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Violent Domestic Abusers Have Gun Rights Too–NRA

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

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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Gun Owners Oppressed? Depends On Your Definition of Oppressed

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Sometimes the gun lobby’s rants sound like they are out of the Onion. Despite the Heller decision, the defeat of universal background checks and assault weapon/ high-capacity magazine bans after Newtown, despite the legalization of concealed carry in every state, gun owners are still “oppressed.”
 
Why can’t “carriers” carry in schools or churches? Bars? Courtrooms and government offices? Why can’t carriers bring their gun to work? Why isn’t their carry permit honored in other states? Why can’t they “carry” at Chuck E. Cheese and Toys R Us? Oppression!!
 
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Of course, in truth there is almost no legislative battle the gun lobby has not won from legalizing guns on Amtrak and in national parks (the same government “trying to take your guns”) to defeating one-gun-a-month purchase limits and mandatory reporting of lost or stolen guns laws. The gun lobby has even pushed through laws prohibiting the names of gun owners from being published. Guns keep their owners so safe—they don’t want anyone to know they have them?
 
But the string of legislative successes has created another problem for the gun lobby: how to convince followers they are still persecuted when it’s easier to buy a gun than Sudafed. Seven years ago “Obama’s gonna take your guns” galvanized the troops and sold a lot of guns, ammo and NRA memberships. Now crying “CONFISCATION ” is like crying “WOLF.” No one believes it anymore and the NRA looks irrelevant.
 
Enter new forms of “oppression” that gun owners did not even realize they were suffering from–like the oppression of waiting two days to procure a lethal weapon. Wisconsin’s 48-hour waiting period to buy handguns violates gun rights and amounts to a “time tax” charged Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard this week. Why should “an individual that is able to lawfully possess a firearm,” be so restricted??
 
Laws against silencers also oppress gun owners’ rights. Why should gun owners have to endure ear damage when firing their weapons? Watch for bills legalizing silencers–which the gun lobby prefers to call “sound suppressors”–sailing through state legislatures in 2015.
 
Finally, the call for a ban on civilian sales of sniper weapons like TrackingPoint’s “Smart Scope” Military-Style Precision-Guided rifle which hits a target the size of a soup can from 1,000 yards away is another instance of gun owner oppression. “If we start banning technology like this, what’s next? What scope is next? What firearm is next?” wrote a Florida gun columnist. “We have to stand together to prevent this kind of erosion of our constitutional rights.”
 

Constitutional rights? To own a sniper weapon, silencer and endure no gun waiting period? In seeking new areas of gun rights “persecution,” the gun lobby sounds a lot like the boy who shoots his parents and cries he is an orphan.
 

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What the NRA Says–What NGVAC Says

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Wayne LaPierre sounds more like an insurgent than a patriot, emboldening hate groups.

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Wayne LaPierre whips up people with dangerous mental health problems with his charges that gun lovers are “persecuted” and underdogs. Right. Wayneone

Here are NGVAC’s recommendations for talking to a gun lover, if you must

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What's The Matter With Chicago? Riverdale? Niles? Pro-Gun Activists Target Cities–and Win!

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

“How are those Chicago gun laws working out for you?” gun activists like to goad NGVAC and other anti-gun violence groups. They act as if some invisible metal detector stops illegal guns from states and counties with looser gun laws at their borders. And that legitimate and licensed gun dealers aren’t flooding the criminal gun market themselves.

The truth is, since 2009, 1,500 guns found at crime scenes in Chicago have come from one gun store, Chuck’s in suburban Riverdale. Chuck’s along with Shore Galleries, Midwest Guns and Westforth Sports provided 20 percent of Chicago’s crime guns in the last four years says a May Chicago Police Department report. None of the criminal-friendly operations are in Chicago city limits and only one is even in Chicago’s Cook County–which is the “How are those Chicago gun laws working out for you?” answer.

