Posts Tagged ‘guns’

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.

Shot By Your Own Gun? Gun Advocates Don’t Want to Talk About It

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

It has been more than two years since the Rev. Kenneth Walker was killed in Phoenix with a .357-caliber gun owned by his fellow priest Rev. Joseph Terra. Weeks later, New Jersey resident Stephen McMahon was killed with his own gun after an altercation outside his home. The same week minister Donald Frazier was killed with his own weapon during a botched robbery attempt at his home on the Fourth of July in suburban Houston. During a struggle, the intruder grabbed Frazier’s gun and shot him with it said authorities. Neighbors said they thought the gunshots were fireworks.

 

It is anathema to gun advocates but heavily armed “good guys” are often killed by “bad guys” anyway, sometimes with their own guns. In January of 2013, Frank Petro, longtime owner of Frank’s Gun & Taxidermy Shop was killed at his gun dealership in Conemaugh, PA. with his own gun. The next day, Keith Ratliff, business manager of the popular YouTube gun show FPSRussia was shot and killed in Carnesville, GA while surrounded with his guns. Ratliff’s show, which featured his friend Kyle Myers showing off the fire power of weapons and triggering explosions while faking a Russian accent, was viewed by millions. The next month “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, arguably the nation’s best shot, was shot and killed on a gun range—not exactly a gun-free zone.

 

When asked how gun experts and enthusiasts could be victims of the “bad guys” they are armed against, gun advocates always cite the element of “surprise” as if that weren’t the definition of gun crime. Do they think criminals will yell “draw” from a block away like the old West?

 

When it comes to armed people killed with their own guns, pro-gunners especially don’t want to talk about women. That is because telling women to “arm themselves too” is the way the gun lobby justifies its aggressive promotion of domestic abuser “gun rights.” Both Michigan and Louisiana have weighed “gun rights” against the rights of women to not be killed by intimate partners and SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas actually broke his decades long silence to weigh in on the issue. “Give me another area where a misdemeanor violation suspends a constitutional right,” he said, suggesting domestic abusers shouldn’t lose their ability to carry guns.

 

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Yet death at the hands of an armed, irate intimate partner is a leading cause of women’s deaths in the U.S. A year ago, Amanda Cloaninger and her friend Lindy Dobbins in St. Augustine, FLA were shot and killed by her husband hours after he received probation for violating an order of protection. Two days later, Blessing Okereke was shot and killed by her husband in the Bank of America tower in Dallas. The following day, Nuria N. Kudlach was fatally shot at her home in State College, PA– her husband was charged—and hours later Sonja Wells Raine was fatally shot on her job in Pascagoula, MS by her husband. Also shot by enraged husbands during the same week last summer but not killed were Francisca Jew at a donut shop in Devine, TX and an unidentified Arlington, WA woman.

 

Pro-gun lawmakers rely on the public’s short memory to avoid passing new guns laws. After 18 police officers were shot this summer by legal gun owners who passed their background checks despite clear red flags they went on vacation, hoping we will forget. After the Orlando massacre—the worst in U.S. history—they refused to even ban terrorist suspects from buying guns. Like domestic abusers, terrorist suspects apparently have “gun rights.”

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
CEO – Founder
National Gun Victims Action Council
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Trump’s “Enemies” List, like the NRA’s, Keeps Growing

Monday, July 25th, 2016

 

“It’s the temperament, stupid!” Many who fear a Trump presidency are less worried about his policies than his “attack back” reflex which is his most distinguishing characteristic.

 

When provoked, Trump has attacked everyone from news outlets/reporters (including Fox News) to leaders in his own party like governors Scott Walker, Rick Scott and Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain. He has even attacked mega donor Charles Koch, Karl Rove (once the Republican party “architect”) and federal judges. Does he even think before he fires?

 

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In his “get even” reprisal reflex Trump is just like the gun lobby he has recently* come to embrace. (*In 2015, his Chicago Trump International Hotel and Tower sported a “no guns” sign.) The gun lobby is notorious for shooting its wounded and taking no prisoners.

 

Does anyone remember what happened to outdoors personality Jim Zumbo when he said this about military style weapons in 2007: “Maybe I’m a traditionalist, but I see no place for these weapons among our hunting fraternity. I’ll go so far as to call them ‘terrorist’ rifles,” he wrote on a blog. “We don’t need to be lumped into the group of people who terrorize the world with them.”

 

Zumbo was promptly called a “turncoat” by his brethren. He was stripped of his Outdoors Network TV show, Outdoor Life magazine position and his relationship with Remington Arms. His TV show was restored after he issued this offensive recantation. “I’ll do all I can to educate others who are, or were, as ignorant as I was about ‘black’ rifles and the controversy that surrounds them,” he vowed. “My promise to you is that I’ll learn all I can about these firearms, and by the time this week is out, I’ll order one.” In the words of George Orwell, Zumbo loved Big Brother, too.

 

Then there was the termination and resignation of editors at Guns & Ammo magazine in 2013 for daring to call for mandatory gun-owner training–a clear violation of “gun rights” said the gun lobby. Why should people carrying lethal weapons know how to handle or shoot them? The government “should not deem it necessary to micromanage the citizen exercise of essential rights,” said the NRA.

