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Remembering the 20 first-graders and 6 educators shot and
killed at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13th:
VIDEO FROM AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
FAITHS CALLING TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE DAY
Fifty religious organizations and denominations from coast to coast
are participating in an interfaith call-in day on Friday, December 13.
At this critical time, moral voices can make all the difference. Please
add your own voice to the chorus by calling your senators and telling
• Thousands more Americans have been murdered with guns
• since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.
• An overwhelming majority of Americans support gun violence
prevention measures and wish the Senate would have passed
the background check bill this year.
• To support the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey background check
• And be sure to let them know that you are calling as part of
Faiths Calling to Prevent Gun Violence.
Senator Mark Udall call toll-free: 877-7-MUDALL (877-768-3255)
Senator Michael Bennett (202) 224-5852
SANDY HOOK REMEMBRANCE EVENT
On Saturday, December 14th, 2013, Ceasefire will be joining with Moms
Demand Action to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre
and all victims of gun violence. You are invited to join us.
Time: 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Place: Cheesman Park Pavilion, 1599 E. 8th Ave., Denver
Parking: Available in a small lot south of the Pavilion or along the
"REMEMBER NEWTOWN" HOLIDAY CARDS
You can mail holiday cards to federal lawmakers. Suggested recipients are
your own members of congress and those Senators who have done nothing
to address the gun violence epidemic.
Members of the Senate who we were quite disappointed to see vote against
Democrats: Mark Begich (AK), Mark Pryor (AR) , Max Baucus (MT),
and Heidi Heitkamp (ND)
Republicans: Kelly Ayotte (NH), Jeff Flake (AZ), Dean Heller (NV),
Lisa Murkowski (AK), Saxby Chambliss (GA), Dan Coats (ID),
Rob Portman (OH), and Richard Burr (NC)
UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE WORKING!
Since July 1st, 72 people trying to purchase or transfer firearms through a private
sale were blocked from that transfer because they failed a background check.
The crimes the denied buyers were convicted or charged with include homicide,
sexual assault, assault, dangerous drugs and larceny/theft. Additionally, domestic
violence abusers under restraining orders were denied firearms purchases. We can
thank our courageous legislators that these criminals were unable to obtain firearms,
weapons that likely would have been used for further mayhem and abuse.
COLORADO MOVES UP IN STATE RANKINGS ON GUN LAWS
Due to laws enacted this year, Colorado has moved up from 22nd to 14th in state rankings
of gun laws. The letter grade Colorado received was a C-. California remained at the top
of the rankings. After the Newtown school massacre, Connecticut also strengthened
its gun laws and now ranks 2nd. Unfortunately, Colorado is surrounded by states which
received an F grade. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center
tp Prevent Gun Violence produced this year’s report. You can see the full report at:
On that same note, the New York Times had a graphic in today’s paper illustrating
state gun laws since the Newtown school shooting. For an interactive version, see
RACHEL ZENZINGER ELECTED AS NEW SD19 SENATOR
SD19’s vacancy committee appointed Rachel Zenzinger as a replacement for Senator
Evie Hudak, who resigned several weeks ago. Ms. Zenzinger serves on the Arvada
City Council and had been Sen. Hudak’s campaign chair. She has a great interest
in education and the elderly, and has stated that she supports the firearms laws
passed last session. The Colorado Senate remains at an 18-17 between
Democrats and Republicans.
AN INTRIGUING APPOINTMENT
In 2012 the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners pushed a slate of candidates in the Republican
primaries and ousted a number of incumbent Republicans who didn’t hew to their
extremist stances on issues. For their actions, we now have Sen. Vicki Marble, who
has become an embarrassment to the state for her racially insensitive remarks this
summer. (We’ll note also that Sen. Marble was the sponsor of a fairly unsavory
bill that would have nullified federal gun laws. Dare we call it “secession light”? ).
In the primary, Marble defeated incumbent Glenn Vaad. Governor Hickenlooper
just appointed Vaad to the Public Utilities Commission. Unfortunately, we are
all still stuck with Ms. Marble and her extremist agenda.
Gun violence is the second leading cause of death for children.
Video on Protecting Children from Gun Violence
For an excellent commentary on the recall, check out Dave Chandler’s article:
According to the Quinnipiac poll, Coloradoans support the gun measures passed,
but don’t support gun control:
Child Gun Accidents - the Hidden Toll
Michael Luo and Michael McIntyre had an extensive report in Sunday’s
New York Times. As one mother who lost her 14-year old son to a
handgun accident stated: “These are no accidents. They are simply
irresponsible, stubborn, cowardly adults unwilling to stand up against
the gun lobby and those who support it.”
Amardeep Kaleka, whose father was killed in the Sikh Temple mass
shooting, is working on a film Peacemakers. This documentary film
tackles the growing epidemic of violence in America, searching for answers
and creating a social movement that brings lasting solutions to our communities.
Ceasefire’s Tom Mauser is featured.
Watch the trailer here: http://www.thepeacemakermovement.com/