It takes a lot of nerve for gun activists, who mostly reside in rural and exurban areas, to both berate Chicago’s gun violence rate and add to it. Days after the Newtown massacre, pro-gun lawyers got Illinois’ concealed carry ban lifted and unloosed thousands of “carriers” on the state. Then, they gratuitously targeted a ban on gun dealers within Chicago city limits, getting it overturned in February. What?

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Last weekend, Father Michael Pfleger, a beloved Chicago anti-gun activist, led a demonstration at Chuck’s where a phalanx of belligerent gun activists shouted “gun home.” In an offensive email about the event, the Illinois State Rifle Association derided the Catholic Priest’s “special brand of frothy-lipped lunacy” and “lies, the fabricated statistics, and the hysterical claims about how private firearm ownership is dooming mankind,” and actually compared an unarmed religious leader to… ISIS!

In the Chicago suburb of Niles, similar intimidation tactics are at play and also working. In July, the municipality approved a special use permit to allow the opening of a gun range 1,000 feet from new Hope Academy and close to five other schools including Niles West High School. The firing range “is not necessary for the public convenience, since Niles already has a store that sells guns and a firearms training facility,” says a flier from People For a Safer Society. “The public health, safety, and welfare are not protected, given the serious concerns of community members. The new business will cause substantial injury to property in the neighborhood.”

Opponents of the gun range say it violates a Cook County ordinance prohibiting deadly weapons dealers within a mile of public or private schools or a public park and that Niles Police Department employees both testified to the range’s safety and are employed there–a conflict of interest. One opponent says Niles police evicted him from a park for distributing literature against the range.

Amazingly, the manager of the Niles range will be Michael Darga who managed another of Chicago’s four leading crime-gun associated dealers. For 20 years, Darga ran Shore Galleries, located in the Chicago suburb of Lincolnwood, which flooded the illegal market with 483 crime guns between 2009 and 2013.

Anyone who has been to a town hall meeting or even posted an anti-gun violence remark knows how gun activists pile on and intimidate anyone seeking better gun laws. No wonder lawmakers cave! But though they are loud and threatening, gun extremists are small in number and meaningless to corporate America. That is why Panera Bread, Starbucks, Sonic Drive-In, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Chipotle, Jack in the Box and Target have renounced guns just this year with a cascade or more corporations expected soon. That is also why in Niles, People For a Safer Society and other supporters, are eyeing a boycott of area shops, restaurants, and businesses if the deranged gun plan goes through.

As corporate America hears from those of us who do not want guns in our communities whether stores, restaurants or near our schools, the days of the old boy’s network that supports a Chuck’s are ending.

Ask corporate America to continue to get off the gun violence “sidelines.” Join our action against TrackingPoint weapons and Hallmark, the only major corporation that has publicly sworn it will never support anti-gun initiatives. When corporations want sane gun laws, we will have sane gun laws.

 

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Best Argument for Gun Regulation–Menacing Gun Advocates

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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People who work against gun violence get many love letters from gun advocates.”You Are a bunch of useful [sic] idiots. If this once great nation succumbs to your propaganda you will see mass murder on a scale you can’t imagine. God have mercy on your souls,” said one we recently received. “Your [sic] not a ducking victim, your [sic] a survivor……and your [sic] all idiots….. Go shoot yourselves,” said a second well wisher.

While many a baseball fan has yelled, “Kill The Umpire,” threats from snarly, combative bullies who HAPPEN TO BE ARMED are the Best Argument for Gun Regulation.

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Illinois' First Skittles-Popcorn-Loud Music Gunman Arrested

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Thank you NRA and Illinois State Rifle Association for bringing your vigilante concealed carry law to Illinois, granting the “rights” of high-fear, virility-challenged reactionary men to walk around with murder weapons. The first legal concealed carrier in Chicago was arrested this week for allegedly pulling a gun during a property dispute the Chicago Sun-Times reports. 54-year-old William P. O’Connell joins other Armed While Angry (AWA) carriers who shoot or threaten to shoot over ridiculous disputes for no other reason than they are armed. Just last week a man was accused of pulling a gun on another man after losing in a game of cribbage and a man allegedly pulled a gun over a dispute at the gas pump. Makes sense! Here in Chicago, at least two road rage shootings have occurred this week, one along the tourist-destination Lake Shore Drive.

