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NRA Puppet of the Week- Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General

Friday, December 12th, 2014

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Despite the press’ exposure of the $750,000 that the NRA-backed Republican Attorneys General Association gave your campaign, your pro-gun activism continues. In November, you said a road rager who drew his gun should enjoy “immunity” from arrest under Stand Your Ground. Right. Then, you helped trash Florida’s ban on weapons in public schools by ruling that school districts have the authority to determine who can carry–opening the door for “non-law enforcement officers and non-district employees to carry weapons on campuses,” says the Herald Tribune.
 
Sleazy, for-sale Republican Party star whose gun activism knows no shame, YOU, PAM BONDI, ARE THE NRA PUPPET OF THE WEEK.
 
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NRA Puppet of the Week- Pam Bondi, FLA Attorney General

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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You and other pro-Second Amendment state attorneys general challenged state laws that don’t recognize the individual right to bear arms outside of the home for self-defense. You joined the NRA’s fight to overturn a federal ban on handgun sales to buyers between 18 and 20. Now the Tampa Bay Times suggests why. The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), of which the NRA is a major donor, gave your campaign $750,000. The NRA gave RAGA $75,000.
 
Sleazy, for-sale Republican Party star who does not even hide her tracks, YOU, PAM BONDI, ARE THE NRA PUPPET OF THE WEEK.
 
Join our action to tell corporate America to get off the “sidelines” and take a stand against gun violence including the “can’t miss” sniper rifle sold to civilians. When corporations want sane gun laws, we will have sane gun laws.
 

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NRA Puppet of the Week- John Snow with Outdoor Life

Friday, September 5th, 2014

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There was a time when sportsmen resisted the NRA’s paranoid “urban warfare” rhetoric as anathema to outdoor life. But not anymore. This week, you railed against “those who seek to take our guns. And, believe me, if they could they would take them all.” There was also a time when outdoorsmen allowed animals respectful fair chase and relied on their skill. But not anymore. This week you lauded Safari International, which promotes killing of elephants and rhinos, for its use of the “can’t miss” TrackingPoint sniper rifle. Nice.
 
“Shooting editor” who has lost all outdoor ethics, You, JOHN SNOW, are the NRA Puppet of the Week
 
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Ferguson Unrest Good For Business–Gun Lobby

Friday, August 15th, 2014

You would think the world’s oldest civil rights organization, as the NRA calls itself, would speak out about the events in Ferguson. Aren’t the law enforcement personnel in the hot seat the same jack-booted thugs the NRA screeched about 20 years ago?

But wait! The racial unrest is doing a better job of selling product than the NRA’s “they’re gonna take your guns” marketing after President Obama’s election and the Newtown massacre. It has started a feeder frenzy of gun sales among area residents, says CNN. People are scooping up shotguns, AR-15s, concealable handguns, Glocks, Rugers, firearms with high capacity magazines and a “boatload” of ammunition as fast as they can says Steven King, owner of Metro Shooting Supplies, a gun shop in the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton.

At Mid America Arms in St. Louis, sales have jumped 50 percent.

Much as it tries to update its image with its African-American spokesman Colion Noir and Gabby Franco (not only a woman but an Olympic shooter from Venezuela who legally emigrated–3 PR points!) NRA can’t shake its White Power roots. In 1967, it supported California Governor Ronald Reagan’s Mulford Act that restricted people carrying guns–because Black Panthers were carrying them. “There’s no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons,” said Reagan at the time.

As recently as 2007, a racial-fear mongering NRA brochure draft was leaked to the press that shows an Aryan nation under siege by African-Americans. The brochure, called Freedom In Peril; Guarding the 2nd Amendment in the 21st Century, was intended for fundraising but is so paranoid and racist, it seems right out of the satirical newspaper the Onion. In high budget illustrations, homeowners are shown defending themselves from a Helter Skelter-like apocalypse by shooting from their rooftops. “Thousands of lawful Americans were reduced to the final and purest form of self-reliance in the face of terrifying anarchy,” said the brochure about the unrest after Hurricane Katrina.untitled

While the NRA has almost equal fear of “bad guys” which usually means African-Americans and government officials with their black helicopters, in New Orleans both fears were combined in one entity since most law enforcement personnel were African-American. No wonder the brochure spells out special hatred for former New Orleans Police Department Chief Eddie Compass as a top enemy.untitled

Does the NRA’s recruitment of Colion Noir mean it is no longer a tacit White Power organization? Only if you ignore the comments of NRA board member Ted Nugent who characterized President Obama as a “sub human mongrel.” Nugent also said the President is “a piece of s**t, and I told him to suck on my machine gun.” If the “world’s oldest civil rights organization” disagreed with the uncouth and racist remarks, would Nugent still be a board member?

