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No Massacre Will Pry Congress Out of the Gun Lobby’s Hands–That’s Why We Launched This Petition

Monday, October 5th, 2015


If the shooting of one of their own–Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords–and the murder of 20 six-year-olds did not move lawmakers, certainly the dead at Umpqua Community College last week will not pry Congress out of the gun lobby’s cold dead hands.


After the first graders and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, federal lawmakers still thought universal background checks and an assault weapons ban were too extreme. Even an amendment “to increase public safety by punishing and deterring firearms trafficking” was too extreme for lawmakers and was defeated after Sandy Hook.


The Oregon shooter, like 10 recent mass shooters, was a legal gun owner amassing an arsenal of lethal weapons as the gun lobby says he has the “right” to do. Like the Sandy Hook murderer, the Oregon shooter also had a gun extremist for a mother who took him shooting. Nice. She was reportedly obsessed with the Second Amendment and government “confiscation” of guns.


At NGVAC, where we have lost loved ones because of loose gun laws, we deplore two lies that surface after every mass shooting–that the “real problem” is mental illness and that “no laws” would have stopped the bloodshed. Every country in the world has mental illness but they don’t have weekly shootings and–every developed country has enacted laws to prevent such mass shootings.





There has not been one mass shooting in the United Kingdom since strong gun laws were passed after a shooting in Dunblane in 1996 in which 16 children and one teacher died. The same is true in Australia where strong gun laws were passed after a 1996 mass shooting at a popular tourist site in Port Authur in which 35 people were killed and 23 wounded. Before the Australia laws there had been 13 mass shootings; afterwards none.


As our military installations, media members, churches, movie theaters, restaurants, stores, offices, factories, schools, colleges, national parks and US highways are under siege and Congress won’t act, we have asked President Obama to declare a state of emergency. He declared a state of emergency in 2009 when the H191 flu hospitalized 20,000 people and killed 1,000. Guns cause 10,000 homicides, 70,000 injuries, 18,000 suicides and 2,000 accidental deaths a year in the US.


A state of emergency can be declared when the government lacks the procedures and capacity to address an unchecked natural or man-made public health epidemic. Clearly, that describes the US situation now as everyone waits for the next Aurora, Charleston, Chattanooga, Roanoke or Roseburg.











NRA Puppet of the Week–AZ Senator Jeff Flake

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Right now, you are in the news because of your daughter-in-law whose dog boarding operation allegedly let 20 dogs die of heat and suffocation in suburban Phoenix. But you have your own connections to heartlessness. After Elliot Rodger’s massacre at the University of California-Santa Barbara when families of gun victims dropped off about 10,000 “Not One More” postcards at your office, you said you continue “to hope that Congress takes up legislation to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill – which would pass overwhelmingly – instead of insisting on a universal background-check bill, which doesn’t have the votes to pass the Senate or the House.” You should know–you personally voted against the Manchin-Toomey background check proposal!
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Has Anything Changed Since the 2008 and 2007 Valentine's Day Massacres? Yes, Gun Violence is Worse

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Six years ago, on February 1, less than a year after the Virginia Tech shootings, survivors and their families converged on the Capitol in Richmond for a “die in” to urge Virginia lawmakers to close the gun show loophole which lets people buy guns without a background check. The gun show loophole provided weapons for the Columbine massacre.

Little did they expect a counter demonstration of 400 armed gun enthusiasts actually taunting them with phrases like, “Y’all must be the ones who weren’t armed,”–especially hurtful to Yvette Griffin of Hampton whose only son was killed by gun violence. Gun advocates’ sociopathic belligerence, lack of empathy and lack of anger control are one of the best reasons they shouldn’t be armed.

(The background check bill failed in the Virginia legislature as did federal gun legislation after the Newtown massacre in 2012.)

Two weeks after the Richmond demonstration on Valentine’s Day, 2008, Stephen Phillip Kazmierczak shot five in a classroom at Northern Illinois University. Kazmierczak may have been institutionalized for a year and given a psychological discharge from the Army but he passed his background check just fine when he bought two of his four weapons at a Champaign, IL gun store! He was a good guy and a legal gun owner.

A week before the Northern Illinois University shooting, Latina Williams bought a .357 revolver and a box of ammunition at a New Orleans pawn shop and killed two students the following day at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge. She may have been living in her car, paranoid and delusional and giving her possessions away in suicidal gestures but she had gun rights, dammit, and was a good guy.

On Valentine’s Day, 2007, Vincent J. Dortch, killed three at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard over a financial dispute. He was a legal gun owner. Two days earlier, legal gun owner Sulejman Talovic killed five at the Trolley Square mall in Utah.

With school, mall and movie shootings occurring regularly, no one remembers the shootings in the 2000’s. The gun lobby has not just defeated all federal gun legislation, it has changed the dialogue from “how did (another) violent, mentally ill person become a legal gun owner?” to “why weren’t there citizens armed to stop him?” Armed citizens besides Kazmierczak, Williams, Dortch and Talovic, that is.

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