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Priest: 'Pure American' billboard with assault weapon 'disrespectful'

March 13, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- As American as apple pie, baseball, or assault weapons? A billboard on I-55 draws criticism from the Rev. Michael Pfleger, a prominent priest in Chicago.

The Slide Fire billboard has the words "PURE AMERICAN" written under the images of a baseball glove, apple pie and assault weapon. Below that, more images: the American flag, the Greek symbol of a fish that represents Christianity, and the Statue of liberty.

Rev. Pfleger wants the billboard in the inbound lanes on I-55 between Cicero and Central taken down.

"I think there is this great move by manufactures, NRA, and others to make guns part of America's wardrobe; this is not what we define America by," the Rev. Michael Pfleger, St. Sabina's Church, said.

Posted by SecularMotion | Mon Mar 17, 2014, 04:03 PM (17 replies)

The NRA Versus Public Health

Vivek Murthy is a well-regarded physician and instructor at Harvard Medical School. Like the president he hopes to serve as surgeon general, he supports greater regulation of firearms. That said, the surgeon general has no role in regulating guns, a task that falls to the perennially underfunded and legislatively hobbled Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

So why are the National Rifle Association and its allies in the extreme gun-rights movement so panicked about Murthy? "The surgeon general has the important tasks of providing the American public with information to better inform decisions related to their health and directing much of the federal government's public health efforts," said the NRA's lobbying arm on its website.

The crucial words are "information" and "public health." The extreme gun-rights movement makes expansive claims about the benefits of gun ownership. Few of those claims pass even the crudest standards of scholarship. Indeed, many such claims are already bending under the weight of public health research indicating, for example, that gun ownership may be more likely to lead to instances of suicide or homicide than self-defense

Posted by SecularMotion | Mon Mar 17, 2014, 02:38 PM (8 replies)

VPC Research Shows Dangers of Recent Court Decision Weakening California Concealed Carry Handgun Law

Washington, DC — The latest research from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) reveals the dangers of a recent federal court ruling that denies California law enforcement the discretion to limit who can carry concealed handguns in public.

The VPC’s online database, Concealed Carry Killers, shows that private individuals with concealed carry permits are frequently responsible for fatal shooting incidents that have nothing to do with self-defense. Nationwide, private individuals legally allowed to carry concealed handguns are responsible for at least 636 deaths since May 2007 — including 27 mass shootings that resulted in the deaths of 128 victims.

A February ruling by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit removed the ability of California county sheriffs to restrict concealed carry to those individuals who could demonstrate a “good cause” for carrying loaded weapons in public. The California Attorney General is asking the full court to review and reverse the panel’s decision in Peruta v. County of San Diego.

“Our research shows that putting more guns on the streets inevitably leads to more tragedies,” states VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand. “Local law enforcement must have the ability to protect public safety by restricting who can carry loaded handguns in public. The evidence is overwhelming from states that compel the issuance of concealed carry permits that such policies cost innocent lives.”

Posted by SecularMotion | Sat Mar 15, 2014, 06:41 AM (11 replies)

Facebook closed its gun-sale loopholes. What about the rest of the social web?

Six months ago, a 15-year-old boy in Kentucky logged into Facebook and arranged to buy a gun. He found a seller – one of many – willing to complete the sale without a background check. The seller was even willing to cross state lines from Ohio to make the sale work. Just a week later, the gun found its way to a high-school football game. In the hands of a student.

I’m a parent, so of course that scares me. And not just as the mother who runs Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, who wonders how to help stop the next Sandy Hook tragedy. I’m a parent who, like most others, knows that even plugged-in teenagers can tire of Facebook for the next best thing online.

So of course I was gratified that Facebook and its photo-sharing subsidiary Instagram responded to our campaign and agreed last week to prevent potentially deadly gun sales with no background checks on their platforms. Because there’s a big problem when children can buy guns on the same sites where they “like” photos and chat with friends.

But Facebook and Instagram aren’t the only places on the internet where minors and criminals turn to find guns for sale without background checks. In fact, research by our parent organization at Mayors Against Illegal Guns has shown that plenty of online gun buyers – 1 out of 30 on Armslist.com – possess criminal records that federally prohibit them from owning firearms.

Posted by SecularMotion | Fri Mar 14, 2014, 01:24 PM (13 replies)

Sheriff David Mahoney: Private gun sales need background checks, too

For 20 years, our nation has had an effective tool that has helped keep guns out of the wrong hands. If you go to a federally licensed firearms dealer to buy a gun, the dealer completes a quick background check to ensure you’re not legally barred from owning a gun.

I know how smoothly this works because, in addition to serving as sheriff of Dane County, I am a federally licensed firearms dealer.

This system protects the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms while taking necessary steps to deny guns to those who may use them to commit crimes. In fact, since the federal Brady Law was enacted in 1994, background checks have prevented more than 2 million prohibited firearm purchases.

