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."

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