Tuesday, October 29, 2013

7,500 children hospitalized for gunshot wounds each year

The GVP Report - October 29, 2013

In The News
► A new study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics, U.S. Childhood Gun Violence - Disturbing Trends, found over 7,500 children annually are hospitalized for gunshot wounds, including over 500 in-hospital deaths. There was a significant relationship between the percentage of household gun ownership and the percentage of gunshot wounds occurring in the home.
Instagram gun sales ► The Daily Beast, People Are Using Instagram to Sell Their Guns ...and It's Mostly Legal. A simple search of Instagram reveals a web of semi-anonymous private and professional dealers who are advertising, negotiating, and selling firearms.
► Joshua Dubois, White House Spiritual Advisor, What President Obama Did In Secret in Newtown.  Two days after the Sandy Hook shooting, the President met with families of victims.  For hours, person after person received an engulfing hug then the President would sit and listen as parents told him about their lost beloved.
► Think Progress, Rhode Island May Join Growing Number of States Divesting From Gun Holdings. The state's general treasurer is pushing to sell the state's pension fund's holdings in equity funds that own stakes in a gun distributor.
► Metropolitan News-Enterprise, California Rejects Second Amendment Challenge to Assault Weapons Ban. The Fourth District Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of California's ban on assault weapons.
Attorney General Eric Holder, speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference, warned that "active shooter" incidents rose dramatically in the last few years. In the past four years the total number of people shot and killed in these kinds of shootings is up nearly 150%.
► Wall Street Journal, Guns in the Parking Lot:  A Delicate Workplace Issue.  22 states have passed laws that limit property owners' ability to ban firearms in vehicles in parking areas. A 2005 study showed that workplaces that allowed guns were five times more likely to have a worker get killed on the job.
Alisha Waters► USA Today, Woman Shot by Husband Begins Journey to Reclaim Life. Alisha Water was left paralyzed after her estranged husband shot her five times. Alisha and her family want domestic violence laws changed to include cyberstalking.

Community Support
Laura Shin, SmartPlanet, Can We Crowdfund Gun Control?  Gun By Gun is using crowdfunding to finance gun buybacks. The first campaign was launched in July and the first gun buyback was in August in San Francisco.
Jeff Nisbit, U.S. News,Studying Gun Violence...Or Just Arguing About It. Hard statistics either don't exist, aren't current, aren't readily available or can't be researched nationally under the usual rules. There can be no harm in knowing how many people die each year from firearms and where those pockets of gun violence are.
Monte Frank, The Guardian,Stand Against Stand-Your-Ground Laws. Do We Really Want to be a Nation of Dirty Harrys?  We have created a society where ordinary citizens can feel and act like Dirty Harry, and get away with it. And we give them immunity even when they are wrong, and when retreating and calling for the police would be a viable option.
Josh Brodesky, My San Antonio, Mass Shooting Shouldn't Be New Normal. We don't have to accept shootings as part of normal life, or dismiss efforts to curb them as assaults on freedom.
guns turned into gardening toolsGary Gately, Juvenile Justice Info Exchange, Turning Gun Parts Into Gardening Tools. The Children's Defense Fund and the Washington National Cathedral hosted a forum aimed at ending the epidemic of gun violence.
Rabbi Joel Masbacher, NY Daily News, End The Paralysis on Gun Violence. 40% of the guns bought every year from manufacturers are purchased by the U.S. government. Taxpayers should use that leverage to insist guns only be purchased from manufacturers who agree to make some simple changes.
Vicki Walker, Arizona Central, Lax Gun Laws Make Domestic Violence Worse. The presence of a gun in a domestic-violence situation makes it five times more likely that the woman will be killed.
Effdot, Daily Kos, It's Time to Reframe the Debate About Gun Ownership in the U.S. Is there a civic duty for owning a gun? Once you realize the answer to this question is yes then smart policy can flow. It's time for us to take up the mantle of civics and citizenship again. 

What the Gun Lobby is Doing
► Media Matters, Gun Researcher John Lott Offers False Firearm Statistics Days Before Congressional Appearance.  Lott falsely claimed that "over 99 percent" of individuals who fail background checks are law-abiding citizens, despite convincing evidence that the vast majority are prohibited by law from owning a gun.
►San Jose Mercury News, California Gun-Control Votes Trigger Recall Attempts. Emboldened by the recall in Colorado last month, California gun-rights activists will seek to recall several state legislators.
► Slate.com, Dallas Gun Rights Advocates Hold Rally at JFK Assassination Site. Although the organizers said they were well aware of the historical significance of the site where JFK was assassinated, they insist they chose the location because it was a high-profile space.
► Miami Herald, How the NRA's Role in Florida Extends Way Beyond Gun Lobbying. In addition to helping craft legislation, the NRA enjoys a role as a state-sanctioned gun educator. 

1 comment:

  1. WE are all mad. Those with the guns and those of us who do nothing to stop this crazy suicide pact.