However, up to 40 percent of firearm purchases nationally take place between private parties where no background check is required under federal law. Imagine if we allowed 40 percent of passengers to board airplanes without undergoing any screening.

Posted by SecularMotion | Fri Mar 14, 2014, 01:21 PM (6 replies)

Hot-heads with guns

A Houston-area dad shot and killed a 17-year-old teenage boy he caught in his teenage daughter’s bedroom.

According to police reports, one of the father’s other children alerted her father that she heard someone in her sister’s bedroom. About 2:20 am this morning, the father went to his daughter’s room with a gun and confronted to 17-year-old boy.

The man’s daughter said that she did not know who the boy was and the father said he told him not to move. The father told police he saw the teenage boy reach for something and then he opened fire - killing the teen in his daughter’s bedroom.

Police said the teenage boy did not have a gun and his 16-year-old daughter later admitted she did know the 17-year-old teen who was in her bedroom.

Posted by SecularMotion | Fri Mar 14, 2014, 11:02 AM (5 replies)

Mother sues Missouri shop for selling gun later used in murder

(Reuters) - A Missouri gun shop is facing a wrongful death lawsuit after selling a handgun to a woman who is charged with using it to murder her father.

The Washington-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence brought the suit on behalf of Janet Delana, who said she warned the gun store not to sell any guns to her daughter, Colby Sue Weathers, because of a long history of mental illness.

The suit comes at a time of growing concern about the mental state of people who perpetrate gun violence. Gunmen in shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and at a movie theater outside of Denver, for example, were described later as having psychological issues.

More than a dozen wrongful death lawsuits are pending against gun dealers, some involving sales to customers who were not mentally stable, said Jonathan Lowy, a Brady Center lawyer who helped file the Missouri lawsuit.

Posted by SecularMotion | Fri Mar 14, 2014, 10:54 AM (2 replies)

A moral question

For too long the debate over gun control in this country has been seen as an entirely political one, when it’s actually a moral question.

At a rally this past weekend in Greenwich celebrating the 400-mile bicycle ride of Team 26 from Newtown to Washington, D.C., by people touched by mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Virginia Tech, there was support from people of all political affiliations. But it was the Rev. Maxwell Grant, senior minister of Second Congregational Church, who cut to the heart of it, quoting the Bible when he said, “Choose on this day whom you will serve but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” He followed it up by asking, Who would we serve as a nation?

“Will we serve the merchants of death who make profit in destruction? Will we serve those who say 30-round clips and assault weapons are vital to hunting? Will we serve those who argue that it’s fair and right that driving a car or getting on a plane or registering a dog should be harder than purchasing a handgun?”

That shreds all the politics around the issue and focuses instead on the moral question of what kind of nation we will allow ourselves to be. One that fights for common-sense reform or one that sinks in violence?

Posted by SecularMotion | Thu Mar 13, 2014, 10:14 AM (35 replies)

New York high school student suspended for NRA pro-2nd Amendment T-shirt

A high school student in upstate New York was suspended for wearing an NRA T-shirt that touted the second amendment after he refused to turn it inside out or cover the words with duct tape.

Shane Kinney, a 16-year-old sophomore from Grand Island, located between Niagara Falls and Buffalo, served a one-day, in-school suspension Monday after he refused last Friday to turn his T-shirt inside out at the request of the vice principal at Grand Island High School. The shirt was emblazoned with the NRA logo and the words, “2nd Amendment Shall not be Infringed” across the back.

“Mr. Lauria [the vice principal] told me I had to either turn the shirt inside out or put duct tape over the words,” Shane Kinney told FoxNews.com. “I told them that I wasn’t going to do it. I had to sit in the suspension room and eat lunch alone until my father brought me a new shirt to school.”

Kinney, a card-carrying member of the NRA along with his parents, said he had worn the shirt to school before, along with others that were similar, and had been asked to put duct tape over the writing. He said he complied because he didn’t want to make waves.

Posted by SecularMotion | Thu Mar 13, 2014, 10:08 AM (13 replies)

The CHP, a right-wing gunman, and Glenn Beck

Now that Byron Williams has been convicted of attempting to murder four California Highway Patrol officers during a July 2010 shootout on a freeway in Oakland, it’s time to talk about Glenn Beck.

No, Beck wasn’t charged with the shooting, nor — as he told his audience shortly after the incident – did he encourage it.

But Beck had been regularly denouncing the Tides Foundation, a low-profile, liberal San Francisco nonprofit, for months before the 45-year-old Williams set forth from his home in Tuolumne County in his mother’s pickup truck, with a supply of guns and a suit of body armor, to pay a visit to Tides and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Beck, who was then on Fox TV and radio, had mentioned Tides 29 times in the 18 months before the incident, according to press accounts, and attacked the foundation for four straight days in the following week. He called Tides a “shady organization” that funneled money to “some of the most extreme groups on the left” and was part of a progressive plot to “create mass organizations to seize power.”

Posted by SecularMotion | Thu Mar 13, 2014, 06:25 AM (5 replies)
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