Monthly Archives: January 2016

BRADY CAMPAIGN ‘LIKES’ NEW FACEBOOK POLICY ON GUNS

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, 1/29/15

Brady President Dan Gross urged Facebook to ban unlicensed gun sales back in 2014

WASHINGTON — Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement on Facebook’s decision to bar unlicensed gun sales on its website.

“A big thumbs up to Facebook for taking this important step! The Brady Campaign urged Facebook to bar unlicensed gun sales in 2014 and we are happy to see that Facebook has finally adopted our policy. By blocking unlicensed gun sales on its site, Facebook will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. It is simply too easy for anyone to buy any gun they want online without a Brady background check in most states — Facebook just took an important step in addressing that challenge and we call on others to follow suit.”

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The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025….

read more at Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. See more details in “Facebook bans private gun sales,” USAToday, 1/30/15

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Contribute to “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA”

email from Brave New Films, 1/28/16

In 2014, we began researching and collecting stories of families affected by gun violence. Through our work we have unveiled how a shared greed has nurtured a symbiotic relationship between the National Rifle Association, gun manufacturers and elected officials. Since then thousands of people have contributed to telling these stories and making this connection to the world.

The bad news: Two years later, the NRA and gun manufacturers are still waging war at any regulation that could save lives.

The good news: Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA should be ready for release the week of March 14. Now, we have the opportunity to tell these stories to the world and take on the NRA once and for all.

Will you contribute $10 to produce this film? With every contribution, big or small, you will get a free screening kit with link to the film when available. $50 gets your name in the end credits as an honorary Producer. Continue reading

State by State, More Guns Mean More Killing of Women

By Christina Cauterucci,craigslist.org, 1/26/16

Homicide-wise, gun-ownership rates impact women more than men.

A new study from Boston University has found a strong correlation between a state’s rate of gun ownership and its rate of women murdered by people they know. The article, soon to be published in Violence and Gender, stands to combat claims from conservatives that guns make women safer. In fact, relaxing gun laws may have dire implications for domestic violence.

Authors Michael Siegel and Emily Rothman studied firearm ownership rates and how they compared with gun-related homicides of both men and women, committed by both strangers and nonstrangers, from 1981 to 2013. After controlling for age, race, region, poverty, unemployment, education, divorce rate, alcohol use, and a number of other potentially extenuating factors, they found that higher levels of gun ownership corresponded to higher rates of women being killed by people they know, but not by strangers.

Most women killed in the U.S. are killed with guns, and gun-ownership rates are associated with more homicides, more homicides by gun, and in particular more homicides by gun by a nonstranger. Continue reading

CCCPGV group in Media, 1/16/16

We took part in a thrilling March in Media celebrating the President’s Executive actions on guns. We numbered about 10 from our group, joining 300 like-minded people marching, chanting, make a joyful noise in a 12-block walk around the center of Media. Purposes: to demonstrate strong and enthusiastic public support in Delaware County for the historic action taken by our President; to send a message that the local people will be Gun Sense Voters in 2016.

Media 1-16-16

See 3-minute video of the MLK Day march against gun violence here.

Area legislators weigh in on gun violence, control

By Michael Rellahan, Daily Local News, 12/12/15

In 2015, the United States of America has experienced more than 350 mass shootings, more than one for every day of the year.

That’s dozens of people killed and hundreds of people wounded in places that are well known and others that are small enough to have previously escaped notice.

Opening up one’s newspaper and reading an account of people running from a building where a mass shooting has taken place is horrifying, but also is slowly becoming the “new normal.” Remember the February shooting in Douglassville, Ga., in which five people were killed, including several children? If you don’t, it could be because such news stories now seem to fit into the fabric of our lives.

In Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Berks and Bucks counties in the Delaware Valley, the stark fact is that it will only be a matter of time before we recognize the building into which emergency responders are rushing to help save the lives of multiple shooting victims as being right down the street from where we live.

The editorial staff of Digital First Media, including the Daily Local News, recently asked the elected officials who represent our readers in Washington, D.C. to answer some simple but straight forward questions about gun violence and how to combat it. Following are the questions that we asked, and the responses that we received from those legislators.

Questions:

What are your feelings about gun violence in America? How much of a concern is it of yours, both as a citizen and a legislator?

Are there steps that Congress and the president can take to reduce the incidence of gun violence? What are they?

Do you think that the laws governing gun purchases and ownership in the United States are a) sufficient to prevent gun violence, b) insufficient to prevent gun violence or c) in need of minor adjustments?

Do you think your constituents would favor increased gun control laws, or oppose them? Do you think you constituents want the government to act on gun control? How divided do you see the issue among your constituents?

