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.

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