Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Are you invested in gun violence?

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - April 29, 2014

In The News
Unload Your 401k Campaign to Unload and States United to Prevent Gun Violence launch a new initiative to defund gun manufacturers: Unload Your 401K. The message: "You might be invested in gun companies and not even realize it." See the powerful video here and then go to the website to look up your 401K. 
►  'Smart' Firearms Draws Wrath of the Gun Lobby.  Belinda Padilla was targeted after trying to market and sell a 'smart' .22-caliber handgun. Gun enthusiasts posted her cellphone number and pictures of her address online.
Republicans Say No to CDC Gun Violence Research. The chair of the appropriations subcommittee that sets CDC funding said he would oppose President Obama's proposal for $10 million in CDC gun research funding.
Gun Checks Miss Millions of Fugitives. USA Today investigative report finds that police departments across the country routinely fail to put the names of people on the run from the law into a national database.
American Journal of Public Health, Kate Prickett et al, State Firearms Laws, Firearm Ownership and Safety Practices Among Families of Preschool-Aged Children finds that safe gun storage behavior and Child Access Prevention laws are most effective in states that have strong firearm legislation overall.
Pawnshop That Sold Gun in Cop Killing Agrees to Report More On Sales  The family of a slain Chicago policeman wins concessions in a lawsuit against the pawn shop. Authorities hope the new requirements will help curb similar illegal gun deals.
Contractor Says Gunfire May Be Four Times As Common As Reported   ShotSpotter, which recognizes the sound of gunfire and alerts police, analyzed its data from 48 cities and found people call 911 to report shots fired in fewer than 1 in 5 events where the system confirmed the discharging of a gun.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a bill that establishes a clear, accountable process for seizing guns from domestic abusers.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would allow concealed guns in government buildings and college campuses and a bill that would punish towns for enacting gun laws more strict than state law.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law legislation that nullifies city gun restrictions and legalizes the open carry of firearms across the state.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law a bill that allows firearms to be carried into schools, bars, churches and government buildings and also bars law enforcement from checking gun permits, which some say nullifies the licensing process.

Community Support
Colbert on BundyThe Colbert Report recaps the news about Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who refused to pay federal grazing fees, and the armed gun enthusiasts from across the country who rushed to his side.
E.J. Dionne, The Gun Supremacists' Folly. Nowhere else in the world do the laws on firearms become the playthings of politicians and lobbyists intent on manufacturing cultural conflict. In the meantime, the nation's unarmed majority might ponder how badly we have failed in asserting our own rights.
Meet the Doctor Who Gave $1 Million of His Own Money to Keep His Gun Research Going. Since Congress pressured the CDC to stop funding research on gun violence, Dr. Garen Wintemute, U.C. Davis, has donated his own money to keep his research going.
► Editorial, St. Louis, Missouri, Post-Dispatch, The Neo-Nazi and the Second Amendment Preservation Act. Every single day the Missouri Legislature spends debating a bill that makes it harder for law enforcement officials to do their jobs is a day they spend making it easier for criminals to do theirs.
Jordan Mathews, U. of Colorado Daily Camera, 15 Years After Columbine: Growing Up in "Just-Another-Shooting" America. I did not really realize the impact living in a gun culture has had on my American peers until I went to study abroad in Spain. I believe the country that we call home has failed my entire generation.
GunlandA new documentary, Gunland, takes an in depth look at Black America and gun violence. Between 1963 and 2010, nearly 60,000 black children and teenagers were killed by guns. Gunland tells these victims' stories.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing
► Media Matters details Who's Who at the NRA Annual Meeting. Part of the focus at the convention is the NRA's push for a nationwide concealed weapons permit.
► Investigative report reveals that David Kopel, national authority on gun policy issues, and his Independence Institute have received over $1.42 million including about $175,000 a year over eight years from the NRA.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

