Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Women and Guns

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - February 16, 2016

In The News

This month, three mainstream magazines take a look at women and guns. Marie Claire partners with Harvard Injury Control Research Center on a groundbreaking national survey of women's relationship with guns.  Cosmopolitan magazine tells readers "It's Time To Talk About What Guns Have to Do With Dating. It's more than you might realize."  And Glamour spotlights eight women, all survivors of mass shootings, who are fighting to make everyone safer.

► Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly, wrote the controversial opinion on guns, District of Columbia v Heller. His death throws the supreme court's divided stance on the second amendment into question.

► Two recent court decisions: The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals sent a challenge to Maryland's assault weapons ban back to a lower court for further review saying it needs to be evaluated by a more rigorous standard.  The Missouri Supreme Court ruled a recent state constitutional amendment of the right to bear firearms does not allow nonviolent felons to carry guns.

► A new study in Epidemiologic Reviews, The Transmission of Gun and Other Weapon-Involved Violence Within Social Networks, Dr Melissa Tracy el al, asserts that a better understanding of the relationship between gun violence within social networks and individual gun violence risk is critical in preventing the spread of gun violence.

A new study from Violence Policy Center, Silencers: A Threat to Public Safety, examines how the gun industry is pushing legislation to weaken federal and state regulation of silencers.The study also documents examples of criminal activity involving silencers.

► Reuters Special Report, Why Obama and other gun control advocates own stock in firearms makers. Gun company stocks are common in retirement and college savings plans.  Find out how to divest at Unload Your 401k.

► Philadelphia NBC10 investigative report, Mapping Philly's gun Violence and the Impact on Families looks at how gun violence is impacting the city neighborhood by neighborhood.

Community Support

Brave New Films, Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA, tells the stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans.

► Portland, Maine Press Herald editorial, Waterville assault leads police chief to incorrect conclusionOwning a gun is actually not the way to deter criminals like the perpetrator of a recent horrific attack.

Mike Weisser, A Gun Dealer Talks Straight About Guns. The massive increase in gun sales, particularly since 2009, did not represent new consumers.  It represents current consumers stocking up on these adult toys.

John J. Lennon, Prison Wisdom, Easy access to guns helped me commit murder.  I've changed but the loopholes remain. The phenomenon known as straw purchasing is a dangerous loophole that has remained open for decades. I got guns this way in the mid-nineties.

► Chicago, Illinois Sun Times editorial, A good gun bill yet to draw an NRA objection. A bipartisan proposed bill would help authorities better enforce gun laws now on the books related to illegal attempts to buy weapons.

Rick Ellison, Milford, Ohio, op-ed, Constitutional solution to guns.  The real problem is ammunition. And something can be done about that, without having even the slightest impact on the constitutional right of Americans to bear arms.

JoeySalads uses a hidden camera to see how easy it is to buy a gun legally at a gun show in California versus illegally through an ad on Craigslist.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

► After NRA board member Ted Nugent posted an anti-Semitic graphic to his Facebook, even far-right gun groups condemned his actions. The NRA responded by saying individual board members do not speak for the organization.

A bill offering a tax credit for gun classes advances in the Arizona House. The legislation would offer up to an $80 credit for the firearm training class needed for a concealed-weapons permit.

A look inside the 2016 SHOT Show.  A fortified bonanza of white men and manhood, 630,000 square feet of wall-to-wall gun supporters who think more guns are the answer.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Laws that make it tougher to buy guns help reduce violence

CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - February 2, 2016

In The News

► East Bay Express investigative report, The Gunrunner and the Peacemakers, examines how California's strong firearm regulations help catch gunrunners and make it harder for felons to get their hands on guns.

Facebook bans private gun sales. The company said it will ban users from coordinating private sales of firearms on Facebook and Instagram. The ban does not apply to licensed gun dealers.

► Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Gun Law Trendwatch,  looks at positive and negative trends in state gun bills being considered in 2016.

► A new study in The Lancet, Policy misperceptions and support for gun control legislation, Peter Aronow and Benjamin Miller, finds that  41% of respondents believe that federal law already requires universal background checks.

► A new study in Violence and Gender, Firearm Ownership and the Murder of Women in the U.S., Michael Siegle and Emily Rothman, finds that women living in states with high rates of gun ownership are more likely to be shot and killed by someone they know than those residing in states with fewer firearms. Every 10% increase in gun ownership was associated with a 10.2% increase in gun-related murders of women.

How America's gun manufacturers are quietly getting richer off taxpayers. Since 2003, state and local governments from Alabama to Tennessee have given more than $120 million worth of taxpayer funds to at least seven major firearms companies.

Gun violence not a mental health issue, experts say, pointing to 'anger' and suicides. Gun violence and mental illness are public health problems "that intersect at the edges" but have little overlap. Gun ownership restrictions related to mental health are too broad and can miss people who are suicidal and have pathological anger.

It's That Easy

Read Daniel Ruth's column in the Tampa Bay Times  Open Carry Bills Are Bad for Tourism,  then sign the petition telling the Florida tourist industry that you and your family want a gun-free vacation.

Community Support

Sundance Film Festival takes on mass shootings and guns in America. Gun violence was the main subject of four new films at Sundance - two feature documentaries ("Newtown," "Under the Gun") one short documentary, "Speaking is Difficult," and one feature film, "Dark Night."

1300 churches across South Carolina take a stand against gun violence as part of Stand Up Sunday. Churches are also asking at least nine members of their congregation to come to a Statehouse rally for stricter background checks on gun purchases.

Linda Carvel, A new game plan: Treat gun violence like smoking. Make gun violence as politically incorrect as smoking cigars, cigarettes and pipes in restaurants, schools and grocery stores. 

Harvard ForumPreventing Gun Violence: Public Health Perspectives examines gun violence through a public health prism. Panelists talk about patterns of violence and explore dynamics at state and Congressional level that impact public safety measures.

Dennis Henigan, Dear Democrats, Stop Worrying About Paranoid Gun Owners. Allowing gun policy to be dominated by the need to reassure fearful gun owners will not get us the strong gun laws we need and deserve.

Matthew Hess, Veterans should lead push for more secure gun laws.  The military's standards for weapons safety are exceptionally high. Veterans - with their weapons experience and training - have a responsibility to lead the fight for more secure gun laws.

Gillian Brockell, What one year in mass shootings feels like. 374 mass shootings, in 365 days, in one video. Watch this motion graphic and hear the 911 calls to get a complete picture of the human toll.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

The NRA Strikes Back in Virginia.  One month ago, Virginia announced it would no longer recognize concealed-carry permits from 25 states. On Friday, the state reversed itself.

How has the US gun lobby been so successful?  BBC report on how the NRA transformed from a hunting and marksmanship club into a political lobbying group.

NRA victories in Congress grow with chief lobbyist's role. A look at Chris Cox, 45, a big-game hunter from Tennessee who has used the NRA's bully pulpit and his access to Republican leaders to ward off what he says are attempts to take away Americans' guns.

Why Do You Own A Gun? Kyle Cassidy took cross-country trips, photographing gun owners in their homes and recorded their answers to the question.