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."

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