Tuesday, March 18, 2014

15 States Have Strengthened Gun Laws Since Newtown Shooting

The GVP Report - March 18, 2014

In The News

Evidence and Policy Developments15 states plus D.C. strengthened their gun laws in the year following the Newtown shooting. "Contrary to popular belief, the tragic loss at Sandy Hook led to a number of significant policy developments," says Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, of Johns Hopkins. New data, research and developments can be found in Updated Evidence and Policy Developments on Reducing Gun Violence in America from Johns Hopkins press.

► Andrew Solomon, The New Yorker, The Reckoning: The father of the Sandy Hook killer searches for answers. "You can't mourn for the little boy he once was. You can't fool yourself," said Peter Lanza.

► Seattle Times, Shooting Accidents Soar; State Gun Laws Remain Unchanged. In 2012, more Washington state residents were seriously hurt in unintentional shootings than in any year since 1995. Yet despite a public outcry and promises by lawmakers to take action, no gun safety laws have changed.

Rye Brook, NY Police Department joins effort to encourage gun manufacturers to play a part in reducing gun violence. The police department has resolved to review future firearm purchases so that it considers manufacturers who employ responsible gun distribution practices.

Gun Violence Aimed at Black Males Triggers Concern. Several new studies confirm what most people have suspected all along: No group is harmed more by gun violence than young Black males.

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to halt Sunnyvale, CA's enforcement of a voter approved ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. The Court denied an emergency request by the NRA to block the city ordinance.

President Obama asks Congress for $182 million to prevent gun violence. The proposals are part of the budget package and include money for gun safety programs, inspections of retailers, research and pilot projects. 

Community Support

The Young Turks The Young Turks, Are You Afraid We Might Shoot You?  Good, Says Pro-Gun Lobbyist. Larry Pratt, Gun Owners of America, is "kinda glad" that politicians are fearful of being shot.

NY Times Editorial, Craven Statehouse Behavior. A Georgia bill would allow a convicted felon who kills someone with an illegally possessed gun to seek justification under the state's Stand Your Ground/Shoot First law.

MarketWatch, 10 Things the Gun Industry Won't Tell You. 1. Owning our product may be hazardous to your health. 2. Fear is good for our bottom line. 3. Guns get special treatment under the law. 4. We want your kids to play with guns.

David Waldman, Daily Kos, GunFAIL LX, Welcome to Hooters! Is that a gun in your pants, or.... An extraordinarily tough week for the kids this time around, with 13 unintentionally shot, and  a number of very young ones among the victims.

Topher McDougal and Robert Muggah, Firearms Industry Benefits from America's Gun Violence. While citizens bear the costs, it is ultimately the manufacturers, retailers, and marketers that profit from the country's tsunami of gun violence.

Maria Ruiz-SantanaCosmopolitan Magazine, I Survived a Campus Shooting. Maria Ruiz-Santana was one of the 26 people shot at Northern Illinois University in 2008. She is now Officer Maria, one of a handful of women on the force.

Media Matters, The New York Times' Tired Political Analysis on Stronger Gun Laws. Since the 1994 election, the media have baselessly claimed that an all-powerful NRA will motivate angry voters to defeat candidates who defy them. But little evidence shows guns are an electoral loser for Democrats.

Sarah Clements and Ronnie Mosley, Generation Progress, Our Generations' Greatest Fight:  A Future Free From Gun Violence. We believe that our generation's struggle, our question longing for an answer, is whether we can succeed in stopping gun violence, in making our communities safer for our own children.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

NRA Tries to Sink Surgeon General Nominee. The NRA is opposing President Obama's nominee for Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, telling Senators they will "score" the vote on Murthy's confirmation. But Media Matters points out what conservatives get wrong in their smear campaign against Dr. Murthy.

► The Arizona House of Representatives spent several hours this week debating five pro-gun bills Democrats say are unnecessary and a waste of time. One bill would allow authorities to charge a person accused of taking someone's gun, but doing so is already a felony offense.

► Wayne LaPierre, Executive VP of the NRA, spoke at the recent conservative convention CPAC. He told the audience that "there is no greater freedom than the right to survive, to protect our families with all the rifles, shotguns and handguns we want."

► NY Daily News reports that a Troy, NY pastor is holding a church raffle for an AR-15-type rifle and the Kentucky Baptist Convention is reaching out to 'unchurched' young men by offering free steak dinners and a chance to win a gun.

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