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 Budget Bill Blocks CDC Research as the Gun Lobby Wants

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

by Elliot Fineman
CEO – Founder
National Gun Victims Action Council

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I founded NGVAC for one simple reason—the strategies of current anti-gun violence groups, big and small, can never succeed at the federal level. No matter what gun atrocities occur, the 34 Senators from pro-gun states (among others) will never allow gun safety legislation to pass. (more…)

The NRA Thanks the Public for Its Short Memory

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

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Stopping Gun Violence Requires Presidential Leadership of a Multipronged Approach

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

by Elliot Fineman, CEO – Founder
National Gun Victims Action Council
December 13, 2015

 
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Guns Have Feelings Too Says the Gun Lobby

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

 

Many have observed that in defending “gun rights,” the gun lobby helps the very bad guys it says it is against. Exhibit A is blocking private sale background checks so criminals can buy guns at gun shows–and do. Exhibit B is the 2004 Tiahrt amendments which block ATF from requiring yearly dealer inventory despite the tens of thousands of “lost” or “stolen” guns that become crime guns.

 

Of course the NRA obstructionism is because universal background checks will lead to “government confiscation” but arming criminals also sells guns to “good guys” because, well, the criminals have guns!

 

Exhibit C is laws, written by the “bill mill” ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and passed in a growing number of states making it illegal to destroy guns that police seize, often from crime scenes. Yes, the NRA wants to save guns on “death row” because they are “valuable property.”

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The NRA says fears that guns will go back to criminals is “absurd” and if police resold seized guns at a discount it would help lower-income Americans in high-crime areas. But guns resold by police are used in crimes including crimes in which law enforcers are shot says CNNMoney.

 

The new “Don’t Destroy” laws send police out to “face the same guns they risked their lives to get off the street,” says Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher. Hennepin County, MN Sheriff Richard Stanek agrees.

 

NRA spokesperson Jennifer Baker says seized guns are sold to “law-abiding citizens,” not criminals. But the Charleston, Chattanooga, Chapel Hill, Roanoke, Lafayette, Umpqua, Navy Yard, Fort Hood, Santa Barbara, Tucson, Aurora, and Virginia Tech shooters were all legal gun owners as are most mass shooters. Feel better? Baker also says the reason for destruction of seized guns is that anti-gun violence groups want to “want to get rid of all guns.”

 

It is hard to believe the Constitution-focused, “patriotic” gun lobby is so unabashedly pro-criminal and anti-law enforcement. In addition to releasing crime guns back to the street, it has pushed laws that ban gun buy-backs, a modest but effective way for family members to remove household guns. To demonstrate its contempt for law enforcement, gun victims and gun regulation, Guns Save Life in Champaign IL vowed to sabotage a Chicago buy-back this week by turning in inoperable and rusty guns. “We will be delighted to transact business once more with do-gooders in Chicago,” said its executive director.

 

With lethal shootings in church, schools, on US highways and even during newscasts, the public space is no longer safe. We have asked President Obama to declare a state of emergency as he did in 2009 when the swine flu became a daily, public health threat.

 

 

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How the Law Enables Aurora and Oregon Style Mass Shooters

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

 

What if you had a boyfriend who was arrested and convicted for domestic violence against you? And even though you split up and he moved to another state, you know he is amassing military style weapons because you have an eight-year-old daughter together who visits him in the other state and he sends you pictures of the weapons?

 

That is the situation of a Nevada woman who has repeatedly reached out to state and federal authorities about a possible mass shooter-in-the-making. “My former boyfriend, who was convicted for gun-related domestic violence, should be banned from owning a gun,” the woman told us. “Yet he has sent me pictures of his weapons and our daughter has seen them. His current girlfriend also says he’s heavily armed.”

 

The so-called Lautenberg amendment to the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 bans access to firearms by people convicted of crimes of domestic violence.

 

The woman who contacted us wrote law enforcement and municipal authorities in Glendale, AZ, where the former boyfriend now resides, that he is likely in possession of strobe and laser enhanced assault weapons and tactical vests for reloading. Such weaponry is not necessary for “defending your home,” the woman told a reporter and “It seems like he is preparing for something.”

 

When we contacted the Glendale police department, information officer Tracy Breeden said, “assault weapons are not illegal” and that the department could not be expected to track down all the “prohibited purchasers running around all over the place,” especially because there is no federal database. Why is there no database? Because NRA lobbyists convinced Congress to prohibit a centralized database and gun sales records are kept by the gun dealers at 60,000 separate locations. Let’s get those bad guys, right NRA?

