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Suicidal and Homicidal People Have Gun Rights Too Says the NRA

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

 

When a gun owner becomes unstable and likely to harm himself and others, it is usually obvious to family, friends and coworkers. Remember Elliot Rodger who killed six people and injured fourteen others near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara less than two years ago? After looking at her son’s YouTube page, Rodger’s mother called 911, alerted the boy’s father and frantically drove to Santa Barbara to stop the murders.

 

Others have also posted their homicidal intentions on social media only to act upon them because no one intervened. And most mass shooters like the Aurora, Navy Yard and Virginia Tech murderers were under the care of therapists who also clearly saw the imminent murders but did nothing.

 

After Elliot Rodger’s 2014 murders, California passed a gun order of protection law in which family members and friends could request a restraining order from a judge before gun violence. “When someone is in crisis, the people closest to them are often the first to spot the warning signs, but almost nothing can now be done to get back their guns or prevent them from buying more,” said Democratic Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner of Berkeley in supporting the legislation.

 

NGVAC has personal experience with the conundrum. A few years ago, we contacted two police departments about a possible imminent gun violence situation and were told by both that we had to wait until “something” happened. “There would be no legal justification for us, at the state level, to step in and take this person’s property,” said an email from Glendale Mayor Weiers responding to a girlfriend’s charge that her boyfriend was a convicted domestic abuser yet owned guns. Property?

 

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Now legislation that would create a Lethal Violence Order of Protection is advancing in the Illinois legislature. It would permit family members concerned about loved ones hurting themselves or others to petition the courts to remove firearms for a limited amount of time.

 

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Needless to say, the gun lobby is throwing a hissy fit. It would rather see a few homicides and suicides than someone wrongly denied his lethal weapon because of a “fight with a spouse [or] tiff with a boyfriend.” Of course the male dominated gun lobby wants to ignore the fact that it is just these angry armed husbands and boyfriends who are a leading cause of women’s deaths.

 

The gun lobby not only defends the “gun rights” of people under orders of protection and suspected domestic abusers, it defends the “gun rights” of convicted felons and people who have been hospitalized for mental illness.

 

Maybe they are protecting their own. The wife of the NRA’s 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 was charged with assault, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. He possessed 39 guns at the time of his arrest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will On Camera Assassinations Be a Tipping Point? Or Is More Gun Bloodshed Necessary?

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

 

Reporter and cameraman gunned down during live newscast? Beloved professor killed by another professor in his campus office? Another day of gun bloodshed in the US.

 

After mass shootings the media “play by play” is always the same. First the nation is horrified, then the suspect’s “mental illness” is examined, then memorial services are held and then, after self-muting for three days, gun advocates surface to say “no laws” could have prevented the carnage because the “real problem” is mental illness.

 

Wrong on all counts. First, the Charleston, Chattanooga and Roanoke suspects were legal gun owners despite clear mental problems. The gun lobby loves to say criminals don’t follow gun laws but the Virginia Tech, Aurora, Tucson, Fort Hood, Navy Yard, NIU and Santa Barbara shooters–and most other mass gun murderers– followed the letter of the law.

 

Secondly, other countries have as many mentally ill people as we do—but they have gun laws. After the Dunblane school massacre in the United Kingdom in 1996 and the Port Arthur massacre in Australia the same year, laws were passed that prevented future shootings. They learned their lesson. By way of contrast, after the US’s Red Lake massacre in 2005, laws were passed in the US to make it illegal to sue the gun industry.

 

In response to the gun lovers who like to argue “should knives, hammers and cars be outlawed too,” no one has ever wounded 82 people in seconds with a knife as the Aurora killer did with a gun. On the same day as the Sandy Hook murders, a man in China stabbed the same number of school children and none died. It’s the guns, stupid.

 

Many do not realize or can’t believe that the NRA works for the “gun rights” of convicted felons, domestic abusers and people under orders of protection because they have gun rights too. Most people under orders of protection are men, of course and eight women were shot by their husbands in the last week of August—six died.

