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There is One– And Only One– Path To Halting The Gun Violence Epidemic– Obama Must Declare A National State of Emergency

Friday, December 4th, 2015

by Elliot Fineman
CEO National Gun Victims Action Council
December 4, 2015



Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

by Elliot Fineman
CEO National Gun Victims Action Council
December 2, 2015


Here Is an Example of Gun Control Done in the US Today and Practiced for Decades. Surprise– It Works!

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

by Elliot Fineman
CEO National Gun Victims Action Council
November 22, 2015

There have not been any machine gun incidents in decades. How come? 100,000 are owned and they can be sold or transferred to those that want them.

A machine gun differs from a semi-automatic assault weapon in that one pull of the trigger rapidly fires a torrent of bullets whereas a semi-automatic assault weapon fires one bullet for each trigger pull. Yet—as we tragically know—they can fire 50 to 100 bullets per minute.

As per the National Firearms Act of 1934—and subsequent laws including the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act of 1986— every machine gun is registered—and every current machine gun owner or would-be purchaser or relative the machine gun owner might want to transfer the machine gun to— including his children—must go through a full (total) background check. (more…)

A Time for Mourning… Or A Time To Promote An Absurd Pro-Gun Fanatic Position?

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Paris, France
by Elliot Fineman
CEO National Gun Victims Action Council

November 16, 2015
I was not going to write anything about guns in this week’s update. My only comment was going to offer my complete and heartfelt sympathy to the French people who lost loved ones in the unthinkable Friday evening massacre and to express my deep anguish about the lives cut short by the madness of ideological fanatics.


Sunday, November 8th, 2015

by Elliot Fineman
CEO National Gun Victims Action Council

November 8, 2015
Once again all the gun violence prevention groups are certain that now—since the school shooting in Umpqua—we have reached a tipping point. Enough is enough they say—and this time it is different. But, this is exactly what they said after Columbine, and after Virginia Tech, and after Tucson, and after Sandy Hook and after Aurora—and it never was different. Why?
Problem is Structural


Saturday, October 31st, 2015

by Elliot Fineman
CEO National Gun Victims Action Council


While all of the gun violence prevention groups—large and small—are pushing for universal background checks (a background check for every gun sold) they overlook the fact that in the last eleven high-profile gun massacres, each of the killers or suspects passed a background check. Universal background checks would have done nothing to prevent these massacres.


To prevent the Charlestons, Auroras and Umpquas, universal background checks—which only look at an electronic database which is missing millions of records—will not suffice. We need “universal real background checks —checks that are as thorough as those done for adopting a child. (By the way this is how they do it in other countries—like England.)




Checks should include interviews with the people who actually know the purchaser (neighbors, family, workplace associates) and interviews with the purchaser himself. Every one of the last eleven high-profile killers was known in his community to be mentally unstable and deeply troubled. They were clearly unfit to be gun owners. Nonetheless, they passed their background check.


Our side’s incremental approach—this is the best we can get right no; we will improve it in the future—has played a major role in causing the gun violence epidemic.
The impact of past incremental approaches includes:

When the initial Brady Background Check Bill (Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act) was developed and enacted in 1993 drafters agreed to make reporting of prohibited gun purchasers by states optional—it is still not mandatory. As a result, studies show that today 90% of state mental health records that should be in the database of prohibited purchasers are not.* These people routinely pass background checks and some commit mass murders.


When the Federal Assault Weapons Ban was passed in 1994, instead of our side insisting that the definition of an assault weapon be based on function—any firearm that fired more than 10 bullets a minute—our side agreed to have assault weapons defined by the technical mechanism used to extract and install a magazine. This allowed manufacturers to install a cheap button on the side of the assault weapons they already manufactured which circumvented the definition and nullified the ban. Today, far more lethal assault weapons are sold as the meaningless ban was allowed to expire in 2004.


Now many gun violence prevention groups—not National Gun Victims Action Council— are pushing for universal background checks when they should be pushing for universal real background checks.


It is highly unlikely that either one will pass because of the structural problem in the Congress that gives undue power to the significant number of pro-gun states. (I will write about why that is the case next week.) It is the structural problem that explains why no sane gun laws have been passed at the federal level since 1993. While some point out that smoking and seat belt laws took a long time to pass, the cost of delay of sane gun laws is 30,000 lives per year. We cannot sign up for a solution that will take decades to achieve.


The certain way to deal with the horror of gun violence now is for President Obama to declare a state of emergency due to the gun violence epidemic and then unilaterally issue the unrestrained executive orders needed to halt it—including universal real background checks—orders he cannot issue without declaring a state of emergency. That is why we urge you to sign our petition asking him to do just that Petition for State of Emergency

*Feasibility Study- Illinois State Police, Nov. 7, 2009.
NGVAC Analytical Study December 12, 2014


Armed Husbands Shoot Seven Women This Week, Five Die

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015


Gun Gendercide Continues



While the nation tries to digest the crime of two media members killed on camera in Virginia by a legal gun owner, a spate of women killed by enraged armed husbands has received less notice.


