Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Terror Gap

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - November 24, 2015

In The News

Terror GapFrom 2004 to 2014, over 2,000 terror suspects legally purchased guns in the U.S.  A significant gap in federal law allows suspected or known terrorists to legally buy guns. For more information, read the Center for American Progress fact sheet The Terror Gap.

► The Gun Dealer Accountability Act, introduced by U.S. Rep Gwen Moore (D-WI) would require "bad actor" gun dealers to maintain inventory lists and would allow the ATF to do more frequent inspections. 

► 60 Minutes, Is the U.S. ready for smart guns? Firearms that recognize only their owner could curtail the number of suicides and cut down on the resale of stolen guns. Smart-gun technology exists, yet these guns are not mass-produced or sold in the U.S. 

Kids are bringing guns to school on an almost daily basis this academic year. So far this year, at least 77 students - some as young as 4 years old - have been caught with firearms in school.

A former Glock executive is going to prison for selling police guns for profit. Welcome D. Boo was sentenced to 18 months for taking bribes from a firearms distributor in exchange for lower priced weapons marked for sale to law enforcement.

Iron PipelineHow gun traffickers get around state gun laws. About 50,000 guns are found to be diverted to criminals across state lines every year, federal data shows, and many more are likely to cross state lines undetected.

► 20 Senate Democrats ask the Government Accountability Office to issue a report on gun safety, "including the storage and security of guns in households." "Prevention of gun deaths and injury should be an essential component of the federal government's commitment to public health and safety."

Take Action

3rd Annual National Vigil for All Gun Violence Victims

Join Newtown Foundation and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence.

December 9th at 7pm at St. Marks Episcopal Church on Capital Hill in Washington, D.C. Reserve your seat here.

Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend, December 10-13, 2015. Go here for a list of participants across the country.

Community Support

Emanuel ChurchGun violence experts to converge on Charleston church six months after shooting. Much of the December 4th summit's morning portion, which C-SPAN is expected to broadcast, will consist of panel discussions.

Deni Carise, U Penn School of Medicine, Alcohol has impact on U.S. gun violence. A startling 48 percent of homicide offenders were reportedly under the influence of alcohol at the time of the offense.

Professor Liza Gold, Georgetown University, Debunks the biggest myths surrounding gun suicides.  Because of a host of misconceptions and a lingering social stigma, suicides by firearm receive little popular attention.

Jim Nelson, GQ, America is ready to end its abusive relationship with the gun lobby. There have been more than 300 mass shootings in America so far this year.  Here's why we shouldn't have to settle for "Stuff happens."

Richard Eskow, Alternet, 12 Perfect Responses to Irrational Pro-Gun Arguments. Here's a handy how-to guide for dealing with gun rights extremists.

Mike Weisser, Mike The Gun Guy, Do we really know how to talk about gun violence when people are afraid? The gvp community needs to develop solid options for mitigating fear that reflect not just data-based research, but respond to honest emotions provoked by events which we cannot control.

EJ Montini, The Arizona Republic, Why screen refugees but not gun buyers? The screening process for refugees can take many months, even a couple of years. Yet Arizona is one of the easiest places on earth for a bad guy to get a weapon. 

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

GunTV shopping channel to start its shows in January. To work within gun laws, firearms won't be sold directly to viewers. Orders will be placed with a Louisiana firearms distributor. GunTV will sell ammunition, firearm accessories and outdoor apparel directly to the customer.

Washington state investigating NRA spending committee on late campaign disclosures. The Public Disclosure Commission confirmed that the NRA made at least five campaign-disclosure filings later than the legal requirements.

NRA defends stance on law that allows terror suspects to get firearms. The NRA says it's just trying to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to buy guns - even if their names appear on a terror watch list.