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Secret service? Local laws? Insurance? What Excuse Will the NRA Use For Allowing Gun-Free Zones At Their Next Annual Meeting? Perhaps the Same One They Use At Their Office

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

Elliot Fineman
CEO – Founder
National Gun Victims Action Council

 

May 9, 2018

 

The media have been buzzing about the gun-free zones that were provided for President Trump and Vice President Pence when they spoke at the recent NRA annual meeting in Dallas.

 

Many have pointed out the hypocrisy of deeming the President and the Veep only safe in a gun-free zone while wanting schools with young children to be full of guns––as well as public buildings, workplace offices and retail establishments. Even some pro-gun advocates say a large gathering of unvetted, armed people––as many as 40 percent who never went through a background check to determine their mental state or whether they’re a felon––is a recipe for disaster. Banning “good guys” from carrying guns also undercuts the entire pro-gun credo, say gun activists.

 

Yet, the NRA claims that gun-free zones are the reasons mass shootings occur so they must be eliminated. (We observe that mass shootings always occur in areas surrounded by trees so to stop mass shootings perhaps there should be tree-free zones.) But the Secret Service does not agree with the NRA and mandates gun-free zones when the President or Vice President speak. The NRA is only too happy to blame the Secret Service for the gun-free zone requirement but a quick look at other NRA annual meetings shows the gun rights organization is surprisingly tolerant of gun-free zones even though they say such zones are the most dangerous place of all and the prime reason for mass shootings.

 

 

 

For the NRA’s 2012 annual meeting in St. Louis, the NRA warned attendees in a post, “Note: The city of St. Louis [not mindful of the dangers of gun-free zones] prohibits the carrying of firearms at the America’s Center Convention Complex.”

 

Despite the NRA’s conviction about the risk of gun-free zones, Andrew Arulanandam, spokesman for NRA headquarters in Fairfax, VA, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch “the NRA will honor the city ban.”

 

At the NRA’s 2015 meeting in Nashville, the NRA was okay with the Bridgestone Arena, which hosted an NRA performance by country music artist Alan Jackson and comedian Jeff Foxworthy, being a gun-free zone. “Bridgestone Arena prohibits the possession of firearms, and always has,” wrote the editor of BearingArms.com about the gun-free concert venue, sounding a little defensive. “Is it really news that the NRA asks members to follow laws?” (It would seem to “really be news” that the NRA was okay with exposing its members to the gun-free zones.)

 

The NRA was also okay with gun-free eating areas at its 2017 annual meeting in Atlanta. “Firearms will be permitted in the Georgia World Congress Center and the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center. However, be mindful that no guns are allowed in other areas of the CNN [Center] including the food court and retail shops,” explained the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But won’t diners be sitting ducks?

 

The CNN Center has its own history of gun violence, reported the Toronto Sun. “In 2007, a gunman shot and killed his ex-girlfriend who worked in an adjoining hotel.

 

In Atlanta, as in Dallas, the Secret Service said those attending the speeches of President Trump and Vice President Pence must leave their guns outside the auditorium, exposing both the President and Vice President to the grave danger of a gun-free zone.

 

Whether “honoring” local laws in St. Louis or asking members to “follow laws” in Nashville keeping its performers safe, the NRA can’t hide its gun-free zone hypocrisy. If they really believed gun-free zones are so dangerous, why would they hold their venues in them?

 

Knowing that guns in an environment make that environment high risk and less safe, the NRA bans guns in its corporate office but wants all other places to allow guns. This will not stand and, in my book to be published at the end of June, you will see how we can stop their hypocritical, vile agenda from moving forward.

 

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Return a Violent Person’s Guns To Him? It Happens All The Time.

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

 

Many are shocked that the Tazewell County, IL Sheriff’s Office returned four guns belonging to Travis Reinking, the Nashville Waffle House suspect, to his father. Reinking’s weapons were taken from him after he was arrested for behaving aggressively outside the White House in July 2017. A month earlier, Reinking threatened someone with an AR-15 while wearing a pink dress, dove into a public pool and exposed himself to others say police records. The father “was advised that he needed to keep the weapons secure and away from Travis” reads the sheriff’s office report. Yet the Office is also saying “Your son is violent and mentally ill but here are his guns.”

