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Gun Carriers Fail At Self-Defense In Independent Study at Police Training Facility- July 22, 2015

Monday, July 27th, 2015

CHICAGO, July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —
 
A two-day, independent study commissioned by National Gun Victims Action Council of 77 volunteer gun carriers with differing levels of shooting skills has revealed that carrying a gun in public does not provide self-defense unless the carrier is properly trained and maintains their skill level.
 
The research which asked the question Does the Quality and Frequency of Training Determine the Realistic Use of Firearms by Citizens for Self-Defense? was conducted by professors of criminology, sociology and quantitative research at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Maryland at the Prince George’s County Police Department’s training facility on April 9 and 10, 2015. (full report here.)
 
Using the same advanced simulating system that Prince George’s County police officers train with, volunteer participants were placed in three real-life scenarios—a carjacking, an armed robbery and a suspected larceny. ( videos here)
 
Participants already had their guns drawn so they would not lose time retrieving them from holsters. Shooter’s reactions, including judgment and accuracy, were measured and recorded.
 
In the carjacking scenario, most if not all gun carriers would have been “killed,” regardless of their training level. In the armed robbery scenario, all the carriers who engaged the robbers got “killed.” (Many did not engage because the robbers did not see them so they didn’t feel threatened.) In the larceny scenario, no one was “killed” because the suspect did not have a gun. However, the unarmed suspect was “killed” by overzealous carriers who used lethal force before ascertaining whether he had a gun.
 
In all scenarios, civilians, including trained ones, were unable to approach the accuracy and judgment of trained police officers.
 
“For citizens to realistically defend themselves they must have a high skill level. To attain that level requires extensive initial training in the classroom, on the firing range and with real-life scenarios,” said Joe Vince, Director of the Criminal Justice Program at Mount St. Mary’s. “To maintain such levels, semi-annual skill maintenance training, like what police officers go through, is required.”
 
“The study should be used to inform public policy,” said Elliot Fineman, CEO of National Gun Victims Action Council. “It proves that high skill levels must be attained and maintained for realistic self-defense when carrying in public. Just like an athlete’s skills deteriorate without ongoing training, low-skill carriers cannot defend themselves and are a threat to public safety.”
 
Five states have passed laws banning the passing of any legislation that would require a gun carrier to have any training and nine more are planning to do the same. The NRA says that “citizens are capable of deciding for themselves” about firearms training and that training requirements are “more unnecessary regulation.” Yet studies overwhelmingly show that concealed carriers don’t reduce crime and that a gun being carried in public creates a real threat to public safety (Harvard Injury Control Research Center 2015, Stanford Report 2014, Violence Policy Center 2002 etc.)
 
“We require training and maintenance for every potentially dangerous product, including cars–yet guns are allowed to be used without training. This must stop and this study proves it,” said Elliot Fineman.
 
To view the multimedia assets with this and previous releases, click here.
 
National Gun Victims Action Council (NGVAC) is a non-profit network of 14 million gun victims, survivors, the faith community and ordinary people leveraging their buying power to change America’s gun laws. NGVAC initiated the successful action that caused Starbucks to change its gun policy. NGVAC pursues novel legal strategies to reduce gun violence and encourages corporate involvement.
 
 

Elliot Fineman CEO Of National Gun Victims Action Council Says We Must Ban “Smart Scope” Military-Style Precision Guided Sniper Rifles From Being Sold To The Public- July 25, 2014

Friday, July 25th, 2014

 
July 25, 2014
Elliot Fineman CEO Of National Gun Victims Action Council Says We Must Ban “Smart Scope” Military-Style Precision Guided Sniper Rifles From Being Sold To The Public
 
CHICAGO, DATE /PRNewswire/ — TrackingPoint, a gun manufacturer in Austin, Texas, has developed—and is selling to the public—“smart scope” military-style sniper rifles that allow someone who has never fired a gun before to hit a target the size of a soup can from 1,000 yards away—that’s 10 football fields or over half a mile. Until now, only a few, elite, military-trained snipers could ever achieve this skill level.
 
TrackingPoint’s rifles achieve this level of accuracy because their “smart scopes” include a computer that adjusts for key variables affecting a bullet’s trajectory – including range, target velocity, outside temperature, barrel temperature, wind speed and even the earth’s rotation – and indicate to shooters when they have a “kill shot.”
 
