Gun Victims Action Council Sat, 16 May 2015 14:54:54 +0000 en hourly 1 White Supremacy Goes To The Top Of NRA Leadership Sat, 16 May 2015 14:51:34 +0000 Chicago

White supremacists and hate groups are some of the nation’s biggest gun advocates, preaching insurrection and stockpiling weapons against impending government tyranny like the NRA which uses the same paranoia to prevent a registry and universal background checks. Here come the black helicopters!

A year ago, white supremacist and Klan leader Frazier Glenn Miller was charged with killing three outside two Jewish community centers in Kansas City. Weeks later, Jerad and Amanda Miller fatally shot two Las Vegas policemen attaching a swastika to one officer’s lifeless body.

“We believe that they equate government and law enforcement … with Nazis,” Second Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters about the duo. “In other words, they believe that law enforcement is the oppressor.”

The NRA’s “law-enforcers-are-oppressors” rhetoric is so over the top, former President George Bush actually resigned the gun organization. “I was outraged when, even in the wake of the Oklahoma City tragedy, Mr. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of N.R.A., defended his attack on federal agents as ‘jack-booted thugs,'” he wrote to the NRA. “To attack Secret Service agents or A.T.F. people or any government law enforcement people as ‘wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms’ wanting to ‘attack law abiding citizens’ is a vicious slander on good people.”

And who can forget Wade Michael Page’s 2012 rampage in which he fatally shot six people and wounded four at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin because of their ethnicity? Page was a white supremacist who played in neo-Nazi bands.

Here in Chicago, where NGVAC is located, gun lovers on hate sprees are chillingly common. Six month ago, Chicago suburban police arrested John White for criminal damage to a Lombard synagogue. Police found White “driving recklessly all over the synagogue property, both on and off the pavement” reported the Chicago Sun-Times and seven of the synagogue’s windows had been smashed. When police searched White’s home they found “thousands of rounds of ammunition, a shotgun, rifle and four handguns.” Nice.

In 1999, white supremacist Benjamin Nathaniel Smith went on a racist shooting rampage killing Northwestern University Mens Basketball Coach Ricky Byrdsong and Won-Joon Yoon, a computer science doctoral student. He also wounded nine Orthodox Jews and an African-American minister, literally driving around looking for minorities to shoot and kill.

Despite an order of protection filed by an ex-girlfriend, Smith was issued a gun owners ID card and a legal gun owner at one time. The hate spree spawned a yearly event called the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate.

Hate rhetoric and white supremacy go to the very top of the NRA. Longtime NRA Board Member Ted Nugent has called President Obama a “sub-human mongrel”–a remark almost identical to the Kansas City Klan shooter’s claim that the white race is “drowning literally in seas of colored mongrels.” Why is Nugent an NRA board member? Why has he been one for 20 years?

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Violent Domestic Abusers Have Gun Rights Too–NRA Thu, 14 May 2015 14:44:11 +0000 More than three fourths of domestic homicide victims are stalked before they are killed. Yet both stalking and domestic abuse are only misdemeanors in Louisiana. Recently the NRA and other pro-gun groups came at Louisiana lawmakers who were considering stronger regulations against domestic violence with both barrels blazing.

The bill under consideration would add “dating partner” as a qualifier for domestic abuse battery charges which currently only name household members such as spouses, family members or co-habitants. Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens running back caught on video battering his fiancé in an elevator, would likely not be covered under current Louisiana domestic battery laws said Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans, the bill’s sponsor. The bill would also enhance penalties for violations of protective orders.

But the bill would violate “gun rights” said gun lobbyists descending upon Baton Rouge. “We don’t need to rush to take away people’s rights just because they made a mistake,” Bradley Gulotta, from Guns Across America told lawmakers. “Not everyone who got in an argument–had a push, had a shove–is gong to come back and do more bodily harm or be a danger to other people.” Let’s give the pushers and shovers the benefit of the doubt …and their firearms? Beside, what if the person had only had “one date” whined gun lobbyists–no fair!

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The NRA’s Tara Mitchell agreed that strengthening laws would take away “citizens civil rights.” The proposed 10-year prohibition on gun owning for convicted batterers violates “a constitutional right” and is “just not something we can support” she told lawmakers.

NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker was not present at the hearings but echoed the pro-domestic batterer rhetoric in an email to the Times-Picayune. The bill “is so overly broad that it could make a felon out of a girlfriend who pulls a cell phone from her boyfriend’s hand against his will.” Or a man who pummels and drags his girlfriend in an elevator?

