Tuesday, April 28, 2015

What does gun violence really cost?

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - April 28, 2015

In The News

Cost of gun violence Mother Jones investigative report asks What Does Gun Violence Really Cost?  How much care would the survivors of gun violence and the victims' families need? What are the effects on the broader community and how far out would those costs ripple? Take a look at the documented stories of eight survivors and some of the prices paid. Then look to see who pays the most for America's $229 billion a year in gun carnage and find out how much money does gun violence cost in your state?

Families steel themselves for the trial of the Aurora theater killer in Colorado. The trial is expected to be one of the longest and most emotionally wrenching criminal trials in a state touched by mass shootings. Some victims' family members have vowed to stay away, others are planning to be at the courthouse as much as they can bear.

U.S. appeals court upholds Highland Park, Illinois' assault weapons ban. The 2-to-1 decision concluded the 2013 ban does not violate the Second Amendment, saying municipalities ought to have leeway in decided how to regulate firearms.

Oregon teacher terrified by surprise "active shooter" drill in schoolhouse files federal lawsuit. The elementary school teacher was sitting at her desk when a man dressed in a black hoodie and goggles burst through the door, leveled a pistol at her face and pulled the trigger.

Insurance risks of guns on campuses not addressed by lawmakers. Legislators in Nevada and elsewhere do not consider providing funding to state universities if insurance costs rise after approval of legislation allowing guns on campuses.

Police in New York state learn new strategy to reduce gun violence. Studies show most shootings in cities involve only about 1 percent of the young men in a city's most dangerous neighborhoods.  The new strategy deals directly with that 1 percent.

When a gun is not a gun. An analysis of shootings by Philadelphia police officers found fifteen percent of those shot were unarmed and in half of these cases, an officer reportedly misidentified a "nonthreatening object or movement" as a weapon.  Some of this could be due to a psychological phenomenon called "affective realism": the tendency of your feelings to influence what you see.

Community Support

U Fine?Sienna Burnett, performs at 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.  "U Fine?" is a powerful commentary on guns and shootings in our nation and a mother's concern for her daughter's safety.

► Amanda Gailey, New Republic, Why Americans Don't Treat Fatal Gun Negligence as a Crime. Every year many gun owners unintentionally cause death and injury yet face no legal consequences. In criminal and civil courts, the legal system often fails to hold negligent gun owners accountable for such harm.

David Hemenway, Harvard University, There's Scientific Consensus on Guns -- and the NRA Won't Like It. Can reporters please stop pretending that scientists, like politicians, are evenly divided on guns? We're not.  Researchers agree guns make our society more dangerous.

Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, launches a yearlong initiative, Confronting the Public Health Implications of Gun Violence.  The program will explore what we know, what we need to know and what to do.

► Tim Johnson, Media Matters, Will the Media Report on the NRA's Second Consecutive High-Profile Nomination Defeat?  The failure of the NRA to stop the confirmation of two Obama nominees - Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch - offers evidence that the NRA does not always get its way in Congress.

After the Shooting After the Shooting - students, journalists and members of the Chapel Hill, North Carolina  community respond to the murders of three Muslim students.  The interactive website aims to elevate the conversation and look deeply at the factors contributing to this shooting.

Joel Kendrick, Flaglerlive,Responsible Gun Owner? Then Break-up with the NRA and Its Irresponsible Distortions. The NRA skews facts on self-defense and leans on its allies in Congress to gag gun violence research. It's essentially made ignorance the basis for garnering support from its members.

► Bridget Kuehn, Journal of the American Medical Association, Battle Over Florida Legislation Casts a Chill Over Gun Inquiries. Physicians have cause for concern about guns in patients' homes. Yet  the ability of Florida doctors to continue routine inquiries about guns in the home without the fear of being reported to the state medical board now rests in the hands of the US Court of Appeals.

Cliff Schecter, The Daily Beast, NRA Makes a Gun Cartoon for the Kids. The NRA wants you to think of the children - after marketing guns to them.

Morning Edition, National Public Radio, The Day One Man Decided to Give Up His Gun. "I knew that my anger was so bad, if I don't control this thing, I'm going to hurt somebody or somebody's going to hurt me."

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

► Yahoo News investigation - The NRA's Brazen Shell Game with Donations. Thousands of transactions almost certainly violated multiple provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act and a legion of state and federal anti-fraud statutes. 

Misleading Breitbart.com campaign baselessly links country star Tim McGraw with gun confiscation.  The musician has come under attack over his planned performance at a benefit concert for Sandy Hook Promise.

► Gun advocates in Oregon filed petitions to recall three Democratic lawmakers who sponsored legislation to require background checks for private gun sales.

