Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How the NRA rewrote the Second Amendment

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - May 27, 2014

In The News

Michael Waldman bookMichael Waldman, How the NRA rewrote the Second AmendmentThe Founders never intended to create an unregulated individual right to a gun. Today, millions believe they did. Here's how it happened. (This article is adapted from Waldman's new book The Second Amendment: A Biography).

Democrats push to restart CDC funding for gun violence research. New legislation would increase CDC funding from zero dollars to $10 million. The NRA calls the push "unethical" and an "abuse of taxpayer funds."

A federal judge upheld Washington D.C.'s tough gun registration laws, finding that the regulations crafted in response to the landmark D.C. v. Heller Supreme Court decision "pass constitutional scrutiny."

Spitting, Stalking, Rape Threats: How Gun Extremists Target Women. Mark Follman, Mother Jones, explores the dark side of America's war over guns. Also see his follow-up story, No, the Spitting Attack on a Paralyzed Mom Was Not a Hoax.

WMC News report WMC News, Memphis, Tennessee, Guns in day care experiment teaches lifelong lessons to both kids and their parents. News investigators partnered with a day care owner, police and a local hospital to start a conversation that could save your child's life.

Why Don't We Know How Many People Are Shot Each Year in America?Doctors and researchers have been advocating for better gun injury data for decades. But fierce political battles over gun violence research has meant that we still don't know basic facts.

Unfinished receivers, a gun part that is sold separately, lets some people get around laws. The metal piece that holds the critical mechanisms that allow guns to fire are unregulated and readily available online, enabling people to build an assault rifle themselves.

Jersey City, NJ is the first municipality in the nation to require gun companies that supply its police department with weapons to disclose more about their business practices.  Questions include how firms dispose of old weapons and comply with background check laws.

All In with Chris Hayes, Guns in America. Hayes debates Richard Feldman, a former NRA lobbyist and talks with Michael Waldman, Brennan Center for Justice, about the history of gun laws in America.

Community Support

Cliff Schecter, The Daily Beast, How the Gun Nuts Try to Excuse Away the Santa Barbara Slaughter - and Why They're All Wrong. As terrible as this was, it could hae been much worse if he had been able to buy an assault weapon and high-capacity magazine. 

Mark O'Mara, CNN legal analyst,I'm a gun owner and I want gun control. We have a problem with gun violence in this country. I think this much is not in dispute The real debate is this: What do we do about it?

Mark Heisler, Forbes contributor, America 2014: Waiting to Hear If Your Daughter is Among Victims of Latest Mass Shooting. You read these stories all the time. Mass shooting. Community-wide horror. Here's one you don't ever want to have to do: I google "UCSB shooting victims" with our daughter's name.

truth-o-meterTampa Bay Times, Florida, PunditFact, Gun advocate Larry Pratt says 'smart guns' fail 20 percent of the time. The scientists who conducted that research say Pratt's citation is misapplied. Even more, their research is a decade old and they say technology has changed since then.

John Feinblatt, New York Daily News op-ed, Death rides the Iron Pipeline. Georgia's lax gun laws help criminals here kill. All 155 of the weapons recovered recently by the NYPD came from one place: Georgia. 90% of all crime-related guns recovered in NYC come from out of state. From states like Georgia with lax gun laws.

Matt Grossman, Sunlight Foundation guest author, Money Can't Buy You The NRA. In the history of major policy change it is nearly always a slow, arduous process of internal coalition building between interest groups, legislators and administrators.

Deborah Rogers & Howard Segal, Bangor Daily News, Maine op-ed, Campus lifestyles, easy access to guns: A cocktail for violence at US colleges. The age of onset of some severe psychiatric conditions, turbulent university life, pressure to do well academically and to fit in socially may "trigger" mental illness for the vulnerable.

Qudsia Raja, YWCA USA, To Keep Women Healthy, We Must Protect Them From Gun Violence. If you're a woman in the U.S., you're more likely to die at the hands of a gun than in any other developed nation in the world.

Brandy Zadrozny, Pediatricians take on the NRA over gun safety. Over the past three decades, the American Academy of Pediatrics has been an outspoken voice on the issue of gun control, a position that has landed it on the NRA's list of enemies.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

California Congressional Candidate Sends Pro-Gun Robocall Hours After Deadly Mass Shooting. Republican Congressional candidate Tony Strickland, who used to represent Santa Barbara as a state senator,  sent hundreds of robocalls touting his endorsement by the NRA one day after the UCSB shooting.

Open Carry Texas tells its members "to cease taking long arms into corporate businesses unless invited." This comes after incidents at Jack in the Box and Chipotle. For more information about the men who took their assault rifles into a Dallas Chipotle go here.

Friendly Fire. Vivek Murthy, nominee for surgeon general, earned the ire of the NRA, and the NRA scared off the necessary rump of Democrats. 

