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5 Huge Gun Lobby Lies Exposed During This Summer’s Bloodshed

Monday, August 1st, 2016

 

From “bad guys don’t obey gun laws” to “it takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun,” gun lobby dogma is repeated so often it appears true. But this summer’s bloodshed reveals how illogical and insulting the banal sayings are.

 

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  1. The Only Thing That Stops a Bad Guy With A Gun Is a Good Guy With A Gun

 

Thanks to Texas carry laws, there were so many carriers at the Dallas protest that ended in 12 police officers being shot, law enforcement did not know the “good guys with guns” from the “bad guys with guns.” But none of the good guys with guns, who consider themselves citizen law enforcers, stopped the bad guy or spared law enforcement officers being shot.

 

Last year National Gun Victims Action Council (NGVAC) studied the role of training in gun self-defense, using simulators, at the Prince George’s County police department in Maryland–with shocking results. Even with their guns drawn, highly trained civilians were “killed” and failed to stop bad guys. “They didn’t attempt to issue commands to their assailants. Their trigger fingers were either too itchy — they shot innocent bystanders or unarmed people, or not itchy enough — they didn’t shoot armed assailants until they were already being shot at,” said the Washington Post.

 

In a growing number of states, gun advocates have made it illegal to require training for carriers because it is a violation of “gun rights.” Why should people carrying a lethal weapon know how to handle and use it? How many municipalities knew the thousands they could save by realizing police training and retraining is optional?

 

  1. Criminals Don’t Obey Gun Laws

 

Omar Mateen, the Orlando shooter who killed 49 people and wounded 53, was a legal gun owner. So were Micah Johnson, who shot 12 Dallas police officers, and Gavin Long who shot six Baton Rouge police officers. Singer Christina Grimmie’s murderer, an apparent deranged fan in Orlando, had no criminal record. Allen Ivanov, who allegedly killed three people in Mulilteo, Washington on Saturday, was a legal gun owner. The Austin shooter, who killed one and wounded four on Saturday, has not yet been identified.

 

Criminals do obey laws. In fact, of 81 mass shooters since 1981, all but 12 were legal gun owners says Mother Jones.

 

  1. Gun-Free Zones Cause Gun Violence

 

When mass shootings occur in gun prevalent zones like the recent Dallas and Baton Rouge police shootings, the NRA likes to change the subject. Last year, gunmen attacked the “gun-free zones” (not) of the Dallas police station, Little Rock Air Force Base and Chattanooga recruitment centers. The gun lobby tried to pretend the Chattanooga recruitment centers were gun-free, but the military press reported that servicemen had personal weapons on them and shot back—saving no one and not stopping the murderer. Again, the good guys with guns did not stop the bad guys with guns. And yes, the murderer was a legal gun owner.

 

  1. Guns Provide Self-Defense

 

President Reagan was surrounded by hyper-vigilant Secret Service and local police officers but a would-be assassin with a cheap handgun was able to shoot all six of its bullets–hitting the president, his press secretary and two officers before being subdued. (Imagine how many people would have been hit if the assailant had a semi-automatic handgun.) Clearly, the element of surprise trumps training and preparedness whether President Reagan’s shooting or the 18 police officers shot this summer. Another example, of course, is the “American Sniper,” Chris Kyle, arguably the best shot in the United States but shot and killed on a gun range.

 

  1. High Capacity Magazines Make No Difference in Numbers Killed

 

After the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, parents testified that 11 children would be alive today if the murderer had had to reload. The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre (pictured) however, retorted that law-abiding gun owners often need high capacity magazines for “self-defense.” Right. Military style weapons and high capacity magazines are the clear choice of mass shooters including recent ones from the Dallas police murderer who used an AK-47 to the Baton Rouge police murderer who used an AK-15 style weapon to last week’s Mulilteo, Washington murderer who used an AR-15.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Obama’s Army!!!