Police say O’Connell got in an argument over rent money with a 52-year-old man on March 23 and pointed a handgun at the man and threatened to shoot him. Hey, if your landlord is dead maybe you won’t owe rent, right? The victim and a woman both identified O’Connell, who admitted hiding his gun and police recovered a .38-caliber revolver in a vacant apartment.

The NRA’s and Illinois State Rifle Association’s bully tactics are exceeded only by their self-pity. No federal laws were passed after the Sandy Hook massacre and gun lovers can buy as many rapid fire weapons as they want, as frequently as they want, remaining anonymous because there is no registry. But it’s not enough for the gun lobby. Like the little boy who kills his parents and cries he is an orphan, the NRA and Illinois State Rifle Association want to bring their gun culture into the cities and more indoor places, too. Why can’t we bring our murder weapons into libraries, churches and schools they whine? Guns should be allowed in locked mental health facilities a gun loving lawmaker actually proposed in Springfield. What?

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Women abused by unbalanced husbands and boyfriends must be especially happy about Illinois’ new concealed carry law. 88 applicants for concealed carry in Cook County had domestic violence arrests, 77 had gun crimes arrests and 52 had battery/assault arrests. The NRA actually works to allow men to keep their guns while under orders of protect. Hey–batterers have rights. At the same time, the NRA tells the at-risk women to arm themselves too, doubling gun sales. At least three women have been killed with their own guns in recent months thanks to this perpetrator-friendly marketing plan.

TELL legislators what sane gun laws we want passed. COMPEL the legislators to pass these laws.

NGVAC has invited the Illinois State Rifle Association to participate in a live test of whether concealed carry provides self-defense in approved, police training facilities with mutually agreed upon terms. If the Rifle Association won, it would increase carriers, gun sales and support for carry laws. Why won’t the Illinois State Rifle Association take our challenge?

Are You Falling for the Latest Pro-Gun Ruse?

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

The pro-gun lobby has successfully changed the gun violence argument from asking how mass shooters pass background checks and buy guns legally to why weren’t there more guns around. Almost every mass shooter from Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), James Holmes (Aurora), Jared Loughner (Tucson) and Stephen Phillip Kazmierczak (Northern Illinois University) to the more recent shooters, Aaron Alexis (Navy Yard) and Paul Ciancia (LAX airport) sailed through their background checks and bought the weapons legally.

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These facts unseat the pro-gun lobby’s meme that “criminals won’t obey laws” because these criminals did obey laws–and the law smiled on them. (Nor did Adam Lanza’s mother break laws in amassing her many weapons and regularly taking her son to shooting ranges.) So now the pro-gun lobby wants to pretend the issue isn’t the EZ procurement of guns but lack of more guns to stop the bad guys who easily procured them.

The “gun-free zone” meme is not just an insult to every citizen who does not want to live in an armed society, it is an insult to law enforcement personnel who give their lives to protect us. By implying that the lack of “armed citizens” is the reason for gun deaths in a shooting, it actually equates cop wannabes like George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn (the loud music shooter) with hired and trained law enforcement personnel.

Open and concealed carriers are so full of fear, they are afraid to go where normal people go–including children, the elderly and 90 lb women–every day unless they have their loaded lethal weapons. Yet they parlay this cowardice into some kind of public service in which they are protecting you and me. Most, if not all, examples of “armed citizens” protecting the public are anecdotal and there are even instances where the “armed citizens” added to the bloodshed. When the ABC news show 20/20 conducted an experiment of “carriers” protecting against an armed assailant they failed miserably, sometimes even failing to get their gun out or a shot off.

