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If you Tweet, here are some messages and hash-tags. Twitter Messages
• Tell the @NSSF to STOP letting bad guys get guns! We need to #FinishTheJob.
• The @NSSF doesn’t support common sense background checks.
They only care about #ProfitsOverPeople.
• 90% of Americans support background checks. Yet the gun lobby keeps
working to block them. The @NSSF is only about #ProfitsOverPeople.
• It’s time to OUT SHOUT the gun lobby. We need them to stop putting
#ProfitsOverPeople so we can #FinishTheJob on background checks.
• .@JeffFlake has taken over $20,000 from the gun lobby. Is that why
he won’t #FinishTheJob on background checks?
• .@KellyAyotte is in the the pocket of @NSSF. Is that why she voted NO
on expanding #bradybackgroundchecks? #FinishTheJob
• .@SenatorHeitkamp is in the @NSSF’s back pocket. Is this why she doesn’t
want to #FinishTheJob on background checks?
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
VIDEO FROM AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
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.”
Peacekeepers: 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/