Monthly Archives: March 2016

Thousands Petition To Allow Guns At Republican Convention For ‘Safety’

by Andy Campbell, Huffington Post, 3/26/16

Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland to allow guns at the Republican National Convention — all in the name of safety.

The Change.org petition, which had more than 26,000 supporters as of Saturday evening, claims that the arena’s weapon ban makes those who attend the RNC in July “sitting ducks, utterly helpless against evil-doers and criminals.”

It’s addressed to Republican candidates like Donald Trump, who’s quoted as promising to eliminate gun-free zones in schools should he be elected.

“Cleveland, Ohio is consistently ranked as one of the top ten most dangerous cities in America,” the petition states. “By forcing attendees to leave their firearms at home, the RNC and Quicken Loans Arena are putting tens of thousands of people at risk both inside and outside of the convention site.”

The argument that gun-free zones are dangerous is thrown around loosely in political circles. It’s often legitimized by misguided anecdotes….

read more and see news video at Huffington Post

Guns RNC petition
Above is the beginning of the petition at change.org. Read the text there.

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Fetterman Campaign Releases New Ad Starring Mayor John and His Smith & Wesson 500

Fetterman for US Senate, 3/21/16

BRADDOCK, PA – U.S. Senate candidate and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman released a new ad today on Congress’s continued refusal to do absolutely anything at all to reduce gun violence. The spot features no frills, and no BS – just Mayor John armed with the world’s most powerful handgun and a simple message.

“Guns” is available online HERE.

“All of us should agree that we want to make sure that weapons like this stay out of the hands of people that could use them to hurt people,” Mayor John says in the ad – a sentiment that should really be common sense, yet remains controversial in this country.

The handgun featured in the commercial is a Smith & Wesson Model 500. John has owned it for 10 years, and he’s been around guns most of his life. As a teenager John used to hunt deer in Adams County. While the gun lobby and Republicans in Congress seek to pit gun owners against the rest of America, Mayor John is proud to speak up on behalf of millions of gun owners who support common sense measures to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals….

Fetterman's gun

read more and view video at Fetterman for US Senate

PA Background Checks superior to National

On Tuesday, March 15th, a number of progressive PA legislators, and leaders from Gun Violence groups met in Harrisburg to define and refine strategy for making progress in our movement.   In addition, Captain Sean McGinley and Major Scott Price were there representing the State Police.  Their information concerning PICS, Pennsylvania’s background check system was enlightening.  In PA, a gun buyer for everything except for private long gun sales must submit to both NICS and PICS -national and PA background checks.  Here are some facts related by the State Police reps:

*Cracking down on Firearms Denials: The PA State Police have used PICS over the last 4 years to become more aggressive in investigating and prosecuting those who try to buy a gun legally and are denied because of background problems. Currently, there are 6 troopers dedicated to investigating illegal firearms purchases.  In 2015 alone, there were over 4 thousand investigations, 2,290 convictions and 144 people were arrested at point of sale for active warrants.  When the gun rights crowd says ‘enforce existing laws’, we are doing that in PA.

*PICS stronger than FICS:  It was related that PICS searches PA drivers license numbers through PennDot and closes loopholes for searching on name alone (NICS) in instances of name changes.  PICS is also able to use 10 days to investigate anyone held up from buying, and if after 10 days cannot verify, the decision defaults to denial of the sale.  NICS has only 3 days, and as in the case of the Charleston shooter, if the investigation is not complete, the default position is the sale goes through – sometimes with tragic consequences.

*PFA-Protection from Abuse Orders: PICS has 1,500 more PFA’s on record than NICS.

So as you can see, there are some things PA is doing that is very right.   We need ALL GUN SALES to go through PICS, and we all owe a debt of gratitude to the PA State Police for their service in keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

Tom Buglio-CCCPGV director

Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA

from Brave New Films (Watch trailer, sign up to host a screening, get more info):

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. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims’ families. The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit – and thereby putting people in danger.

The film looks into gun tragedies that include unintentional shootings, domestic violence, suicides, mass shootings and trafficking – and what we can do to put an end to this profit-driven crisis. Through this film and campaign, Brave New Films will work with partners to fight for a country where public safety is more valued than profit.

Join us to demand – and achieve – common sense gun laws now.