Hours after receiving a year of unsupervised probation for violating an order of protection against domestic violence filed by his wife, James Terry Colley, Jr. shot and killed his wife Amanda Cloaninger and her friend Lindy Dobbins in St. Augustine, Florida last Thursday, say police. Until Colley was apprehended, three nearby schools were locked down including one where the couple’s child attends.


Two days later, Blessing Okereke was fatally shot in the Bank of America tower in Oak Cliff in Dallas by her husband say police. Husband David Thompson told police he believed his wife was reaching for his pistol, so he shot her in self-defense. Right.


The following day, Nuria N. Kudlach was fatally shot at her home in State College, PA and her husband was charged with first- and third-degree murder the following day. And yesterday Sonja Wells Raine was fatally shot on her job in Pascagoula, MS by her enraged husband according to police. Raine’s “sister got killed the same way by her boyfriend or husband, so that is shocking,” said co-worker Kim Pinkney.




Amazingly, more women were shot by enraged husbands last week. Also shot were Francisca Jew at a donut shop in Devine, Texas and an unidentified Arlington, Washington woman. The Devine and Arlington women are expected to survive.


Half the murders of women in the US each year are by intimate partners and homicide increases 500 percent when a firearm is present. Yet the overwhelmingly male NRA is okay with the gendercide statistics and actually works for the “gun rights” of suspected domestic abusers, also overwhelmingly men. In Michigan the NRA sought to push through a law allowing people under court issued restraining orders to keep their guns. Like David Thompson, the suspect in the Bank of America tower murder in Dallas, they might have to “defend ” themselves.


When women are gunned down by enraged partners, often in public places where others are injured too, the NRA likes to say if women are really scared they should arm themselves too. The rhetoric is offensive. Should Nadia Ezaldein, fatally shot by an enraged boyfriend in front of horrified shoppers as she worked behind the cosmetics counter at Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Nordstrom’s last Black Friday, have kept a gun under the counter just in case?


“Women should arm themselves” is an NRA fiction to occlude the bloody gun “gendercide” committed by known domestic abusers under orders of protection who the gun lobby says have “rights.” In at least four instances in recent years, women who had armed themselves were killed with their own guns because of the element of fear and surprise and because the men were bigger, angrier and motivated perpetrators.


The NRA also likes to say no laws can stop partner murderers, ignoring every developed country in the world where domestic gun homicide does not happen weekly--or at all. If seven men were shot in the head in one week by wives who were known to be violent and armed, would it say the same thing?


Tell these top corporations, with pre-written tweets, to protect their employees and customers by banning guns in their stores and offices.




Don’t Ask The NRA About Work Related Shootings This Week

Thursday, August 27th, 2015


Check out the NRA’s facebook this week and you’ll read about the dangers of gun-free zones, the dangers of a “President Bloomberg” and how “carrying” is reducing crime. What you will not read about is two members of CBS affiliate WDBJ7 shot dead on camera in Roanoke yesterday in a clear case of work related gun violence.


As many as 800 people die a year from workplace violence in the US, 80 percent from guns. Yet amazingly, the NRA believes employees should bring their guns to work. They might need to protect themselves–against other employees who have brought their guns to work!


The NRA actually pushed through laws in Indiana and North Dakota that allow employees to sue their employers if asked about gun possession. In North Dakota it pushed through a law banning employers from asking if employees’ vehicles parked on company property have weapons in them and a law in Georgia that bars employers from making employment conditional on not bringing guns to work.


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Last year an enraged UPS employee wearing his uniform killed three at a UPS facility in Inglenook, Alabama. The CEO of ArrowStream, a top tech company in downtown Chicago, was shot and killed by an enraged employee who was mad over being demoted. In 2013, a Silicon Valley engineer was found guilty of fatally shooting three executives at a semiconductor startup the day he was fired.


In 2012, a fired employee at a Minneapolis sign company went on a workplace shooting rampage that left five dead and three injured. He got mad. The same year, employee Lawrence Jones shot and killed two and injured more at a Fresno chicken processing plant. The suspect “walked up to 32-year-old Salvador Diaz in the grinding room, put the handgun to the side of his head and pulled the trigger,” reported the Associated Press.


When corporations like Weyerhaeuser and ConocoPhillips opposed the NRA’s workplace gun agenda, it went ballistic. “ConocoPhillips went to federal court to attack your freedom,” thundered Wayne LaPierre. “We’re going to make ConocoPhillips the example of what happens when a corporation takes away your Second Amendment rights. If you are a corporation that’s anti-gun, anti-gun owner, or anti-Second Amendment, we will spare no effort or expense to work against you, to protect the rights of your law-abiding employees.”


Does anyone remember what happened? Nothing. The NRA and gun extremists have a loud, belligerent bark but they are pathetically small in numbers when it comes to battling corporate America.


“Guns are inappropriate in our workplaces and workplaces include parking lots. We control those,” said the Florida Retail Federation about the NRA’s bring your gun to work agenda. “Possession of firearms in the workplace or on company property is strictly prohibited,” said  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida.