 

This is hardly the first time gun-friendly authorities have returned weapons to violent offenders. Early last year, confessed Fort Lauderdale airport shooter, Esteban Santiago, had his gun returned to him and proceeded to kill five and injure eight with it.

 

On Nov. 7, Santiago walked into an Anchorage FBI office telling agents he was experiencing terroristic thoughts and believed he was being influenced by ISIS, according to police reports. He was incoherent and agitated and had a Walther 9mm pistol in his car. He was given a psychiatric evaluation, transferred to the Alaska Psychiatric Institute and released on November 14. On December 8, Anchorage Police returned Santiago’s firearm to him.

 

Even Santiago’s brother, Bryan, was shocked that U.S. authorities would return his gun when it was known that he was increasingly paranoid and hearing voices. He had also been charged with domestic abuse.

 

Then there is Kyle Aaron Huff, who committed what is known as Seattle’s Columbine in 2006. Police in Whitefish, MT, his hometown, seized Huff’s firearms when he shot up a public art installation called “Moose on the Loose” and was charged with destroying art, a felony. But after Huff pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of mischief, not a felony, authorities cheerfully returned his lethal weapons. Huff went on to kill six at a rave afterparty.

 

Like so many mass shooters, Huff stockpiled weapons. In addition to his 12-gauge pistol-grip Winchester 1300 Defender shotgun and a .40-caliber semiautomatic Ruger P944 handgun used at the rave, police found a Bushmaster XM15 E2S rifle, another handgun and several more boxes of ammunition in his truck and more guns and ammunition in his apartment.

 

Finally, there is the case of James Hodgkinson, whose guns were never taken despite St. Clair County, IL sheriff deputies visiting his house at least six times, domestic abuse charges against him and neighbors complaining of him firing a rifle at trees. St. Clair County, IL sheriff deputies just told him to not shoot at trees. He went on to shoot three last June at the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity in Washington D.C.

 

While the NRA bellows, “the real problem is mental illness” after every mass shooting, behind the scenes it works for the rights of mentally ill people to keep their guns or have them returned.

 

 

After the Virginia Tech murders, NRA lobbyists pushed through a gun restoration provision for mentally ill people in national background check laws. “In several ways this bill is better for gun owners than current law,” boasted the NRA website because “certain types of mental health orders will no longer prohibit a person from possessing or receiving a firearm.”

 

Thanks to the gun lobby maneuver, Sam French, a Virginian who was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility and told authorities he heard voices, had his right to possess firearms reinstated and his gun returned after a short court hearing in 2009. Why should hearing voices intrude on his “gun rights” bellowed the gun lobby–a question reactivated by the Nashville massacre.

 

“Back Our Blue” Says the NRA While Putting “Our Blue” at Risk

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

In a current NRA video promoting its Back Our Blue–Cars for Freedom donation campaign, Wayne LaPierre says, “Our country’s law enforcement officers represent the best of American courage. Yet today, a deceitful media has put their courage under fire—making the job more dangerous for our police.”

 

No, actually it is the NRA that makes the job of police officers “more dangerous.”

 

 

Thanks to the open carry laws the NRA has successfully gotten on the books in many states, no one stopped police killer Gavin Eugene Long in Baton Rouge in 2016 even though police received a call about a suspicious person carrying a rifle. Open carrying was not unusual so law officers did not have “probable cause” to question Long. Long went on to shoot six police officers and three died. Backing Our Blue?

 

Thanks to open carry laws, a week earlier in Dallas, Micah Xavier Johnson drew no suspicion from authorities despite being clad in tactical clothing and armed with a rifle. He went on to kill five officers and injure seven others. Backing Our Blue?

 

(The NRA says such armed citizens have the right to “defend” themselves and others against “bad guys.” Why did none of the Dallas and Baton Rouge open carriers near the police shooter stop the murders? Weren’t they the “good guys with guns” who will stop crime that we always hear about?)

 

After the Dallas massacre, Police Chief David Brown said, “It’s increasingly challenging when people have AR-15s slung over their shoulder and they’re in a crowd. We don’t know who the good guy is versus the bad guy when everyone starts shooting.”

