Tuesday, April 2, 2013

What does the public really think about guns?

The GVP Report - April 2, 2013

In The News
► A Center for American Progress issue brief finds a clear consensus around a variety of common-sense gun laws. And finds Americans believe responsible law-abiding citizens have a right to own guns but much more needs to be done to keep dangerous guns from the wrong hands. Pollsters too often present these two as opposing ideas, but the vast majority of Americans view these concepts as consistent and complementary.
Obama Day of Action As part of the National Day to Demand Action President Obama met with gun violence survivors. "Less than 100 days ago Newtown happened and the entire country was shocked. And the entire country pledged we would do something about it and that this time would be different. Shame on us if we're forgotten. I haven't forgotten those kids."
► Connecticut Democratic and Republican state legislators worked to put together the strongest and most comprehensive gun violence prevention bill in the U.S.  It will be voted on this week and is expected to easily pass. 
► Dr. David Grimes, Guns Don't Offer Protection - Whatever the NRA Says, finds that the insistence that guns protect people from rape and violence is not rooted in scientific reality
► Search warrants show that Newtown shooter Adam Lanza had assembled an arsenal of guns, knives and ammunition.  
► A new study from Cleveland State University, Adding Up The "Butcher's Bill": The Public Health Consequences of America's System of Gun Regulation, finds that nearly one million people in the United States were shot from 2001 to 2010.
► A New Orleans judge ruled that after the recently passed Louisiana constitutional amendment the state statute forbidding felons from possessing firearms is now unconstitutional. The 2012 amendment change said gun ownership is a fundamental right and laws must approach it with "strict scrutiny", the highest level of judicial scrutiny.
► A federal appeals court overturned a lower court ruling and upheld Maryland's tough restrictions on carrying hidden loaded handguns in public places.
A Washington Post analysis of CDC data finds a white person is five times as likely to commit suicide with a gun as to be shot with a gun while for each African American who uses a gun to commit suicide, five are killed by other people with guns.

Community Support
Carrie Lendroth Battaglia, Newtown Action Alliance,  Letter from Sandy Hook Mom.  We are furious. Furious that 26 families must suffer with grief so deep and so wide that it is unimaginable. Furious that common sense has gone out the window. Furious that lawmakers are too scared to take a stand.
Charlotte & Harriet Childress, Philly.com,Mass Murders a White-Male, not Mental-Health, Issue. Nearly all the mass shootings in this country in recent years have been committed by white men and boys. Unlike other groups, white men are not used to being singled out.
Marilyn Sewell, Changing the Gun Culture, Cultural change takes time, but we can begin with the rule of law, the way we ended slavery, the way we gave women the right to vote, the way we integrated public schools. Let sensible laws lead the way. Changes in consciousness will follow.
Mark Follman, USA Today, NRA's Gun-Free Zone Myth. Not only is there zero evidence to support the claim that most mass killings take place in gun-free zones, an examination of shootings indicates the NRA is just plain wrong.
Peter Houlahan, The Right to Life vs. the Right to Bear Arms. I was in the third  EMT crew to arrive at Sandy Hook. We did not treat or transport a single patient. To have had all children and adults still in the buliding "pronounced" on-scene with zero transported is almost unimaginable.
Joe Nocera, New York Times,Saving Children From Guns. Why can't we childproof guns? In an age of technological wizardry why can't we come up with a gun that wouldn't shoot when being held by a child? Or a thief? Or an angry teenager? Turns out, we can.
Zerlina Maxwell, Ebony, Why Doesn't America Care About Dead Children? The reaction to Newtown was appropriate and yet also highlights the lack of response to the almost daily incidents of gun violence in inner city communities like Chicago. 
The Daily ShowJon Stewart of the Daily Show returns from vacation and checks in on one of the top items on the legislative agenda - gun violence prevention. And also sends his staff to check in with Ladd Everitt of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing
► The Armed Citizen Project will be giving away shotguns to single women and homeowners in crime-ridden neighborhoods in Tucson, Arizona and other cities across the U.S. 
► Media Matters looks at How the NRA Frustrates Enforcement of Federal Gun Laws by weakening the ATF.
► The NRA sent pro-gun robocalls to households in Newtown, Connecticut.  "I received one of these," said a Newtown resident. "I was insulted and offended."

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