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IT'S THE GUNS, STUPID radio show–episode 10

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Here are clips from our June 25 IT’S THE GUNS, STUPID radio show

Episode 10


Robyn Thomas is Executive Director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a national non-profit organization founded by attorneys focused on providing comprehensive legal research and expertise in support of smart gun laws that save lives.

Do Gun Laws Work? Yes! (w/ Robyn Thomas)

How Any State’s Loose Gun Laws Threaten Us All (w/ Robyn Thomas)

The Myth of Gun Self-Defense (Elliot Fineman and Robyn Thomas)

Why Bringing A Gun To Work Is A Bad Idea (Elliot Fineman, Martha Rosenberg
NGVAC Senior Editor)

Why Corporate America Can Not Stay Neutral On Gun Violence (Elliot Fineman)

Why You Should Boycott Hallmark (Elliot Fineman)


Elliot Fineman appears on Thom Hartmann's Show With Guest Host Mike Papantonio

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Here is a very succinct explanation of NGVAC’s philosophy. Politicians have not listened to the 90 percent of the US who do not want to live in an armed camp, for 20 years. But our buying power can and does make a difference–because we have the numbers! Gun fanatics do not.


In 2012, NGVAC launched an action against Starbucks which led to the coffee chain disinviting guns last year. Since then, other great restaurants like Chili’s, Jack in the Box, Sonic and Chipotle are moving in the same direction.

Now NGVAC has launched a boycott of Hallmark cards who refuses to publicly support universal background checks and who has said they will never support “anti-gun” laws because they are “divisive.” This, from a “family” company which loves children and commemorates heartfelt occasions.

Like a growing number of enlightened businesses, we hope that Hallmark will see that supporting sane gun laws is good business. It honors the sentiments of 90 percent of this nation. If corporate America took a stance against gun violence we would have sane gun laws tomorrow.



Boycott Hallmark cards which refuses to publicly support universal background checks. Send instead these free, custom-designed SHATTERED HEART™ cards.

Elliot Fineman's oped about Hallmark action appears on the Hill

Monday, June 16th, 2014

June 13, 2014, 10:30 am

A real Father’s Day present for your Dad—your safety


By Elliot Fineman


On Valentine’s Day 2012, National Gun Victims Action Council (NGVAC), a group I founded after my son was killed by a deranged shooter, launched an action against Starbucks called “Brew Not Bullets.” Starbucks had been sanctioning the open and concealed carry of firearms in their stores, a clear threat to the safety of Starbuck’s employees and patrons.

First, with a boycott of Starbucks, that company found out the hard way that when people from all walks of life join forces to protect their families, those who ignore our basic right to life will lose every time. Since then—due to our work and that of other great organizations advocating for gun safety—a number of other companies from Chipotle to Chili’s have followed suit.

In doing so, they’ve stood up to vocal “open carry” advocates, honoring not only the overwhelming sentiment of their customers, but the innocent lives taken in such spaces.  This includes that of my son—who was minding his own business having dinner with his wife in a San Diego restaurant when he was shot and killed by a mentally ill man who should never have had a gun.

Accordingly, the Newtown Victims & Clergy for Corporate Responsibility (NVCCR) and NGVAC decided to take the next step. We sent a letter to Hallmark Cards asking them to publicly support and proactively advocate for universal background checks.

Sadly, however, even though Hallmark says on its website it has “high standards of ethics and integrity,” and believes in “caring and responsible corporate citizenship for…each community in which we operate,” in response to our request, Hallmark Chairman Donald Hall, Jr. sang quite a different tune. He responded dismissively, refusing to meet with us, and saying, “We do not get involved in divisive issues.”

Sorry Mr. Hall, but that’s not going to cut it anymore.Hallmark bans guns in its corporate headquarters to protect its CEO and senior management, so why has the company deliberately chosen not to require Hallmark Gold Crown® stores to do the same? This would seem to send a message that the lives of Hallmark executives are more important than those of their customers, who buy their cards and pay their salaries.

Of course, no matter what Hall says, Hallmark clearly is involved in this divisive issue, because to not ban guns or support universal background checks is a pro-gun stance. Further, Hallmark takes strong stands on other issues and pays its eight lobbyists over $500,000 per year to try to pass laws related to postage, radio, television and taxes. One thinks they easily add gun safety to their portfolio, and what a difference they could make.

