Tuesday, March 5, 2013

1 in 5 Americans knows a recent victim of gun violence

The GVP Report - March 5, 2013

In The News

► A new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found one in five Americans knows someone who has been a victim of gun violence in the last three years with most saying these were good friends, family members of even themselves. Four in ten are worried about being the victim of gun violence.

A bipartisan bill to crack down on straw purchasers and illegal gun trafficking has been  introduced in the Senate.  The bill is sponsored by three Democrats, Patrick Leahy, Dick Durbin and Kirsten Gillibrand, and two Republicans, Susan Collins and Mark Kirk.

Heslin at Senate Judiciary hearingNeil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Newtown shooting victim Jesse, testified at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. There were several heated exchanges during the hearing.  Go to C-Span here to view the entire hearing.

► ProPublica talks with Dr. Mark Rosenberg, former CDC director, on CDC research being done before NRA lobbied Congress to cut off funding. "We found that not only did having a firearm in your home not protect you, but it hugely increased the risk that someone in your family would die from a firearm homicide. It increased the risk almost 300 percent."

► There were several court decisions handed down recently. 10th U.S. Court of Appeals ruled "the carrying of concealed firearms is not protected by the Second Amendment." The case involved a Washington state resident who was denied a concealed weapons permit in Colorado.  7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Illinois' request to reconsider a ruling that found the state's concealed carry weapons ban unconstitutional, but some restrictions such as limits on who and where may carry, could be constitutional. Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that felons can be prohibited from possessing guns "because felons fall outside the scope of the Second Amendment protection."

► State legislators who are supporting gun violence prevention policies in Colorado, California, Minnesota and Wyoming  have reported receiving violent even threatening emails and calls from gun rights extremists.

► House Speaker John Boehner tells Meet the Press, "I've made clear if the Senate acts on gun-control legislation, the House will consider it."

Young African-Americans see lives shattered by gun violence. Gun homicide is the leading cause of death for young blacks aged 15 to 19 and they are eight times as likely to be victims than their white counterparts.

Candidate who supports stronger gun laws wins easily over candidate with "A" NRA rating in Illinois Congressional primary race.

Community Support

Dr. Leonard Korn, Portsmouth Herald, New Hampshire. Guns, violence and mental health; a psychiatrist's perspective.  Most persons who suffer from mental illness are not violent. Having a criminal mind is different than have a mental illness. But a small percentage of people with mental illness carry out acts of extreme violence and if we could treat them effectively we could have a good chance of reducing their violent behavior.

Ella Myers, Salt Lake Tribune, Utah. The truth about women and guns.   Women are more likely to be on the receiving end of a bullet than pulling the trigger.  They are most often injured & killed by guns belonging to someone they are close to, a husband or boyfriend.

► MoveOn.org will deliver 70,000 signatures to the Wyndham and Ramada hotel chains and Hertz car rental asking them to stop giving discounts to NRA members.

Our Youth Their Voices. Freshman students at North-Grand High School in Chicago share their experiences with gun violence. Read what they had to say

Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund, What killed President Kennedy and Trayvon Martin?  Winds of hatred, storms of violence, and easy access to and glorification of guns.

In gun-loving North Dakota, one activist pushes for gun control. Susan Beehler is a mother of five whose past causes included dairy farmers, baby seals, arthritis and abolishing property taxes, none of which affected her like the Sandy Hook shootings.

Dallas Organizing for Action President Obama's new advocacy group Organizing for Action held its first day of action. In Dallas, Texas advocates delivered letters in support of stronger gun laws to the office of Senator Cruz.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

► Salon.com, The NRA's Flip Flop on African Americans. The NRA wanted gun control when Black Panthers took up arms. Now it wants black support. 

► Davide Keene, NRA President, warned that the battle over stronger gun laws "is going to be a very rough and very ugly battle." "Fortunately," he added, "our enemy doesn't have any guns and they don't know how to use them."

► MediaMatters, NRA's "Media Misinformation" series pushes systemically false information about gun violence. Looks at five recent segments on the NRA News channel.

► Frontline, Inside the "other" gun lobby. Takes a closer look at the National Shooting-Sports Foundation, the firearm industry trade group.

► Rolling Stone Magazine, The Gun Industry's Deadly Addiction. Firearms manufacturers are betting their future on the military-style weapons used in Newtown and Aurora.

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