Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - December 8, 2015

In The News

Obama address President Obama addressed the nation on keeping the American people safe. Here's what Congress should do now to defeat the threat of terrorism here at home: Make sure no one on a No Fly List is able to buy a gun or buy powerful assault weapons. 

PolitiFact finds Marco Rubio's statement that 700,000 Americans could be affected by bill tying terrorist watch list to gun purchases Mostly False

U.S. Supreme Court rejects 2nd Amendment appeal of Highland Park assault weapons ban. The court leaves in place a lower court decision that upheld a law banning assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.

San Bernardino shooting victims: Who they were. A father of six. A mother of three who fled religious persecution in Iran. The youngest was 26. The oldest was 60.

► The Trace, Planned Parenthood Shooting: 8 Things to Know Now. "This is not normal. We can't let it become normal," President Obama said in a statement - his 16th set of remarks following a shooting rampage.

Republicans line up to crush gun control efforts in wake of San Bernardino. Republicans overwhelmingly voted down a measure for background checks on every firearm purchase and a measure that would bar individuals on the Terrorist Watchlist from being able to purchase a gun. 

► Think Progress, The Gun Industry Has Systematically Demolished Regulators and Avoided the Fate of Cigarettes. The gun lobby preempted the sort of tactics that anti-smoking activists successfully used to reduce cigarette consumption.

Police arrest 3 in shooting of Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis. Five black men, ages 19 to 43, were taken to the hospital with gun shot injuries after three white men, ages 21 to 26, opened fire on a crowd outside the Police Department's 4th Precinct. 

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Chi-Raq Spike Lee's new movie Chi-Raq tackles the scourge of gun violence in America, and specifically Chicago. It goes at it head-on with anger and exuberance. Watch the official trailer here

NY Times, 'I think about it daily': Life in a time of mass shootings. The Times asked readers: How often, if ever, do you think about the possibility of a shooting in your daily life?

German Lopez, Vox, America's Gun Problem, Explained. It's important to grasp not just the stunning statistics about gun ownership and gun violence in the U.S, but America's very unique relationship with guns and how it plays out in our politics to ensure that our culture and laws continue to drive the routine gun violence that marks American life.

Missouri State Rep. Stacey Newman pre-filed bill would make guns as difficult to access as abortions. The bill would require anyone buying a gun to follow the restrictions required of women seeking abortions, including a 72-hour waiting period and meeting with a licensed physician to discuss the risks of gun ownership.

Mark Joseph Stern, Slate, The Price We Pay for Liberty?  America must not value the liberty to own a gun over the liberty to live free from violence.

David Roberts, Vox, Why mass shootings don't convince gun owners to support gun control. To gun enthusiasts, mass shootings are not arguments against guns but for them. 

Kashana Cauley, BuzzFeed, A Black Woman Walks Into a Gun Show. The gun show loophole allows shoppers to buy guns from private dealers without a background check. I stared down a sea of Confederate flags to find out what that's like. 

Lois Beckett, ProPublica, How the Gun Control Debate Ignores Black Lives. By failing to talk about the majority of gun murder victims - black men - politicians and advocates are missing the chance to save lives. 

Jessica Jin, Qz.com, America's absurd love affair with guns can only be fought with something even more absurd. The #CocksNotGlocks campaign was meant to be obnoxious. But it turns out everyone is frustrated, tired of hearing about preventable gun deaths, tired of America's love affair with guns. 

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

Gun industry execs admit business booms following mass shootings. The gun industry is cashing in on mass shootings. Sales 'just went crazy' after Sandy Hook massacre said industry executive. 

National Shooting Sports Foundation outspends NRA.  The gun industry trade group spent $3.5 million on lobbying in 2014. The group opposes virtually all gun violence prevention proposals, including expanded background checks. 

Conservative media react to San Bernardino mass shooting with evidence-free solution of more concealed guns. There is no evidence that concealed guns are a real-life solution to mass shootings; according to an analysis of public mass shootings over a 30-year period, not a single one was stopped by an armed civilian with a concealed carry permit.

GOP candidates display firearms machismo. Republican politics have hardened from gun rights to gun pride, as candidates embrace and show off the more militaristic features of weaponry.