Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Studies on Guns

The GVP Report - September 17, 2013

In The News

► In the largest firearm violence study to date, American Journal of Public Health, The Relationship Between Gun Ownership and Firearm Homicide Rates in the U.S.,1981-2010, Michael Siegel, et al, found a "robust correlation" between a state's rate of gun ownership and its homicide rate. For each one-percentage point increase in the prevalence of gun ownership, the state's homicide rate increased by .9 percent.

Blood Money IIA new report from the Violence Policy Center, Blood Money II: How Gun Industry Dollars Fund the NRA, found gun industry financial support of the NRA has risen dramatically. Since 2005 the NRA has received up to $60.2 million in donations from the firearms industry.

► A new report from the Center for American Progress, License to Kill: How Lax Concealed Carry Laws Can Combine with Stand Your Ground Laws to Produce Deadly Results, looks at the intersection of these laws that allow potentially dangerous individuals to carry hidden guns in public with little law enforcement oversight.

► A new study from the Urban Institute, The Hospital Costs of Gun Violence, found emergency room and inpatient procedures related to firearm injuries cost $629 million in 2010 alone. U.S. taxpayers subsidized over half the costs of the treatments through public insurance programs.

► A new report from Mayors Against Illegal Guns,Shoot First: 'Stand Your Ground' Laws and Their Effect on Violent Crime and the Criminal Justice System, shows many of the states with these laws have experienced a striking increase in the numbers of justifiable homicides committed by private citizens.

► A recent Ball State University study by researcher Jagdish Khubchandani shows that most Midwestern college students don't support guns on campus. Four out of five students surveyed opposed concealed handguns on campus and would not obtain a permit to carry one if it were made legal.

Gun advocates were defeated by one vote in their attempt to override Missouri Governor Nixon's veto of a bill that would have nullified all federal gun laws in the state. The failed bill would have allowed the state to prosecute federal agents who attempt to enforce federal gun laws, allow those subject to a protection from abuse order to possess firearms and allow suspected criminals to sue federal agents who arrest them on gun charges.

North Carolina's new law forbids law enforcement from destroying guns collected in gun buyback programs. The new law mandates these guns must be resold or kept by the state. A similar law recently passed in Arizona and has been introduced in several state legislatures across the country.

Community Support

Black NRASarah Silverman, Funny or Die. The NRA is finally putting guns into the hands of those who need them most. Support the Black NRA.

E. J. Dionne, Jr., Washington Post, The Colorado Recall's Morality Lesson on Guns.  Colorado shows that when sane legislation is enacted, its supporters need to sell the benefits far more effectively. And they should follow the NRA in never allowing setbacks to demobilize them.

Rick Perlstein, The Nation, The Gun Control Debate and Our Civic Life. The political answer is obvious. Don't mourn. Expose the fact that the NRA and its acolytes violate all the bounds of civility that make democratic deliberation possible. Embarrass the pundits who refuse to recognize this. Knock on doors on election day. Organize.

Megan Hamilton,  Bubblews, Life Hangs in the Balance in Front of the Barrel of a Gun. There are times when life hangs in the balance, crystal clear like an image reflected in a tear drop. I became aware of this after having a gun waved in my face and the evening stood still, grinding the world to a halt.

David Sirota, Salon, Colorado Proves Politicians Can't Fear Gun Reform. If the gun lobby is going to continue turning a policy debate into a cultural one, then an equally powerful cultural argument needs to be made in response.

Katie McDonough, Salon, Take His Guns Away, Already: Why the George Zimmermans Are So Protected. What does a person have to do in this country to get a gun taken away? Or lose the right to a concealed carry permit? Turns out: quite a terrifying lot.

Joseph Ellis, Los Angeles Times, There's No Unlimited Right To Bear Arms.  No matter how prevalent or fervently held, the opinion that the Bill of Rights supports and the high court acknowledges an absolute right to gun ownership is just plain wrong.

Brady Dennis, Washington Post, Bike Ride Interrupted by Aurora Shooting Finally Completed.  The 23-year-olds standing on the San Francisco shoreline were different men than the 22-year-olds who had begun in Virginia Beach last year. They had set out to discover America.  And they found it - in all its beauty, all its kindness, all is savagery, all its uncertainty.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

► The Atlantic, The Gun Lobbying Group You Don't Know About. The National Shooting Sports Foundation's 8,000 members are gun and ammunition manufacturers and dealers.

