Sunday, December 22, 2013

23 Gun Safety Victories Since Newtown

The GVP Report - December 24, 2013

In The News

Media Matters reports on 23 Gun Safety Victories Since Sandy Hook including the once-in-a-generation bipartisan gun law bill still in Congress and major gun reform enacted at the state level.

President Obama marks one-year anniversary President Obama marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic Newtown shooting. "We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily. ... We must choose love. And together, we must make a change."

Mother Jones special report Newtown: One Year After. Segments include: 194 Children Shot to Death; Half of Americans Now Have Tougher Gun Laws; Gun Lobby's Assault on Small Towns; Producer of Assault Rifles Made a Killing.

► New York Times interactive guide to state gun laws enacted in the year since Newtown. 1,500 gun bills were introduced, 178 passed at least one chamber, 109 have become law.

American Psychological Association new report Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention and Policy. There is no single profile that can reliably predict who will use a gun in a violent act, but individual prediction is not necessary for violence prevention.

► Exeter, Rhode Island town council recall election over gun permits is rejected. Voters reject the recall by a margin of 63 to 37 percent. All four councilors retain their seats.

Center for American Progress report The Gun Debate One Year After Newtown:Assessing Six Key Claims About Gun Background Checks.

► The FBI says it has helped to disrupt or prevent nearly 150 shootings and violent attacks this year, in part by steering potential gunmen toward mental health professionals.

► NBC News Investigative Report - Newtown anniversary: US schools keep trying wrong fixes to deter school shootings, experts say. Researchers who study school shootings say the nation has done the wrong things, again and again, to prevent these rare but frightening events.

► East Bay Express, Life, Death, and PTSD in Oakland, California. How violence and poverty are traumatizing the city's youth. There is a growing awareness that PTSD is born and bred in our neighborhoods and there is a movement to relieve the burden these children carry.

Community Support

Rachel Maddow Rachel Maddow, Legends of the Recall, The conventional wisdom says 'Guns are part of who we are, so get over it.' Or don't get over it.Don't get over it when they say that there can be no changes. We have a choice. And we can make change.

Jenny Deam, Los Angeles Times, Columbine shooting continues to cast shadow over schools. For students, the idea that they must prepare for gunfire at school has become routine.

Leonard Steinhorn, History News Network, White Men and Their Guns. The issue, really, is why so many white middle-American men view any effort to regulate firearms as an assault on their very identity - and thus fight sane and rational laws as if their lives and liberties were at stake.

Mike Littwin, The Colorado Independent, Never mind secession, we got sheriffs. Welcome to Colorado where (some) gun laws are not laws at all. Do we really think sheriffs should be allowed to nullify laws?

Ted Mandell, Washington Post, Sports offers the arena to raise awareness of gun violence. Imagine if the Boston Red Sox had walked off the field during the final game of the World Series, demanding that the country act to protect its children from school shootings.

Dan Kois, Slate, A Year of Gun Deaths: What Slate learned from trying, and failing, to record every death by gun in America since Newtown. Slate's gun-deaths count will be taken over by The Gun Violence Archive starting in January 2014.

Steven Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City, A New Approach on Gun Reform. Police departments are huge buyers of guns and ammunitions but have not taken advantage of their power in the marketplace to demand change from gun manufacturers. Jersey City will be asking all bidders six socially responsible questions.

Tom Harvey, Gun Insurance Blog, Questions and Answers on Mandating Gun Insurance. How to make gun insurance workable and protect everyone.

Gary Gutting, New York Times, Who Needs A Gun? It's easier to get people to see that they don't want something than that they don't have a right to it. Focusing on the need rather than the right to own a gun, many may well conclude that for them a gun is more a danger than a protection.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

► Eric Stern, Salon, What the NRA's really shooting for: Getting Republicans elected to office. To see how the gun group really does business, go behind the scenes with this candidate as he sought their backing.

► Armed Citizen Project launches We Don't Dial 911 Shotgun Christmas.  Their goal is to collect and distribute nine hundred and eleven shotguns to needy families living in high crime neighborhoods, especially single mothers.

► Matt Valentine, Salon, Gun activists have a new craze - and it's more dangerous than you think. The new front line in the battle over gun rights is "open carry." Here's why it has psychologists deeply concerned.

