Tuesday, February 18, 2014

We do not accept a law that views our children as collateral damage

The GVP Report - February 18, 2014

In The News

Davis press conferenceMichael Dunn was found guilty on three charges of attempted murder for shooting into a car full of unarmed teenagers, but the judge declared a mistrial on the murder charge for shooting and killing Jordan Davis. Watch Jordan's parents statement to the press.

► Think Progress reports that at least 26 children and teens have died in Florida "stand your ground/shoot first" cases. See the Tampa Bay Times comprehensive list of "stand your ground" victims in Florida.

► Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence notes a developing trend in state gun legislation. Many states have introduced legislation to repeal or limit the use of shoot first laws. In Georgia, 23 protesters from the group Moral Monday were arrested for refusing to leave a state senator's office after he blocked an effort to repeal the state's "stand your ground/shoot first" law.

Strategies for Reducing Gun Violence In a new study in the Journal of Urban Health, Daniel Webster, et al, find the repeal of Missouri's background check law is associated with an increase in murders in the state. Watch the press briefing: Science-based Strategies for Reducing Gun Violence.

► A divided federal appeals court struck down California concealed-weapons law saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms.  Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence looks at how this extreme Ninth Circuit decision is out of sync with other court rulings.

Active Shooter DrillAll In with Chris Hayes looks at how schools are now staging active shooter drills. Instead of enacting stronger gun laws, we as a nation are forcing our kids to participate in these drills.

► The Seattle Weekly looks at a recent House hearing in Washington state on a background check bill.  Gabby Giffords testified in favor of stronger background checks. Critics called her a "gun celebrity."

Community Support

Tonyaa Wethersbee, CNN, The Extermination of Jordan Davis: An Empty Verdict, A Hollow Victory. Apparently someone on the jury believed Davis' cursing and arguing over the volume of his music equaled a serious enough threat to make Dunn reasonably fear for his life.

Police Chief Mike Masterton, guest opinion, Idaho Statesman.   I wasn't allowed to speak at a recent hearing about guns on college campuses.  Arbitrarily ceasing debate raises suspicion about intent.

► Hilton Head, South Carolina, Island Packet Editorial: No need for guns in bars and restaurants. A recent law allowing concealed weapons permit holders to carry guns in bars makes them - as well as the unarmed - less safe.

► Joel Beers, OC Weekly,  Our Favorite Occultist Musician Writes a Song About Gun Violence. "It's satirical all right, but I'm pretty serious about it," says Lon DuQuette. "The problem of gun violence in this country is insane. But the problem is more fundamental than having so many guns. The problem is this culture of fear."  Listen to I'm Scared.

Truth-o-MeterThe Oregonian Political Fact Check. Were Kip Kinkel and Clackamas Town Center shootings both stopped by an armed citizen?  The paper looks at a claim made by the Oregon Citizens Lobby, a conservative activist group.

► The Gun Violence Archive carries on the work of Slate.com's 2013 toll of deaths by gun violence. GVA maintains a database of gun usage including robberies, burglaries, assaults, accidents, suicides and murders.

► Lexington, Kentucky, Herald-Leader Editorial: KY Lawmakers Should Resist NRA's Deadly Illogic on Domestic Violence. Nothing more vividly illustrates the insanity of our gun politics than a move to arm victims of domestic violence in Kentucky.

Joe Nocera, New York Times, The Gun Report: One Year Later. The clearest message The Gun Report sends is the most obvious. Guns make killing way too easy.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

► Media Matters, An NRA Operative is Running The Washington Times Editorial Page. Former NRA president David Keene is serving as the paper's opinion editor while still acting as a spokesman for the gun lobby and serving as one of its top leaders.

Gun Owners of America outlines to its members how the Fight Against Obama Anti-Gun Policies Continues on Multiple Fronts.