 

And how about these reprisals in Florida? The NRA launched a rabid campaign calling Republican state lawmaker Charles McBurney ”unfit” to be a circuit court judge in the Jacksonville area. His “crime”? When chairing the House Judiciary Committee, he did not bring a bill up for vote that would have strengthened Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

 

A few years before that, lawmaker Juan-Carlos Planas, who had served in the Florida House, opposed a bill allowing gun owners to leave weapons in their cars at work. Many employers and property owners oppose guns stored on their property for obvious reasons from insurance and accidents to workplace beefs and deliberate violence. But, by defending property owner rights, Planas was shocked to receive a grade of “D” from the NRA.

 

“I went to Marion Hammer [a fierce gun lobbyist] and was like, ‘How the hell can you name me anti-gun?’” he recounts. “She was like, ‘You earned that rating.’” They are no doubt the same words Trump says to those on his growing enemies list.

 

 

 

 

 

What If Gun Violence Were Spread By Mosquitos?

Monday, February 15th, 2016

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It took less than two weeks for President Obama to request $1.8 billion from Congress to fight the Zika virus. (more…)

Shooting at Aurora, CO Starbucks—No Gun “Requests” Not Enough

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

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Last weekend in Aurora, Colorado a juvenile was rushed to the hospital after a shooting at a Starbucks. (The same Aurora where 82 were shot at the movies.) Police said there were no arrests or suspects. Was it an “accident”? (more…)

MORE RUSSIAN ROULETTE AND NOW IT’S ON OBAMA AND IT IS NOT EXECUTIVE ACTIONS

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

by Elliot Fineman
CEO National Gun Victims Action Council
December 2, 2015

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A Time for Mourning… Or A Time To Promote An Absurd Pro-Gun Fanatic Position?

Monday, November 16th, 2015

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by Elliot Fineman
CEO National Gun Victims Action Council

November 16, 2015
 
I was not going to write anything about guns in this week’s update. My only comment was going to offer my complete and heartfelt sympathy to the French people who lost loved ones in the unthinkable Friday evening massacre and to express my deep anguish about the lives cut short by the madness of ideological fanatics.
 
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Armed Husbands Shoot Seven Women This Week, Five Die

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

 

Gun Gendercide Continues

 

 

While the nation tries to digest the crime of two media members killed on camera in Virginia by a legal gun owner, a spate of women killed by enraged armed husbands has received less notice.

 

Hours after receiving a year of unsupervised probation for violating an order of protection against domestic violence filed by his wife, James Terry Colley, Jr. shot and killed his wife Amanda Cloaninger and her friend Lindy Dobbins in St. Augustine, Florida last Thursday, say police. Until Colley was apprehended, three nearby schools were locked down including one where the couple’s child attends.

 

Two days later, Blessing Okereke was fatally shot in the Bank of America tower in Oak Cliff in Dallas by her husband say police. Husband David Thompson told police he believed his wife was reaching for his pistol, so he shot her in self-defense. Right.

 

The following day, Nuria N. Kudlach was fatally shot at her home in State College, PA and her husband was charged with first- and third-degree murder the following day. And yesterday Sonja Wells Raine was fatally shot on her job in Pascagoula, MS by her enraged husband according to police. Raine’s “sister got killed the same way by her boyfriend or husband, so that is shocking,” said co-worker Kim Pinkney.

 

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Amazingly, more women were shot by enraged husbands last week. Also shot were Francisca Jew at a donut shop in Devine, Texas and an unidentified Arlington, Washington woman. The Devine and Arlington women are expected to survive.

 

Half the murders of women in the US each year are by intimate partners and homicide increases 500 percent when a firearm is present. Yet the overwhelmingly male NRA is okay with the gendercide statistics and actually works for the “gun rights” of suspected domestic abusers, also overwhelmingly men. In Michigan the NRA sought to push through a law allowing people under court issued restraining orders to keep their guns. Like David Thompson, the suspect in the Bank of America tower murder in Dallas, they might have to “defend ” themselves.

 

When women are gunned down by enraged partners, often in public places where others are injured too, the NRA likes to say if women are really scared they should arm themselves too. The rhetoric is offensive. Should Nadia Ezaldein, fatally shot by an enraged boyfriend in front of horrified shoppers as she worked behind the cosmetics counter at Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Nordstrom’s last Black Friday, have kept a gun under the counter just in case?

 

“Women should arm themselves” is an NRA fiction to occlude the bloody gun “gendercide” committed by known domestic abusers under orders of protection who the gun lobby says have “rights.” In at least four instances in recent years, women who had armed themselves were killed with their own guns because of the element of fear and surprise and because the men were bigger, angrier and motivated perpetrators.

 

The NRA also likes to say no laws can stop partner murderers, ignoring every developed country in the world where domestic gun homicide does not happen weekly--or at all. If seven men were shot in the head in one week by wives who were known to be violent and armed, would it say the same thing?

 

Tell these top corporations, with pre-written tweets, to protect their employees and customers by banning guns in their stores and offices.

 

 

 

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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