Category Archives: Gun lobby

The NRA Targets the “Left”

While we have long been concerned about the National Rifle Association’s advocacy, during the past week they have taken things to an entirely new level.

While attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and the NRA launched a “counter-resistance..” The NRA is threatening violence against citizen dissenters — “the violent left.” This rhetoric essentially lays the groundwork for armed conflict within the U.S. based on differences in political philosophy.

Please take a moment to watch the Feb. 20 promotional video.

Here is a video of LaPierre’s full speech posted Feb. 24.

The CCCPGV is dedicated to working toward common sense gun control in a non-partisan fashion. However, we believe it is important to “call out” dangerous rhetoric about the deployment of guns no matter what political viewpoint is under attack.

This Feb. 24 blog post by Coalition StopGun Violence provides additional coverage of the event.

The challenge ahead

Background reading:

“Gun Owners ‘Can Breathe Again’: Trump’s Win Emboldens Advocates,” New York Times, 11/22/16

“The Threat to Public Safety if ‘Concealed Carry’ Goes National,” editorial, New York Times, 12/1/16

“Gun-rights backers vow to ‘go on offense’ during Trump years,” philly.com, updated 12/4/16

and on the more positive side:

“Gun Control Advocates Find a Deep-Pocketed Ally in Big Law,” New York Times, 12/7/16

Making a Killing: The business and politics of selling guns

by Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 6/27/16

Bars in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia let out at 2 A.M. On the morning of January 17, 2010, two groups emerged, looking for taxis. At the corner of Market and Third Street, they started yelling at each other. On one side was Edward DiDonato, who had recently begun work at an insurance company, having graduated from Villanova University, where he was a captain of the lacrosse team. On the other was Gerald Ung, a third-year law student at Temple, who wrote poetry in his spare time and had worked as a technology consultant for Freddie Mac. Both men had grown up in prosperous suburbs: DiDonato in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia; Ung in Reston, Virginia, near Washington, D.C.

Everyone had been drinking, and neither side could subsequently remember how the disagreement started; one of DiDonato’s friends may have kicked in the direction of one of Ung’s friends, and Ung may have mocked someone’s hair. “To this day, I have no idea why this happened,” Joy Keh, a photographer who was one of Ung’s friends at the scene, said later.

The argument moved down the block, and one of DiDonato’s friends, a bartender named Thomas V. Kelly IV, lunged at the other group. He was pushed away before he could throw a punch. He rushed at the group again; this time, Ung pulled from his pocket a .380-calibre semiautomatic pistol, the Kel-Tec P-3AT. Only five inches long and weighing barely half a pound, it was a “carry gun,” a small, lethal pistol designed for “concealed carry,” the growing practice of toting a hidden gun in daily life. Two decades ago, leaving the house with a concealed weapon was strictly controlled or illegal in twenty-two states, and fewer than five million Americans had a permit to do so. Since then, it has become legal in every state, and the number of concealed-carry permit holders has climbed to an estimated 12.8 million….

read more at The New Yorker

Donald Trump Courts the Gun Zealots

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, New York Times, AUG. 13, 2016

The mutual embrace of Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association grew tighter last week with Mr. Trump’s incendiary suggestion that Second Amendment advocates could “maybe” find a way to deal with Hillary Clinton and her gun safety agenda if she reached the White House.

Whether calculated or clumsy, Mr. Trump’s ugly pronouncement left a whiff of lethal intimidation in the air. It marked a singular moment of desperation in his presidential campaign — but also created grounds for the nation to demand a rational, substantive campaign debate on gun safety that gets beyond Mr. Trump’s inflammatory sound bites.

The N.R.A. stands almost alone now with Mr. Trump, as one of his few remaining stalwarts in the Republican coalition. Mr. Trump cynically cast aside his earlier pro-gun-control position and successfully pandered this year for the group’s endorsement during the primaries. And while Mr. Trump denies any intent to cue up gun-packing psychopaths, his new best friends in the N.R.A. have begun a $3 million TV attack campaign against Mrs. Clinton….

read more and follow links at New York Times

MAKING A KILLING: GUNS, GREED, AND THE NRA

From Brandywine Peace Community:

Making A Killing is the latest documentary from Brave New Films and director Robert Greenwald. The film 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 mortal 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.

See MAKING A KILLING: GUNS, GREED, AND THE NRA trailer here. For a showing in Philadelphia on May 8, see our calendar, above. Image from the trailer:

Making a killing

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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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