According to the “gun-free zone” meme, a mass shooter chooses a gun-free zone because no one will shoot back. Does anyone believe Aaron Alexis chose the Navy Yard or Paul Ciancia the LAX airport because they were “soft targets” with no armed guards? Or the Fort Hood shooter? Hello? But there weren’t “armed citizens” in the actual room the pro-gun lobby would whine as if the 20/20 experiment and other instances haven’t buried this fallacy once and for all.

“Crazy people shoot up schools and other institutions because they are crazy and harbor some angst toward those institutions,” wrote a recent poster on our website. “It’s the same reason they tend to shoot family members or close acquaintances. They are not targeting ‘soft targets,’ they are targeting places with lots of people, lots of publicity, and some sort of revenge motive. There is no evidence that these crazy people would be in ANY way discouraged by a minimally trained civilian waiting to pull his gun for the first time. Statistically, such a person will only serve to increase the chaos and help the shooter claim more victims in the crossfire.”

If the self-flattering fiction of gun-free zones that are soft targets because they lack George Zimmermans and Michael Dunns were true, why are there no shootings in Congress or other government buildings? Why are there no shootings in every corporate headquarters in America which are also gun-free zones since they ban guns?

The gun-free zone fiction is an insult to the public and law enforcement personnel. It flatters the cop wannabes who have morphed their fear of going places unarmed into some kind of public service. Thanks but no thanks.

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Steal a Gun, Criminals–It Won't Be Reported Says An NRA-Driven Maneuver in the Missouri Legislature

Friday, February 21st, 2014

There are many contradictions in pro-gun bombast. Gun lovers are tough guys strutting around Dodge City-style with their weapons but somehow “victims” whose rights are continually violated. Criminals will target a home if they know it has no guns but also if they know it does have guns. (So gun lovers ask the same government they hate to protect their identities from their neighbors and community!) And finally, gun violence is committed by criminals with illegal guns who won’t follow laws, but stopping them is less important than protecting the identities of the tough-but-actually-cowardly gun owners.

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This week, the NRA fought, once again, legislation that would require the reporting of stolen guns. An amendment in a bill under consideration in the Missouri legislature that would require gun owners to report a stolen firearm within 72 hours of learning about the theft was defeated after the NRA pressured lawmakers.

Why would the NRA, obsessed with catching the “bad guys” who commit all the gun crimes, bestow this largesse on thieves and lawbreakers? Because a bill requiring gun owners to tell police when firearms are missing “seeks to create a de-facto gun owner registry,” says the NRA. “Police resources should be focused on finding the real criminals responsible, not further victimizing those who have had not only their belongings stolen, but their sense of security and privacy as well.”

How do police find “real criminals” without knowing a theft has been committed, what has been stolen, who owned the property or a police report? Let’s get those bad guys! How does filing a police report further “victimize” gun owners who walk around with their guns in all states without even carrying insurance? Who are less regulated than automobile owners? Who have so intimidated lawmakers that not one federal law was passed after the Newtown massacre?

The gun lobby and the lawmakers in its pocket are so tortured by persecution fantasies, they have been accused of being “prepped” for an invasion of zombies. At a public meeting last spring, Missouri State Senator Rob Sheaf actually warned, “We are just a few Supreme Court justices away from losing our Second Amendment rights…. And then they will come knocking on your door to come take away your gun.” Confiscation delusions are common in less educated people, but Sen. Schaaf is trained as a medical doctor. You’d think a doctor and educated person would realize every unreported stolen gun is potentially a crime gun filling hospitals and morgues.

Allowing criminals to steal guns with no police report is only one of many pro-criminal laws the NRA has pushed through. It has secured permanent riders on federal appropriation bills, which free dealers from conducting inventory, which provides more crime guns. (Almost 2,000 crime guns have been traced to just one such dealer in Chicago, Chuck’s.) The NRA has driven laws to prevent federal agencies from pooling and computerizing gun crime information and tracing crime guns. There is even a law that says background check information must be destroyed within 24 hours–allegedly to keep gun buyers anonymous but actually helping straw buyers who feed the criminal gun market and can go from dealer to dealer with no paper trail.