Tell these top corporations, with pre-written tweets, to protect their employees and customers by banning guns in their stores and offices.







Let People Just Out of Psychiatric Hospitals Have Their Guns Says NRA

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015


This summer’s bloodshed from people with mental illness attacking churches, military installations, movie theaters and this week a Manhattan federal building has not stopped the NRA’s guns-for-everyone-and-anyone agenda. The NRA-backed Mental Health and Safe Communities Act would restore the “gun rights” of someone who has been hospitalized for mental illness automatically–as soon as he is discharged. Why shouldn’t someone on heavy medication considered a threat to himself and others two days ago get his lethal weapons back the minute he leaves the hospital? Currently, someone who’s been involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital must petition for the restoration of his “gun rights” or wait for a court or administrative body to restore them.


The NRA-backed legislation is reminiscent of H.R. 2640–The National Instant Criminal Background Check System Improvement Amendments Act which the NRA supported after the Virginia Tech massacre. Seung-Hui Cho, the Virginia Tech killer, was found “mentally ill and in need of hospitalization” by the New River Valley Community Services Board but bought legal guns and ammunition anyway.


Like the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act, HR 2640 sounded like it would make communities safer. But on its website the NRA wrote the bill was actually “better for gun owners than current law,” because “certain types of mental health orders will no longer prohibit a person from possessing or receiving a firearm,” like adjudications that have expired or been removed and “commitments from which a person has been completely released with no further supervision required.” Also excluded, said the NRA, “are federal decisions about a person’s mental health that consist only of a medical diagnosis, without a specific finding that the person is dangerous or mentally incompetent.”


Why does the NRA promote “gun rights” for people with mental illness? For the same reason it promotes “gun rights” for convicted felons, suspected domestic abusers and people under orders of protection. The NRA does not believe in “gratuitously tak[ing] away the rights of people because when you begin taking away the rights of people that you don’t like, that’s the slippery slope,” said NRA lobbyist Marion P. Hammer. “Don’t like?”


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That is why after the murder of nine Charleston church worshippers by a suspect with white supremacy attitudes and clear mental problems, the NRA website ignored the massacre in favor of telling its followers—the “largest gun grab in American history” was underway. “The Obama social security system plans to deny 4.2 million people the Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” screamed the NRA referring to a possible White House move to deny guns to Social Security beneficiaries ruled incompetent to manage their own pension or disability payments. Why should people who cannot manage their own affairs and likely have dementia be denied guns? Persecution!


This summer was rife with bloodshed from mentally ill people who should have never been able to buys guns–but shootings at Aurora, Tucson, the Navy Yard, Santa Barbara, Fort Hood and Northern Illinois University also underscore the dangers. Is the NRA serious?


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Who is a Bad Guy? Someone Who Makes You Mad?

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Gun advocates have managed to legalize “concealed carry” in every state and recently on Texas campuses so they are ready for “bad guys.”


But how do you know a bad guy? On the first day of Georgia’s “guns everywhere all the time” law, one carrier accosted another in a convenience store–both thinking the other might be a bad guy. Maybe they should have been wearing white hats.


In the last two years in Florida, often called the Gunshine state, men carrying Skittles, popcorn and playing loud music have been mistaken for bad guys and shot dead on the spot. Sorry about that.


Last year, gun owners shot and killed an unarmed black woman, an unarmed elderly Alzheimer’s patient and an unarmed foreign exchange student on their property because they thought they were bad guys. Sorry about that too. Several times a year gun advocates shoot their own family members, thinking them bad guys trying to break into the house.


Another problem is that gun advocates’ definition of a bad guy changes when they get mad. A few weeks ago, a 74-year-old man who police say was lawfully carrying a concealed gun shot another motorist in the face in Warwick township, PA over a road rage incident. In February, Ashley R. Curry was charged with shooting Jamie J. Roland in the abdomen after a road rage incident in Columbia, PA. This month, in Omaha, police arrested Randolph Headrick for shooting at a motorist in another road rage incident. Hey, the motorist cut him off.


Sometimes a boss, doctor or authority figure seems like a bad guy. Last year, Tony DeFrances, a law-abiding citizen and chief technology officer got mad at his company’s CEO and fatally shot him in a Chicago Loop high-rise. Last January, Stephen Pasceri, described as a “churchgoing Army veteran and father of four,” got mad at cardiovascular surgeon Michael Davidson in Brigham and Women’s Hospital and shot him dead. Also last year, Michael Hrnciar, a “law-abiding citizen” who worked at an Illinois chemical business for ten years without incident, decided to ambush and murder a police officer because he got mad. Hrnciar may have been “law-abiding,” but he moved to gun-friendly Indiana from Illinois so he could legally carry a handgun.


Of course when gun advocates get mad, their families and loved ones can also appear like bad guys. This week, a Montana man killed his three children and wife. In the last year, there have been four other instances of men shooting and killing their whole families including Don Spirit who murdered his daughter and six grandchildren at his Florida home last summer.


The truth is when someone has easy access to a lethal weapon, anyone is or can be a “bad guy” if they make him mad.