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.

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