► 2016 Republican candidates for President are all eager to flaunt their support for the Second Amendment. The latest issue they are tackling is how far they would extend gun rights and how easy it should be to carry a firearm in public.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

9% of Americans are Angry, Impulsive and Have Access to a Gun

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - April 14, 2015

In The News
Dr. Jeffrey Swanson In a new study in Behavioral Sciences and the Law  Duke University of Medical School Professor Jeffrey Swanson finds an estimated 9 percent of adults in the U.S. have a history of impulsive, angry behavior and have access to guns. Study participants who owned six or more firearms were also far more likely to carry guns outside the home.
Sarah Brady, tireless advocate for gun violence prevention, died of pneumonia at age 73.  After her husband, James Brady, President Reagan's press secretary, was shot in the head during an attempt to assassinate Reagan in 1981, Jim and Sarah Brady spent the rest of their lives advocating against gun violence.
► A bill introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) would provide up to $2,000 in tax credits for gun owners who voluntarily hand over assault weapons to their local police departments.
► In Denver, Chicago, Milwaukee, New Orleans and other cities, shell casings from crime scenes are loaded into the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network within days of a crime.  Matched shell casings have helped lead to at least 35 arrests in more than 50 shootings in the two years since Denver began using the technology.
► Investigative report by The Flint Journal  finds that stolen Flint police guns have been used in crimes around Michigan. In all, 17 service pistols and shotguns are officially listed as stolen, while another 22 guns are listed as lost or missing - including a sub-machine gun.
Reserve Tulsa, Oklahoma deputy who fatally shot a man thinking he was holding a stun gun when he pulled the trigger was one of 'lots of' wealthy donors in the Tulsa reserve program. Robert Bates, 73, is a local insurance company executive who has donated thousands of dollars worth of items to the Sheriff's Office since becoming a reserve deputy in 2008.
No Questions Asked Everytown for Gun Safety investigated Oregon's online gun market and found an estimated 25,000 unlicensed guns posted for sale each year and of the people seeking guns in unlicensed, online sales, 1 in 18 are barred from owning guns by state or federal law.
► Two studies find that youth injured by firearms are more likely to commit a crime with a firearm in the future.  The use of firearms is infectious, much like a virusDr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, University of Washington, looked at data over a 10-year period in Seattle. In the other study, Dr. Patrick Carter, University of Michigan, looked at data from Flint.
Harvard Professor David Hemenway is working on surveying a wide range of experts on guns.  Some of his preliminary results find that only 5% of these researchers think a gun in the house makes it safer64% of researchers think a gun in the house makes it more dangerous, while 32% are neutral or think it depends.

Community Support
Jane Dougherty Jane Dougherty, If my sister was armed: The reality of guns in schools. I have sat through committee hearings and listened to the gun lobby activists avow that my sister Mary, the school psychologist at Sandy Hook, should have been armed. These people have a Hollywood idea of what my sister would have been capable of that terrible Friday morning.
Firmin Debrabander, How Gun Rights Harm the Rule of LawThe well-meaning citizens who arm themselves in droves, perhaps even in public, are in that very process threatening the peace and order they seek to preserve, and claim to uphold.
► Public Radio International, Gun owners face much higher murder risks, researchers said. Then the NRA silenced them.  Back in the early 1990s, the Centers for Disease Control and the National Center for Injury Prevention provided funding for studies on gun violence. The NRA was not pleased.
Jeremy Borden, Post & Courier, Charleston, South Carolina, Lawmakers wary of domestic violence gun ban because of political risks. Rep. Chip Limehouse believes a gun ban keeping convicted batterers from having firearms is needed if the state is going to stem an epidemic of domestic violence. But he is worried voting for the bill could be used against him in a primary.
Jean BakerJean Peters Baker, Jackson County, Missouri prosecutor,Public safety threat involving Missouri firearms must be fixed. Last year I warned the legislature that it was about to approve language with potentially deadly consequences. The legislature didn't listen then, and now it's poised to make things worse.
Nathan Robinson, Accidental shootings by kids contradict many of the NRA's best talking points.  Guns cannot be both safe and ubiquitous; the inevitable consequence of widespread gun ownership is a never-ending series of tragedies involving children.
JD Supra, Pro Bono Q&A: How One Law Firm is Helping a California City Curb Gun Violence. Farella, Braun & Miartel partner Tony Schoenberg discusses his work related to defending a Sunnyvale ordinance that bans the possession of large-capacity gun magazines.
Greg Sargent, Washington Post, Why expanding background checks would, in fact, reduce gun crime. Daniel Webster, a leading expert on gun violence, director of Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, responds to questions about background checks and conservative misdirection and distortions.
Mike Weisser, Mike the Gun Guy, Kansas Joins the Crazy Carry States. We require candidates for the police academy to pass a battery of physical tests before we let them carry guns, but we seem unwilling to exercise the same degree of caution or common sense when it comes to whether John Q. Public should be allowed to go around armed.
Matt Lallo, Salon, A gun lover sees the evils of gun culture: White supremacists, Obama haters, and me. When I went to sell the pistol I once loved, I came face to face with a black hole of potential human destruction.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing
►  Five things to know about the NRA's new president Jim Porter. The Alabama lawyer is a conspiracy theorist who calls the Civil War the "War of Northern Aggression."
'Concealed Carrie,' Pink Guns, and the NRA Convention's Attempts to Appeal to Women. Women were in the minority at the NRA's annual meeting last weekend, but those who did attend were not ignored.
The Outdoor Channel's new gun documentary promises a parade of right-wing media gun myths. The new documentary on gun-free zones will feature myths including the false claim that gun-free zones encourage mass shootings.