Both Mitchell and Bakers said the answer to domestic violence was enforcing existing laws–which, of course, deem stalking and domestic battery misdemeanors.

The gun lobby’ work to restore “gun rights” of convicted felons, suspected batterers under orders of protection and people who have been hospitalized with mental illness is well publicized. Why should violent or disturbed people have guns? Because if you take away their “gun rights” pretty soon we will all be disarmed and living under violent fascist dictatorships like the oppressed peoples in EU countries, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

“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 when the Sun Sentinel reported that valid concealed weapon licenses were issued to 1,400 probable felons including a man who shot his girlfriend as she cooked breakfast, a pizza deliveryman wanted for fatally shooting a 15-year-old over a stolen order of chicken wings and six registered sex offenders. People “you don’t like?”

Domestic violence allegations have touched the top echelons of the NRA. The wife of the NRA’s own New York City field representative Richard D’Alauro, Maribeth testified on Capitol Hill that she endured years of bullying and abuse from the NRA honcho. D’Alauro possessed 39 guns when charged with assault, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. Nice.

The truth is the gun lobby is okay with US domestic violence deaths–estimated at 1,000 a year, mostly women–to preserve the “gun rights” of its constituency also known as its revenue stream.

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Beware the Law-Abiding Citizen–Legal “Carrier” Shoots Man in Face Over Road Rage Thu, 07 May 2015 14:03:34 +0000 image_beware_mainA 74-year-old man who police say was lawfully carrying a concealed gun shot another motorist in the face yesterday in Warwick township, PA. Hey, he got mad. The road rage incident happened in the parking lot of Family Cupboard Restaurant and Buffet. The 29-year-old victim was understandably not able to speak to police. The shooter was not charged nor was his identity revealed. Maybe he felt threatened and was standing his ground.

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NRA uses Baltimore Riots as PR for the Second Amendment Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:53:23 +0000 Gun-toting business owner saves reporter from angry Baltimore mob. The claim, which appeared on the NRA’s Facebook page according to Sam Biddle on Gawker, sounds riveting except that it isn’t true.

When asked on Twitter if the claim were true, the reporter, Justin Fenton said, “No. A group of gang members surrounded me, saying they were protecting me. The guy with shotgun was protecting his business.” And the fabrication gets worse! Fenton was actually protected by a gang member according to another tweet which the reporter confirmed.

This is not the first or last time the gun lobby has attempted to use racial unrest to sell white people guns. A few years ago, a racial-fear mongering NRA brochure draft was leaked to the press that shows an Aryan nation under siege by African-Americans. The brochure, called Freedom In Peril; Guarding the 2nd Amendment in the 21st Century, featured high budget illustrations of homeowners defending themselves from rioting minorities by shooting from their rooftops. “Thousands of lawful Americans were reduced to the final and purest form of self-reliance in the face of terrifying anarchy,” said the brochure about the unrest after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.


Last week in Chicago, another “citizen-defense” event happened which seems to have the gun rights agenda written all over it. An Uber driver allegedly shot a man who was “shooting into a crowd.” As more and more unbalanced gunmen commit mass shootings, the gun lobby tries to present “carriers” as a way to stop the bad guys.

But there were many questions about the Uber hero story that ran in Chicago papers. First, why was the identity of the driver protected by police and reporters? Isn’t he a hero–didn’t he stop a bad guy? Certainly his identity was known since he showed his concealed carry permit to police according to news reports. Why did Uber refuse to identify the driver or confirm that it lets its drivers carry lethal weapons?

Did anyone see the bad guy “firing into the crowd”? Police arrived after the Uber hero had shot the alleged gunman Everardo Custodio who was on the ground. The unnamed hero said Custodio was shooting at him and others. Was he the only witness? No one in the crowd was grazed or injured by bullets or taken to the hospital with gun shot wounds. Did a shooting even take place? Or was this a personal spat between two gun carriers, as the neighborhood it occurred in, Logan Square, is gang territory?

Why did Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn appear so suddenly and reflexively tell the press the unnamed driver had defended himself and would not be charged? With no investigation? Was he at the scene of the incident?

While an unnamed Uber driver certainly shot Everardo Custodio last week in Chicago, the carrier’s heroism sounds a lot like the heroism of the gun-toting business owner in Baltimore. A creation of the gun rights movement.