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NRA Puppet of the Week- Larry Pratt

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

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Even though you’re with Gun Owners of America, you help the NRA by playing “bad cop” to its “good cop.” Examples? You say the Aurora shooting was an inside job and Justice Department officials prosecuted George Zimmerman to “build their own communist society.” Your group says Obamacare is a ruse to confiscate guns. So are mental health regulations which, you say, amount to “see a shrink, lose your guns.” What? You are even OK with assassination threats! When asked if politicians should fear that your members will shoot them you said “I’m kind of glad that’s in the back of their minds. Hopefully they’ll behave.”
 

Undisguised insurrectionist who makes the NRA look moderate, you LARRY PRATT are the NRA Puppet of the Week.

 
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Guns as Cool As Cigarettes–NRA

Monday, August 4th, 2014

The NRA has two overarching image problems. One is the way it arms “bad guys” through fighting universal background checks and defending gun “rights” of domestic abusers and people with mental illness. Thanks for that.

The other is that young people do not find Bubbaland cool. Half of all millennials now support stricter gun laws and only 18 percent of 18 to 25-year-olds even own a gun!

Nor is hunting a cool pursuit. Kids are more involved with “cars, girlfriends or hanging out” Kevin Kelly, a college student, told the lower Hudson Valley’s Journal News. “Only a couple of my friends really hunt,” high school student Jonathan Gibbons told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “The rest have never really found the appeal of sitting out in the cold to shoot an animal.”

Enter NRA Freestyle and NRA Sharp, two gun owner image overhauls that are “about as appealing to young folk as MTV under the direction of George Will,” writes former New Yorker staffer Mike Spies. The NRA Freestyle channel seeks to show what babe magnets guns are and NRA Sharp offers lifestyle tips. It is a “kind of GQ meets BuzzFeed for stylish gun owners,” says Spies.

Many have observed that we are at the second-hand smoke moment in gun violence. We no longer believe another person’s “right” to smoke or carry a lethal weapon does not impact (or should that be infringe?) upon the rest of us. There is also growing resistance to the intimidation tactics of bullies. That is why corporations like Starbucks, Sonic Drive-In, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Chipotle, Jack in the Box and Target are increasingly disinviting guns in their stores for the safety of their other patrons.

The NRA’s attempt to make guns cool is also like Big Tobacco whose shameless ads told women that cigarettes liberated them (Virginia Slims) and men that they were babe magnets (Camel Filters Man). The cartoon character “Joe Camel” blatantly hawked smoking to kids charged the American Medical Association in 1991.

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Of course there are other similarities between Big Tobacco and the gun lobby. Both had a stranglehold on Congress (the NRA still does) even as their products were killing every day. And Big Tobacco and gun manufacturers were the only two industries that could not be sued. Today there is only one and it is not Big Tobacco.

More than a decade ago, corporate America said about cigarettes, “you want to bring WHAT in here?” and it spelled the end of smoking in public places. Banning dangerous products that kill was clearly a good business decision. When will corporate America say “you want to bring WHAT in here” about guns?

Smoking images courtesy of Marjorie Fujara, M.D.

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NRA Puppet of the Week- Marion Hammer SECOND AWARD

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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In your 30 years of Florida gun lobbying, you railroaded through Stand Your Ground, Concealed Carry and Bring Your Gun To Work laws. You only failed with a law forbidding doctors to ask about guns in the home because of a little thing called the First Amendment. Now, not content with the vigilante climate that emboldened George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn, you have helped pass Florida’s “warning shot” bill. As of last month, Floridians who feel threatened can now use non-lethal force to deter potential attacks without the fear of going to prison. 
 
“Shoot First, Ask Questions Second” disciple responsible for turning Florida into the Gunshine state, You, Marion Hammer, are the NRA Puppet of the Week.
 

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IT'S THE GUNS, STUPID radio show–episode 9

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Here are clips from our June 12 IT’S THE GUNS, STUPID radio show

(EMAIL USERS: CLICK “READ MORE” TO VIEW THE VIDEOS)

Dr. Joan Burbick is author of the acclaimed book, Gun Show Nation, and Professor Emeritus of English at Washington State University. She consulted with PBS on a special documentary on gun culture last year.

