CeasefireUSA: The GVP Report - February 16, 2016
► 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.
► 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 conclusion. Owning 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.
► 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.
► Jeri Bonavia, Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, talks with WAOW about Wisconsin's gun debate.
► Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence opposes proposed bills to allow concealed guns without a permit.
► Iowans for Gun Safety opposes bill that would allow Iowans to carry loaded firearms while driving snowmobiles or ATVs.
► Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the members of Ballots Not Bullets statement on the arrest of Cliven Bundy and remaining Malheur occupiers.
► Sandy Hook Promise programs to help identify and intervene prior to a tragic event are featured by a group of young reporters on Green, Ohio community television.
► Safe Tennessee Project opposes proposed bill to allow concealed weapons at the Capitol complex.
►Washington Ceasefire and the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation will hold a Smart Gun Symposium on Feb. 23rd in San Francisco.
► Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Funny or Die ask What Do Most Americans Agree On?
San Antonio, Texas police arrested 49-year-old Michelle Chase for the shooting death of 50-year-old William Farr. According to reports, Farr, who is deaf, banged on Chase's door, scaring her. Chase told police after the shooting she ran to her car and drove to a friend's house. Farr was found with a small index card on him with "sorry" written on it.