► ColoradoPols.com reports that a Pueblo Recall Organizer Admits Lying to Petition Signers. Victor Head gave false information in order to obtain recall petition signatures against a Colorado state senator.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Courts uphold gun laws

The GVP Report - February 4, 2014

In The News
► A U.S. District judge upheld Connecticut's toughest-in-the-nation assault weapons ban, calling it a constitutionally valid means of balancing gun rights and the government's interest of public safety and crime control. The Louisiana Supreme Court upheld two state firearm statutes ruling that the 2012 constitutional amendment passed by the voters "was not meant to invalidate every restriction on firearms."
ABC Special Young Guns: A Diane Sawyer Special takes a look at children and guns. Segments include: Can you really hide guns from children?; and Young kids drawn to guns.
►In a new study in Pediatrics, Hospitalizations Due to Firearm Injuries in Children and Adolescents, John Leventhal et al find about 20 children per day in the US are injured by guns seriously enough to require hospitalization and more than 6% die from their injuries. Study author Dr. Robert Sege tells NPR that the effects of gun violence on children and teens are long lasting and wide ranging.
► ProPublica, The PTSD crisis that's being ignored: Americans wounded in their own neighborhoods. Patients are not getting treatment for PTSD. They're not even getting diagnosed. "The rates of PTSD we see are as high or higher than Iraq or Afghanistan."
FL home gun rangeA Florida man has built a gun range in his side yard and under state law it's totally legal. Notes a county commissioner, "without any oversight, somebody's neighbor could set up a gun range and invite his friends over and have a good old time shooting."
► While sentencing a white supremacist to prison for being a felon in possession of assault rifles, a U.S. District Judge noted that this trial  "illustrates how easy it is for anyone to buy firearms online or on the street."
Increase in numbers shot and killed A report in the FBI Law Enforcement BulletinActive Shooter Events from 2000 to 2012, finds that the frequency of active shooter events has increased in recent years and a definite increase in the number of people shot and killed in these incidents.
► ThinkProgress, There has been an average of one school shooting every other school day so far this year. 2014 is off to a deadly start: in the first 14 school days of the year, there have been at least 7 school shootings. 

Community Support
Uygur talks about microstamping Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks,A Sensible Safe Smart Gun Law - Guess Who Hates It, talks about Smith & Wesson's refusal to comply with California's new microstamping law. "Why are they opposed to this law? It's because they want to sell more guns to criminals."
► Portsmouth, New Hampshire Herald, Speak In Support of Background Checks Law Now. Will a reasonable bill aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of convicted felons once again be shouted down, or will we strengthen our lawmakers' resolve by letting them know the true will of the people of New Hampshire?
Carrie Larson, Daily Kos, NRA, Walmart, Guns and GREED. Walmart's role as the nation's largest seller of guns and ammunition has been widely reported; their role in supporting a pro-gun political agenda has not been widely understood.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post. After the Aurora movie shooting a group of D.C. women resolved to meet outside the White House every Monday until the nation comes to its senses on guns. They've missed only a couple of Mondays since then.
Glennon Doyle Melton, Share This With All the Schools, Please. Chase's teacher watched Columbine knowing that all violence begins with disconnection and that children who aren't being noticed will eventually resort to being noticed by any means necessary.  So she decided to do something about it in her classroom, every week.
'Head Shots' New York artist, Jon Burgerman 'Head Shots' series shows New Yorkers the other side of the poster.  Burgerman appears bloody and defeated in front of the gun-toting movie posters in the NY subway system.
Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun, A gun culture and violence as the answer make the worst possible, even in Columbia. "Although easy access to guns is supposed to be an issue of personal freedom, look how it restricts us with metal detectors and fears that going to the movies or to school or to the local mall may be a fatal decision."
LZ Granderson, CNN, When a city's gun laws get shot down. Whatever ordinances the mayor comes up with have to be reasonable, otherwise the city is back in court. Groups, like the NRA, keep suing. Innocent people, like Baker, keep dying.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing
► Media Matters, 5 things to know about the NRA's takeover of one of America's largest gun shows. #1 - NRA ousted the previous owners for refusing to allow assault weapons post-Newtown.
► Joe Nocera, From your friends at the NRA. The following are verbatim excerpts from emails sent by the NRA.
► Bloomberg Businessweek, A bolder gun industry brings out battlefield-style weapons. The strategy assumes that consumers want to buy versions of the firearms depicted in cable news reports from war zones.
R.I.P. bulletNew ammunition for sale - Radically Invasive Projectile (R.I.P.). The geometry at the tip of the bullet has much to do with the way the projectile travels through human tissue and promises to "take out all vital organs."