Short Summary of 2015 Legislative Session
June 2 - 2nd Annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day
Every American has the right to live without fear of gun violence. Support the National Gun Violence Awareness day by wearing orange.
This Awareness Day was started by Chicago teens in memory of Hadiya Pendleton, a majorette and high school student who marched in President Obama's 2nd inaugural parade and then as shot and killed one week later in a Chicago park. June 2nd was Hadiya's birthday.
You can wear an orange shirt, a tie, or a pin. Gosh! Here in Bronco-land, there should be plenty of orange in the closet!.
RMGO hit with Campaign Finance Violation Fine
Well, it's not just the NRA that is violating campaign finance laws. Here in Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners was fined $8450 for failing to report with the Secretary of State electioneering materials they maled in two Republican primaries in 2014. Colorado Ethics Watch made the electioneering complaint.
Waco Biker Shoot-out
Last week we were astounded to read of the shootout at a Twin Peaks restaurant between rival motorcycle gangs -- 9 dead, 18 wounded, over 150 arrested and over 100 handguns recovered. Undeterred by the gun violence occurring in their state, Texas legislators have since been considering an open-carry proposal. Here's one person's commentary:
Jerry Arca honored
Ceasefire member and CFCU leader Jerry Arca was honored on May 3rd by First Plymouth Congregational Church for his community activities to reduce gun violence. Congratulations Jerry! CFCU is the Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence. If you are in a faith community and interested in having your church/synogogue or temple share in this activity, send Jerry and the other leaders.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution special report, .13 Seconds. Faster than the blink of an eye, a stray bullet fired in celebration crossed a Lilburn street and turned a holiday into a tragic night. Since that moment, in Georgia, you have been more likely to die in a shooting than a car crash.
► Gun deaths up in Georgia, 44 other states. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of data finds that only D.C. and four states reported fewer gun deaths in 2013 than in 2003. Nationwide, gun deaths rose by 12 percent over the last decade.
► A new study in Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Gun Violence Restraining Orders: Alternative or Adjunct to Mental Health-Based Restrictions on Firearms? by Shannon Frattaroli et al, finds that the gun violence restraining order is a new tool for preventing gun violence and a promising strategy for reducing firearm homicide and suicide.
► Center for American Progress new report The Bureau and the Bureau. A review of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and a proposal to merge it with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
► Rachel Maddow shares a story that pushes her outrage-o-meter into the red zone. A Colorado law requires the family of an Aurora mass-shooting victim to pay $220,000 in legal fees to the ammunition maker they tried to sue.
► What background checks data reveals about gun purchases in America, Governing magazine. Most states ran fewer firearm background checks last year, but that's only part of the story.
► 7 in 10 schools now have shooting drills, needlessly traumatizing huge numbers of children. Schools are now treating mass shootings like tornadoes and earthquakes - disasters beyond their control that students must be prepared for at all costs.
► St. Louis, Missouri, top prosecutor launches gun violence prevention campaign website. StLouisGunCrime.comprovides data on gun crimes and court cases and access to resources.
► Cerbeus, unable to sell assault rifle manufacturer Remington Outdoor, will let investors cash out. The California State Teachers' Retirement System has long called for the sale of the gun maker. The investment firm will take Remington out of its main private equity funds and put it into a separate financial entity.
► Reveal, the Center for Investigative Reporting, Gun shows highlight states' differing laws on firearms, compares gun shows in California and Nevada to see how state laws impact the events.
► A new Tumblr page, Guns Left in Bathrooms, chronicles examples of guns forgotten by their owners and guns shot in public restrooms across the country.
►Jason Prystowsky, MD, 'Sometimes You Hear the Bullet'; In the ER the Night of the Isla Vista Shooting. I am an emergency physician with Cottage Hospital and a professor at UCSB. I had the burden and the privilege of working in the emergency room the evening of May 23, 2014.
► Jennifer Carlson, LA Times, op-ed, Why Men Feel the Need to Carry Guns. Sociologists now want to understand why some Americans not just own but also carry guns.
► John Traphagan, Dallas Morning News, When will we examine our heavily armed culture? As a whole, Americans do not seem to be able to handle gun ownership in a way that permits maintenance of a civil society.
► Errol Louis, CNN Political Commentator, In Waco carnage, a message to America. Is American culture now so drenched in weapons - and so wearily accustomed to violence - that a bloody massacre barely registers as news?
► The Guardian, Trigger warning: 10 shocking truths about gun violence. #10 - The US is the only country that relaxes gun laws after a massacre.
► Mike Weisser, Mike the Gun Guy, When the Ad Council starts talking about gun safety, everybody listens. The Ad Council is running gun-safety messages on television and radio stations around the country, funded by a million dollar grant from the Department of Justice.
► Professor Daniel Webster, Johns Hopkins University, The News & Observer Op-Ed, Making it easier for criminals to get guns in North Carolina. Research indicates that proposed changes in NC law would lead to more violence crime. If you want to know what happens when a state repeals a law requiring background checks for all handgun sales, you can look to the state of Missouri.
