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.

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