1.5 million U.S. children

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - April 15, 2014

In The News
Monster in the Closet1.5 million U.S. children are living with unlocked, loaded guns. Deaths and injuries from unsecured guns are preventable. Watch and share States United new video, Monster in the Closet. 
►The American College of Physicians, Annals of Internal Medicine Reducing Firearm-Related Injuries and Deaths in the U.S., offers nine strategies to address the societal, medical, and regulatory barriers to reducing gun violence deaths and injuries. ACP recommends that firearm safety be approached as a public health issue so that policy decisions are based on scientific evidence.
► Nearly 100 U.S. Senate and House Democrats are asking President Obama to take executive action to close loopholes to ban imports of military-style firearms. The ban began during the George H.W. Bush administration but was allowed to lapse under President George W. Bush.
► For thesecond time in less than five years President Obama travels to Fort Hood in Texas to honor the memory of U.S. Army soldiers killed in a shooting.  Gunman killed 3, wounded 16 before committing suicide.
► Christian Science Monitor,Why NRA battles courts for right to carry a concealed weapon.  The NRA employs about two dozen in-house lawyers and hires many more outside lawyers fighting to expand the right to carry guns outside the home. So far, federal judges across the country have rejected the NRA's legal challenges.
► St. Louis, Missouri, Public Radio, Dr. Saaid Khojasteh and Dr. David Jaffe contend that when children are exposed to gun violence, it becomes a public health issue. Dr. Jaffe sees gun regulation as akin to regulations put in place for driving or smoking. "We've come, through research, to understand that appropriate regulation is good for the public health."
Lawmakers send letter to U.S. House Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging them to block gun riders included in appropriations bills in recent years that have put prohibitions on gun control research at the CDC and have restricted ATF's ability to require gun dealers to keep inventories.
Champions of ChangeThe White House honored nine Champions of Change who work to prevent gun violence across the nation and advocate for stronger gun laws. Honored were James Johnson, Glenn Garrett Grayson, Jamira Burley,  Mark Barden, Nosheen Hydari, Pamela K. Simon, Sarah Clements, John Woods and Teresa A. Crawford.

Community Support
► Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, The five extra words that can fix the Second Amendment, looks at the effective marketing campaign by the gun lobby that changed the interpretation of the Second Amendment and offers a simple fix.
Cliff Schecter, Daily Beast, Florida's Zombie Apocalypse Gun Bill. In case of riots, emergencies, or World War Z, Florida may throw out all rules on guns. This is crazy, even by Florida standards.
Tim Steller, Arizona Daily Star, In Arizona, if you get scared to death, you can kill the person scaring you. David Mota shot and killed a man who never made any clear physical threat. The man didn't have a gun. In AZ that doesn't matter. Feelings matter. Fears matter. Facts don't matter.
Joanna Zelman, Huffington Post,The One Question I Am Asked in Every Country I Visit. "Why do Americans love guns so much?" When I ask my international friends why they don't own guns, I get blinks of confusion.
Amnesty International At Amnesty International's annual Human Rights Conference, gun violence was one of the 10 issues addressed. "One issue in particular that we're hoping to engage on a greater degree is gun violence and talking about it in a human rights lens," said deputy executive director Cammie Croft.
Chad MacDonald, Quiet Mike,Guns in America: Freedom from the Fear of Firearms. Taking down pro-gun talking points one at a time.
Timothy Johnson, Media Matters, The Gun Is Never the Problem: A Guide to Right-Wing Responses to Mass Shootings. Conservative media rush to blame mental health, video games, a lack of armed people present - anything but the fact that the shooter was able to get a gun.
Trinity ChurchRev. Dr. James H. Cooper, Rector of Trinity Wall Street, New York, fights to include a proposal in Wal-Mart's shareholders proxy asking if Wal-Mart should sell products that are especially dangerous to the public, like high capacity ammunition magazines.
Phillip Morris, The Plain Dealer, Gun companies must play a greater role in stopping the slaughter of innocents. And we must start to ask more about where shooters get their guns.
Lt. Col. Robert Bateman, Esquire, Maybe Our Wallets Can Help Solve Our Gun Problem. The simple solution is not a new law or judicial ruling. It is "voting" with our wallets. Tell every store, every restaurant, "I am never coming back to this store until you ban guns on your property."

What the Gun Lobby is Doing
► Open Carry Texas publicly posted on YouTube the name and phone number of a woman who called Plano, Texas police with concerns after seeing men with assault rifles on the street.
► Think Progress, Stand Your Ground/Shoot First Is About to Get Even Worse in Florida. A bill to extend Stand Your Ground-like protections to those who point a gun at an attacker or fire a gun as a warning has been sent to Gov. Rick Scott. The law is likely to expand immunity for violent conduct and includes a provision to keep Stand Your Ground records secret.
► Media Matters, NRA Picks Reverend Who Blamed Sandy Hook on Secularism to Keynote Prayer Breakfast. Dr. Franklin Graham will lead prayer breakfast at NRA's 2014 annual convention in Indianapolis. Said massacre at Sandy Hook is "what happens when a society turns its back on God."

