PBS Frontline looks at the Power of the NRA.
December 11th Vigil exceeded all the planners' hopes and expectations. Over 200 people attended, heard excellent speakers, marched around the capitol, signed cards to legislative leaders, and watched a performance on the capitol steps by Colorado Ceasefire Youth. Special thanks to Alana Smart, who chaired the committee that did the extensive planning, and to Josie Brady for bringing so many youth to the movement.
At long last, our country has a Surgeon General. It took over a year, but Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed on December 15th despite strong opposition from the NRA (which told senators it was scoring the vote.). Special thanks to Sen. Ted Cruz, whose ploy to hold up a spending bill enabled the Democratic leadership to bring up the Murthy vote. But the greatest thanks are toYOU for your calls to Senators Udall and Bennet, both of whom supported the Murthy nomination.
NPR’s Political Folk Song of the Year is focused on gender-based violence, particularly gun violence. Alynda Lee Segarra wrote “The Body Electric’ because she was disturbed at the comfort level of musicians and listeners to violent lyrics. The recording is by Hurray for the Riff Raff. Check it out: http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2014/12/11/370125443/the-political-folk-song-of-the-year?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2038
Facts: Stanford researchers John Donahue et al. confirmed that concealed carry laws, rather than reducing crime, are associated with an increase in violent crime, particularly aggravated assaults, which researchers show increased by 8% in states with CCW laws in place. Although the evidence is less strong, CCW laws are also associated with increases in rape, robbery and homicide. http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/november/donohue-guns-study-111414.html
IRRESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS – just a small sampling:
Dog shoots man http://nypost.com/2014/12/19/dog-accidentally-shoots-man/
2-year-old shoots/kills his mother http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/12/31/the-inside-story-of-how-an-idaho-toddler-shot-his-mom-at-wal-mart/
Texas Open Carry advocate shoots/kills ex-husband and step-daughterhttp://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/open-carry-advocate-kills-ex-husband-suspect-veronica-dunnachie
► Washington, D.C. to begin accepting first applications in decades for concealed-firearm permits. Move comes after federal judge's ruling striking down the District's long-standing concealed-carry ban.► After the shooting at the National War Memorial and Parliament in Ottawa, Canada, a look at how gun control works in Canada. Canada's laws are meaningfully stronger than those in the U.S.
VIDEO FROM AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
Gun violence is the second leading cause of death for children.
Video on Protecting Children from Gun Violence
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