Posts Tagged ‘gun laws’

Return a Violent Person’s Guns To Him? It Happens All The Time.

Monday, April 23rd, 2018


Many are shocked that the Tazewell County, IL Sheriff’s Office returned four guns belonging to Travis Reinking, the Nashville Waffle House suspect, to his father. Reinking’s weapons were taken from him after he was arrested for behaving aggressively outside the White House in July 2017. A month earlier, Reinking threatened someone with an AR-15 while wearing a pink dress, dove into a public pool and exposed himself to others say police records. The father “was advised that he needed to keep the weapons secure and away from Travis” reads the sheriff’s office report. Yet the Office is also saying “Your son is violent and mentally ill but here are his guns.”


This is hardly the first time gun-friendly authorities have returned weapons to violent offenders. Early last year, confessed Fort Lauderdale airport shooter, Esteban Santiago, had his gun returned to him and proceeded to kill five and injure eight with it.


On Nov. 7, Santiago walked into an Anchorage FBI office telling agents he was experiencing terroristic thoughts and believed he was being influenced by ISIS, according to police reports. He was incoherent and agitated and had a Walther 9mm pistol in his car. He was given a psychiatric evaluation, transferred to the Alaska Psychiatric Institute and released on November 14. On December 8, Anchorage Police returned Santiago’s firearm to him.


Even Santiago’s brother, Bryan, was shocked that U.S. authorities would return his gun when it was known that he was increasingly paranoid and hearing voices. He had also been charged with domestic abuse.


Then there is Kyle Aaron Huff, who committed what is known as Seattle’s Columbine in 2006. Police in Whitefish, MT, his hometown, seized Huff’s firearms when he shot up a public art installation called “Moose on the Loose” and was charged with destroying art, a felony. But after Huff pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of mischief, not a felony, authorities cheerfully returned his lethal weapons. Huff went on to kill six at a rave afterparty.


Like so many mass shooters, Huff stockpiled weapons. In addition to his 12-gauge pistol-grip Winchester 1300 Defender shotgun and a .40-caliber semiautomatic Ruger P944 handgun used at the rave, police found a Bushmaster XM15 E2S rifle, another handgun and several more boxes of ammunition in his truck and more guns and ammunition in his apartment.


Finally, there is the case of James Hodgkinson, whose guns were never taken despite St. Clair County, IL sheriff deputies visiting his house at least six times, domestic abuse charges against him and neighbors complaining of him firing a rifle at trees. St. Clair County, IL sheriff deputies just told him to not shoot at trees. He went on to shoot three last June at the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity in Washington D.C.


While the NRA bellows, “the real problem is mental illness” after every mass shooting, behind the scenes it works for the rights of mentally ill people to keep their guns or have them returned.



After the Virginia Tech murders, NRA lobbyists pushed through a gun restoration provision for mentally ill people in national background check laws. “In several ways this bill is better for gun owners than current law,” boasted the NRA website because “certain types of mental health orders will no longer prohibit a person from possessing or receiving a firearm.”


Thanks to the gun lobby maneuver, Sam French, a Virginian who was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility and told authorities he heard voices, had his right to possess firearms reinstated and his gun returned after a short court hearing in 2009. Why should hearing voices intrude on his “gun rights” bellowed the gun lobby–a question reactivated by the Nashville massacre.


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…)

Here Is an Example of Gun Control Done in the US Today and Practiced for Decades. Surprise– It Works!

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

by Elliot Fineman
CEO National Gun Victims Action Council
November 22, 2015

There have not been any machine gun incidents in decades. How come? 100,000 are owned and they can be sold or transferred to those that want them.

A machine gun differs from a semi-automatic assault weapon in that one pull of the trigger rapidly fires a torrent of bullets whereas a semi-automatic assault weapon fires one bullet for each trigger pull. Yet—as we tragically know—they can fire 50 to 100 bullets per minute.

As per the National Firearms Act of 1934—and subsequent laws including the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act of 1986— 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 his children—must go through a full (total) background check. (more…)

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Monday, May 4th, 2015

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What the NRA Says–What NGVAC Says

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Wayne LaPierre sounds more like an insurgent than a patriot, emboldening hate groups.


Wayne LaPierre whips up people with dangerous mental health problems with his charges that gun lovers are “persecuted” and underdogs. Right. Wayneone

Here are NGVAC’s recommendations for talking to a gun lover, if you must


Guns in Illinois Parks, Libraries and on Mass Transit? Yes, Say Insatiable Gun Activists

Thursday, March 6th, 2014


It is not enough that gun activists are adding an astounding 50,000 guns to Illinois streets through maneuvering a Concealed Carry law through the legislature. They are not even satisfied! Why can’t we bring our guns into libraries, they whined as they marched to the state Capitol building yesterday. Why can’t we carry in Illinois parks and on mass transit? Our rights are being violated!!! Gun happy legislators have even tried to pass legislation to allow guns in hospitals and mental institutions. Right.
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On cue yesterday Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, bellowed the gun lobby fiction that locations which ban guns invite crime. Does anyone believe shooters chose the Washington Navy Yard, Los Angeles International Airport or Fort Hood because they were “soft targets?” Because they had armed guards but not “armed citizens?” The mass shooters chose the targets because they had beefs against the institutions.

The “gun-free zone” contrivance is an insult to law enforcement personnel. By implying that the lack of armed citizens is the reason for gun deaths in a shooting, it actually equates cop wannabes with hired and trained law enforcement personnel who risk and give their lives for public safety.

The gun-free zone fiction is also an insult to the public’s intelligence and citizens who do not want to live in an armed camp. It pretends that mass shooters “just happen” like a fire or storm and instead of that NRA-driven laws armed Seung-Hui Cho, James Holmes, Jared Loughner, Wade Michael Page, Paul Ciancia and Aaron Alexis. They were all legal gun owners or, as the NRA likes to say, “law-abiding citizens.” Alexis legally bought his weapon days before his massacre.

Speaking yesterday at the demonstration, Mark Gampl, a member of the McHenry County Sportsman Association, said the concealed carry law, which bans weapons in schools, parks, government buildings, other public places and on public transportation, is too restrictive. “You give up more rights than you gain,” he said.

“We’re trying to get it [the law] to protect ourselves all the time, not just some of the time,” said Glen Garamoni, perhaps seeing some danger in school, parks and libraries the rest of us, who don’t feel the need to carry loaded lethal weapons everywhere, don’t see.

Even as the gun activists in Springfield cried about their fear of going into libraries without their guns, someone who looked like the next James Holmes, Adam Lanza or Wade Michael Page tried to enter a government building in Chicago. Police arrested Lumani Lubemba as he attempted to enter the Richard J. Daley Center, Chicago’s premier civic center, with a semi-automatic handgun, three, fully-loaded magazines, containing 15 live 40-caliber, hollow-point bullets and wearing a bullet proof vests and black body armor. Was he another “law-abiding” gun owner until yesterday?

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