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

No Middle Ground

by Elliot Fineman
CEO – Founder
National Gun Victims Action Council
January 28, 2016

 

Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s appearance before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee last week confirms—yet again—what we have stated in prior updates; It is a fairy tale to think that Congress will ever pass any law that will reduce gun violence. The only way to do so is for President Obama to declare a National State of Emergency to halt the Gun Violence Epidemic. (more…)

 Budget Bill Blocks CDC Research as the Gun Lobby Wants

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

by Elliot Fineman
CEO – Founder
National Gun Victims Action Council

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I founded NGVAC for one simple reason—the strategies of current anti-gun violence groups, big and small, can never succeed at the federal level. No matter what gun atrocities occur, the 34 Senators from pro-gun states (among others) will never allow gun safety legislation to pass. (more…)

The NRA Thanks the Public for Its Short Memory

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

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Stopping Gun Violence Requires Presidential Leadership of a Multipronged Approach

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

by Elliot Fineman, CEO – Founder
National Gun Victims Action Council
December 13, 2015

 
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No Massacre Will Pry Congress Out of the Gun Lobby’s Hands–That’s Why We Launched This Petition

Monday, October 5th, 2015

 

If the shooting of one of their own–Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords–and the murder of 20 six-year-olds did not move lawmakers, certainly the dead at Umpqua Community College last week will not pry Congress out of the gun lobby’s cold dead hands.

 

After the first graders and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, federal lawmakers still thought universal background checks and an assault weapons ban were too extreme. Even an amendment “to increase public safety by punishing and deterring firearms trafficking” was too extreme for lawmakers and was defeated after Sandy Hook.

 

The Oregon shooter, like 10 recent mass shooters, was a legal gun owner amassing an arsenal of lethal weapons as the gun lobby says he has the “right” to do. Like the Sandy Hook murderer, the Oregon shooter also had a gun extremist for a mother who took him shooting. Nice. She was reportedly obsessed with the Second Amendment and government “confiscation” of guns.

 

At NGVAC, where we have lost loved ones because of loose gun laws, we deplore two lies that surface after every mass shooting–that the “real problem” is mental illness and that “no laws” would have stopped the bloodshed. Every country in the world has mental illness but they don’t have weekly shootings and–every developed country has enacted laws to prevent such mass shootings.

 

 

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There has not been one mass shooting in the United Kingdom since strong gun laws were passed after a shooting in Dunblane in 1996 in which 16 children and one teacher died. The same is true in Australia where strong gun laws were passed after a 1996 mass shooting at a popular tourist site in Port Authur in which 35 people were killed and 23 wounded. Before the Australia laws there had been 13 mass shootings; afterwards none.

 

As our military installations, media members, churches, movie theaters, restaurants, stores, offices, factories, schools, colleges, national parks and US highways are under siege and Congress won’t act, we have asked President Obama to declare a state of emergency. He declared a state of emergency in 2009 when the H191 flu hospitalized 20,000 people and killed 1,000. Guns cause 10,000 homicides, 70,000 injuries, 18,000 suicides and 2,000 accidental deaths a year in the US.

 

A state of emergency can be declared when the government lacks the procedures and capacity to address an unchecked natural or man-made public health epidemic. Clearly, that describes the US situation now as everyone waits for the next Aurora, Charleston, Chattanooga, Roanoke or Roseburg.

 

PLEASE SIGN THE NGVAC PETITION FOUND HERE.

 

 

 

 

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Do you remember this 1988 school shooting? The NRA hopes not.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

 

 

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“Laws Failing To Keep Guns Out Of Hands Of Disturbed” wrote the Chicago Tribune. “Suspect Had History Of Bizarre Acts.”

 

It is a headline that could have run after the Virginia Tech, Aurora, Santa Barbara, Fort Hood, Navy Yard, Tucson, Charleston, Chattanooga, Lafayette, Chapel Hill and Roanoke shootings–but it ran in Chicago in May of 1988. Then, like now, a clearly violent and mentally disturbed person bought a gun legally and unleashed a mass shooting. Then, like now (except in states with gun orders of protection) police could not confiscate a would-murderer’s guns because she had “rights.”

 

In May, 1988, a 30- year-old former babysitter named Laurie Dann who everyone knew was mentally ill shot six students at Hubbard Woods Elementary School, one of whom died, and another man before killing herself. Not only did Dann buy a gun legally, it was obvious to everyone around her what he intentions were.

