Tuesday, May 26, 2015

.13 Seconds - Faster than the blink of an eye

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - May 26, 2015

In The News

.13 Seconds The Atlanta Journal-Constitution special report, .13 Seconds. Faster than the blink of an eye, a stray bullet fired in celebration crossed a Lilburn street and turned a holiday into a tragic night. Since that moment, in Georgia, you have been more likely to die in a shooting than a car crash.

Gun deaths up in Georgia, 44 other states. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of data finds that only D.C. and four states reported fewer gun deaths in 2013 than in 2003. Nationwide, gun deaths rose by 12 percent over the last decade.

► A new study in Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Gun Violence Restraining Orders: Alternative or Adjunct to Mental Health-Based Restrictions on Firearms? by Shannon Frattaroli et al, finds that the gun violence restraining order is a new tool for preventing gun violence and a promising strategy for reducing firearm homicide and suicide.

► Center for American Progress new report The Bureau and the Bureau. A review of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and a proposal to merge it with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Rachel Maddow Outrage Rachel Maddow shares a story that pushes her outrage-o-meter into the red zone. A Colorado law requires the family of an Aurora mass-shooting victim to pay $220,000 in legal fees to the ammunition maker they tried to sue.

What background checks data reveals about gun purchases in America, Governing magazine. Most states ran fewer firearm background checks last year, but that's only part of the story.

7 in 10 schools now have shooting drills, needlessly traumatizing huge numbers of children. Schools are now treating mass shootings like tornadoes and earthquakes - disasters beyond their control that students must be prepared for at all costs.

St. Louis, Missouri, top prosecutor launches gun violence prevention campaign website. StLouisGunCrime.comprovides data on gun crimes and court cases and access to resources.

Cerbeus, unable to sell assault rifle manufacturer Remington Outdoor, will let investors cash out. The California State Teachers' Retirement System has long called for the sale of the gun maker.  The investment firm will take Remington out of its main private equity funds and put it into a separate financial entity.

► Reveal, the Center for Investigative Reporting, Gun shows highlight states' differing laws on firearms, compares gun shows in California and Nevada to see how state laws impact the events.

Community Support

Guns in bathrooms A new Tumblr page, Guns Left in Bathrooms, chronicles examples of guns forgotten by their owners and guns shot in public restrooms across the country.

Jason Prystowsky, MD, 'Sometimes You Hear the Bullet'; In the ER the Night of the Isla Vista Shooting. I am an emergency physician with Cottage Hospital and a professor at UCSB. I had the burden and the privilege of working in the emergency room the evening of May 23, 2014.

Jennifer Carlson, LA Times, op-ed, Why Men Feel the Need to Carry Guns. Sociologists now want to understand why some Americans not just own but also carry guns.

John Traphagan, Dallas Morning News, When will we examine our heavily armed culture? As a whole, Americans do not seem to be able to handle gun ownership in a way that permits maintenance of a civil society.

Errol Louis, CNN Political Commentator, In Waco carnage, a message to America. Is American culture now so drenched in weapons - and so wearily accustomed to violence - that a bloody massacre barely registers as news?

The Guardian, Trigger warning: 10 shocking truths about gun violence.  #10 - The US is the only country that relaxes gun laws after a massacre.

Mike Weisser, Mike the Gun Guy, When the Ad Council starts talking about gun safety, everybody listens. The Ad Council is running gun-safety messages on television and radio stations around the country, funded by a million dollar grant from the Department of Justice.

Professor Daniel Webster, Johns Hopkins University, The News & Observer Op-Ed, Making it easier for criminals to get guns in North Carolina. Research indicates that proposed changes in NC law would lead to more violence crime. If you want to know what happens when a state repeals a law requiring background checks for all handgun sales, you can look to the state of Missouri.

Firmin Debrabander, Salon, The NRA's sinister project: Turn America into a "shoot first" society. The gun rights movement warns of a society riddled with pervasive threats - increasingly, they come from police officers, or their absence, or their recklessness. And the NRA gets its way: more guns on our streets.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

► Florida Governor Scott signed into law an NRA backed bill that allows people to carry a gun without a concealed weapons permit during a declared state of emergency.

NRA opposition affectively squashed a provision in a Louisiana bill that would expand the definition of domestic abuse victims.  The provision would have allowed those accused of abusing "dating partners" to be charged with domestic abuse and prevented them from owning a firearm.

► NRA debuts 2016 conspiracy: Hillary Clinton is coming for your guns. An article in the NRA's magazine claims Clinton "wants control over every aspect of your right to keep and bear arms - so she can deny it at will."

