegal weapons and bomb-making materials.

► Preliminary study by Daniel Webster, Johns Hopkins University, finds evidence that repeal of Missouri permit-to-purchase handgun law resulted in a sharp increase in homicide rate.

► New Public Policy Polling shows more voters consider NRA endorsement a negative and say they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who had the NRA's support.

Community Support

Frank Jewell, Duluth, MN News Tribune, Right to Life Trumps Right to Own Any Gun You Want.  We can't build a fortress around every child on their way to school or around every woman terrorized by domestic violence. The idea that a gun in every pocket somehow protects us has been proven mightily wrong.

Lucy Berrington, Womensenews, Obama Gun Measures are for Wives, Ex-Lovers, Too. Background checks could save the lives of women such as Jennifer Lynch, murdered by her husband on Valentine's Day 2006.

Cynthia Tucker, Where are the hunters for sensible gun laws? Advocacy for sensible gun laws is no indication of a visceral anti-gun mindset. It is quite possible to own firearms while still endorsing stronger gun control measures.

Poka Laeunui, Yes! Magazine,From the Culture of Aloha, a Path Out of Gun Violence. It is a domination, individualism, and exclusion - or DIE - deep culture that pervades our leisure, work, and politics.

Paul Rosenberg, Aljazeera.com, Gun lobby's bad aim shoots down myth of 'constitutional conservatism' Opponents to Obama's call for gun control are clueless about such basics as the nature of executive actions, how a bill becomes law, the role of courts in determining the legality of legislation, and the nature of treason.

► The Nation, Shut Down the Merchants of Death. High school students ask school board to stop buying supplies at retailers like Walmart that sell assault weapons and other strategies targeting the $12 billion-a-year gun industry.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

► Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President, Op-Ed  Stand and Fight. "The enemies of freedom demonize gun buyers and portray us as social lepers. But we know the truth."  In response to op-ed - Joe Scarborough calls it "so laced with racial overtone" and Coney Island residents point out that crime dropped after Hurricane Sandy.

► In Kansas, NRA pushes a bill that would outlaw anti-smoking programs fearful future state money could be spent to discourage gun ownership.

► The NRA has funneled millions of dollars to a front group that spends its money electing judges and state attorneys who are tough on crime - unless those crimes involve gun control laws.

► Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has hired sex offenders, domestic abusers and other members with criminal records to serve on his armed "posse" to patrol local schools.

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