The scopes’ electronic guidance is enabled by TrackingPoint applications distributed by Apple and Google, which are featured in TrackingPoint’s promotional efforts. TrackingPoint continues to develop “smart” weapons and unveiled a prototype that allows a shooter, using Google Glass, to aim and fire around corners.
 
NO LEGITIMATE PURPOSE FOR CIVILIAN USE
 
Fineman believes hunters and target shooters have no need for TrackingPoint’s rifles because their accuracy eliminates the need for skill. And the rifles, designed to precisely hit a target at over half a mile away, have no use for self-defense, says Fineman, as one does not know they are at risk when the shooter is over half a mile away..
 
NGVAC believes that there are three groups who will buy these rifles—insurrectionists, terrorists and hate groups. Given the Sniper Rifle’s deadly accuracy, no one is safe—this cannot be allowed.
 
LETTERS SENT
 
On May 23, 2014 the National Gun Victims Action Council wrote to John Lupher, TrackingPoint’s CEO, concerning the threat to public safety posed by TrackingPoint’s rifles. The NGVAC called on TrackingPoint to immediately cease and desist from marketing and selling its rifles to civilians. TrackingPoint has not responded.
 
On June 5, 2014 and July 25, 2014, the NGVAC and its partners in this urgent appeal—The Newtown Victims & Clergy for Corporate Responsibility, Faiths United To Prevent Gun Violence, PICO National Network, United Physicians of Newtown, Newtown Action Alliance, and 100,000 Poets for Change—wrote to Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, and Larry Page, Google’s CEO, detailing our deep concerns about the dangers to public safety posed by TrackingPoint’s rifles.
 
We asked that they stop distributing the TrackingPoint application, which enables the rifles’ precision accuracy, and that they take steps to bar TrackingPoint from using their names in promotional efforts. We have received no response from either Apple or Google.
 
ACTION TO TAKE
 
TrackingPoint’s sniper rifles are a classic example of technology outpacing legislation. The weapons unquestionably pose a significant danger to public safety, and this danger will only grow as additional companies develop similar technology. Legislation will be required to effectively banish the threat posed by these weapons. To help stop this insanity, go to OPERATION SIDELINE at www.gunvictimsaction.org .
 
 
Elliot Fineman is CEO of the National Gun Victims Action Council, a non-profit network of 14 million gun victims, survivors, the faith community and ordinary people leveraging their buying power to change America’s gun laws. NGVAC initiated the successful action that caused Starbucks to change its gun policy. NGVAC pursues novel legal strategies to reduce gun violence and encourages corporations to be proactively involved in advocating for sane gun laws.
 
 

We’re Done Asking- April 17, 2014

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

 

National Gun Victims Action Council Launches “Economic Lever” Campaign To Strengthen Nation’s Gun Laws

April 17, 2014
 
Chicago, IL – The National Gun Victims Action Council announced today that the group is launching a major effort to reform America’s weak gun laws. This initiative will add a missing element to the current debate: economic pressure via gaining the signatures and support of millions of Americans seeking sane gun laws for a “Tell & Compel” Pledge that will leverage economic boycotts to make politicians do the right thing.
 
In December 2012, a number of states reacted to the horror of the Newtown Massacre by strengthening regulation of firearms, yet a national bill supported by President Obama was blocked in Congress, and some states have continued to weaken their already toothless laws.
 
According to NGVAC President and CEO Elliot Fineman, however, there is a solution to the deadly stasis of continual gun violence pushed by the National Rifle Association and its legislative lackeys. As Fineman puts it, “we have a winning hand. A strategy that uses the economic lever of millions of Americans personally affected by senseless tragedy, as well as millions of their fellow countrymen who in poll after poll overwhelmingly want an end to the senseless slaughter of their fellow citizens. We’ll use our buying power to tell and compel corporations to respect the overwhelming will of the people and safety of our families.”
 
Fineman also emphasizes that the key to solving this problem is to tell legislators and those who financially support the gun industry, that “we’re done asking.” This effort will include NGVAC’s embarking on a multi-faceted national campaign—inluding the launch of a new video and bi-weekly radio show hosted by Fineman—to expose and boycott businesses that allow dangerous firearms to be carried on their premises, while encouraging more enlightened ones to hang signs making it clear guns are not welcomed on their property.
Most recently, an effort which NGVAC began on Valentine’s Day 2012, a boycott of Starbucks Coffee due to their casual acceptance of the concealed and open carry of guns in their stores, was joined by likeminded organizations and led to victory with a change in Starbucks’ policy late last year. NGVAC now promises to bring this economic pain to other companies that do not comply.
 
