Monthly Archives: April 2017

Another Approach…Social Investing for Gun Violence Prevention

What Can YOU Do, Now, about Gun Violence in America?

Consider an “Economic Campaign”

 Did you know that 35% of U.S. stock mutual funds have more than $17.3 billion invested in gun, gun retailer, and ammunition companies?

What are these companies? There are nine:

  • Four manufacturers: Olin Corporation; Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc.; Smith & Wesson; and Vista Outdoor.
  • Five retailers: Big 5 Sporting Goods; Dick’s Sporting Goods; Sportsman’s Warehouse, Cabela’s and Wal-Mart.

Do reputable mutual fund firms like Vanguard or Fidelity invest in these companies? YES. They do. So if you have money invested in their funds, your money may be supporting these firms.

  • Vanguard has placed more than $5.7 billion of investor’s money in these corporations.
  • Fidelity Investments has more than $791 million of investor’s money invested in these firms.
  • TSP, the federal employee’s investment fund, has $846 million invested.

I do not want my money invested in these firms. What can I do?

  • If you have a broker or financial advisor, contact them and ask them to remove your money from investment in these companies.
  • If you invest your own money, check the site at the link below to find out if one of your current mutual funds invests in these firms, and to find possible alternative mutual funds
  • Or, call your mutual fund provider and ask for their assistance.

www.goodbyegunstocks.com

We often hear, “How we use our money reflects our values.”  Invest YOUR money to show your commitment to reducing the potential for gun violence in our communities.

Source:  http://www.goodebyegunstocks.com

Bill Allowing PA Teachers To Carry Guns Advances

[The issue of how to best keep our schools safe is a very important one, but is having people who are not trained law enforcement officials the answer? PA lawmakers are actively considering allowing guns in schools.]

By Justin Heinze, West Chester Patch, April 21 2017

Legislation that would allow teachers to carry handguns in Pennsylvania schools has advanced in the state legislature, and the issue is predictably raising tempers on both sides.

Senate Bill 383, also known as the School Safety Bill, would give teachers the option of carrying concealed firearms on school property and in the classroom. Detractors of the bill don’t want firearms around children. Defenders, like bill sponsor Sen. Donald White, a Republican representing the 41st District, think that it could protect students from incidents of violence in schools, like mass shootings or stabbings.

“Since I first introduced this proposal, there has been much discussion about what the measure does and how it relates to current Pennsylvania law,” White, who represents Butler, Indiana, and Westmoreland counties, said in a statement. “To be clear, this bill is not about the Second Amendment. It’s about permitting the 500 school districts of this Commonwealth to have greater choices when it comes to protecting our most precious resource – our children.”

The bill would also allow school staff members, like maintenance workers or any administrative employees, to carry firearms.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s press secretary, J.J. Abbott, released a statement on behalf of the governor condemning the legislation. …

read more at West Chester Patch”></a. See Governor Wolf's "Wolf Administration Statement Opposing Senate Bill 383" here.

Republicans should take the lead to stop illegal gun sales

by The Inquirer Editorial Board, philly.com, April 21, 2017

It took the 2012 murder of a Plymouth Meeting police officer to break the chokehold the gun lobby has on Pennsylvania’s legislators. They passed the Brad Fox Law after its namesake was gunned down by a man who bought a gun from a straw buyer.

These are often profiteers who buy guns from legitimate sources and sell them to criminals who cannot legally purchase guns. No good comes from this arrangement, but the gun industry’s minions in the legislature constantly oppose efforts to stop the practice.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross has cited the flood of illegal guns as a major factor in the city’s outrageously high shooting rate. In 2016, police reported 2,257 aggravated assaults with guns, making shootings a major health crisis in the city.

But concerned leaders don’t even look to Harrisburg for help because Pennsylvania’s legislators seem more interested in enabling the bloodshed than stopping it.

Sometimes, though, there are small victories of common sense over the gun industry’s greed….

read more at philly.com

Staffer accidentally shoots himself at NRA headquarters

[We hope that this man is okay but we found it ironic that an NRA staff member participating in NRA-sponsored firearms training at the NRA headquarters accidentally shot himself. It just proves the point that guns have the potential to injure and kill people. Even people who have been trained to use them are still at risk.]

by Greg Hadley, McClatchy D.C. Bureau, philly.com, 4/8/17

Fairfax County, Virginia, police announced Friday that a 46-year-old man has suffered a minor injury and is undergoing medical treatment after he accidentally shot himself with a pistol at the headquarters of the National Rifle Association.

In its daily recap of incidents and crimes on Friday, the police department reported the accidental discharge took place at around 3:30 p.m. in the National Firearms Museum, which is based in the NRA’s Fairfax, Virginia, headquarters.

According to police, the man, an employee, was participating in firearms training at the shooting range located in the museum when he attempted to holster his pistol. As he did so, the weapon accidentally fired, injuring the man’s lower body.

read more at philly.com

Disgraceful gun bill endangers veterans: Army vet

by Lindsey Donovan, USA Today, March 29, 2017 [All 3 Chester County congressmen–Reps. Costello (R-6), Meehan (R-7) and Smucker (R-16)–voted for the bill, which passed the US House on March 16 and went to the Senate. See Tom Buglio’s comment on HR 1181 here.].

This isn’t about the Second Amendment. It’s about protecting those who served us so bravely.

I am a proud veteran of the Army. The seven Army Values are a part of my moral DNA. Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage are at the heart of who I am today.

These values serve as the backbone to every servicemember who has served or is still serving in our armed forces, and they deserve better than what our federal lawmakers have given them. Instead of protecting our most vulnerable veterans — men and women with severe mental illness — the House recently passed a bill that made it easier for them to get guns.

Our veteran population is facing a devastating suicide crisis. Every day, 20 veterans take their lives — not surprisingly, two-thirds of them use a gun. And the veteran suicide rate is more than 20% higher than for civilian Americans. Yet in the midst of this crisis, our elected officials voted to remove from the background check system nearly 170,000 records of veterans with severe mental illnesses. These veterans will now be able to purchase and possess firearms, even if they have been determined to be incapable of managing their own affairs….

read more at USA Today