 

Right after the Aurora movie theater shootings we, at NGVAC, were alerted by an ex-wife to a convicted domestic abuser who was collecting guns and military weapons, which he was legally banned from doing, and donning body armor. We were told by two police departments the possible mass-shooter-in-the-making had the “right” to his arsenal and society would just have to wait until he killed before they could do anything. What?

 

August’s on camera murders, July’s movie and military murders or June’s church murders may not have been a tipping point–but the whole nation knows one is coming. One of these days, one too many gun victim families will ask why their loved one was killed and why their lawmakers are serving the NRA not them.

 

 

 

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NRA Taunts Gun Victims

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

It is hard to believe the NRA would make fun of the shooting that almost killed former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and killed six. But it did this week. It tweeted “Gabby Giffords: Everyone Should Have to Pass Background Check My Attacker Passed,” from its main account.

 

The belligerent, macabre gloating is reminiscent of the 400 armed gun enthusiasts who greeted Virginia Tech survivors at a Richmond rally to close background check loopholes a year after the massacre and taunted them with “Y’all must be the ones who weren’t armed.” Nice.

 

The NRA says gun legislation infringes on the Second Amendment and criminals don’t obey laws anyway but the truth is many and possibly most mass shooters sail through their background checks.Cho

 

The killers responsible for the Tucson, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Navy Yard, Fort Hood, Santa Barbara and Northern Illinois University bloodbaths passed their background checks with flying colors, despite hospitalizations and military discharges for mental illness in some cases.

 

In 2007, the killers responsible for the Salt Lake City Trolley Square mall shooting and the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard shooting were legal gun owners. The Trolley Square shooter, Sulejman Talovic, was a Bossnian immigrant, legally required to show a second piece of identification, but bought the murder weapon at Sportsman’s Fastcash, a pawnshop chain in Utah, with just one, say investigators.

 

In 2009. Jiverly Voong killed 13 in Binghamton, NY and Richard Poplawski killed three Pittsburgh police officers and both were legal gun owners who passed their background checks. And let’s not forget Bruce Pardo, one of two shooters who dressed up as Santa Claus in recent years in order to annihilate their families. Pardo bought at least five firearms within five months from a single weapons dealer before killing nine on Christmas Eve in Covina, CA.

 

In 2008, Latina Williams killed two students at Louisiana Technical College with a 357 revolver and a box of ammunition bought in a New Orleans pawn shop the day before the murders. Williams was delusional, living in her car and giving her possessions away but it was easier for her to buy a gun than Sudafed. Jennifer Sanmarco, who killed six at the Goleta postal facility, was also a legal gun owner as were Terry Ratzmann, the Milwaukee church service killer, Chai Vang the Wisconsin hunter killer and Bart Ross, who killed a Chicago Federal judge’s husband and mother.

 

While the Virginia Tech, Aurora, Tucson, NIU and Louisiana Technical College killers were probably bordering on psychosis when they passed their background checks, gun owners who become mentally unstable after purchasing their guns cannot be identified without a registry and everyone knows a registry is the first step to gun confiscation and an invasion of ATF black helicopters. Just look at the tyrannies that the EU, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand have become because of their gun laws!

 

Besides, criminals have gun rights too says the gun lobby. When three major Florida law enforcement groups sought to tighten laws after the Sun Sentinel reported concealed weapon licenses 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), NRA lobbyist Marion P. Hammer said, “When you begin taking away the rights of people that you don’t like, that’s the slippery slope.”

 

Commensurate with its concept of gun “rights,” the NRA works unabashedly to let suspected domestic abusers under orders of protection keep their guns and have guns returned to convicted felons and people hospitalized with mental illness.

 

It is amazing lawmakers would not widen background checks when one of their own was savaged at a meet-the-public event that could happen to any of them. It is even more amazing lawmakers would support a group that laughs at the event.

 

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NRA Puppet of the Week–AZ Senator Jeff Flake

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

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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!
 
GUN-LOVING, VIOLENCE-ENABLING POL IMPERVIOUS TO YOUR OWN CONSTITUENTS, YOU SEN. JEFF FLAKE ARE THE NRA PUPPET OF THE WEEK.
 
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