Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Crucial Period for Gun Violence Prevention Bills

The GVP Report - March 19, 2013

In The News
Four gun violence prevention bills have been approved by the U.S. Senate Judicial Committee and now head to the full Senate, including an Assault Weapons Ban, Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act, and Fix Gun Checks. The next few weeks will be a critical period in moving legislation forward.
► Three gun violence prevention bills, including universal background checks and a magazine capacity limit  are sitting on the Colorado governor's desk.  Gov. Hickenlooper is expected to sign the bills into law this week.
Rachel Maddow new details on Newtown Rachel Maddow reports new details of the Newtown gun massacre, noting the entire incident took less than five minutes during which Lanza fired 152 bullets. At one point, either the gun jammed or he had trouble reloading, allowing six children to escape.
► The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, appointed by CT Gov. Malloy, has issued 42 recommendations including a ban on long guns and handguns that can fire more than 10 bullets without reloading, mandatory background checks and mandatory gun registration.
► New polls released by Mayors Against Illegal Guns show  overwhelming support for background checks. A McClatchy-Marist poll finds a majority of Americans support an assault weapons ban.
►Legislators across the country who support strengthening gun laws continue to receive threatening and hostile emails and calls. Notes a West Virginia legislator, "These people are so quick to burn you at the stake."  
► A national survey shows that the number of American households with guns has declined over the past four decades. While household ownership among elderly has remained virtually unchanged from the 1970s gun ownership among young Americans has plummeted.
► Washington Post details how NRA money helped changed the idea that the Second Amendment was an individual right to possess a gun from a wacky notion to one endorsed by the  Supreme Court.
► Minneapolis StarTribune investigative report: A Gun at 14, Then a Senseless Killing. Two young lives are swept away in Minnesota by the relentless flow of illegal firearms.
► New York Times looks at how In Some States, Gun Rights Trump Orders of Protection and how the NRA fights measures to take guns away from individuals subject to a protection from abuse order.

Community Support
Danny Westneat, Seattle Times, Bill's Defeat a Case Study on Guns. Looks at how a legislator withdrew her support for universal background checks. "Listen to her quote. It means game over. Nothing will help. Nothing can ever change. No matter the quality of facts presented, or quantities of blood spilled, nothing is what we intend to do."
Newtown cyclistsThe Sandy Hook Ride on Washington, a team of 26 cyclists who rode 400 miles from Newtown to D.C., were greeted in D.C. with the news that the Senate committee had approved universal background checks.
Michael Moore, America, You Must Not Look Away, asks, "if we were to seriously look at the 20 slaughtered children - I mean really look at them, with their bodies blow apart, many of them so unrecognizable the only way their parents could identify them was by the clothes they were wearing - what would be our excuse not to act? Now. Right now."
Rex Berry, TulsaWorld, Oklahoma, Should We Sacrifice Children for the Sake of Guns? What is our priority, our children or the absolutist's abstract (and profitable) view of the Second Amendment?
Comilla Sasson, Denver Post, Aurora Theater Shooting Doctor: I'm Tired of Treating Gun Wounds. I asked my colleagues around the world how many gunshot wound victims they had seen in their careers. The answer: two. Five in a night can be par for the course in my line of work.
What's Your Number?Washington Post Magazine asks What's Your Number? How many people do you know who have been shot? It's surprising how many people know someone who has been shot.  Or is it?

What the Gun Lobby is Doing
► Measures to make four formerly temporary gun rights provisions permanent have been put into a Senate spending bill that would keep the government running through September. 
► A reception and dinner for the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, which has more than 250 members in the House and Senate, was funded in part by the NRA and the trade group for the gun industry.
► Meet the Hedge Fund Managers who are turning a profit on the Sandy Hook Massacre and the 34 corporations that help inflate the NRA's membership.
► The gun rights group Basic Freedom Defense Fund has launched a recall effort against the President of the Colorado State Senate and at least two other legislators for their support of several gun violence prevention bills.

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