Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Success stories you might not have heard

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - January 6, 2015

In The News

Success stories MSNBC looks at gun violence prevention success stories you haven't heard. Stories include: confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy as U.S. surgeon general, $73 million to improve the NICS background check system and a variety of state legislation that strengthens gun laws.

10 Newtown families sue Bushmaster, gun distributor and seller for wrongful death. The lawsuit reads, "In order to continue profiting from the sale of AR-15s, defendants chose to disregard the unreasonable risks the rifle posed outside of specialized, highly regulated institutions like the armed forces and law enforcement. Plaintiffs seek nothing more and nothing less than accountability for the consequences of that choice."

2014 saw a continued decline in murders in America's big cities even as the number of shootings were on the rise. In the 10 cities with the highest number of murders, 6 saw a significant drop in the murder rate while 2 showed significant increases.

► The number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms in the U.S. in 2014 jumped by 56 percent compared to 2013.  This included 15 ambush assaults. The states with the most officer deaths were California, Texas and New York.

► A new study in JAMA Psychiatry by Joseph Simonetti et al, finds that U.S. teens report easy access to firearms, even when they have mental health problems that put them at an increased risk of suicide. The study notes that firearms are the second most common means of suicide among adolescents and calls for strategies to decrease firearm access in this age group.

► A new study in American Journal of Public Health, Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms, by Jonathan Metzl and Kenneth MacLeish, reviews some central assumptions that frequently arise in the aftermath of mass shootings.

ChartMother Jones puts Garen Wintemute's new study, The Epidemiology of Firearm Violence in the Twenty-First Century U.S., into handy charts and Q&A format to answer such questions as: which kills more Americans, guns or cars?; and  at what age do gun suicides and gun homicides kill the most people? 

► Media Matters discusses what the media isn't saying about support for stronger gun laws in articles hyping a controversial polling question in the recent Pew Research Center gun rights survey.

► People Magazine, Shot by a middle school classmate, Kendal Sanders rebuilds her life - and forgives.  Last January, Kendal, then 13, was shot by a 12-year-old classmate at school in New Mexico.  "He did something that's going to continuously, for the rest of my life, challenge me," she says. "And after he gets out, he's done. But I'm never going to be completely normal, like everyone else."

Community Support

NewtownAdam Gopnik, The New Yorker, The Newtown Lawsuit and the Moral Work of Gun Control. The filed complaint is worth reading in full, not only because of the unbelievable suffering and cruelty it details on that terrible morning but also because it offers an indisputable argument: the gun manufacturer is guilty of having sold a weapon whose only purpose was killing a lot of people in a very short time.

Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho, editorial: Guns, Deaths and the NRA.  It's time for a real conversation about guns in America, one that's been silenced for too long. Guns are dangerous, even if the gun industry's primary mouthpiece refuses to admit it.

William Parkinson, The Sentinel, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Concealed-Carry's Tragic Toll. When all this concealed-carry nuttiness reaches its end, when otherwise intelligent people discover they've been hoodwinked by the firearms industry, maybe, just then, we all can breathe a touch easier.

FreakOutNation, The NRA's Most Insane Moments of 2014. Yes, We Shortened the Very Long List. When the whole "let's give Santa a bowl full of bullets for Christmas" debacle happened, it was just one of many slippery slopes the NRA fell down in 2014.

Mike the Gun Guy, Want To Get Shot With Your Own Gun? Carry It Concealed. There is not a single, credible study which validates the idea that using a gun to defend yourself against a criminal attack is any better than other ways, such as running away, or calling the cops.

Mike Kelly, North Jersey Record, Access to guns again is focus in tragedy's aftermath. There are many disturbing threads to be examined in the story of the assassination-style murders of NY police officers Ramos and Liu. But the story of how Brinsley managed to obtain a handgun could turn out to be the least surprising.

Eleanor Bader, Truthout, Book Review, The Last Gun: How Changes in the Gun Industry are Killing Americans and What It Will Take to Stop It, by Tom Diaz.

USA Today editorial, Amid Court Secrecy, Guns Continued to Kill. Remington finally proposes settling nationwide class action suits by installing new triggers in some rifles.

Sabrina Siddiqui, How the NRA Lost Its Battle To Defeat Vivek Murthy as Obama's Surgeon General. In a final appeal to their colleagues, Senators Blumenthal and Murphy asked what about Murthy's statements on gun violence was inaccurate. "Dr. Murthy is right. Gun Violence is a problem that this country should be addressing," Murphy said.

Michael A. Cohen, The Boston Globe, Three Ways to Increase Gun Safety in the Home. Every day there resides among Americans a clear and present danger - millions of guns, many purchased for home protection that are having the exact opposite effect.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

► Frontline: Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA, explores the NRA's history, political evolution and influence. 

Texas Gun Slingers Police the Police. In Arlington, Texas, armed open-carry activists are challenging cops as they do their jobs, in escalating confrontations.

'Machine Gun America' Theme Park Opens in Orlando. Kids as young as 13 can shoot high-powered automatic machine guns at the attraction which unashamedly romanticizes violence.

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