 

Norm Stamper, former chief of the Seattle police department, agrees. When multiple people on a scene are openly carrying weapons, it is almost impossible to distinguish a law-abiding gun owner from someone who is about to commit a violent crime. It’s “extremely jarring and jolting” for cops to see a gun on open display, even if the law condones it, said Stamper.

 

“I wish more of our legislators could see past the ideology,” says Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn. “They have no concern about the impact [of open carry] in urban environments that are already plagued by too many guns and too much violence.”

 

The NRA has no remorse about how open carry laws facilitate police shootings. After the Dallas massacre of police officers, the NRA actually wrote that it would be “the greatest dishonor to their memory” to allow “the Democratic establishment” to pass stronger gun safety laws. Bereaved families would likely not have minded stronger gun safety laws.

 

A quick look at NRA history shows similar disregard for “Our Blue.” In 1980 and again in 2015, the NRA vigorously opposed a ban on “cop killer” bullets which are capable of piercing the light body armor typically worn by police; many types are readily available today. Now, the NRA is lobbying for lifting restrictions on silencers an unabashed pro-criminal action that will disable law enforcement gunshot detection and location systems.

 

No, it is not a “deceitful media” making the job more dangerous for our police––it is a deceitful NRA that does not “Back Our Blue” at all.

 

States to Repeal Drivers License Training Requirements–Inspired by New Gun Bills

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

 

 

February 22, 2017

 

by Elliot Fineman

 

 

(satire) Several U.S states plan to repeal training requirements to obtain motor vehicle licenses including the need to pass a road and written test. “We got the idea from gun reciprocity legislation pending in Congress which allows someone licensed to carry a gun in one state to carry in any state,” said Butch McGill, Illinois Secretary of State. “Since some states require no training whatsoever, allowing people who have never even fired a gun to carry a gun, we realized that training requirements to operate a motor vehicle are also unnecessary. People can be trusted to train themselves with no risk to the public whether cars or guns.”

 

A growing number of states are passing laws that that make mandatory training requirements for carrying a gun illegal and states are moving in the same direction with motor vehicle operation. “The government should not deem it necessary to micromanage the citizen exercise of essential rights,” says the NRA, quoted on the Wisconsin Gun Owners Organization web site. Citizens “are capable of deciding for themselves that attending firearms training is the responsible thing to do.”

 

“Training requirements are a ruse by a tyrannical government to eventually confiscate all guns and cars,” said Chuck Hunter, head of Guns Everywhere All the Time, a national, grassroots organization headquartered in Waco, TX. Earl Singleton, executive director of Cars for Tots, in Defiance, MO concurs. “Requiring people who carry guns in public to know how to handle or shoot their weapons is a stark example of government overreach as are driver training requirements,” said Singleton.

 

Not everyone agrees with the states’ move to drop training requirements and allow citizens to train themselves. “This is appalling,” said Betty Lou Williamson who has worked as a clerk in the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles for 27 years and previously worked in the driver testing facility in Brownsville itself.

 

“People who don’t even know where the gas pedal is can now be driving down the street, endangering life and limb. People who have never used a car’s brake or turned right or left will now be driving down the street. What is the Secretary of State’s office thinking?”

 

In a short interview, Secretary McGill dismissed such criticism. “On the basis of pending gun reciprocity bills, we now realize that requiring training to operate a motor vehicle is a violation of citizens’ rights and likely will lead to car confiscation.” The age requirement for a drivers license remains said McGill.

 

 

 

Elliot Fineman

CEO – Founder

National Gun Victims Action Council

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Oklahoma City Airport Shooting Death Was Workplace Violence

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

 

Most people remember the San Bernardino holiday party massacre and the on-camera Roanoke shootings of TV crew members last year. But they do not necessarily think of them as workplace shootings–which they were.

 

As many as 800 people die a year from workplace violence in the US, 80 percent from guns. This week, Southwest Airlines employee Michael Winchester, father of Kansas City Chiefs long snapper James Winchester, became the latest casualty of a workplace fatal shooting at Oklahoma City airport. Police say the murderer was Lloyd Dean Buie (pictured, courtesy of AP), a disgruntled former Southwest Airlines employee seeking revenge.

