Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In Newtown, healing comes slowly

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - September 30, 2014

In The News

Sandy Hook Politico reports on how in Newtown, healing comes slowly. As the two-year anniversary of the deadly shooting approaches, students and staff in the school district still struggle with the sense that school is an unsafe place, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, and grief.

A U.S. District Court judge upheld Highland Park, Illinois' ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. The judge ruled that the ban does not violate the Second Amendment.

Democrats not "shying away from guns" in Colorado district. During last year's CO state senate recall elections, political consultants decided the risk/benefit to "engaging the gun issue" wasn't worth it. But pretending there's no 800-pound gorilla in the room is not a good strategy. Mailer starts to undo this thinking.

Jersey City, New Jersey to award contract for weapons and ammunition under new innovative policy using the city's purchasing power clout.  Bidders had to answer questions regarding how they handle firearms they purchase back from the city, questions about assault weapons and whether they agree not to sell certain firearms to civilians.

► NPR report To Counter Gun Violence, Researchers Seek Deeper Data.  There are big gaps in what gets reported and what doesn't when it comes to gun violence. The CDC has begun offering grants to states to expand the National Violent Death Reporting System.

FBI report New FBI analysis of "active shooter" situations from 2000 through 2013 shows a rise in incidents. The study found an average of six incidents per year from 2000 through 2006. The number rose to 16 incidents annually in the past seven years. Click here to read full report.

► A new report from BMJ Open finds that firearm-related deaths are twice as high among African-Americans compared with whites. The study correlates gun-related deaths to ethnicity and groups the statistics into state-specific categories. Click here to read the full report.

Daniel Webster, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, talk at TedMed 2014,America's Path to Fewer Gun Deaths. Our standards for legal gun ownership are too low and our laws are too weak to hold individuals accountable if they put guns into the hands of criminals.

Olympia, Washington convicted felon was buying and selling guns on Facebook with little trouble, federal prosecutors contend.  Michael Joanen was able to deal in guns for months before federal investigators caught wind.

Community Support

Bob Costas Bob Costas on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.  In what O'Donnell calls   the best defense of gun safety laws, Costas makes a strong case for stronger gun laws.

Kay Campbell, Alabama Media Group, 'Jesus was not a member of the NRA;' no biblical grounds for emphasis on self-defense."It's hard to articulate a strong Biblical case for a heavily armed society," said one of the panelists on "God and Guns" at the Religion Newswriters conference. "That's not Biblical reasoning; that's cultural reasoning."

Hunter, Daily Kos, Sen. Mark Pryor backstabbed his state for the NRA.  It got him nothing. Last year Pryor (D-AR) voted with the NRA against background checks. The NRA just announced a $1.3 million ad buy supporting his Republican opponent in the upcoming election.

Art exhibitGuns in the Hands of Artists  is a new exhibit at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana. It features works from 30 artists from across the country.

Nicholas Kristof, New York Times, Stranger Danger and Guns. "I may have been a fool for trying to reclaim my phone. But we're all idiots for accepting a society where knocking on a door is a deadly risk."

Harmon Leon, Cracked.com, 5 Terrifying Things I Learned While Buying Guns on Facebook. Most people agree that in a perfect world, there'd be a few obstacles in between, say, a disturbed teen and a brand-new assault rifle. But here's what we found instead.

BET Hip Hop AwardsAllHipHop partnered with the League of Young Voters and Snoop Dogg to bring their gun violence prevention campaign #NoGunsAllowed to the 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards red carpet in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tom Sullivan, Huffington Post,The Midterm Election in Aurora, Colorado Where My Son Was Shot Must Address Gun Control. Our children's lives and our communities are at risk. Let the politicians in Washington know that enough is enough. We will work for change, with or without them.

Peace Tournament NBA Stars Fight Gun Violence with Basketball at Chicago Church. St. Sabina Parish hosts the third annual Peace Tournament.  NBA All-Star Joakim Noah,  NBA legend Isiah Thomas and others helped with the event.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

► Washington Post, The NRA's over-the-top ad stretches the facts with its images. Fact Checker gives a new ad airing in Louisiana against Senator Mary Landrieu Four Pinocchios (factual whoppers).

► Wicomico County, Maryland Sheriff Mike Lewis told a local tv station,  "Who am I to tell them they shouldn't have a magazine with 30 rounds behind the door when some thug is trying to break into their home?" The Maryland Attorney General responded by saying, "If a sheriff takes an oath to defend the laws in Maryland, then that sheriff has taken an oath to defend this gun law."

► Larry Pratt, Gun Owners of America, tells interviewer that Democratic lawmakers are rightly afraid of being shot by gun owners because "that's what the Second Amendment is all about."

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