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Supreme Court rules 9-0 in domestic violence gun possession case

The GVP Report - April 1, 2014

In The News

Supreme Court rulingIn a 9-0 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court strengthened a federal law that bars anyone convicted of domestic violence from possessing a gun.

► In other court rulings, a federal appeals court in California upheld a San Francisco ordinance that requires handgun owners to keep their weapons locked up and a a city code that prohibits the sale of hollow-point bullets. Also, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin judge ruled in favor of two police officers in their lawsuit against Badger Guns. The ruling clears the way for the case to go to trial.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a law that allows a judge to require someone with a history of domestic violence and who is under a restraining order to surrender their guns. Inslee called the bill a sign that "we can do common-sense things here around gun violence."

Pittsburgh pastor Glenn Grayson honored by President Obama as one of the Champions of Change. Rev. Grayson is one of nine grassroots leaders who will be honored for taking critical steps to reduce gun violence in their communities.

► Darryl Levings, Kansas City, Missouri, Star investigative report, Dangerous consequences: Preserve a mental health patient's gun rights, or protect the public? Looks at the struggle to balance privacy and gun rights against public and patient safety. 

► GunCrisis.org, Annual murder and shooting analysis released; Outlines great progress and vast challenges in Philadelphia. 2013 data from the Philadelphia police shows a tremendous gun violence reduction but once again young black men were vastly overrepresented among the continuing victims.

► Media Matters, Florida journalists: Stand Your Ground/Shoot First changes will hurt reporting. Proposed changes to Florida law will make it far more difficult to report on cases involving the controversial Stand Your Ground/Shoot First law.

Community Support

Piers Morgan Piers Morgan concluded his final CNN show with one final plea for stronger gun laws. "Now it's down to you," he said. "It is your country. These are your gun laws. And the senseless slaughter will only end when enough Americans stand together and cry, 'Enough!'"

Pooja Bhatia, Ozy.com, A Well-Regulated Militia. Most Americans support stronger gun laws, but legislation doesn't pass. Cities are looking to do an end run around legislative impasse. Police departments purchase a significant number of guns, why not leverage that buying power to influence the gun industry?

► WTXF-TV, Company Fighting Newark Gun Violence Helps Teen Go To School. Jewelry For A Cause takes guns from the streets of Newark through gun buy backs, melts them down and turns them into bracelets stamped with the serial numbers of the guns from which they came.

Jay Bookman, Atlanta, Georgia Journal-Constitution, A guided tour of 'nation's most extreme gun bill.'  I have to think that many who voted for the bill last week have to be secretly appalled by what they have done, what they lacked the guts to stop. All they knew was that this was a gun bill, and on gun bills you vote yes, without regard to its contents or impact.

Tim Steller, Arizona Daily Star, Protect kids from guns? Arizona legislators won't hear of it. State lawmakers are deep in the weeds of expanding gun rights, but an effort to protect kids from unsecured loaded guns is impossible to even discuss. "Their priorities are all messed up," said one state rep. "I swear we're going to have personhood for guns or voting rights for guns soon."

Guns, Grief and grace documentary project Three-part facilitated discussion series on gun violence in America comes to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The discussion will be held at Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion and will include screening of the three part documentary film Guns, Grief and Grace in America.

Gregory Curfman, M.D. et al, The New England Journal of Medicine, Vivek Murthy for Surgeon General. Dr. Murthy's nomination for surgeon general appears to be in jeopardy. The critical question is this: Should a special-interest organization like the NRA have veto power over the appointment of the nation's top doctor? The very idea is unacceptable.

Tony Norman, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Post-Gazette. Why can't gun lovers handle rational limits? Why aren't gun-rights advocates willing to tolerate rational limits on who can and can't buy guns? I remain mystified by the gun lobby's embrace of virtual anarchy.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

►  Gun Manufacturer Smith & Wesson donates $600,000 to NRA. James Debney, president of Smith & Wesson presented Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA,  with the check during a factory visit. Next year Smith & Wesson employees will have the option of getting an annual NRA membership as a paid employee benefit.

► Think Progress, Why Gun Manufacturers are Embracing Bitcoin. One of the biggest appeals of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin is that funds are virtually untraceable and cloak buyers' identities. This could make illegal gun sales easier and harder to control.

► Tallahassee, Florida, NRA"s Hammer Rips Gov. Scott's Staff Response on Gun Bill. After the Florida National Guard attorney testified against a bill that would allow people without concealed weapons permits to carry guns during forced evacuations prompted by emergencies, such as hurricanes, NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer emailed Gov. Scott's staff, complaining they weren't doing enough to help the NRA backed bill.