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“Gun-free” Zone Fiction Flatters Carriers; Insults the Public Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:57:44 +0000  It has only been two years since Chris Kyle, the “American Sniper,” was killed on a shooting range in Erath County, Texas. His murder was followed by the shooting death in Georgia of Keith Ratliff of the YouTube gun show FPSRussia, who was surrounded by his own guns, and Frank Petro, owner of Frank’s Gun & Taxidermy Shop in Tunnelton, PA who was killed in his shop with his own gun.


Also shot and killed in 2013 were Kaufman County, Texas District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, despite the DA being “well-armed and so well-versed in guns,” according to his son, and other key law enforcement figures.


NGVAC Tell and Compel InitiativeStill it is the absence of guns–“gun-free” zones–that explains most shootings, say gun advocates, because bad guys know that good guys “have been disarmed!”


Under this self-flattering reasoning, armed guards are no replacement for armed citizens and Ford Hood, the Navy Yard and LAX airport are actually soft targets. “Let’s attack a military installation,” the bad guys say, according to gun advocates. “They won’t fight back.”


The gun-free zone fiction was rolled out by the gun advocacy movement as businesses have increasingly shunned belligerent and self-righteous “carriers” on their premises.


Just as Pepsi recently renounced the artificial sweetener aspartame and Chipotle renounced genetically modified food ingredients, top restaurant chains like Panera Bread, Starbucks, Sonic Drive-In, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Chipotle, Jack in the Box and Target have renounced guns on their property. Why? They hear their customers!


But of course, there is another reason property and building owners do not want guns on their property. If they fail to post No Guns Allowed signs and gun violence, injury or death occurs on their property they “face the argument that it was entirely foreseeable” advises top real estate, finance and litigation law firm Mayer Brown LLP.


Mishaps that could expose such property owners to lawsuits include faulty holsters, someone bumping a carrier, a carrier bumping someone else, a carrier falling or a carrier “mistaking a situation for one in which he is legally entitled to use a gun for self-defense or to save others,” says Mayer Brown. Their legal memo, found here, may well be the first property owner guidance on liability from guns on their property. Certainly, the toddler who killed his mother with her own gun in a Washington Walmart in December would pose liability to property owners under this guidance.


Of course militant “carriers” who are afraid to go where normal people go without their lethal weapons usually transmute their cowardice into a public service. We are protecting the public they yell–if a “bad guy” shows up you’ll be glad we are around.


But the legal memo from Mayer Brown begs to differ. Not only are sheriff-wannabes unlikely to “defend” anyone in a gun violence situation they are likely to cause more bloodshed. Nor would a property owner be faulted for disallowing such armed enforcers. “A court could hardly claim that a duty of care was violated because a property owner put up signs to help prevent this additional danger posed by would-be heroes,” says the memo.


The truth is the presence of guns makes an environment less safe not more safe. Exhibit A is all major corporations/companies which ban guns from their headquarter buildings. Corporations don’t want a shoot out between bad guys and good guys in their offices–they want no guns to begin with.  Needless to say, there aren’t too many shootings in their “gun-free zones.”



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Commercial and Residential Building Owners Face Massive Financial Risk Unless They Post “No Guns Allowed” Signs—Law Firm Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:53:21 +0000 By Elliot Fineman


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Since “Concealed Carry” has become the law of the land, and open carry is allowed in several states, National Gun Victims Action Council (NGVAC) has speculated that property owners would be liable for gun injuries on their property if they did not ban guns. Now, Mayer Brown LLP, a top-ranked international real estate, finance and litigation law firm, has weighed in on the question at our request.

Mayer Brown, named “Firm of the Year” in the Appellate Law category by U.S. News & World Report for the second consecutive year, advises that “a property owner who did not put up the [no guns allowed] signs” would face the argument that it was entirely “foreseeable” that gun violence, injury or death “would occur, since he or she failed to prohibit” guns carried either concealed or openly on his property. Click Link for Illinois Property Owners Research Memorandum

Just as supermarkets would be responsible if someone slipped on a spilled liquid and coffee shops would be responsible if someone burned themselves with a hot liquid, property owners are governed by a “common-law standard of care,” Mayer Brown LLP told us, that requires them to provide a safe environment for employees, visitors and customers. Failure to satisfy the common-law standard of care has resulted in massive financial awards against property owners. Several years ago, airlines, theme parks and health clubs began to be sued under this precept for failing to keep external defibrillators available for customers and employees.