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Your 12 Resolutions to #EndGunViolence in 2016

1) ENGAGE – Remain current locally by attending DeCAGV-sponsored Movement for a Culture of Peace forums. On SAT., JAN. 9—9 to 11 a.m. at Hanover Presbyterian Church, 1801 N. Jefferson St, Wilmington,19802. Featuring RITA LANDGRAF, Secretary of Health & Human Services; DARRYL CHAMBERS, Public Safety Strategies Commission Member; SEN. MARGARET ROSE HENRY, (D-Wilm.); and REP. STEPHANIE BOLDEN, (D-Wilm.). The panel will discuss what still needs to be done to implement the high-level research and thinking that went into recent reports addressing violence in Wilmington.

2) CONNECT – Mingle and converse with others during DeCAGV-sponsored film/discussion events. “The Armor of Light” (Feb. 9) tracks Rev. Rob Schenck, anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, who breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life.

3) JOIN – Get in touch with the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence.  We need volunteers to take action and join the genuine grassroots efforts of each state. DeCAGV.org/join

4) ACT – When the time comes, we’ll rely on your support to call your elected leaders and speak out about an important issue. Watch for our “Action Alert” emails and know that our success is dependent on your calls—as it is our Delaware General Assembly’s and Congress’ job to listen to constituents like you. You can also send them an email or a tweet! action.DeCAGV.org/

5) DIVEST – Is your 401k retirement plan invested in guns? Find out if there are public gun companies in your portfolio and learn what you can do to begin divesting and how to leave instructions with your financial adviser about not investing in gun manufacturers. unloadyour401k.com

6) UNDERSTAND – How do Delaware’s gun laws rank in comparison with other states? Could we do better? Check out the 2015 Gun Law Scorecard: gunlawscorecard.org

7) LEARN – Do your elected leaders care more about people or gun profits? Find out where our congressional representatives stand on guns and how much money they’ve received from the gun lobby. theguardian.com/gunmap

8) KNOW – How many people have been shot near your home this year? Enter your location and see the results of both fatal & nonfatal shootings in your area. thetrace.org/interactive-map-2015/

9) SHARE – The videos “Guns With History” and “Ed – Stronger Gun Laws” have over 7 million combined views on YouTube. Share these videos with your friends & families to see the effects of gun violence and the power we have to make our country safer. youtube.com/GunswithHistory & youtube.com/Ed

10) ASK – How do I keep my children safe from inadvertently accessing guns? “ASK” allows parents to play an active role in keeping kids safe. Download a toolkit—any parent can make a difference merely by asking and by encouraging others to do the same. askingsaveskids.org

11) SPEAK UP – The number one cause of firearm-related deaths is something rarely spoken of: suicide. Firearms in the home are associated with a significantly higher rate of suicide among gun owners and their families. Spread the word: Lock up your guns.  harvard.edu/MeansMatter

12) DONATE – As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence is solely supported by public contributions. Your involvement is critical to our work of preventing the proliferation of gun violence. If you haven’t done so already, please consider making a donation. Each tax deductible gift—$25, $50, $100, or any amount—is a testament to the shift to a safer America. DeCAGV.org/donate

Happy New Year—and stay in touch!

Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence 

Sensible Gun Laws

from Susan Rzucidlo for PA House 158

The United States Constitution grants us the right to bear arms. And while gun ownership is a right, it is also a privilege; a privilege that carries enormous responsibility. We must work together to ensure that guns are not accessible by individuals who are not permitted or capable enough to own and operate them. I believe that sensible people working together can find common ground to do just that.

Every American is shocked, saddened and frustrated when we hear of yet another shooting in our country. Regardless of whether it happens in a school or on the street, at a church or in a home, in an office or an act of road rage, these incidents shake us to the core. We all want to find a way to make these senseless acts stop. We all come at the problem with different ideas but if we would work together we would improve the situation. What we already know is that this not a simple problem. We also can’t decide not to take any action, just because it won’t fix the whole problem.

We need to make changes in the law that will help protect the people of Pennsylvania. We can all agree that weapons in the hands of criminals, terrorists and those who are a danger to themselves or others is not in the best interest of anyone. Requiring a criminal background check for all gun sales is simply common-sense legislation and something that I will work to implement if elected.

Did you know that adjusting for population, there were 46 percent fewer intimate partner gun homicides of women in states that require background checks for all gun sales than in states that do not?1) We have the ability to reduce gun related violence by implementing these common-sense requirements: Continue reading