The Fantasy Behind Guns (w/ Dr. Joan Burbick)

The Racist Roots of the Gun Movement (w/ Dr. Joan Burbick)

Dr. Marjorie Fujara is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Rush Medical College and a strong advocate for greater gun safety. She teaches residents and medical students about gun violence as a public health problem.

Why Guns Are A Medical Issue (w/ Dr. Marjorie Fujara)

A Doctor Explains the Impact of Gun Violence (w/ Dr. Marjorie Fujara)

What Does Hallmark Have to Do With Gun Violence? NGVAC CEO Elliot Fineman

Full show

Before You Buy That Greeting Card, Read This!

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

National Gun Victims Action Council and Newtown Victims & Clergy for Corporate Responsibility Call for Immediate Boycott of Hallmark

Asked to publicly support universal background checks, Hallmark Chairman Donald Hall, Jr. said, “We do not get involved in divisive issues.” Of course not taking a stand is taking a stand–pro guns. Also Hallmark lobbyists work for the “divisive issues” they do get involved with. Here are examples of alternative cards for June events. NGVAC will continue to offer free cards to send instead of Hallmark’s.

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Here is the background to the boycott.   Friday, 30 May 2014 CHICAGO   In response to a letter from the Newtown Victims & Clergy for Corporate Responsibility (NVCCR) and NGVAC asking Hallmark Cards to publicly support universal background checks, Hallmark Chairman Donald Hall, Jr. said, “We do not get involved in divisive issues.”  

In conversations with Steve Dorell, Hallmark’s Head of Public Affairs, Elliot Fineman, CEO of NGVAC, pointed out that Hallmark bans guns in its corporate headquarters to protect its CEO and senior management, and yet has deliberately chosen to not require Hallmark Gold Crown® stores to ban guns.   Additionally, Hallmark spokeswoman Linda Odell assured the gun lobby when Hallmark mistakenly appeared on the NRA’s enemies list, that the card giant has no intention of supporting anti-gun initiatives.

“For Hallmark to say it does not get involved in divisive issues is an utter fiction,” said Fineman. “Clearly Hallmark is involved in this divisive issue because not choosing is a pro-gun choice. Further, Hallmark takes strong stands on other issues and pays its eight lobbyists over $500,000 per year to pass laws related to postage, radio, TV and taxes.”

Universal background checks would reduce gun homicides by 2,000 lives per year, says NGVAC, a figure derived from a Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research study of a rise in gun homicides when Missouri repealed its background check law and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FBI Uniform Crime Reporting. Polls also show that 90% of Americans, including 74% of NRA members and 91% of gun owner households want universal background checks, making it a good business decision.

“Given these poll results, refusing to support universal background checks is a disgrace and an incredibly ill-thought-out business decision,” said Fineman.  

“We can no longer let Hallmark or corporate America stand on the sidelines ignoring their ethical and moral responsibilities,” said Rev. Matthew Crebbin, Senior Pastor of Newtown Congregational Church and co-chair of NVCCR. “By refusing to support universal background checks, Hallmark has turned its back on gun victims, clergy and the American people.”  

Rabbi Praver of the Newtown Synagogue advised, “Ideally we wanted Hallmark to partner with us leading the country towards universal background checks, but they refused to meet with us. We decided it was time to take the gloves off. You’re either for universal background checks or you are not, there is no being neutral—too many lives depend upon it.”  

ACTIONS BEING CALLED FOR BY NGVAC and NVCCR   Do Not Buy Hallmark Cards. Instead download for free or send electronically NGVAC’s SHATTERED HEART cards or buy cards from a different company.

Call On Advertisers To Stop Sponsoring The Hallmark Channel. By Facebook posts, tweets, emails, letters and calls, tell sponsors of the Hallmark Channel that you can’t support them if they sponsor a company that is against what 90% of the American people want—universal background checks. Urge them also to publicly support universal background checks. Here are key Hallmark Channel sponsors.   Share your feelings on Hallmark’s Facebook page, Twitter account and with Don Hall Jr., Hallmark’s CEO. Tell Hallmark it represents the worst of what corporate America can be–hiding behind the “divisive” argument instead of showing leadership integrity.   Here is more information about the boycott.

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 WeActRadio.com (“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, Moveon.org and Moms Rising. Broadcast from Washington, D.C. on WPWC 1480 AM, blocks from Capitol Hill, shows are streamed live at WeActRadio.com and widely re-publicized, after taping, to nearly 600,000 social media members


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