Property owners who fail to put up signs banning guns may well be found guilty of not maintaining a “common-law standard of care” and face significant financial risks, says Mayer Brown. Even defending such a suit would prove extremely costly.

What does this mean to you if you own property or are injured on a property by a legal gun carrier? It means that:

If you are shot accidentally or otherwise in a gun-related incident whether in an office, retail, mall or residential building, you can sue the property owner if “No Guns Allowed” signs were not posted.

Additionally, if a Building Owner does not put up a sign, you are at increased risk of being a victim of a gun incident at your place of business, where you shop or where you live.

The Mayer Brown memo centers on Illinois in response to the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, implemented in 2014, but the principles are the same in every state including states with laws immunizing property owners.

Of course, the NRA will reflexively argue that people are less safe in a building that bans guns because they cannot “defend” themselves and others. But the Mayer legal research memo makes clear there is a body of evidence demonstrating that armed citizens do not protect themselves and others the way they think and, in fact, make the environment far less safe than if no guns were present. This is why all major corporations/companies—including the NRA—ban guns from their headquarter buildings.

Further, the memo reports that even fully trained law enforcement officers miss about a third of their shots. “It is not foreseeable or likely that armed individuals could successfully defend themselves in a crisis situation” and they may “create more danger,” says the memo, “A court could hardly claim that a duty of care was violated because a property owner put up signs to help prevent this additional danger posed by would-be heroes.”

If the NRA threatens to sue a business or Building Owner for not allowing guns, the owners will be on strong legal ground defending such a suit. Nor is the Building Owner even taking a position in favor or against guns. Owners are prudently making a risk avoidance (elimination) decision.

The Mayer Brown memo also removes the necessity of individual businesses located on the property owners’ property from having to make individual decisions about gun signage; the Building Owner or property owner’s ban accomplishes that in one felled swoop for all the chains and businesses located in a shopping center, mall, office or residential complex.

What can you do? You can discuss the financial liability risk and dangers of allowing guns at the places you shop, work, visit and live. Now that this legal research memo is public information, a property owner cannot claim he did “not know” as a defense. The memo establishes that the danger of gun injuries when guns are allowed is entirely “foreseeable.” Foreseeability is the legal standard for establishing liability.

This legal guidance is good news for anyone who wants to shop, dine, work or be in public spaces without the heightened risk of gun violence. Concealed and open carriers can walk up and down the street with their guns—but if they enter restaurants, stores, theaters, offices and other businesses with signs up they will be in violation of trespassing laws and subject to personal liability. The memo provides many powerful reasons for Building Owners to post “No Guns Allowed” signs.


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A Note to Our Supporters About Our Tax-Exempt Status Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:20:27 +0000  


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. We are indebted to our supporters for their outstanding energy, passion and commitment to gun safety.


A few months ago it was announced through the gun advocacy press that we had “lost” our 501(c)3 nonprofit status which allows donations to be tax deductible. While technically true because the prolonged illness and death of a loved one in my family delayed a yearly IRS filing, pro-gun bloggers used the lapse to discredit us.


We are pleased to announce that as per the normal IRS procedure, our 501(c)3 nonprofit status has been retroactively reinstated, as we assured our supporters it would. We regret the gap in our status but we more greatly regret the way the pro-gun movement exploited our situation to remove focus on the gun violence they perpetuate and the need for sane gun laws.


If you have not already done so, please join Operation Sideline to compel US corporations to take a stand against gun violence and weapons like TrackingPoint’s “Can’t Miss” Sniper rifle being sold to civilians.

Thank you for being our supporter and being the strength of what we do.

Elliot Fineman

Chief Executive Officer

National Gun Victims Action Council



How “insane” are our gun laws?


* Known terrorists not allowed to purchase a plane ticket can legally purchase guns.


*The gun industry is the only industry exempt from federal regulation. (It used to be tobacco and guns, now it is just guns.)


* Guns are not registered, gun owners are not licensed.


*Criminals and people with mental illness, who cannot legally buy a gun from a gun dealer, can go to any gun show and legally buy guns.


“Concealed carry” is now legal in all states–pitting the rights of a paranoid minority against the safety of the majority of Americans.


*Guns can now be carried in national parks and on Amtrak trains.


*Despite Virginia Tech and other campus shootings, legalizing guns on campus is the gun lobby’s next goal.