Sturm, Ruger & Co firearms has promised to donate $2 to the NRA for each gun sold.  This doubles the amount it pledged to the organization following the 2012 election.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Good News from the States

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - May 12, 2015

In The News

Brown signs bill Progress is being made from coast to coast. In a landmark victory, Oregon Governor Brown just signed a bill to expand background checks to nearly all gun sales. In Vermont, Gov. Shumlin signed a bill that would ban gun possession for people convicted of certain serious crimes.   In Washington, Governor Inslee signed a bill to allow families to request notification when police return guns to loved ones. Also in Washington, a federal judge threw out a lawsuit challengingparts of the state's new expanded background check law.

► A new study in Preventive Medicine by Harvard Professor David Hemenway and UVM Professor Sara Solnick, The Epidemiology of Self-Defense Gun Use, looks at data from the National Crime Victimization Surveys and concludes there is little evidence that using a gun is uniquely beneficial in reducing the likelihood of injury or property loss.

► A new study in the American Journal of Public Health by University of Southern Mississippi Professor Michael Anestis et al, The Association Between State Laws Regulating Handgun Ownership and Statewide Suicide Rates, finds that states with strong handgun laws exhibit lower overall suicide rates and suicide by firearms rates and a smaller proportion of suicides in such states result from guns.

International media focuses on Aurora theater shooting trial. The interest of foreign media is exceptional, highlighting a particular aspect of the case: to some it appears an all-American atrocity, part of the American "gun disease."

► guns in bathroomsA member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's security detail and a member of Speaker John Boehner's security detail both left loaded firearms in bathrooms on Capitol Hill. An 8-year-old visiting the Capitol with his parents found one gun in the bathroom of the Speaker's suite.

►Four police officers have been shot and killed in the line of duty in May. 25-year-old Brian Moore of the New York City Police Department was shot in the face while on patrol in Queens.  43-year-old Sgt. Greg Moore of the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Police Department was shot when he stopped to check on a man walking down a dark street.  25-year-old Officer Liquori Tate and 34-year-old Officer Benjamin Deen of the Hattiesburg, Mississippi Police Department were shot during a traffic stop.

Community Support

Million Mom MarchStacey Newman, Missouri State Representative, Celebrating Mother's Day and the 15th Million Mom March. I'll always remember the masses of people covering the Capitol mall for endless blocks. And today I keep working to motivate voters to use their power on election day and insist that their elected officials not be bought by the gun lobby.

Mary Plouffe, Maine Voices, Portland Press Herald, Concealed Guns Conceal Emotions. In a simple research study in a college campus lab, subjects expose to a gun showed increased testosterone and increased their aggressiveness response to three times the non-gun exposure group. Is that reactivity what we want in our streets and our restaurants and our businesses?

Robert Spitzer, New York Times, Stand Your Ground Makes No Sense.The result of ten years of Stand Your Ground/Shoot First laws, according to the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, is hamstrung investigations and legal protections greater than those afforded to police officers. Not only have these laws failed to increase public safety, they have also turned the clock back to the mythologized mayhem of the Wild West.

Jorge Rivas, Fusion, Trayvon Martin's mother: 'Collectively we have a problem'  "Prior to this happening to my son I didn't know anything about 'stand your ground,' and I think people are more aware of these types of laws and racial profiling and the disparities we have here in the United States."

Sidney Burris, GunSense, No, Johnny, Gandhi wouldn't have supported the American gun lobby. Maybe you've seen the quote that misrepresents Gandhi's position on guns, and does so intentionally. But in truth, Gandhi felt that armed resistance was one step above outright cowardice, and nothing more.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial, Too many guns, too many killings, too many excuses. Leaders in St. Louis and Kansas City looked at strategies to combat violent crime. Kansas City tried something different and got good results. St. Louis chose to "do what we've always done." Everything hasn't worked out.

Joel McNally, Express Milwaukee, The Republican Failure on Gun Violence. After the tragic shooting at Newtown, Republicans all over this country proved once and for all just how pro-life they truly were. Which was not at all.

Dave Perry, Aurora Sentinel, Aurora theater shooting trial fires holes right through reckless gun rights arguments. Watch the gut-wrenching testimony from victims of the shooting and tell me again how Holmes could have unleashed this kind of terror with a switch blade or a chain saw.

Radio Diaries, From Bullets to Balance Sheets. As a teenager, Kamari Ridgle was a drug dealer and a drive-by shooter until a near-death experience led him to his true love ... accounting.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

New NRA Conspiracy Theory Claims Obama Will Ban All Ammo. Wayne LaPierre claims that President Obama will move to ban sales of all firearm ammunition before he leaves office, thus making "the very real nightmare of every single gun owner in this county" a reality.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signs a bill that "prohibits the use of any public funds, personnel, or property to enforce any federal law or regulation that regulates the ownership, use, or possession of firearms, ammunition, or firearms accessories."

Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law an unprecedented statute to dismiss a third party lawsuit against gun manufacturers and retailers. Some wonder if the new law violates due process rights.

Knives are the new guns in lawmakers' Second Amendment expansion. Legislatures that relaxed gun laws after the gun lobby's decades-long push are now loosening restrictions on switchblades, dirks, daggers and poignards.