► CNN Money, New Rifle Mimics Machine Gun's Rapid Fire - And It's Legal.  Machine guns are illegal in the U.S. for most people, but one small company has found a way around that.

► The Nation, Is America's Militia Movement on the Rise? Militias are building a dangerous movement of zealots, with appeals laced with predictions of violence. The possibility of future violence rises in direct proportion to the proliferation of weapons.

► The Tenth Amendment Center has launched a new website, 2nd Amendment Preservation Act Tracking and Action Center.  The campaign is focused solely on one effort - nullify federal gun laws, rules, orders, regulations, and the like.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Keeping Track of Gun Violence

The GVP Report - September 3, 2013

Keeping Track of Gun Violence

A number of websites, both new and old, are keeping track of gun violence in the United States.  

@GunDeaths@GunDeaths is using crowdsourcing to keep track of gun deaths since Dec. 14. 

The Gun Crisis Reporting Project is a nonprofit journalism organization illuminating gunfire in Philadelphia. 

►  Shootings in Boston reports on gun violence in Boston since the 2013 Boston Marathon.

The Gun Report and Another Day in the (Gun Crazy) U.S.A. grab examples of gun violence from the week's news.

Mikeb302000 and Stop the NRA  In addition to reporting gun violence incidents these websites also look at the politics around guns.

Concealed Carry Killers reports on non-self defense killings by private citizens legally allowed to carry a concealed handgun.

Kid Shootings highlights any and all timely cases of minors, ages 17 and under, who are involved in gun crimes or dangerous situations involving guns.

Ohh Shoot highlights unintentional shootings.

Walmart Shootings highlights cases of shootings and other gun-related crimes on Walmart property.

If you know of similar websites not on this list, please send them to our attention at info@supgv.org

In The News

President Obama announced two new executive actions to keep the most dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands and ban re-imports of military surplus firearms.

► The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld the state's new open carry gun law.  While the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the 2009 Montana Firearms Freedom Act. The law attempts to declare that federal firearms regulations don't apply to guns made and kept in that state.

► New Republic, Colorado local election could determine the future of gun control. Why Michael Bloomberg has gone all-in on a Colorado race.

Antoinette TuffAntoinette Tuff hailed as 'true hero' for handling Georgia school gunman.  Tuff talked gunman Michael Hill into surrendering after he entered the school and started shooting.

A Texas man waltzed through the gun show loophole and bought dozens of Mexico-bound assault rifles. Instead of facing criminal charges, Luis Romano has been charged with a civil forfeiture lawsuit of dealing guns without a license.

American Journal of Epidemiology, Firearms and Suicide in the U.S.: Is Risk Independent of Underlying Suicidal Behavior?, Matthew Miller et al.  Our results support the hypothesis that firearms in the home impose suicide risk above and beyond the baseline risk.

Community Support

Misplaced Priorities "A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon," said President Clinton at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. See Misplaced Priorities graphic from Think Progress.

► The Maddow Blog, The rights seizes on Christopher Lane's killing. Looks at the tragic shooting of the Australian student and how it has been misrepresented in the conservative media.

Tom Dart, Sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, A Way Forward on Preventing Gun Violence. Looks at the issue of people who have had their gun privileges revoked yet have failed to turn in their guns and ammunition.

Adam Winkler, UCLA law professor, Justice Scalia Goes Gun Crazy. In a recent speech Justice Scalia said that the Second Amendment was in part the right to revolt against tyranny. That's just a plain wrong and dangerous view.

► John Lennon, The Atlantic, A Convicted Murderer's Case for Gun Control.  I got my first gun at 14. I had no business with that gun. Yet making guns accessible to troubled souls is business as usual in America.

Erase by Greg Bokor Erase is an art installation by Greg Bokor where participants erase a portion of a 20 ft long x 8 ft tall pencil drawing of an AR-15.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

Men with rifles charged in 'open carry' demonstration at Starbucks. While Texas law allows for the open carrying of unloaded weapons, the gun holder can be charged with disorderly conduct if anyone feels threatened. 

Joe Arpaio to Militias: Beware or Be Shot. A member of the Arizona Minuteman border-watch movement was arrested after pointing a rifle at a Maricopa County sheriff's deputy he apparently mistook for a drug smuggler.

How the NRA Built A Massive Secret Database of Gun Owners. While the NRA publicly fights against a national gun registry, they have gone to incredible lengths to compile information on "tens of millions" of gun owners - without their consent.