Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fast-tracked research on background checks

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - October 27, 2015

In The News

research► A team of Harvard researchers are fast-tracking a study that looks at gun sales and transfers.  Preliminary findings show that roughly 40 percent of people surveyed acquired their most recent firearm without going though a background check. "We're talking about millions of guns that have been transferred without anyone making sure the recipient was legally permitted to have one."

► In first-of-its-kind verdict, Badger Guns found liable in wounding of two Milwaukee police officers. Jury found shoddy business practices and that the store broke four guns laws when clerk sold gun later used in crime.  Jury awarded $6 million in damages to the officers.

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Armslist for sale of gun used to kill three women and wound four others. Lawsuit says Armslist created the marketplace that allowed the shooter to obtain a gun without a background check despite being prohibited under federal law from owning a gun. 

2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Connecticut and New York laws banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. The court held the laws did not violate the Second Amendment because there was a substantial relationship between the bans and the "important - indeed, compelling - state interest in controlling crime."

► A new study, Children and Unintentional Firearm Death, Injury Epidemiology, Hemenway & Solnick, finds that children in the U.S. are at far greater risk of unintentional gun death than children in other developed countries and estimates these unintentional deaths to be 80% higher than reported by the Vital Statistics system.

► Ohio State University Professor Brad Bushman talks about the dozens of studies that show the "weapons effect": people act more aggressively in the presence of a gun.

What became of the boy who shot his sister dead. In 1989, 10-year-old Sean Smith unintentionally killed his 8-year-old sister. "For a long time after I was self-destructive in every way imaginable," Sean says. It took a lifetime for him to forgive himself. 

Community Support

The Nightly ShowLarry Wilmore, The Nightly Show, Nationally Conversatin' About Guns. Larry deals with his emotions about the Washington Post report that toddlers are involved in unintentional shootings on a weekly basis.

Amy Schumer continues her campaign to end gun violence.  She joined with her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, to support a background check bill and to urge people to use the hashtag #aimingforchange and write Congress.  "We need a public outcry."

Christopher Ingraham, Most Americans are wrong about whether concealed carry makes us safer. It's clear that "more guns, less crime" is at best a misleading simplification of the relationship between concealed carry and public safety, and at worst a "completely discredited" notion. But the persistence of the idea is testament to gun rights advocates' success in selling it. 

Lawson Clarke, A gun owner who is perfectly comfortable with gun licensing. I'd like to take a moment to present the step-by-step process by which I became a licensed gun owner in Massachusetts.

► A new film, The Armor of Light, follows an Evangelical minister and the mother of a teenage shooting victim who ask, is it possible to be both pro-gun and pro-life?   Go here to learn how to Host A Screening.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, How many times do we need to say it? We have to change gun laws. Now. The death toll mounts, our children are slaughtered, and we bicker like a stubborn couple arguing about what color to paint the den.

Jim McCarthy, My Sane Gun Policy. We regulate automobiles, we need a license to operate them. We regulate medical doctors, food production, air travel, hairdressers, etc. We regulate to keep us safe. If we can regulate all of these things, why can't we regulate guns?

Andre Spicer, What advocates for stronger gun laws can learn from smoking ban. Some people are asking why they should tolerate guns in their workplace when they don't tolerate smoking. The main driver of smoking bans was concern about human health. Shouldn't workplaces ban guns for health reasons too?

MHP Dear NardyneMelissa Harris-Perry, Dear Nardyne Jefferies. One D.C. mom whose daughter was murdered is on a crusade to ensure attention is paid to the photos of death just as much as to the images of life.

Take Action

UNITED TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE  -  Washington National Cathedral  -  Washington, D.C.  -  Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 7 p.m.  -  #StopGunViolence  -  Meet policymakers committed to enacting common sense gun safety measures and network with leading national gun violence prevention groups.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

Gun lobby pushes bill to ease restrictions for buying firearm silencers.  The "Hearing Protection Act" was introduced in the Senate and would weaken the current background check and eliminate the ATF application fee.

NRA pushing bills across the country that force police to sell seized guns back to the public. Since 2009, 11 states have passed laws that either or encourage or require police to sell seized guns.  Some of the laws ban police from destroying guns altogether, even guns from gun buy back programs.

NRA commentary admits the odds of needing a gun to defend yourself are infinitesimal. While acknowledging the long odds of actually needing a gun for self-defense, the commentary still promoted guns as a life-saving tool.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

This is something we should politicize

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - October 13, 2015

In The News

statement on Roseburg In a statement on the shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, President Obama said, "Our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America. ... This is something we should politicize. It is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic. ... We're going to have to change our laws. And this is not something I can do by myself."