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Since the early 2000’s, the NRA has sought an armed workplace. It’s an extension of “the current Castle Doctrine” it says. Letting “good guys” on the job defend themselves against “bad guys” is so important, it has pushed through laws in Indiana and North Dakota that allow employees to sue their employers if asked about gun possession. In North Dakota, the NRA pushed through a law banning employers from asking if employees’ vehicles parked on company property have weapons in them and a law in Georgia that bars employers from making employment conditional on not bringing guns to work.

 

There’s just one problem with the NRA workplace agenda. It is the employees doing the shootings–not “bad guy” criminals!

 

Months before the San Bernardino and Roanoke shootings in 2015, employees at a Moorestown, New Jersey security company and at the Sioux Steel Co. in Lennox, South Dakota killed co-workers. The year before, an enraged UPS employee wearing his uniform killed three in Inglenook, Alabama, an employee shot and killed his supervisor at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf and Resort Spa in Hoover, Alabama and an employee shot and killed the CEO of ArrowStream, a top tech company in Chicago’s downtown. In 2013, a Silicon Valley engineer was found guilty of fatally shooting three executives at a semiconductor startup on the day he was fired.

 

2012 was also a bloody year. A fired employee at a Minneapolis sign company went on a workplace shooting rampage that left five dead and three injured. Lawrence Jones, an employee at a Fresno chicken processing plant, shot and killed co-workers. Jones “walked up to 32-year-old Salvador Diaz in the grinding room, put the handgun to the side of his head and pulled the trigger,” reported the Associated Press.

 

Needless to say business owners, property owners and human resource professionals see the deadly danger of “bring your guns to work.” The Florida Retail Federation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Volkswagen, Caterpillar, Bridgestone and FedEx have all spoken out about the gun lobby’s workplace gun agenda. “Guns are inappropriate in our workplaces and workplaces include parking lots. We control those,” said the Florida Retail Federation. “Possession of firearms in the workplace or on company property is strictly prohibited,” said Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida which knows a little about the medical costs of gun violence.

 

Still, ask the NRA what causes gun violence including workplace and it will say “bad guys” who “don’t obey gun laws” despite the fact that 85 percent of mass shooters are legal gun owners and Southwest employee Lloyd Dean Buie who killed Michael Winchester this week was himself a legal gun owner.

NRA is Silent When Gun Violence, Including Against Cops, Doesn’t Fit Its Dogma

Friday, November 4th, 2016

 

What causes gun violence? Bad guys and gun-free zones says the NRA! Everyone knows that. Criminals “don’t obey laws” so laws are meaningless. Worse—gun-free zones don’t let good guys with guns stop the criminals who didn’t obey laws. End of story.

 

No wonder the NRA was so silent last summer when 18 law enforcement officers were brazenly shot in one week in Dallas and Baton Rouge. The cold blooded ambush shootings and murders could neither be blamed on “gun-free zones” or on criminals who “don’t obey laws”–both gunmen were legal gun owners who passed their background checks.

 

The Dallas and Baton Rouge police murders also exposed the NRA lie that assault weapons are used in few killings so bans would be meaningless. They would not have been “meaningless” to the fallen officers’ families.

 

The “patriotic” NRA doesn’t seem to worry about cop deaths. Why else would it defend “cop killer” bullets, aka armor-piercing bullets, as protected by the Second Amendment? Whose side is it on? The gun lobby also seeks to remove restrictions on criminal-friendly gun silencers regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934 because of their role in the St Valentine’s Day Massacre and other massacres! They are protected by the Second Amendment, it says.

 

The gun lobby also blocks a national registry which could flag gun owners who become unbalanced and violent after their gun purchases like both the Dallas and Baton Rouge police killers–and save lives. Amazingly, the gun lobby also thinks terrorist suspects on the No Fly list should be able to buy guns.

