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."

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