Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Arkansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming universities agree - No Guns on Campus

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - October 14, 2014

In The News

Oklahoma college presidents More than half of Oklahoma's public college presidents went to the state Capitol to tell lawmakers "placing guns on campus would be a serious mistake."   For the second consecutive year, governing boards of Arkansas' universities voted unanimously to prohibit carrying of guns on their campuses. The Faculty Senate at the University of Wyoming also solidified its position against guns on campus.

California Governor Jerry Brown signs 'gun violence restraining order' law.  The new law allows family members to petition a judge to temporarily remove guns from those at risk of committing gun violence.

► A new study, The Relationship Between Gun Ownership and Stranger and Non-stranger Firearm Homicides, Michael Siegel, MD et al, finds that states with higher gun ownership have a higher incidence of non-stranger firearms homicides - disputing the claim that gun ownership deters violent crime.

Brady memorial Jim Brady remembered as a champion for gun safety.  Vice President Joe Biden was among the many who spoke at the memorial service for Brady who died in August at the age of 73. Biden praised Brady as an example of turning tragedy into action.

Using data to combat gun violence. Experts explain how data from social network maps, acoustic sensors and research can be used in the fight against gun violence.

► Under the Defense Department giveaway program even an Ozarks coroner gets surplus military guns. The coroner's office obtained a .45-caliber pistol, an M-16 rifle and a Humvee. The White House has ordered a review of the controversial program.

► Jurors found Michael Dunn guilty of first-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Dunn shot into an SUV full of teenagers following a squabble over loud music.

OpenSecrets.org looks at the money gun violence prevention groups and pro-gun groups are spending in the 2014 election cycle at the federal, state and local level. 

2014 National Vigil for All Gun Violence Victims

National VigilPlease join in the second annual  National Vigil for All Gun Violence Victims.

To host a vigil in your state click here. To attend the Thursday, December 11th vigil at the National Cathedral in D.C. click here.  To upload a photo of a loved one lost to gun violence click here. To apply for a special stipend to go to D.C. click here.  To make a donation to support the vigil click here.

Community Support

The EmbassyAs part of the Prospect.3 international art festival in New Orleans, avant-garde art curator Kirsha Kaechele's project, "The Embassy", will includea $100,000 "no questions asked" gun buy-back program combined with a free recording studio in a converted car wash.

Frank Strier, Salon.com, How pediatricians are taking on the NRAAs more kids in the U.S. die from guns than cancer, the NRA is fighting basic safety measures.  Now doctors are pushing back.

Beth Messersmith, MomsRising.org, Lessons mothers have learned in the year since North Carolina relaxed gun laws. Perhaps most importantly we've learned that we can advocate sensible laws that protect our children, families, neighbors. We can hold our N.C. elected officials accountable for protecting the public's safety.

Roland S. Martin, Daily Beast, Where the hell is the surgeon general?  We've got an Ebola crisis on our hands - and no surgeon general to deal with it. Blame the NRA, but Obama and the Senate Democrats, too.

I pledgeOctober 22nd is the Day of National Concern about Young People and Gun Violence. Students across the country are taking the Student Pledge Against Gun Violence. As part of this effort, 64 schools and over 27,000 students in the Eastern District of Louisiana will participate in the Student Pledge event.

Heather Digby Parton, Salon.com, Why "open carry" groups don't get police brutality. Open carry people should realize that nice white men openly carrying firearms on the street aren't being gunned down on sight by police. It's unarmed black men and unarmed mentally ill people of all races who are being gunned down.

Alec MacGillis, New Republic,Democrats who stand with the NRA win nothing. In fact, two of them just might lose this fall. Two Democrats who voted against background checks are up for reelection this year, the NRA turns against senator from Arkansas and doesn't endorse in the race in Alaska.

Richard Martinez, special to the Sacramento Bee, Passage of gun bills shows NRA isn't invincible. After my son was killed, I very publicly declared that "not one more" child should die of senseless gun violence. That's why I committed myself to fighting for stronger gun laws.

WiriadjajajGunshot victim takes a selfie a day to document his healing. Antonius Wiriadjaja was shot walking to the subway. Now he wants you to see how long and hard the healing process is.  He was in a coma for four days and in physical therapy for seven months. But says he was incredibly lucky that day, he survived relatively unscathed.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

Glock family goes down, guns blazing. Helga Glock, ex-wife to the gun industry's tycoon, filed a lawsuit in Atlanta federal court. The complaint accuses the gun manufacturer of a racketeering scheme that spanned decades and the globe.

"They've got us hogtied": Inside the gun lobby's strategy conference. Media Matters reports on the Gun Rights Policy Conference. One speaker warned, "the Bloomberg people know gun groups will never support background check legislation, so they can knock our teeth out and there's nothing we can do about it."

For a mere $1,200, you can now outfit an army with as many working AR-15s as you want. A pro-gun advocate has invented a 3-D printer that will allow amateur gunsmiths to create AR-15 assault rifles without serial numbers. The developer commented that "this is a way to jab at the bleeding hearts."