Why does the NRA drive laws, including the recent Missouri maneuver, that help criminals? Because when the bad guys have guns, “good guys” buy more guns! It is fear marketing. Statistics also suggests that sales of illegal guns to crooked dealers provide 25 percent of gun manufacturers’ revenues.

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Do We Know What Would Happen To The Public's Safety In A Country Where Only The Criminals Had Guns? Yes We Do.

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

There is a country where only the criminal have guns—England.     In England handguns have been outlawed.  No one can own them.  The only guns private citizens can own are long guns (the kind used for hunting) and they can only shoot 2 bullets at a time.  Further, there are strict requirements for a private citizen to obtain a license for the long gun, including references, interviews with the applicant and people who know them.  FIREARM LICENSES ARE NOT GRANTED FOR SELF DEFENSE, WHICH IS NOT CONSIDERED A LEGITIMATE REASON FOR OWNING A GUN.  No one can have a gun that shoots more than 2 bullets at a time.  However, the criminals illegally get all the guns they want.  They can get hand guns that shoot 32 bullets at a time – in under 15 seconds—just like the Tucson murderer.

England is a country very similar to ours.  They hunt, they collect guns, and marksmanship is a big sport.  They have serious drug problems, poverty, gangs, immigration issues etc.  Because this is a country where only criminals have guns, we would expect there to be rampant gun violence – huge numbers of gun homicides and gun crime assaults.  After all, only the criminals have guns.  Even the police don’t carry guns.  England has 75 gun homicides per year.

As our population is 5 times that of England’s (300 million vs. 60 million) we should expect 5 times their gun homicides each year or 375.  In fact we have 12,000 each year.  But in our country, not only do criminals have all the guns they want*, but so do the law-abiding citizens.

There  is only one explanation  for these facts:  It is the law-abiding citizens with guns, not the criminals, who are committing the majority of the gun homicides.

We would have a fraction of the gun homicides we have if only the criminals had guns.  Criminals are interested in getting money, not in killing people.  Over 50% of U.S. gun homicides are due to arguments not criminals. (FBI Annual Uniform Crime Reports).

* The NRA and gun lobby block any law that would make it harder for criminals to get guns. WHY?, Because sales to criminals represent 25% of the Gun Industry’s annual sales.  (Source: Expert witness report filed as part of the 1999 NAACP lawsuit vs. the Gun Industry.)  Then the NRA claims everyone needs to carry a gun at all times to protect themselves from armed criminals.  This is very clever marketing— create the demand, then provide the supply.

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Quinn Expected to Sign Bill Shielding the Identities of Illinois Gun Owners

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

It is outrageous and paradoxical. The gun owners claim the need to carry a
gun in public is for self defense and that if criminals think the person
they are attacking has a gun they will not attack. So it would stand to
reason that if the criminals knew you had a gun at home they would not break
in and so you would be safer. But safety is not their concern. The real
reason they oppose this is their fear that if the government knows who has
guns, the government can them take them away.

But they do not take into account that if the government wanted your guns
they do not need to know who owns them. The government would pass a law
that all guns had to be turned in in 60 days and anyone not turning them in
would go to jail for 20 years and be fined $1,000,000 dollars. Then they

would make anyone who knew someone that had not turned the gun in an
accomplice and they would go to jail for 10 years and be fined $500,000.
Finally, the government would bribe people to turn in the names of people
who still had guns. But these simple minded gun owners do not think of
these kinds of these logical threads.

The NRA does not want people who own guns to be known as it is a way, like
the tobacco companies did when they knew for years that smoking caused lung
cancer, to hide the information. It would turn out that many of these law
abiding citizens were in fact committing crimes and murders with their guns.

In addition, the pro gunners argue that owning a gun is a constitutional
right (2nd amendment) and they should not have to identify themselves to
exercise a constitutional right. They conveniently forget (or cannot
connect) that voting is a constitutional right and you need to register
(with name and address) to exercise this constitutional right.

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