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.

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