 

Since criminals “don’t obey laws” and gun-free zones don’t let good guys stop them, the gun lobby was strangely silent after the 2015 Chattanooga shootings. On July 16, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire at an Armed Forces Career Center and U.S. Navy Reserve center, killing four Marines and a sailor and wounding a police officer. The gun lobby tried to blame the Chattanooga murders on a “gun-free zone” until Military Times reported that, “At least two service members involved in the Chattanooga shooting were carrying personal weapons during the attack, in possible violation of current military rules, and unsuccessfully returned fire in an attempt to stop the homicidal gunman.”

 

This summer, when guns were banned at the Iowa State Fair, a board member of the Iowa Firearms Coalition proclaimed that “roughly 90 percent of mass-shooting events have occurred in so-called ‘weapons-free zones.'” Yet the brazen murder of two Des Moines police officers this week for which Scott Greene (pictured) is charged, was not exactly in a gun-free zone. 

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No, the Chattanooga, Dallas, Baton Rouge and Des Moines ambushes were not “gun-free zones” and at least three were perpetrated by legal gun owners. Abdulazeez passed his background check despite clear terrorist leanings. Why? According to Mother Jones, 85 percent of all mass shooters pass their background checks–a macabre list that includes the Orlando, Umpqua, Charleston, Planned Parenthood, Kalamazoo, Roanake, Lafayette, Chattanooga and Chapel Hill this year and last and the Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, Fort Hood, Navy Yard, Northern Illinois University and Killeen, Texas Luby shooters in previous years.

 

The gun lobby doesn’t want to talk about mass shooters passing background checks and killing law enforcement officers and others. It conflicts with its “bad guys”/ gun-free zones dogma and shows we need better laws. The silence is deafening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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People With Mental Illness Buying Guns? The NRA is Okay with It

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

It is no secret that many mass shooters have severe psychiatric illnesses at the time of their crimes. From Virginia Tech, Aurora and Tucson, to the Navy Yard, Umpqua, Roanoke and Orlando shootings, most shooters exhibited clear mental illness before their deeds.

 

What is a secret is that while the gun lobby says the “real problem” behind gun violence is mental illness, it actually works–stealthily- behind the scenes to restore the “gun rights” of people with severe mental illness.

 

 

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After the Virginia Tech murders, NRA lobbyists were successful in pushing through a provision in the NICS [National Instant Criminal Background Check System] 2007 amendments that allows the restoration of gun rights of mentally ill people if they “will not be likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety” and if “the granting of the relief would not be contrary to the public interest.”

 

The NRA, in a newsletter to its followers, did not hide the fact that the maneuver was a con job that looked like tightened gun access but actually did the opposite–improved access to guns for people with mental illness.

 

“In several ways this bill is better for gun owners than current law,” read the NRA website. “Under H.R. 2640, certain types of mental health orders will no longer prohibit a person from possessing or receiving a firearm. Examples are adjudications that have expired or been removed, or commitments from which a person has been completely released with no further supervision required. Also excluded are federal decisions about a person’s mental health that consist only of a medical diagnosis, without a specific finding that the person is dangerous or mentally incompetent.”

 

Thanks to the gun lobby maneuver, Sam French, a Virginian who was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility and told authorities he heard voices, had his right to possess firearms reinstated and his gun returned after a short court hearing in 2009. Why should hearing voices intrude on his “gun rights”?

 

Another man who was involuntarily hospitalized in a psychiatric facility because of a meth addiction also had his “gun rights” restored, reported the Oregonian. He soon had a “new XDM Springfield handgun at his side,” wrote the paper. Nice.

 

Reject These Gun Lobby Lies

 

The U.S. gun violence epidemic which takes 90 lives a day, 31 from homicides, is predicated on key gun lobby lies. “Criminals don’t follow laws,” says the lobby despite the fact that 85 percent of mass shooters since 1981 have been legal gun owners not criminals.

 

“It takes a good guy to stop a bad guy” says the lobby despite the fact that 18 law enforcement officers were shot by legal gun owners (not “criminals”) in one week this summer.

 

And finally, “the real problem is mental illness” says the lobby even as it helps people with mental illness own guns. But of course every country in the world has mental illness–rich and poor, industrialized and developing. What they do not have are massacres like Virginia Tech, Aurora, Umpqua or Orlando because they don’t have the gun lobby arming their mentally ill population.