► Robert Draper, New York Times Magazine, Inside the Power of the NRA. Though the NRA's opponents still question whether the group is really as indomitable as it is perceived, at a certain point, political mythology engineers its own reality.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Too Young To Die

The GVP Report - December 10 , 2013

In The News

Too Young to Die Too Young to Die: Celebrating Young Lives Cut Short. MSNBC's Michele Richinick chronicles the lives of children who died from gun violence in the past year.

► Providence, Rhode Island Journal, Exeter showdown: Recall election over gun permits divides town.  On Saturday, Dec. 14th, Exeter residents will vote whether to recall four Town Council members because they want the attorney general to handle all local applications to carry concealed weapons.

Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, new report, Guns, Public Health, and Mental Illness: An Evidence-Based Approach for State Policy highlights recommendations based on research into how to curb gun violence, looks at what works, what doesn't and how to balance the complex mix of rights and public safety.

2013 State ScorecardBrady Campaign and Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter. 21 states enacted new laws to curb gun violence in 2013, with 8 of these states passing major reforms.  Gun laws really do matter.

House passes plastic gun ban extension, Schumer wants tougher bill.  The U.S. House passed a 10-year extension of the 25-year-old ban on plastic guns. The Senate also renewed the ban, but did not address 3-D printed guns.

Colorado State Senator Edie Hudak resigns seat to end recall threat, hold Democrats' Senate majority. Hudak resigned rather than risk facing a recall election.

► 5280, The Denver Magazine, The Colorado Woman. When the state Legislature's female leadership took on gun control in early 2013 everyone knew the debate would be red-hot. But no one predicted the sexism and violent threats that would be fired.

Behind the BloodshedUSA Today, Behind the Bloodshed: The Untold Story of America's Mass Killings. Since 2006, there have been more than 200 mass killings in the United States. They happen far more often than the government reports, and the circumstances of those killings are far more predictable than many might think.

► Media Matters, Shoddy Polling on "Stricter Gun Control."  CNN is promoting a poorly-worded poll question to suggest that there is "fading support" for new laws that strengthen firearms regulation.

Community Support

America, The National Catholic Review, Inexcusable Inaction Sad to say, no one should be surprised by the next Sandy Hook. U.S. politicians consistently refuse to legislate common sense gun control measures,and U.S. voters let them get away with it.

Fareed Zakaria, CNN,  The real tragedy of America's gun violence. One of the most important tasks for a government is to keep its citizens - especially its children - safe, on the streets and in their schools. Every other developed country in the world is able to fulfill this basic mandate. America is not. 

Mark Munger, Duluth, Minnesota, News Tribune, A judge's view: Let tragedies bolster political will to end gun violence. Some of the folks who've done terrible things were mentally ill. Others were simply alienated. They were all angry men, feeling aggrieved, with ready access to firearms.

History of the Brady bill Steve Kornacki, MSNBC, reminds us that it took twelve years for the Brady Background Check law to finally pass Congress and be signed into law.  Also, a panel discussion on the plastic gun ban renewal.

Nat Rudarakanchana, International Business Times,Private Equity and Social Responsibility: The Odd Courtship Between Private Finance and Public Causes, looks at the Campaign to Unload, a coalition critical of investments in gun manufacturers and their protest against Cerberus Capital Management.

Jodie Gummow, Alternet, Latest Fatal 'Stand Your Ground' Shooting Prompts Call to Amend Self-Defense Laws. The fatal shooting of a 72-year-old man who suffered from Alzheimer's raises questions about 'stand your ground/shoot first' laws in the U.S.

Lt. Col. Robert Bateman, Esquire,It's Time to Talk About Guns and the Supreme Court. We crossed the line some time ago, it has just taken me a while to get around to the topic. Sadly, that topic is now so brutally evident that I feel shame. Shame that I have not spoken out about before now - shame for my country, shame that we have come to this point.

Kevin O'Holleran, Washington Post Opinions, Support for gun control helped a candidate win in Virginia. More than a year out from Election Day, dealing with gun violence was a fundamental messaging point for Mark Herring, the new Virginia attorney general-elect. 

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

►  The Guardian, ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin row. The rightwing lobbying group has lost more than 40 corporate members and 400 state legislators over the past two years.

► Raquel Okyay, Guns & Patriot, in an interview with Skip Coryell, firearm expert, explains why Women are the 'Holy Grail' of the gun rights movement.

► Erich Pratt, Gun Owners of America, argues that the 1988 Undetectable Firearms Act was poorly written and shouldn't be reauthorized.  In part because the Bill of Rights guarantees that gun rights "shall not be infringed."