Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Trading guns for education

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - February 17, 2015

In The News

Guns for Opportunity Boilermakers Local 154, Pittsburgh, PA, is launching "Guns for Opportunity" program to help fight gun violence in the region. Through it, a firearm can be turned in, and in exchange, an individual will receive free training in the union's welding program. "We want to give an incentive to these young guys, to lay down their guns and give them a chance to do something else."

► A new report from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, The Truth About Kids & Guns: 2015, finds that unsafe access to guns in the home is a leading cause of death among U.S. children and teens.  Every day, 48 children and teens are wounded or killed by gunfire.

75 percent of Texas police chiefs responding to survey oppose open carry of handguns. The survey was in response to a bill before the Texas Legislature.  90 percent of respondents said that if open carry passes, a license should be required.

Missouri gun deaths surpass vehicle deaths in 2013, part of national trend.  Motor vehicle deaths have long been the leading nonmedical cause of death across the country.  Latest federal data shows, in Missouri,  firearms proved more deadly, and by a wide margin - 880 to 781.

New concealed weapons Idaho law costs state colleges $3.7 million. With the new law that allows gun on campuses, schools are forced to enhance security. Idaho college campuses will have to pay for that with existing funds.

Number of Illinois concealed carry applicants significantly lower than projected.  There were 91,651 active applications for ccw permits in 2014, the first year ccw permits were allowed. The number is about four times lower than what was estimated.  Nationwide, only about 3% of the population has a ccw permit.

Sandy Hook 'truthers' are abusing victims of the tragedy - but one family is fighting back with a creative legal maneuver. Family members of Victoria Soto, a first-grade teacher killed in Sandy Hook, have applied to trademark her name to prevent conspiracy theorists from misusing it on social media.

Apple's App Store is now enforcing a policy requiring game developers to remove images of guns from their App Store screenshots. Multiple developers have reported that Apple rejected games if they use screenshots that show people holding guns, or being maimed or killed.

Street violence stole his smile, but Marcus Norris is getting it back. In 2006, when Marcus was 9-years-old, he was struck in the upper lip by a stray bullet that ripped through the wall of his Chicago apartment.  Now, thanks to Youth Guidance donations, he will get the dental work he needs to replace his missing teeth. "I want to just see how it feels to smile again," he said. 

Community Support

MTV NewsMTV News, This Is What Happened When I Tracked Every Act of Gun Violence in America for 31 Days. 27-year-old Brendan Brown talks about his website: 'Here are the names, here are the stories.'

Philip Gourevitch, The New Yorker,  The Chapel Hill Massacre Blues. Getting blown away by a neighbor just because he's pissed of at you for some ridiculous reason has become the equivalent of a natural disaster in our country, with our gun culture. We're being told to believe that the vigilante killing of three young Americans is socially and politically meaningless.

Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho, Editorial, The NRA's Imperial Grip on Idaho. Lobbyists hold outmoded power in Idaho, thanks to an amateur Legislature with almost no staff. Special interests write the bills. Legislators just carry them.

New York Times Editorial, Concealed Carry's Body Count. The Violence Policy Center's gathering of just some of the hard facts of gun deaths at the hands of licensed shooters should be received as an alarming check on all the swagger about the woeful phenomenon of more citizens packing more guns.

Daniel WebsterC-Span, Book Discussion. Daniel Webster, director of Johns Hopkins University's Center for Gun Policy and Research, talks about his book, Reducing Gun Violence in America, as part of Book TV's College Series.

Jef Rouner,  Houston, Texas Press,  How my 5-year-old daughter reacted to seeing her first open carry demonstration.  I do not understand why the 2nd Amendment should mean that I have to drive my family through a militia on a Sunday afternoon in a safe neighborhood simply so a few Texans can live-action roleplay with live ammo. My kid is right. It's just stupid.

Danny Westneat, The Columbian, Vancouver, Washington, Legislature's gun ban smack of hypocrisy. If it's so obvious that guns have no place in the statehouse, how is it any less obvious in local city and county council meetings?

Kenyan McDuffie, Washington Post, I am outraged. You should be, too. Everyone should be livid when a minor is murdered, regardless of our socioeconomic status or how far we live from the tragedy. The indifference of adults to the plight of our youth only perpetuates the culture of violence.

Trinity Church David Graham, The Atlantic, Gun violence prevention's biggest advocate: the church? Trinity Church, in Manhattan, wants to turn moral authority into action, taking Walmart to task for selling weapons with high-capacity magazines.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

► Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has introduced the 'concealed-carry reciprocity' bill. that would create a lowest common denominator that makes the weakest state requirements for carrying a loaded, hidden gun in public the law of the land.

Open-carry activists not so open about criminal past.  There's a reason some of the loudest activists want Texas to do away with handgun licenses.  Their past crimes mean they can't get one.

The NRA's diabolical new plan for killing gun laws.  The gun lobby is targeting cities and towns with massive legal fees. Under a new Pennsylvania law, the NRA can sue PA towns and cities and expect them to pay its costs if it wins.

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