Two dozen U.S. Senate Democrats unveiled a sweeping new campaign to strengthen gun laws focused on three areas: bolstering current background check requirements, closing loopholes for guns bought online and at gun shows, making gun trafficking a federal crime.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that will ban the carrying of concealed guns on school and university campuses in the state.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh sent letters to his attorney general counterparts across the country urging states to adopt handgun permit-to-purchase laws, pointing to Johns Hopkins research that shows permit requirements are associated with reductions in gun deaths.

► Armed With Reason, What Caused the Two-Decade Dip in Crime Rates? Not 'Good Guys with Gun.' Gun rights advocates claim concealed carry is the answer to stopping criminals.  The data says that's simply not possible.

Gun violence researchers becoming an endangered species? Public health researchers stay away from the field because there's simply not enough money and the work is stressful - many who study gun violence report receiving angry emails and death threats from those who want unrestricted gun ownership.

Misleading coverage of a major gun study highlights the danger of fast reporting. The study found that criminals are very much influenced by existing gun laws. Yet media pick-up boiled the study down to the notion that universal background checks don't work - a conclusion the researchers from the study emphatically deny.

Community Support

Ed Berliner Conservative talk news host Ed Berliner tells listeners, "It's time to put to bed this Second Amendment absolute right. Force gun owners to undergo intrusive background checks including mental health exams, take required gun safety courses, renew them every year and be held criminally responsible when failing to lock up weapons. As a gun owner, I'll volunteer, I'll be the first in line."

Bob Cesca, Salon, In the wake of another mass shooting, Fox News tells us the best we can do is prepare for the next one.  We're being convinced that we have no choice but to prepare our children for massacres. Why? Because the NRA is committed to selling millions of deadly consumer products.

Derrick Jackson, Boston Globe, A welcome Democratic duel over gun control. Democratic presidential hopefuls are suddenly dueling over stricter gun law measures. Just four years ago this would have been unthinkable.

Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, The Second Amendment is a gun-control amendment. We know how to fix this. Gun control ends gun violence as surely as antibiotics end bacterial infections, as surely as vaccines end childhood measles - not perfectly and in every case, but overwhelmingly and everywhere that it's been taken seriously and tried at length.

Jennifer Tucker & Matthew Miller, What the Clean Air Act can teach us about reducing gun violence. Gun manufacturers could easily do more to address the problem of deaths and injuries resulting from accidents and crimes involving their products, but, like manufacturers of most commodities, won't do so unless new nonvoluntary standards emerge.

Hollye Dexter, How Americans contribute to the culture of gun violence. Film makers know that even though we yell at Congress with outrage after every mass shooting, we will still pay big bucks to accept gory violence as holiday entertainment. 

Alex Pareene, Gawker, The Gun Control Movement Needs Its Own Pro-Life Fanatics. It means constant marches and protests, and open and blatant harassment of your political opponents. It also means going all-in on gore. It means waving gruesome photos of dead children in the faces of Republican legislators, gun store owners, and gun manufacturers.

Joshua Holland, The Nation, Tactical Experts Destroy the NRA's Heroic Gunslinger Fantasy. Even the Secret Service, an agency that has all the weaponry and training they could ever need has never fired a weapon in defense of a president during an assassination attempt. They're trained to throw their body in front of the protectee, not to open fire.

Ruth Gleen, Ms. Magazine, Keeping Domestic Violence Survivors Safe. Guns are used to terrorize far more often than they are used to kill. One survey respondent tells of repeatedly waking up at night to the sound of her abuser releasing the safety on the gun he is holding to her head.

It's That Easy

People MagazineWatch this short video by People Magazine Editorial Director Jess Cagle.  Then find your U.S. House and Senate members on the list provided. Contact them, let them know that from now on, "routine" responses just won't cut it.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

5 indefensible Tweets from the NRA since the Oregon gun massacre. The organization aggressively tweeted out information intended to head off any efforts to strengthen gun laws. Much of the information was wildly misleading or just plain inaccurate.

Ben Carson is far from the only conservative saying gun control caused the Holocaust. Absolutely everything Carson has to say about this is wrong.

CNN allows discredited gun researcher John Lott to push five myths about guns in a seven-minute interview. Lott made numerous false claims about guns during the appearance.

► An artist created a video about gun violence. In response, gun extremists left thousands of comments. These are their words.