Does the influence among legislators of the National Rifle Association alarm you, or not?…

See Daily Local News for responses of Senators Casey and Toomey and US Representatives Costello, Meehan, and Pitts.

We Support President Obama’s Actions to Prevent Gun Violence

Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence, January 5, 2016

Executive Action Needed Because Congress Fails to Address the Problem

Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence Commends President Obama on His Executive Actions to Prevent Gun Violence

The Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence joins the undersigned State Affiliates of States United to Prevent Gun Violence commend President Obama for his brave leadership and for remaining steadfast in his commitment to reducing gun violence. The Executive Action measures detailed in the “FACT SHEET: New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence and Make Our Communities Safer” are broad and cover a wide range of key points including expanding background checks by:

clarifying which gun sellers must register as licensed gun dealers and thus perform background checks to help keep guns out of dangerous hands;
making communities safer by increasing ATF action and work on keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers
providing more funds for improving mental health treatment as well as making sure that appropriate mental health records are submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.  

Polling shows that 90% of all Americans, including the majority of gun owners, want background checks on all gun sales. It is unconscionable that the Republican Congress has failed to act on this one important measure. We applaud the President for putting the safety of Americans above the will of special interest groups. The people have spoken and the President has done what he can to deliver. The Delaware Coaition Against Gun Violence and similar organizations in other states are committed to making sure such executive actions are implemented and are proud of our President for taking these actions.

States United to Prevent Gun Violence

Arizonans for Gun Safety
Women Against Gun Violence CA
Colorado Ceasefire Capitol Fund
Connecticut Against Gun Violence Ed Fund
Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence
Georgians for Gun Safety
Hawaii Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence
Iowans for Gun Safety 
Maine Gun Safety Coalition
Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence 
Stop Handgun Violence MA
Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Protect Minnesota
Nebraskans Against Gun Violence
New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Ed Fund
North Carolinians Against Gun Violence Ed Fund
Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence
Oklahoma Gun Sense
Ceasefire Oregon
Ceasefire Pennsylvania
Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence
Safe Tennessee Project
Texas Gun Sense
Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah
Virginia Center for Public Safety
Washington Ceasefire
Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort Ed Fund

States United to Prevent Gun Violence is a non-profit organization dedicated to making our families and communities safer. We are the only national state-led gun violence prevention group. Our mission is to support 30 state affiliates and to nurture new state organizations.

The Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence is a statewide coalition of parents, teachers, clergy, grandparents, doctors, nurses, friends, gun owners, and like-minded groups and individuals is united to help safeguard our citizens and communities, address the root causes of gun violence, and promote sensible laws that help prevent gun violence in our homes and communities.

Together we are forging a strong public voice for to address and prevent gun violence.

Contact: info@decagv.org

Executive Actions Justified

Letter, Daily Local news, 1/12/16

The reactions of both sides of the aisle in Congress was so predictable–the vast majority of Democrats supportive, and the vast majority of Republicans against President Obama’s bold executive actions taken to reduce gun violence. Most Americans are sick and tired of the barrage of mass shootings (over 300 in 2015), school shootings (over 100 since Sandy Hook) and the inner city gun violence that plague our great nation. As has been mentioned before, there is no safe place, as even bucolic West Chester suffered a gun murder in its city limits this past year. Most Americans feel the ‘fierce urgency of Now’ in doing something to reduce the carnage.

What to do when Congress won’t act? Executive actions are justified in two cases:

1. To clarify and extend existing laws in making them more effective.
2. When there is a national crisis, like war, epidemic, natural disaster, or in this case,
a national health and safety crisis: 33,000 Americans killed by guns every year.

The executive actions announced pass both of these tests. That is the case with extending
background checks to those who buy and sell guns for a profit, but never were set up as federally licensed gun dealers. Many internet sales, and gun show sales happen without background checks this way.These part timers need to be defined and credentialed as ‘federally licensed gun dealers who must by law perform background checks on their customers, thereby using an existing law to plug up some loopholes in the Background Check system.  In addition, you could say America is in the midst of a mental health crisis, with mass shootings being a symptom. The proposed $500,000 to strengthen mental health should appeal to the Republicans, who often decry Mental Health whenever there is a mass shooting. Can the Republicans and Dems work together on this issue? Not likely, but here is hoping that the executive actions proposed by President Obama this week is a strong headwind in the growing tipping point for making serious progress to save lives. Let’s see Congress eventually getting  on board and doing their job to also help protect Americans with safer gun laws. The nation can’t wait any longer.

Tom Buglio
Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence