H.R. 822, dangerous legislation to nationalize the carrying of concealed handguns, passed in the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 19-10 and was sent to the House floor. The Sacramento Bee thanked CA Rep. Dan Lungren for being the only Republican to vote against the bill.
Violence Policy Center released new data showing concealed weapons permit holders continue to kill innocent victims, including 11 law enforcement officers.
Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker is one of many officials calling on Congress to STOP H.R. 822. Others opposed to the bill include a coalition of more than 600 Republican, Democratic and Independent U.S. mayors, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, and NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Editorial boards across the country also came out against H.R. 822. including the New Bedford. MA Standard-Times and the Denver Post,
NY Times columnist Frank Bruni, Have Glock, Will Travel, points out that while Republicans want to compel states to honor more permissive gun-control regulations from other states they are quick to say states do not have to recognize same-sex marriages from NY, CT and MA.
TAKE ACTION - Sign the petition at Our Lives, Our Laws, www.ourlivesourlaws.org and tell Congress to OPPOSE H.R. 822.
Several Nevada law enforcement leaders are calling for a ban on military-style assault rifles and high-capacity magazines following the recent mass shooting at an IHop restaurant in Carson City.
Jesus Gonzalez, an advocate for open-carry gun rights, has been convicted of killing one man and paralyzing another. Gonzalez was found guilty of first-degree reckless homicide and first-degree reckless injury.
Gallup released its annual Crime poll, including questions on guns. Media Matters points out that much of the coverage of the Gallup poll is based on flawed readings of the polling data and a narrow definition of "gun control."
Eight current and former New York police officers were arrested and charged with gun trafficking. The NY Times notes the accusations "strike at the heart of one of the Police Department's most hard-fought and robust initiatives: getting guns off the city's street."
A new study by Brown University economist Brian Knight presents a state-by-state gun flow analysis that indicates illegal firearms flow from states with weak gun laws to states with strong gun laws.
Wisconsin's new law allowing loaded, hidden guns in public goes into effect Nov. 1. The new law allows permit holders to carry guns in bars, day care centers, churches and even the state Capitol.
Cliff Schecter, They Have the Right to Remain Silent, describe how "it is the conspiracy nuts, dishonest hypocrites or drunk drivers who are charged with making decisions about who can have a gun these days."
Dave Cieslewicz, Citizen Dave: Wisconsin Sportsman Calls for New Approach to Gun Laws. "I'm a sportsman and gun owner, and I can tell you the extremists in the NRA don't speak for me."
Adam Dickter, The Jewish Week, Guns and The Holocaust. "The idea that Jews facing the Third Reich, the most lethal killing machine in human history could have somehow blasted their way out with handguns or rifles from their homes is profoundly absurd."
Passion Theater in Oak Park, IL is staging "Bang Bang You're Dead." The play revolves around Josh, a teenager who shot to death five high school classmates and his parents. It will be performed free with a discussion after each performance. The play, with director and playwright's notes can be downloaded at Icarus Plays.
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Media Matters, NRA Adds The Media to Their "Massive Obama Conspiracy," details how a recent fundraising e-mail from the NRA warned that the media is "raining down a message of hate on gun owners to boost Obama's re-election campaign."
Wisconsin Gun Owners, the "no-compromise gun lobby", warns No Firearms Training = No God Given Rights and that a proposed bill to require 8 hours of training to get a concealed weapons permit is just a ploy to disarm good people.
Penn State College Republicans are hosting Truth Week which will include a visit from NRA U. The NRA hopes that after taking the course students will become advocates for guns on campus. NRA U will offer food, pamphlets and a free one-year NRA membership to all who attend.