Fox chief investigative reporter, Emily Miller, fabricates Hillary Clinton quote "Nobody should have guns" and "there's too many guns." In fact, Clinton expressed the opposite sentiment, referencing "the right of people to own guns."

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Media fails when it comes to reporting on new gun laws

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - May 13, 2014

In The News

Tacking State Gun LawsA new report from Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Tracking State Gun Laws, finds recent media narratives on new state gun laws are far from accurate. And that 8 states have made very significant changes to strengthen gun regulation while only 4 states have enacted laws that significantly weakened gun regulation.

States Move to Keep Guns Out of the Hands of Domestic Abusers. Lawmakers in Minnesota and Louisiana overwhelmingly passed bills this month barring people convicted of domestic violence from possessing or purchasing guns.

Chris Hayes reportsChris Hayes, MSNBC, reports on the gun the NRA doesn't want sold. There is a legal, smart firearm that could be a game-changer for gun safety. And thanks to the NRA, you can't buy it.

Waseca, Minnesota, Dad Agonizes Over Son's Dark Side. David LaDue questions himself about the signs he might have missed after his son is charged with plotting to kill his family and massacre as many people as he could with bombs and guns at the local junior and senior high school.

► New report from Center for American Progress, Oil and Gas Industry Investments in the NRA and Safari Club International: Reshaping American Energy, Land and Wildlife Policy, looks at how the growing influence of the oil and gas industry is influencing the NRA to lobby against American land and wildlife conservation.

Montana killing: Deadly clash of teenage mischief, pot and self-defense?The killing of a German exchange student renews international criticism of US 'stand your ground/shoot first' self-defense laws. 

How Chicago is using psychotherapy to fight crime - and winning. The program is called Becoming a Man and consists of weekly sessions with groups of no more than 15 high school boys.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to consider a challenge to New Jersey law that restricts most residents from carrying concealed handguns in public The court lets stand a lower court ruling upholding the law that requires citizens prove a "justifiable need" to carry a gun in public.

Community Support

Turning guns into symbol of peace Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC, Using art to turn guns into a symbol of peace. Ryan Feeney, an Indianapolis firefighter and artist  is using guns to sculpt a dove shaped memorial for homicide victims using more than 150 confiscated guns.

Philip Cook and Kristin Goss, The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know. This new book thoroughly covers the latest research, data and developments on gun ownership, gun violence, the firearms industry and the regulation of firearms.

Michael Vincent, Australian news correspondent, No Sense in US Gun Violence, can't understand "why no one in this country is shocked that a child not only has access to a gun but will use it to take a life."

Heather Digby Parton, Salon.com,"Look at my gun!" Why NRA's scary "open carry" craze is not about freedom. Freedom for a man with a gun trumps freedom for parents of kids who feel endangered by him. Our scary new reality.

The Daily ShowJon Stewart, The Daily Show, Gunny Delight, examines the notion that guns are part of the solution to current cultural disagreements. No matter what the question, the answer is always "that's why you need a gun."

Saul Cornell, Fordham University, History and 'Heller': The Past as a Two-Edged Sword. In D.C. v. Heller, Justice Scalia engaged in a revisionist exercise, rewriting history to further his ideological agenda. Heller's misuse of history borders on the scandalous.

Joe Henderson, The Tampa, Florida Tribune,For NRA, even minor setback means war.  After the state Senate votes down an NRA backed bill, their lobbyist attacks the Florida Sheriffs Association that testified against the bill.

Jeff Beer, Fast Company, Are Your Retirement Investments Helping Gun Companies?  A new psa can tell you and help you get your money out.

David Frum, The Atlantic, Why gun-rights backers win while other conservative causes lose. The NRA offers an outlet for the right's cultural anxieties that is clothed in a populist message of empowerment.

Chad MacDonald, Quiet Mike, John Lott: The Key to Defeating Gun Lobbies. We need to silence the man most responsible for the misinformation being spread about gun control.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

►  Gun bans in state Capitols but not bars draw cries of hypocrisy. The push to permit guns in more public areas largely ends at the doors of America's statehouses.

The NRA just created its own Netflix to convince young people that guns are cool. The NRA would like you to meet Colion Noir. He's the host of their new show which premieres May 11 on NRA Freestyle. This is just one of the new shows the NRA plans to launch.

6 Crazy Campaign Ads with Candidates Shooting Guns at Things. These six candidates decided it was important to let the voting public know that in addition to their other qualifications, they're also pretty handy with guns. 

► Missouri House passed a bill to allow more individuals to use deadly force in self-defense. Unlike Stand Your Ground/Shoot First laws, the basis for this bill is not fear of imminent death or great bodily harm but rather protecting against "unlawful entry."  The bill could allow babysitters, bar patrons and shoppers to use deadly force.