Monday, March 2, 2015

Where there are more guns, more women die

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - March 3, 2015

In The News

Azrael interviewDr. Deborah Azrael, Harvard School of Public Health explains what decades of research can tell us about guns, women and myths of self-defense. "What we know is that if a woman is going to be killed by a firearm, she's most likely to be killed by a current or former intimate partner. What we know is where there are more guns, more women die. That's just incontrovertibly true." 

Eight health professional organizations and the American Bar Association stress that "deaths and injuries related to firearms constitute a major public heath problem in the U.S." and issue a call to action.

U.S. District Court Judge upholds California cartridge-microstamp law. The ruling stated that the California law that bans new semiautomatic handguns that don't stamp identifying information on bullet cartridges doesn't violate the Second Amendment because gun owners don't have a right to buy specific types of firearms.

In alarming ruling, Missouri's gun-friendly Constitution now allows felons to possess weapons.  A circuit court judge in St. Louis ruled that Missouri's new constitutional amendment can't prohibit a felon from possessing a gun.

Three years after Trayvon Martin's killing, his mother meets Medgar Evers' widow. Myrlie Evers-Williams and Sybrina Fulton's personal stories are separated by five decades, but these women share parallel lives.

To sell or destroy? Law enforcement agencies weigh fate of seized guns. After a confiscated gun auctioned off by the Duluth Police Department was used in a New Hope City Hall shooting, police departments are reassessing the risks of returning seized guns to the public rather than destroying them.

How Jonathan Hutson, Brady Campaign, used a Twitter account to stop a homegrown terrorist in his tracks.  After Hutson notified the authorities, 28-year-old David Lenio, who threatened to kill school children and Jews, was arrested by FBI and local Montana police.

Community Support

Voices From Within Dan Slepian, TEDxSingSing. "Voices From Within" project is a video and education initiative that uniquely addresses the epidemic of gun violence directly through the voices of inmates living with the consequences of their deadly choices.

Jeffrey Swanson and Paul Appelbaum, Angry and Armed: A Lethal Combination. A Harvard study estimates that over 10 percent of the adult population in the U.S. exhibits impulsive angry behavior and has firearms at home. A smaller proportion are angry and carry guns outside the home.

Brian Hicks, Charleston, SC Post & Courier, Stick to your guns, South Carolina - and take them away from abusers. This week the SC state Senate passed legislation to ramp up penalties for people convicted of criminal domestic violence - including taking away their guns for up to 10 years. Now we just have to hope that the state House shows as much common sense.

Gail Collins, New York Times, A Gun on Every Corner. A permit to carry a concealed weapon from Mississippi is concrete proof of the owner's ability to fill out an application. In Virginia, you can take an online course.

Mike Weisser, Mike the Gun Guy,  Why 'armor-piercing' bullets are flying off the shelves. The ATF is proposing a ban on the manufacture of certain bullets that can penetrate body armor worn by police.

Katherine DeHayes Brandy Zadrozny, Daily Beast, Florida Shooter: I Killed A Pregnant Woman. Don't Jail Me. In an exclusive interview, the man who shot and killed a pregnant woman and her unborn baby last summer says his life has been "hell" since the incident. He has considered suicide and has gotten rid of every gun he owns.

Renee Graham, Boston Globe, The Gun in the Nightstand. When I was 12 I found my father's gun. It's stunning to consider how easily I could have killed someone, shattering their loved ones, and leaving my own family in ruins. The simple fact is that an unsecured gun in a household with children is an invitation to tragedy.

Sharon Panitch, VT Digger, Gun Hearing Gives Disturbing Lesson. While at the Statehouse to testify for background checks someone in hunter orange walked by my 10-year-old daughter and her friend in their GunSense t-shirts and made the comment, "Nice shirt, girls. Hope they're bulletproof."  And I was told that I should be tried for treason.

Dr. Chana Sacks, New England Journal of Medicine, In Memory of Daniel - Reviving Research to Prevent Gun Violence.  As a hurting cousin and as a determined physician, I believe there is a path to better understanding and to reducing firearm-related violence.

Anne Skomorowsky, Columbia University Medical Center, You think your drunk college-age daughters are bad with their iPhones? Imagine them with guns. Lawmakers who argue guns in the hands of college women will prevent rape reveal their ignorance of the circumstances around college sexual assault, which typically occurs between people who know each other and is often complicated by alcohol and drugs.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

Inside the conservative campaign to stop cops from enforcing federal gun laws. Conservative lawmakers in at least 11 states are pushing legislation that would prevent state law enforcement from enforcing some or all federal gun restrictions.

► Conceal Carry Travel USA has launched a website to allow people to search for businesses that welcome concealed carry permit holders and their loaded, hidden weapons.

National Rifle Association donations soar to $96.4 million, up 11.5%, after Newtown school massacre. According to IRS filings, in 2013 contributions and grants to the NRA increased by 11.5% and its total revenue increased by 35.8% to $348 million.

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