Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Loaded With Lead

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - October 28, 2014

In The News

Loaded with LeadSeattle Times three-part investigative report, Loaded With Lead,  examines lead hazards at shooting ranges nationwide. Part 1: Lead poisoning is a major threat at America's shooting ranges;  Part 2: Bellevue shooting range poisoned dozens; Part 3: Young shooters at risk. At a shooting club in Vancouver, WA, 20 youngsters tested positive for lead overexposure.

Rate of Mass Shootings Has Tripled Since 2011. Scholars from Harvard School of Public Health and Northeastern University analyze three decades of data and find that in 2011 the U.S. entered a new period in which mass shootings are occurring more frequently. 

Minneapolis, Minnesota police are at the forefront of new gun ID technology.  They are using the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network to match bullets to crimes around the city.

► Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder laments the inability to enact stronger gun laws.  "The thought that we could not translate that horror [of the Newtown shooting] into reasonable gun safety measures that were supported by the vast majority of the American people is for me something that I take personally as a failure and something that I think we as a society should take as a failure, a glaring failure, that I hope will ultimately be rectified."

Want to play cop? This town will sell you a badge and a gun permit. The police chief in the village of Oakley, Michigan has started an auxiliary police program.  $1,200 for a uniform, bullet-proof vest and gun, plus some additional donations to the police department will get you a police badge and the right to carry a gun almost anywhere in the state.

#ProtectAllWomen Is Your State Acting to #ProtectAllWomen? New interactive website from Americans for Responsible Solutions, Everytown, Generation Progress, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Washington, D.C. to begin accepting first applications in decades for concealed-firearm permits. Move comes after federal judge's ruling striking down the District's long-standing concealed-carry ban.

► After the shooting at the National War Memorial and Parliament in Ottawa, Canada, a look at how gun control works in Canada. Canada's laws are meaningfully stronger than those in the U.S.

2014 National Vigils for All Gun Violence Victims

National VigilPlease join us this December for the second annual  National Vigils for All Gun Violence Victims.

To host an event 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

Eric Liu, Citizen University, Gun Violence Isn't Somebody Else's Problem It is not normal, in a civilized nation, to have over 30,000 gun deaths a year.  Somebody's child was killed Friday because that child went to school. Somebody has to do something about it. In ways full of both risk and responsibility, you are that somebody.

Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, a coalition of prosecutors from across the country, gathered for the first time in Atlanta to discuss ways to fight gun violence.

Sojourners Sojourners, Faith in Action for Social Justice, new study guide, Elevating the Issues: Gun Violence. Complements videos from The 2014 Sojourners Summit and features articles from Sojourners magazine and God's Politics blog. For use with small study groups or individual study.

Ellen Painter Dollar, Patheos, It's Still a No Brainer for Christians to Support Gun Law Reform. Jesus had a lot to say (and show) about vulnerability, fear, self-protection and violence - and it wasn't "arm yourself."

Cliff Schecter, Daily Beast, The Fear About Things That Won't Kill Us Is Killing Us. Scare-mongering by opportunistic politicians and media are hiding the real killer in our midst: the pervasiveness of guns, which kills up to 30,000 Americans every year.

Scott Van Pelt, One Big Thing, ESPN Radio. Van Pelt  reacts to the recent tragic events in Canada and wonders what would happen if here in the U.S. we reacted the same way every time someone was shot and killed.

Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, When selling guns to felons is no problem, that's a problem. Even the experience of mistakenly selling assault rifles to an eight-time felon isn't enough to convince some gun enthusiasts of the need for background checks.

Brilliance How about a story where jewels, love and humor defeat the guns?!  An American and Australian team up to make a film,  Brilliance,  that comments on the senselessness of gun violence.

Gary Legum,, Liberal lawmaker owns a gun and favors gun control. Impossible!  We feel we must once again point out that owning a gun is not incompatible with advocating for laws that would hold gun owners legally responsible for any mayhem someone might commit with that gun.

Mike Weisser, Mike the Gun Guy, Missouri is the latest state to prohibit doctors from talking about guns. The real reason the gunnies want to push physicians out of the discussion about gun violence is that they want to disconnect gun ownership from violence to make guns more acceptable, more enjoyable, more normal.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

Cerberus said it would stay out of the gun debate.  Why are executives it appointed fighting gun safety laws?  The company said it would sell a gun manufacturing conglomerate called Freedom Group, but now executives are helping to finance anti-gun-control ads in Connecticut.

► Media Matters reports Dana Loesch's new book, Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America, botches quotes from the Founding Fathers.

Open Carry gun extremists march through downtown St. Louis, Missouri with handguns and assault rifles to put a new Missouri gun law to the test.  A counter protest was held by members of Amnesty International.

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