 

“There is no record of [the woman] ever making a report and/or notifying the Glendale Police Department about the information she provided you on weapons violations and the welfare of her children,” Officer Breeden wrote us in a follow-up email. But it sounded like the Glendale police also lacked centralized records–because the Mayor’s office acknowledged the police report.

 

An email to the woman from Glendale Mayor Weiers’ office says “The Police Department has responded back to me regarding your concern listed in your e-mail. If there is a violation or crime being committed it would be on a federal level and would need to be investigated and prosecuted by the US Marshal and US Attorney. There would be no legal justification for us, at the state level, to step in and take this person’s property.” Military style weapons capable of mass death are “property”?

 

We also contacted the Henderson, NV police department, where the gun-related domestic violence incident allegedly occurred. Again we were told the records could not be pulled–and even if they could, a former girlfriend’s allegations were not “probable cause” to investigate the situation said Kathleen Richards, Senior Public Information Specialist.

 

Let’s wait until someone gets killed?

 

The domestic arrest and conviction in question have been sealed, Richards told us. But, even if the record were not sealed, it would have no effect on what happens in other states she said. (Officer Breeden of the Glendale police department also told us a conviction for gun-related domestic violence in one state has no bearing on another state.)

 

“Does this mean a domestic batterer can be convicted in one state and move to another and do the same thing?” commented the woman when we told her what we found out. “In the wake of the massacres in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut we should be alarmed at anyone that not only has been convicted of domestic violence but where a gun was involved in an emotionally unstable situation whether or not the person actually served a sentence.

 

“I have seen him [the boyfriend and father of her daughter] so angry, he will break things for eight hours. He also plays violent video games all day long. This is not about the safety of me or my daughter–it is about everyone’s safety.”

 

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Since September, we are aware of 14 wives shot by angry armed husbands in the US–and only two survived. Violent domestic abusers, often under orders of protection, are a major cause of women’s deaths. The NRA defends the rights of people to keep their guns while under orders of protection.

 

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The only thing the NRA hates more than gun grabbers are moderates within its own ranks

Monday, August 17th, 2015

 

It has been eight years since successful outdoors personality and big game hunter Jim Zumbo spoke out against military style weapons for hunting. “Maybe I’m a traditionalist, but I see no place for these weapons among our hunting fraternity. I’ll go so far as to call them ‘terrorist’ rifles,” he wrote on a blog. “We don’t need to be lumped into the group of people who terrorize the world with them.”

 

Who remembers what happened? Zumbo was called a “turncoat” who has “put a stake in our hearts” by gun advocates and stripped almost overnight of his weekly TV show on the Outdoors network and position as hunting editor with Outdoor Life magazine. Zumbo’s show were restored only after he flew to NRA board member Ted Nugent’s Texas ranch to learn the beauty of so-called “black rifles,” for hunting animals.

 

Zumbo even issued an unctuous recantation. “I’ll do all I can to educate others who are, or were, as ignorant as I was about ‘black’ rifles and the controversy that surrounds them,” he vowed. “My promise to you is that I’ll learn all I can about these firearms, and by the time this week is out, I’ll order one.” In the words of George Orwell, Zumbo loved Big Brother, too.

 

Flash forward to 2013 when a call for mandatory gun-owner training in the magazine Guns & Ammo also activated the NRA’s Taliban wing. Why? Requiring training for people walking around with lethal weapons is a clear violation of “gun rights.” Within hours contributing editor Dick Metcalf was terminated and the magazine’s editor Jim Bequette resigned. “The government should not deem it necessary to micromanage the citizen exercise of essential rights,” an NRA quote on the Wisconsin Gun Owners website clarifies.

 

Last year after initially terming Texas open carry hooligans who mass together, intimidating the public “downright weird” and not a “practical” way “to defend yourself,” the NRA reversed itself. The condemnation was “a mistake” and” shouldn’t have happened,” said NRA’s Chris Cox, adding “our job is not to criticize the lawful behavior of fellow gun owners.”

 

The NRA was not always the gun extremist group with strong white power overtones it is today. (NRA board member Ted Nugent wears a Confederate Flag when performing, for example.) It was known for promoting marksmanship and gun safety–not prepping for an upcoming showdown with the government. In the 1930’s, NRA President Karl T. Frederick even said, “I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses.”

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In 1967, California Gov. Ronald Reagan, an NRA member, proclaimed “There’s no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons,” when 24 Black Panther Party members walked into the California Statehouse legally carrying rifles. Imagine what would happen if a politician and NRA member made a statement like that today.

 

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