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.

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