 

Dangerous People Who Should Not Have Guns Routinely Pass Their Brady Background Checks. What Can Be Done?

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

By Elliot Fineman

CEO – Founder
National Gun Victims Action Council

 

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Since the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) was established, FBI data show that 222 million Brady background checks were conducted from 1998 to 2015. Of those 2.4 million (1.2%) were blocked.

 

We are told to take comfort from these data but what we are not told is how many of the 220 million that were not blocked should have been. (The NRA has made sure these data cannot be collected.)

 

Over 85% of Mass Killers Pass Their Background Checks

 

According to Mother Jones magazine, of 83 mass shootings since 1981, all but 12 were legal gun owners meaning that 71 (over 85%) had passed their Brady background check.

 

Recent high-profile murderers who passed their Brady background checks include the Orlando, Dallas and Baton Rouge shooters and the Tucson, Aurora, Fort Hood, Navy Yard, Santa Barbara, Charleston, Planned Parenthood, Chattanooga, Kalamazoo, Roanoke, Umpqua, and Lafayette shooters.

 

Purchasers With a History Of Violence, Domestic Abuse and Anger Issues Consistently Pass Their Background Checks.

 

Almost daily we hear the toll of gun owners who passed their background checks but unleashed gun violence at the workplace, on the highway or upon their intimate partners.

 

Megan Short, 33, (pictured with children) recently murdered along with her three children in Sinking Spring Borough, PA was trying to leave an abusive relationship when the shocking violence happened.

 

Her husband went to a licensed gun shop in Lancaster County and purchased a .38-caliber handgun and a stock of ammunition two days after his wife expressed fears of her wellbeing to police.

 

Homicidal, and with two prior police reports for domestic violence, Short nevertheless passed his background check and committed the murders.

 

A year ago, in Roanoke, VA a clearly mentally deranged applicant—known to have a history of violence and anger control issues—purchased a gun two weeks before killing two reporters as they were broadcasting.

 

What Can Be Done— “Brady Plus” Background Checks

 

What will stop this carnage? Real background checks—perhaps to be called “Brady Plus” background checks—that should be as thorough as background checks conducted for adoptions.

 

Models of “Brady Plus” background checks already exist—in the U.S. to buy a machine gun and in the U.K. to own or purchase guns in general.

 

As I wrote on November 22, 2015 (Gun Control We Actually Do Today– And Have Done For Decades- And It Works. What A Surprise!)

 

“…every machine gun is registered— and every current machine gun owner or would-be purchaser or relative the machine gun owner might want to transfer the machine gun to— including their children—must go through a full (total) background check.

 

This includes having to submit fingerprints and a photograph which are kept on file, a criminal record check, examination of local records, interviews with local law enforcement, a character evaluation including neighborhood acquaintance interviews, work place interviews and personal interviews.”

 

Real Background Checks Work

 

Because of these thorough U.S. background checks, there have not been any machine gun incidents (shootings/murders) in decades. They are Exhibit A for the efficacy of real background checks.

 

“Brady Plus” Background Checks Can Only Happen if President Obama Declares A State Of Emergency Due To The Gun Violence Epidemic.

 

“Brady Plus” background checks are not going to happen at the congressional level. To issue the executive order that such real background checks would require, President Obama must first declare a National State of Emergency due to the gun violence epidemic. It is essential you get friends, family and people in your world to sign our petition calling on President Obama to act now.

 

Elliot Fineman
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Ten Years Ago Today in Gun Violence

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

 

Do you know what you were doing ten years ago? The families of these victims do. Ten years ago in Chicago, Starkesia Reed, 14 was killed when a stray bullet from an AK-47 assault rifle went through the window of her family’s house. She was eating an orange and getting ready for school. Eleven days later and a few blocks away, Siretha White, 10, was killed when a stray bullet went through the window of her aunt’s home. She was attending a surprise birthday party for her cousin.

 

The Chicago innocent bystanders were just the start, ten years ago. The same month, Seattle had its second worst massacre in 20 years when Aaron Kyle Huff, draped in bandoliers of shotgun shells, killed six at a Seattle party. Police later found an assault rifle and several large-capacity ammunition magazines in his vehicle as well. Huff’s two weapons–a 12-gauge Winchester Defender shotgun with an extended magazine and a pistol grip and a .40-caliber Ruger semiautomatic handgun–with which some victims were shot twice, were legal. So legal, they were returned to him by police after a prior shooting arrest in 2000! He had “rights”!