According to NGVAC’s analysis of a Johns Hopkins Center for GunPolicy and Research study of the rise in gun homicides when Missouri repealed its background check Universal background checks would reduce gun homicides by 2,000 lost lives per year,

Polling shows that 91 percent of Americans, including 74 percent of NRA members want universal background checks. Given these numbers, refusing to support universal background checks is not only a disgraceful moral abdication, but an incredibly ill-thought-out business decision.

To quote my friends, the Rev. Matthew Crebbin, Senior Pastor of Newtown Congregational Church and co-chair of NVCCR, and Rabbi Shaul Praver of the Newtown Synagogue,  “We can no longer let corporate America stand on the sidelines ignoring their ethical and moral responsibilities. We have seen where that gets us, with yet another slaughter of our children in Santa Barbara. By refusing to support universal background checks, Hallmark has turned its back on gun victims, as well as the American people.”

Over 5,000 fathers lose their lives to gun homicides each year, according to NGVAC’s analysis of CDC and FBI data. This figure does not include the number of fathers who have lost their children to gun violence, like myself, who can no longer celebrate another Father’s Day with their loved ones.

That’s why NVCCR and NGVAC are asking the public not to buy Hallmarkcards for Father’s Day. Instead we ask that you give a custom designed NGVAC Shattered Heart™ Father’s Day card, which can be downloaded free or sent electronically.

The truth is, if corporations were willing to get behind our families’ right to public safety, something 9 out of every 10 of their customers supports, we would have universal background checks tomorrow. Hallmark could have been a leader on this issue, but instead Mr. Hall’ chosen to be on the wrong side of history.

But he can’t hide behind a talking point. His customers understand that our lives are more important than his platitudes.

Fineman is CEO and president of National Gun Victims Action Council.



Dante Barry with Million Hoodies Movement for Justice To Appear on "IT'S THE GUNS, STUPID" Show Thursday, May 29, 6 PM EST

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Community organizer and “proud New Jerseyian” Dante Barry will appear on NGVAC’s bi-monthly radio show, “IT’S THE GUNS, STUPID,” on Thursday, May 29, at 6 PM Eastern Time. With over nine years of experience, including time as a student organizer in the racial justice, anti-war, and student movements, Barry’s background involves grassroots engagement and work with progressive nonprofits like the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, the nation’s largest student policy organization, and the School Based Health Alliance.newdantephotoZ

Now based in Brooklyn, New York, Barry is Vice President of Membership & Engagement with Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, a national organization which emerged in 2012 to generate global support for the arrest of George Zimmerman. As Vice President, Dante supports the organization’s mission by empowering the group’s membership to launch campaigns and initiatives to reduce gun violence and stop the profiling of young people of color. Barry has appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, HLN, Next New Deal, Al Jazeera America, and Truthout.

The 90-minute IT’S THE GUNS, STUPID show airs every other Thursday on 1480 WPWC in Washington, D.C., an AM station that also covers northern Virginia and southern Maryland and reaches nearly 600,000 social media members. It may be viewed live on the YouTube We Act Radio channel and heard on (“Listen Live”), and on Androids or IOS smartphones (TuneIn>Search>”We Act Radio”). Highlights of the show, the complete show and previous shows are posted on the NGVAC website.

The show strips away the platitudes and half truths that dominate the national gun debate and reveals the raw and burning issues. Among topics addressed are 1) is there a basis to confiscation fears 2) how can guns be kept out of the hands of people with mental illness 3) the pros and cons of gun-free zones and widespread “carrying” 4) do “law-abiding” citizens really exist and 5) does a firearm really provide self-defense.

About National Gun Victims Action Council (NGVAC):
NGVAC is a non-profit network of 14 million gun victims, survivors, the faith community and ordinary people leveraging their buying power to change America’s gun laws. NGVAC originated the successful action that caused Starbucks to change its gun policy.

About We Act Radio:

We Act Radio is a progressive media outlet combining traditional broadcast and new media. It features top talk radio show hosts including Thom Hartmann, Bill Press, Mike Papantonio, Sam Seder, Robert Kennedy, Jr. and shows from Daily Kos, and Moms Rising. Broadcast from Washington, D.C. on WPWC 1480 AM, blocks from Capitol Hill, shows are streamed live at and widely re-publicized, after taping, to nearly 600,000 social media members