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How’s That Demographic Thing Working Out for You, LaPierre? Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:37:01 +0000 At last week’s NRA convention, executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre thundered that “eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.” The Democrats are trying to “reshape America” into an unrecognizable country, he bellowed.

But really it is the NRA not the Democrats that is on the wrong side of US demographics. Half of all millennials now support stricter gun laws and only 18 percent of those 18 to 25 even own a gun! Think about that.

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Yes, there are more total guns in the US than there were thirty years ago but they are concentrated in homes that already had them and heeded the “Obama’s gonna take your guns” warning. Now the post-Obama and Newtown “confiscation” gun rushes are over and gun makers admit they were a fluke. Last year, Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. and Remington Outdoor Co. reported profits down. Thomas Millner, outdoor retailer Cabela’s chief executive admitted the feeder frenzy after Newtown was “a bubble” as sales of firearms and ammunition dropped 50 percent.

While households that already had firearms now have more firearms, only a third of total households now have guns–down from half in 1977. The reason for the steep decline, says UPI, is “aging of the current-gun owning population, a lack of interest in guns by youth, the end of military conscription, the decreasing popularity of hunting; land-use issues that limit hunting and shooting and the increase in single-parent homes headed by women.”

Hunting isn’t even cool anymore to a growing number of young people. Kids are more involved with “cars, girlfriends or hanging out” and “think it’s boring to sit in a tree for hours,” said Kevin Kelly, a college student, to the lower Hudson Valley’s Journal News a few years ago. It’s not popular in middle school either agreed Carmel student Nick Sadowski.

“Only a couple of my friends really hunt,” high school student Jonathan Gibbons told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “The rest have never really found the appeal of sitting out in the cold to shoot an animal.” According to the Wildlife Service, the number of young hunters, aged 16 to 24, fell by 300,000 in just ten years.

Nor do young people “get” NRA’s “Stand and Fight” message, rolled out insensitively after the Sandy Hook massacre. Who are we fighting?

“The NRA in the last 20-plus years has fed its followers a steady stream of angry, defensive, apocalyptic rhetoric about the government, about gun laws, about Democrats, about liberals,” says Vice, with dwindling success. “Most gun owners are white people over age 50 who primarily live in the South, Midwest, and rural areas—a shrinking group that the GOP is desperately trying to look beyond as it tries to broaden its appeal in 2016.”

At the recent NRA convention, an attendee verified the demographic problem. “Look around you–what do you notice?” she said to a reporter. “It’s very white isn’t it? And very old. Where are the young people? Where the Asians? Where are the Latinos? If this is the audience of the Republican Party we’re not going to win.”


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Your Brain On Guns Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:09:30 +0000 In “My Month With a Gun,” anti-gun violence activist and author Heidi Yewman describes an encounter with a suspicious man in a parking garage stairwell.

“I thought about the 9mm in my purse as I clumsily continued down the stairs in my skirt and heels. He followed me,” she writes. “I thought: ‘Should I pull the gun out? Should I point it at him?’ My heart racing, we finally got to the lobby door, where the man simply passed by me. I’d grown paranoid. He wasn’t the bad guy I perceived him to be, and the gun did not make me safe.”

“It’s a good thing a gun was present or a heated argument could have broken out,” goes an old joke. But time and time again, the presence of a gun escalates everyday anger, fear and suspicion into lethal events.

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Who can forget the three Muslim students killed last month in Chapel Hill allegedly over a parking space? If the alleged perpetrator Craig Hicks weren’t a gun lover, a fistfight might have broken out.

Last week in Hudson, Florida, 12-year-old boy allegedly shot his 6-year-old brother to death, wounded his older brother in the leg and then turned the gun on himself. First reports said the boys were arguing over how to cook dinner.

Barbara Campochiaro, sister of Helen Campochiaro, the mother of the boys told the Tampa Bay Times that her sister owned a firearm and the children “were raised with gun safety.” As happens with chilling regularity, the gun in the home for “protection” was used against its own occupants.

Also last week, a Houston woman driving to work was shot in the head after she honked at another driver, police said. Maybe the shooter felt threatened–the honker could have been a bad guy. Maybe he was standing his ground. The woman is in critical condition at a local hospital, with bullet fragments lodged in her brain.

What if every time you were mad enough to kill, you could? Add guns to a road rage incident or cooking dispute and that is exactly what happens.

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