Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Guns With History

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - March 31, 2015

In The News

Guns With History Guns With History, a new campaign from States United to Prevent Gun Violence, aims to inform people who are interested in purchasing a gun for safety of the potential risks and unpredictable outcomes. Watch the video then visit the website to find out if a gun will make your life safer.

Annual Review of Public Heath has published a special issue devoted to gun violence prevention and policy. Articles include: Evidence to Guide Gun Violence Prevention in America; The Epidemiology of Firearm Violence in the 21st Century U.S.; and A Public Health Model to Reduce Gun Violence.

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, 2015 State Gun Law Trendwatch rounds up and analyzes the positive and negative legislative trends.

► Recent legislative victories include: Virginia Governor McAuliffee vetoed three irresponsible gun billsMontana Governor Steve Bullock vetoed two gun rights bills; West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed bill to let people carry concealed handguns without permits North Dakota Senate defeated concealed-carry of guns in schools.

National Education Association, neaToday, States Look to Throw Open School Doors to Concealed Weapons.  State lawmakers in nearly 20 states are looking at bills that would allow guns in k12 schools or on college campuses.

► A new poll from Everytown for Gun Safety finds that 88 percent of likely 2016 voters oppose legislation that would allow gun owners to carry their concealed weapons without a permit.

Violence Policy Center new website, Concealed Carry Killers. The evidence is clear that all too often, private citizens use their concealed handguns to take lives, not to save them.

► Just hours after meeting with Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah to discuss Noah's "Rock Your Drop' anti-violence campaign, the manager of Chicago rapper Lil Durk was gunned down.  See Noah's comment on the murder here.

Community Support

Raw Tools Blacksmith Mike Martin beats "swords into plowshares." Through his organization, Raw Tools, Martin turns guns into garden tools. A recent event in Pennsylvania was attended by Penn State students and local religious organizations.

Brian McDowell, The Chanute Tribune, Kansas, Targeting a proposed new gun law.  I don't currently own any firearms and prefer to protect by estate with a baseball bat, three trained attack cats, and a generally warm relationship with local police. I have never felt that not owning a gun has ever left me at risk for anything.

Mike The Gun Guy, Want to take a public health approach to gun violence? Ask the NRA for help. Know why the NRA has been so successful selling the positive utility of guns? Because they have adopted a public health strategy for convincing the public and lawmakers that what they are saying is true.

Charles Topher, IfYouOnlyNews.com, Ammosexual answers to this question shed a true light on American 'Gun Culture' A Facebook page recently posted this question to their fans: I am a gun owner because____. Overwhelmingly the answer was "because I can."

►  Kimberly Yonkers, CNN, The firearms tragedy we forget about. Guns are a particularly effective way to commit suicide. While firearms are the means used in only 10% of suicide attempts, they are fatal more than 95% of the time.

Tampa Bay Times, Florida, Editorial, Public safety sacrificed on altar of NRA. It's been a banner session in Tallahassee for gun zealots and the NRA and a terrible one for common sense and public safety.

National Public Radio, Weekend Edition, William Electric Black tackles gun violence in 5 ambitious plays. Every day, this one shot, that 14-year-old, that 15-year-old, a young girl, basketball star, top-10 in the country just gunned down. So it's just gnawing at me, scratching at me. And I said I have to do something.

Laurie Roberts, The Republic, Phoenix, AZ, Arizona Legislature: felons deserve guns, too. The AZ Legislature is taking steps to ensure that criminals never have to undergo the indignity of a background check before they buy a gun in this state.  A bill would block voters or future Legislatures from requiring background checks.

Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check, I made a joke about guns and a man threatened to assault me. Last weekend I made a joke about a secret gun vaporizer on Twitter and then spent three days reporting the myriad rape and death threats I received over social media.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

In the hunt to be the 2016 GOP pick, top contenders agree on 1 thing: Guns. There are 15 noteworthy contenders for the Republican Party's presidential nomination. Together, they own at least 40 guns.

Glock lawsuit: Gun biz run like the Mob.  Gunmaker Gaston Glock allegedly hired a team to root out embezzlement - then turned on them when they found his own dirty dealings.

Fox claims that FBI report that doesn't cover mass shooting falsified mass shooting data. Fox News relied on claims from discredited gun researcher John Lott to falsely suggest that an FBI report inflated the occurrence of mass shootings, possibly for political reason. The report in question explicitly noted in its introduction, "This is not a study of mass killings or mass shootings."

Secretive group destroys candidates' chances, leaves few fingerprints. NRA-launched Law Enforcement Alliance of America targets state races and has succeeded in helping knock out 12 state-level candidates in 14 years. 

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