As Fineman states, “this is not a new strategy. In fact, every successful mass social movement in history has had an economic component. To make this point clear, NGVAC is releasing an online video highlighting movements for social justice lead by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to remind Americans of the important role played by boycotts in past fights for liberty (You can view the video here).
 
NGVAC has also recently launched a new radio show hosted by Fineman, titled ‘It’s The Guns, Stupid,” which airs on Washington D.C.’s “We Act Radio,” AM 1480, reaching the Halls of Congress and other policymakers throughout the city. It’s also livestreamed and and can be viewed live on the Youtube channel (Radio show page here). On the show, Fineman will speak with those touched by gun violence, as well as debate “pro gunners” who wish to add no further regulations to our system—and roll back some of the ones we already have. He will also give his unique take on the state of our gun laws and culture.
 
This is a bittersweet moment for Fineman, who lost his son in a 2006 shooting committed by a mentally incapacitated man, one who never should have had access to a firearm. His son, Michael, was peacefully eating dinner with his wife at a restaurant in San Diego when he was brutally attacked. Fineman’s determined that no other father endure this senseless suffering and loss because of our lack of sane gun laws.
 

National Gun Victims Action Council (Gun Victims Action) is a non-profit network of gun victims, survivors, the faith community and ordinary people leveraging their economic power to change America’s gun laws. You can find out more about the group by going to www.gunvictimsaction.org
 
 

Starbucks’ “Pro-Gun” Policy Prompts Gun Victims’ Advocate Group to Launch Nationwide Boycott on Valentine’s Day 2012

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

 
NGAC_logo_storyCHICAGO, Jan. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —
 
A nationwide boycott of Starbucks stores and its products will be launched on Valentine’s Day 2012. Its goal is to eliminate the risk of guns in public places and ultimately to bring sane gun laws to the U.S.
 
This boycott is being called by the National Gun Victim’s Action Council (NGAC), a network of 14 million gun victims, the faith community including the: Episcopal Peace Fellowship, United Church of Christ, Fellowship of Reconciliation (46 peace fellowships and 43 affiliate fellowships), secular groups working to reduce gun violence and many of the organizations that support passing sane gun laws.
 
WHY STARBUCKS?

Currently, Starbucks allows guns and assault weapons to be openly carried in its stores (in 43 states) and concealed and carried in its stores (in 49 states) (See Photos). Starbucks’ compliance with the National Rifle Association’s Pro-Gun Agenda was exposed in 2010 when members of the “open carry” movement began meeting in popular chains, such as California Pizza Kitchen, Peets, IKEA, Disney and Starbucks openly carrying their handguns and assault rifles. (Types of Guns)
 
To protect their customers and employees, all of the retail chains—except for Starbucks— banned guns from being carried in their stores.
 
“Starbucks allowing guns to be carried in thousands of their stores significantly increases everyone’s risk of being a victim of gun violence,” says Elliot Fineman, CEO of the NGAC. “Open and conceal and carry are among the reasons there are 12,000 gun homicides each year in the U.S. If we had England’s gun laws we would expect 375 gun homicides each year—97% less than we have. England’s gun laws are based on protecting public safety, ours on maximizing sales for the gun industry.” Non-Sane Gun Laws
 
Starbucks has the legal right to ban guns but despite having been petitioned by thousands, asked at a shareholder meeting, and a direct appeal made to their Board, Starbucks clings to this policy that puts millions of Americans at risk every day and encourages the spread of guns being carried in public.
 
IMPACT OF STARBUCKS BOYCOTT: Fineman says, “Starbucks steadfast support of the NRA’s lethal pro-gun agenda damages its ‘socially conscious company’ brand. Further,” adds Fineman, “Monte Carlo Simulation risk analysis indicates that 90% of the time, our boycott will reduce Starbucks stock price by an amount no rational company would allow.”
 
According to NGAC, the boycott will end when Starbucks rejects the NRA’s Pro-Gun agenda by banning all guns from their stores and committing to be an Aggressive Corporate Advocate for sane gun laws.
 
 
ABOUT NGVAC:
The National Gun Victims Action Council (NGAC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit network of 14 million gun victims, survivors, their families, supporters, the faith community, secular organizations working on gun violence reduction and ordinary people leveraging their economic (buying) power to change America’s gun laws. NGVAC can be found at www.gunvictimsaction.org
 
 


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