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When Will Apple, American Airlines and PayPal Address Gun Violence?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016


If the death of 20 first graders, the shooting of Rep. Giffords and the San Bernardino massacre did not drive federal gun safety laws, nothing will. After the San Bernardino massacre, lawmakers would not even ban people on the Terror Watch List from buying guns actually placing “gun rights” over our right to be safe from terrorists!


Yet 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. And American Airlines, PayPal, Wells Fargo and the NBA will no doubt have a similar effect on LGBT discrimination laws that states are currently trying to enact.


What is the difference? Money. Lawmakers can and do ignore calls and vigils from gun violence victims but when PayPal threatens to pull its $3.6-million, 400-job project or the NBA its 2017 All-Star game lawmakers wake up and smell the coffee. No state wants to be an economic island. (And remember how quickly the NFL reversed tolerance of domestic violence after hearing from sponsors like Anheuser-Busch and the Radisson hotel chain?)



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US corporations are twice hypocrites. First they speak out on LGBT rights and domestic violence but are mute on the need for laws to mitigate the gun violence epidemic that kills 82 people a day in the US—and accounts for the majority of domestic violence. And secondly, they allow gun carriers in their stores, restaurants or outlets while clearly banning them in corporate offices.


Just as 90 percent of the nation deplores LGBT discrimination, 90 percent of the nation wants sane gun laws like universal background checks. (Currently any criminal can buy a gun at a gun show.) Major chains like Panera Bread, Sonic, Chili’s, Chipotle, Starbucks, Jack in the Box, Target, Whole Foods, Peet’s, Ikea, Disneyland, California Pizza Kitchen, Buffalo Wild Wings, Toys R US and the AMC and Cinemark theaters recognize customers do not want to enter an armed zone and dine or shop next to “carriers” without even knowing it. But few have the courage to outright ban guns.


And there is more hypocrisy. Last week, the same gun rights absolutists who say gun-free zones kill because armed good guys can’t stop armed bad guys “suddenly got religion when it came to armed delegates in a convention hall in Cleveland,” says the New Yorker. Hey, those things kill. In 2015, Trump’s own hotel in Chicago had a “no guns” sign.


No, lawmakers don’t and won’t listen to gun violence victims no matter how many vigils we hold. They think people on the Terror Watch List have gun rights. But they do listen to corporate America which can make their state an economic island as we saw with Indiana and currently are seeing with North Carolina and Mississippi.


Why Are Corporations Silent on Gun Violence? Get Ready for Our New Campaign

Friday, January 15th, 2016

January 15, 2016

Light a cigarette in any US business and you will be asked to put it out and possibly leave. Since secondhand smoke, SHS, (also known as “involuntary smoking”) was exposed as having no safe level and being linked to cancers of the larynx, pharynx, brain, bladder, rectum, stomach, breast and liver, you can smoke exactly nowhere. (more…)

Beware the Law-Abiding Citizen–Model Employees Kill

Monday, September 15th, 2014


Today the Chicago and northern Indiana area is mourning the death of Merrillville Police Officer Nick Schultz, 24, killed in the line of duty last week. The suspect, Michael Hrnciar, was wearing police-style body armor when he ambushed the young officer. Hrnciar was such a gun lover, say police, he actually moved to Indiana from Illinois so he could legally carry a handgun! Yet, he was a “law-abiding citizen” who worked at an Illinois chemical business for ten years without incident and bought the weapon that ended Schultz’ life legally.

Recovered from Hrnciar’s residence were flammable and toxic chemicals from his love of making explosives, say police. It was reminiscent of the apartment of Aurora shooter James Holmes which was filled with homemade napalm, thermite and gasoline. Holmes also bought his guns legally.

Earlier this summer in Chicago, Tony DeFrances also forgot he was a law-abiding citizen. He served as chief technology officer for ArrowStream, in a Chicago Loop high-rise, for decades. But he got mad at the CEO and ceased to be a model employee. Instead, he shot Steven LaVoie in the head and stomach.

Peaceful employees until someone makes them angry–it is another reason to Beware the Law-Abiding Citizen.

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Guns Are Not a Medical Problem Yell Advocates As Taxpayers Pick Up Gun Violence Costs

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Like other extortionists, gun advocates are never satisfied. The Supreme Court affirmed their Second Amendment rights in 2008. They have Concealed Carry laws in all 50 states. They defeated all federal legislation after Sandy Hook and no federal gun laws have been passed for almost 20 years. There is no registry, no limits on military style weapons or magazine capacity, no regulation of gun show and private sales, no mandatory reporting of stolen guns and no requirement of insurance. (We, the taxpayers pick up most of the cost of gun homicides and injuries.) If the NRA has its way, even a mental health or domestic battery conviction won’t stand in the way of a someone’s “right” to own a gun. Hey, this is America.

But even though they storm public meetings and heckle gun survivors, even though they stalked unarmed mothers against gun violence outside a mall in Texas last year, even though they threaten journalists and lawmakers, gun advocates feel persecuted. Their rights are being violated and they are victims!


I can’t take my gun into a library in Illinois? You’re trying to confiscate my guns. Background checks for all gun buyers? You’re trying to confiscate my guns. Mandatory reporting of stolen guns? You’re trying to confiscate my guns. How many gun advocates does it take to change a light bulb? You’re trying to confiscate my guns.

This paranoid, black and white thinking also flatters gun advocates that they are important enough to be marked by the authorities. It is exciting to feel persecuted and a victim of a conspiracy theory. In fact their fear of confiscation is reminiscent of another C-word fear identified by Freud which is characterized by “overwhelming fear of damage to, or loss of” certain anatomical parts.

The gun lobby’s agenda would be funny if it weren’t deadly. Its insatiable demands are their own satire. Mandatory gun ownership? Yes said the town of Nelson, Georgia. No training for anyone who wants to walk around with a loaded lethal weapon? Yes says South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Bring guns into mental health facilities where mentally ill and violent people are housed? Yes said Illinois gun advocates as they lobbied to loosen the new carry law this month in Springfield. Nullify federal gun laws and arrest federal agents? Yes say secession-minded states.

Now gun advocates are gunning for Dr. Vivek Murthy nominated for Surgeon General. Dr. Murthy’s recognition of gun violence as the public health problem it is has put “him squarely in the sights of pro-gun advocates like the Washington Times‘ Emily Miller and a possible 2016 presidential candidate, aka Senator Rand Paul,” says a Huffington Post piece.

The NRA’s Marion Hammer has also meddled in medicine, trying to make it illegal for a doctor to ask if there is a gun in the home. Gun violence is none of a doctor’s business says the NRA yet it is doctors who patch up the thousands of gun shot victims it creates. Is that none of their business too?

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