 

Days earlier, Jennifer San Marco, a person with psychosis who passed her background check, killed six at a postal facility and a neighbor in Goleta, California with a gun she bought at a pawn shop. She was known for shouting furiously to herself, peeling off her clothes in random parking lots, kneeling in prayer by the roadside and ordering food at restaurants and bolted out the door before eating it—but she was a legal gun owner.

 

Why has nothing changed for ten years? Because there is no gun violence, no massacre that will move the 34 senators from pro-gun states to allow gun safety legislation. After the Sandy Hook massacre, federal lawmakers would not even elevate gun trafficking to a felony. After the San Bernardino massacre, federal lawmakers refused to close the Terror Watch List loophole—placing the “gun rights” of possible terrorists above the right of citizens to not be shot at an office party! And of course, no gun legislation was passed after the shooting of Rep. Giffords.

 

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Money, however, talks. It took about a week for Indiana lawmakers to change their mind about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act when Apple, American Airlines, the NCAA college sports league and others threatened to pull their convention business. Now companies like PayPal and Wells Fargo, sport associations like the NBA and entertainers are exerting a similar effect on states with “bathroom” laws.

 

There is no question the pro-gun movement is on the wrong side of history. Only 18 percent of millennials even own guns. But at 30,000 gun deaths in the US a year—10,000 homicides—can we afford to wait for the pro-gun movement to fade away? Learn what you can do now on our website http://gunvictimsaction.org

 

 

 

 

Are You Dining or Shopping Next to A Gun Carrier? Probably.

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

For over six years, NGVAC has pointed out the sheer insanity of US gun laws—that anyone on the Terror Watch List can buy a gun, that 90 percent of mental health records are missing from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and that carrying a gun, unless someone is highly trained and periodically retrained, does not even offer self-defense.

 

We have highlighted the insanity of allowing civilians to own sniper weapons as snipers have terrorized Washington DC, Pennsylvania and major highways. And in a popular series called “Beware the Law-Abiding Citizen” we have exposed how most gun perpetrators are not “bad guys” but “law-abiding citizens.”

 

Now, NGVAC is pointing out that all US corporations ban guns from their headquarters and boardrooms–yet only a handful protect their customers and employees in the same way. The new feature is called “Corporate Hypocrite of the Month” and followers are asked to notify the hypocrite that they will withdraw their business until guns are banned.

 

Companies like to say they are following “local laws” but local laws allow a business or property owner to ban guns. The truth is businesses won’t get off the sidelines and take a stand against gun violence even though they can.

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Home Depot Is The First Hypocrite

 

Home Depot welcomed Texas’ newly legal handgun carriers this year despite the fatal shooting of a Home Depot manager by a disgruntled employee at a Chelsea, NY store last year and a shopper brazenly shooting at alleged shoplifters at an Auburn Hills, MI store in October. Home Depot hosted “open carry” rallies on its property.

 

Like all customers entering businesses that allow guns, Home Depot customers are shopping next to gun carriers without their knowledge or consent. Worse, the carriers may not even know how to shoot or handle the weapon since West Virginia, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Maine, Vermont and Wyoming now all allow people to “carry” with no training required! (Untrained carriers also heighten the financial risks that businesses allowing guns already face.)

 

No Smoking But Guns Allowed?

 

In many ways, public awareness of gun dangers parallels that of secondhand smoke. There was a time that people would shop or dine next to smokers oblivious to the clear cancer dangers we now know exist and the violation of their right to a safe environment. Now, many chains like Starbucks, Panera Bread, Sonic Drive-In, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Chipotle, Jack in the Box and Target are requesting that patrons do not bring in guns. But requesting is not enough.

 

“They do not ‘request’ that people do not bring guns into boardrooms or corporate headquarters—they ban them,” says NGVAC’s founder and CEO Elliot Fineman. Tell Home Depot you are withholding your business until it bans guns.

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