 

Dann had a “thing” for raw meat, putting it under her mattress at college and stealing it from families she babysat for. She rode elevators for hours wearing rubber gloves to avoid touching the metal, appeared naked and started fires. Two days before the school shootings, Dann mailed arsenic laced snacks to former acquaintances and her psychiatrist and hand delivered others to fraternities at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

 

After the Dann shootings, the community was outraged and fought the gun lobby which quickly descended (as it always does) to make sure no laws were passed just because a few kids got shot. At a town meeting, a gun advocate who yelled that a “handgun ban will hurt people” and criminals will get guns anyway was actually booed off the stage. Years later, Hubbard Woods School officials disinvited First Lady Laura Bush from a visit because of the Bush Administration’s inaction on guns.

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But by 2008, the Illinois gun lobby was king again. It killed a universal background check bill and bills to limit handgun purchases to one a month and to toughen child gun safety laws. Then as now, the bloodshed was cast as the “price of freedom” and not reason to take away the “right” to buy numerous handguns a month or the “right” to background check-free weapons sales at gun shows. The NRA not only helps traffickers and criminals by blocking such laws, it works for people under orders of protection or just released from mental institutions to keep their guns. 

 

There have been hundreds of shootings since Dann’s and no federal gun safety laws passed since 1993. Even after the murder of 20 six-year-olds, federal lawmakers thought universal background checks were too extreme. That is why, NGVAC recommends economic leverage and novel legal strategies that can stop gun violence now.

 

National Gun Victims Action Council (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 initiated the successful action that caused Starbucks to change its gun policy. NGVAC pursues novel legal strategies to reduce gun violence and encourages corporate involvement. NGVAC can be found at www.gunvictimsaction.org.

 

 

 

How’s That Demographic Thing Working Out for You, LaPierre?

Friday, April 17th, 2015

At last week’s NRA convention, executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre thundered that “eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.” The Democrats are trying to “reshape America” into an unrecognizable country, he bellowed.
 
But really it is the NRA not the Democrats that is on the wrong side of US demographics. Half of all millennials now support stricter gun laws and only 18 percent of those 18 to 25 even own a gun! Think about that.
 
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Yes, there are more total guns in the US than there were thirty years ago but they are concentrated in homes that already had them and heeded the “Obama’s gonna take your guns” warning. Now the post-Obama and Newtown “confiscation” gun rushes are over and gun makers admit they were a fluke. Last year, Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. and Remington Outdoor Co. reported profits down. Thomas Millner, outdoor retailer Cabela’s chief executive admitted the feeder frenzy after Newtown was “a bubble” as sales of firearms and ammunition dropped 50 percent.
 
While households that already had firearms now have more firearms, only a third of total households now have guns–down from half in 1977. The reason for the steep decline, says UPI, is “aging of the current-gun owning population, a lack of interest in guns by youth, the end of military conscription, the decreasing popularity of hunting; land-use issues that limit hunting and shooting and the increase in single-parent homes headed by women.”
 
Hunting isn’t even cool anymore to a growing number of young people. Kids are more involved with “cars, girlfriends or hanging out” and “think it’s boring to sit in a tree for hours,” said Kevin Kelly, a college student, to the lower Hudson Valley’s Journal News a few years ago. It’s not popular in middle school either agreed Carmel student Nick Sadowski.
 
“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.” According to the Wildlife Service, the number of young hunters, aged 16 to 24, fell by 300,000 in just ten years.
 
Nor do young people “get” NRA’s “Stand and Fight” message, rolled out insensitively after the Sandy Hook massacre. Who are we fighting?
 
“The NRA in the last 20-plus years has fed its followers a steady stream of angry, defensive, apocalyptic rhetoric about the government, about gun laws, about Democrats, about liberals,” says Vice, with dwindling success. “Most gun owners are white people over age 50 who primarily live in the South, Midwest, and rural areas—a shrinking group that the GOP is desperately trying to look beyond as it tries to broaden its appeal in 2016.”
 
At the recent NRA convention, an attendee verified the demographic problem. “Look around you–what do you notice?” she said to a reporter. “It’s very white isn’t it? And very old. Where are the young people? Where the Asians? Where are the Latinos? If this is the audience of the Republican Party we’re not going to win.”

 

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. Follow us at @GunVictimsAct


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