Tuesday, October 1, 2013

What about the children?

The GVP Report - October 1, 2013

In The News

Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll ► New York Times, Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll. Children shot unintentionally - usually by other children - are collateral casualties of the accessibility of guns in America, their deaths all the more devastating for being eminently preventable. And there are far more of these innocent victims than official records show.

For children who witnessed Newtown shooting, fear and nightmares line path to recovery. Hundred of children at the school that day survived the shooting, but the horrors have been especially difficult to overcome for some of the 6- and 7-year-olds who witnessed the bloodbath.

► During a memorial ceremony for victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting, President Obama called for transformation in the nation's gun laws, saying the fight for stronger gun laws "out to obsess us."

►A new poll by United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection shows a huge majority thinks Washington can reduce gun violence.  But there are sharp divisions over which policies would work best.

► The National Physicians Alliance and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence have issued a new report, Gun Safety & Public Health: Policy Recommendations for a More Secure America.

► In the third report from the UC Davis' Firearm Licensee Survey, Garen Wintemute, professor of emergency medicine, reports gun retailers support denying gun purchases for mentally ill and criminals.

► A report from Third Way and Americans for Responsible Solutions, What a Difference a Law Makes: Online Gun Sales in States With and Without Background Checks, finds online private sales are far more prevalent in states that do not require criminal background checks than among states that do. 

Costs of gunshot violence increasingClinical Psychiatry News, Two Studies Document a Rise in Gun Wounds, Homicides. Deaths from gunshot wounds doubled between 2000 and 2012 in the region served by one New Jersey trauma center and gun-related homicides as a proportion of violent crimes increased by 27% in southern Arizona after the state stopped requiring permits for concealed weapons, separate studies found.

► A new report from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Felon Seeks Firearm, No Strings Attached, looks at how dangerous people evade background checks and buy illegal guns online. A sample of prospective buyers on Armslist.com found one in thirty had a criminal record that should prohibit them from buying a gun.

Community Support

► The two Colorado state Senators recalled in the recent special election speak out:  John Morse - Rampage. Regret. Repeat. Can we ever stop the cycle? How one lawmaker lost his job fighting for gun control. And why he'd do it again.  Angela Giron - We can beat the gun lobby - we already have. While extremist groups have a hard time making their case to general-election voters, they have far more control in low-turnout special elections.

Josh Sager - White Privilege and the 2nd Amendment.  Our society's perception of gun owners who are exercising their "2nd Amendment rights" is often linked to the color of their skin.

Benjamin Hart - Gun Control Advocates Urge Patience in the Wake of Navy Yard Shootings.  Despite the media coverage saying Americans may have accepted mass shootings as a fact of life, gun control advocates expressed optimism that they are making real progress - slowly but surely.

How I got my ccw Tim Murphy, Mother Jones, How I Got Licensed to Carry a Concealed Gun in 32 States by Barely Trying. I was clueless, hung over, and totally worthless with a firearm. Four hours later, I was officially qualified to pack heat.

Katrina vanden Heuvel, Washington Post, The Case for Gun Liability Laws. Knives. Automobiles. Cold medicine. Alcohol. Cigarettes. Coffee. What do these items have in common? They're all held to a higher safety standard than firearms.

Nina Strochlic, The Daily Beast, I've Written 51 Obituaries for Gun Victims in 18 Months. The day after the Aurora tragedy was a Saturday. I complied everything I could find about each of the 12 names and I didn't stop crying until I sent the story to my editor four hours later.

Jonathan Merritt - Will Rick Warren Lead a Christian Movement for Gun Control? After the CNN interview about their son's suicide and other issues, many wonder whether the religious power couple might lead a Christian movement for gun control.

Jay Kirell, Take My Guns, Please. Nothing about my outward appearance would send up a red flag. Likewise, nothing in my background would send a warning to anyone trying to sell me a firearm. And that's the problem. Because I shouldn't, by any reasonable measure, own a firearm.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

► Timothy Johnson, Media Matters, NRA Bemoans Domestic Violence But Lobbies for Policies that Arm Abusers. Their new-found concern for domestic violence ignores both the lethal consequences of armed domestic abusers and the NRA's lengthy history of blocking measures to keep guns out of the hands of abusers.

► Massoud Hayoun, Aljazeera America, How the NRA Tried to Stop a Member from Conducting Gun-Control Research. The NRA reportedly advised its members against participating in a study that show a majority of gun sellers want tougher background checks for gun buyers.

► David Edwards, The Raw Story, 'Armed Citizen Project' Giving Homeowners Shotguns Near Where Trayvon Was Killed. The group plans to give away shotguns to homeowners in Florida. Members have gone door-to-door in Orlando passing out fliers to advertise the free firearms.

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