► Firmin Debrabander, Salon, The NRA's sinister project: Turn America into a "shoot first" society. The gun rights movement warns of a society riddled with pervasive threats - increasingly, they come from police officers, or their absence, or their recklessness. And the NRA gets its way: more guns on our streets
Irwin Arieff, States United to Prevent Gun Violence,"First They Come for the Guns." Over and Over Again?
Josh Sugarmann, Violence Policy Center,Fewer and Fewer Americans Own Guns
Arthur Kamm, Art on Issues, Concealed Carry: Risks and Deceptive Practices Adversely Affecting Public Safety
Dan Gross, Brady Campaign, Why 'Mad Men' Gives Us Hope on the Gun Violence Issue
National Gun Victims Action Council, White Supremacy Goes to the Top of NRA Leadership
Cathie Whittenburg, Ohh Shoot, Man shoots himself in the groin during gun safety class
► #WearingOrange on Tuesday, June 2nd on National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Show your support for an America free from gun violence.
► Ed Smith, Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence, op-ed, IndyStar,National Concealed Carry Legislation is Dangerous.
► Richard Martinez lost his son during the UCSB shooting.Since then he has set aside his law practice and gone to work for Everytown for Gun Safety, meeting with politicians and counseling others who have lost loved ones to gun violence.
► Mary Steufert, Brady Campaign and Protect Minnesota, op-ed, Duluth News Tribune, Thinking back to the Million Mom March and the Years Since Then.
► Chicago Mayor Emanuelnamed Carole L. Brown as City of Chicago Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Brown serves on the boards of several non-profits including the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence.
► New Yorkers Against Gun Violence brought 150 school children from Bronx and Harlem to Albany. The group received a mixed welcome.
► Gabby Giffords, Americans for Responsible Solutions, traveled to Oregon to advocate for more controls to protect victims of domestic abuse from gun violence.
►Jonathan Panzer, Texas Gun Sense, encourages legislators to "do the right thing, not the politically expedient thing" and vote against an open carry bill.
► Coalition to Stop Gun Violence launches a new coalition, Ballots Not Bullets, toaddress the increasing use of violence in targeting public policy.
► Miranda Viscoli, New Mexicans for Gun Safety, op-ed, Santa Fe New Mexican,Don't Undermine New Mexico's Concealed Carry Laws
|What the Gun Lobby is Doing
► In the hunt to be the 2016 GOP pick, top contenders agree on 1 thing: Guns. There are 15 noteworthy contenders for the Republican Party's presidential nomination. Together, they own at least 40 guns.
► Glock lawsuit: Gun biz run like the Mob. Gunmaker Gaston Glock allegedly hired a team to root out embezzlement - then turned on them when they found his own dirty dealings.
► Fox claims that FBI report that doesn't cover mass shooting falsified mass shooting data. Fox News relied on claims from discredited gun researcher John Lott to falsely suggest that an FBI report inflated the occurrence of mass shootings, possibly for political reason. The report in question explicitly noted in its introduction, "This is not a study of mass killings or mass shootings."
► Secretive group destroys candidates' chances, leaves few fingerprints. NRA-launched Law Enforcement Alliance of America targets state races and has succeeded in helping knock out 12 state-level candidates in 14 years.
►Blacksmith Mike Martin beats "swords into plowshares." Through his organization, Raw Tools, Martin turns guns into garden tools. A recent event in Pennsylvania was attended by Penn State students and local religious organizations.
► Brian McDowell, The Chanute Tribune, Kansas, Targeting a proposed new gun law. I don't currently own any firearms and prefer to protect by estate with a baseball bat, three trained attack cats, and a generally warm relationship with local police. I have never felt that not owning a gun has ever left me at risk for anything.
► Mike The Gun Guy, Want to take a public health approach to gun violence? Ask the NRA for help. Know why the NRA has been so successful selling the positive utility of guns? Because they have adopted a public health strategy for convincing the public and lawmakers that what they are saying is true.
► Charles Topher, IfYouOnlyNews.com, Ammosexual answers to this question shed a true light on American 'Gun Culture' A Facebook page recently posted this question to their fans: I am a gun owner because____. Overwhelmingly the answer was "because I can."
► Kimberly Yonkers, CNN, The firearms tragedy we forget about. Guns are a particularly effective way to commit suicide. While firearms are the means used in only 10% of suicide attempts, they are fatal more than 95% of the time.
► Tampa Bay Times, Florida, Editorial, Public safety sacrificed on altar of NRA. It's been a banner session in Tallahassee for gun zealots and the NRA and a terrible one for common sense and public safety.
► National Public Radio, Weekend Edition, William Electric Black tackles gun violence in 5 ambitious plays. Every day, this one shot, that 14-year-old, that 15-year-old, a young girl, basketball star, top-10 in the country just gunned down. So it's just gnawing at me, scratching at me. And I said I have to do something.
► Laurie Roberts, The Republic, Phoenix, AZ, Arizona Legislature: felons deserve guns, too. The AZ Legislature is taking steps to ensure that criminals never have to undergo the indignity of a background check before they buy a gun in this state. A bill would block voters or future Legislatures from requiring background checks.
► Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check, I made a joke about guns and a man threatened to assault me. Last weekend I made a joke about a secret gun vaporizer on Twitter and then spent three days reporting the myriad rape and death threats I received over social media.