Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Guns Are Our Shared Responsibility



CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - January 19, 2016


In The News

In an op-ed published in the New York Times, President Obama stated, "Even as I continue to take every action possible as president, I will also take every action I can as a citizen. I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate who does not support common-sense gun reform.Listen to the President talk about the work ahead and how you can get involved.

► Part of the recent executive actions from the President includes improvements to the NICS background check system. Obama is asking the team that fixed Healthcare.gov to work its magic on the background check system.

Internet gun sales and background checks explained. Sometimes guns purchased online require a background check.  Sometimes they don't. Here's how to know the difference.

► A new report from Violence Policy Center finds there have been more than 800 deaths at the hands of Concealed Carry Killers since 2007.

► A new study, Violent Death Rates: The US Compared with Other High-income OECD Countries, 2010, finds that the US accounts for 82% of all gun deaths among 23 high-income countriesand the gap between gun deaths in the US and other nations is getting wider. 

FFL vs StarbucksA new mapping project finds that there are six gun dealers in the U.S. for every StarbucksGo here to check out the data in your area.

► A new report from the Center for American Progress looks at The Harmful Effect of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. The federal law, enacted in 2005, grants broad immunity from liability to gun manufacturers and dealers in federal and state courts.

► The Government Accountability Office has released a report on firearms trafficking to Mexico.  The report finds that 70% of the guns seized in Mexico originated in the U.S. and that high-caliber firearms make up half of all the guns seized and traced.


It's That Easy

Stand with President Obama, take the pledge to "not campaign for, vote for, or support any candidate who does not support common-sense gun reform."


Community Support

Monte Frank, Team 26, 10 reasons why 2015 was a year of progress for gun violence prevention.  The gun violence prevention movement made significant strides in 2015, laying the groundwork for more progress in 2016.

Mike Weisser, Mike the Gun Guy, Is Obama correct when he calls gun violence an 'epidemic?' He sure is. In 2001, all gun deaths and injuries totaled 92,031.  By 2013, gun deaths and injuries had increased to 117,146.

Evan Defilippis & Devin Hughes, The myth behind defensive gun ownership.  Guns owners are far more likely to see their weapons harm a family member than be heroes warding off criminals.

Dave Perry, Aurora Sentinel, Aurora Subway robbery vigilante is a good guy with a gun but bad news for the public. No doubt the 26-year-old had the best of intentions when he pulled out his gun and shot at a fleeing robbery suspect. But it was a horrendously bad decision and a crime that was equally as dangerous and more insidious.

John Quaintance, The New Yorker, The Second Amendment: Original Intent.  A satirical look at James Madison and Thomas Jefferson discussing the meaning of the Second Amendment.

William Porter, Denver Post, You may know gun safety, but do the parent's of your child's playmate? "I would rather be safe by asking than sorry I didn't. I would rather create an uncomfortable relationship than attend an unfortunate funeral."

Adam Winkler & Cara Natterson, There's a simple way to reduce gun violence: Raise the gun age. People under 25 are responsible for a disproportionate amount of America's gun violence. Nearly 50% of all gun homicides are committed by people younger than 25. Mass shooters are often young, too.

Lonnie & Sandy Phillips, Empty chair filled with meaning for parents of gun violence victim. The empty chair at the President's State of the Union address represents our loved ones taken by gun violence. It symbolizes the enduring suffering and resolve we understand all too well.

Time.com, What it's like to own guns in a country with strict gun regulation. People who love to shoot in Australia look at the situation in America with dismay. All these mass killings are giving our sport a bad name. It's making everybody fear people like me, where they should have no fear.

Norah Vawter, I know what everyday gun violence means. I was shot by a stranger when I was 4. My mom was shot, too, saving my life. She was left paralyzed and died 20 years later.


What the Gun Lobby is Doing

NRA again leaves out millions in political spending from tax forms. After failing to disclose $33.5 million in political activity from 2008 to 2013, the NRA failed to disclose another $25 million in political spending to the IRS in 2014.

U.S. Senate sets hearing on President Obama's executive actions.  Sen. Shelby has asked Attorney General Lynch to testify at a Jan. 28 hearing on the president's actions.  Shelby considers the actions "executive overreach."

Texas gun owners worry that open carry is backfiring.  On an online forum, concealed carriers claim that a new law is leaving them unwelcome at more private businesses. 

Wayne LaPierre wants to debate President Obama - he should debate 1999 Wayne LaPierre first.  1999 LaPierre was an adamant background check supporter. Today he has positioned himself as a virulent opponent of expanding background checks. 


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