Whitehouse Petition: Avoid talks with the NRA/GOA who only promote more guns and detract from a real gun reduction solution

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We only need 146 more signatures before the petition below will appear publicly on the Whitehouse.gov site.  Don’t miss your opportunity to make a difference!

If this petition gets 25,000 signatures by January 23, 2013, the White House will review it and respond!

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Avoid talks with the NRA/GOA who only promote more guns and detract from a real gun reduction solution

It is an assault to the memory of the victims of Sandy Hook to involve the NRA/GOA in any policy debate. Are we so forgetful that we have forgotten the record of the NRA? In 2011, NRA’s La Pierre refused to discuss gun control with Obama stating “Why should I or the N.R.A. go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States?” The NRA has spent a lifetime promoting gun violence and are responsible for the gun laws that made these mass shootings possible. The NRA Litigated against the Brady Bill which among other things prevented felons and the mentally ill from receiving guns, spent millions and succeeded in getting the court to make background checks voluntary.

Tough Gun Control Laws = Lower Death Rates

A study published by the  Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence shows that states with the strictest gun laws have the lowest number of gun-related deaths.

States with strong gun laws include:

  • California

  • Hawaii

  • Massachusetts

  • Rhode Island

  • New York

  • New Jersey

  • Connecticut

States with weak gun laws include:

  • Alaska

  • Louisiana

  • Montana

  • Nevada

  • Arizona

  • New Mexico

  • Wyoming

  • Tennessee

  • Alabama

  • Mississippi

Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco hopes to use the Bay area study to support SB 47 legislation in California that would prohibit semiautomatic weapons from having devices that allow them to carry high-capacity magazines or easily be reloaded with multiple rounds of ammunition. 1

The law center was formed by Bay area lawyers in 1993 following an assault weapon rampage at a San Francisco law office that ended with 10 people dead and six wounded.

Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2013/01/tough-gun-control.html

Record number of Gun Background Checks in December Due to High Demand

According to the FBI, gun background checks increased by 49% over December 2011 to 2.01 Million. 1  The change is as a result of high demand.  Violence Policy Director Josh Sugarmann said the rise in gun sales after a mass shooting is “disturbing.”

“While the majority of Americans look for solutions to stop the next attack, a minority of gun owners runs to hoard the very guns used in the most recent” incidents, Sugarmann said in an email. 1

Smith & Wesson has a different view:

“The last eight years (have) been very good to be a handgun company. The market has expanded significantly, and long guns having done pretty good, as well,” said Smith & Wesson Chief Executive James Debney at a December 12 conference for investors. 1

James Debney

Source:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/02/us-usa-guns-record-idUSBRE9010H020130102

Does this Guy Deserve a 485% Raise?

James Debney

This is P. James Debney, the chief executive of Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: SWHS).  He starts the new year with a  485 percent raise to $2.89 million this year, according to an SEC filing. 1 He earned $493,322 in 2011.

Debney, who took the helm of the Springfield-based gun-maker last September, will receive a base annual salary of $404,433, stock worth$554,400, stock options worth $1.37 million and non-equity incentive of $508,050.

SOURCE:

1. http://boston.citybizlist.com/article/smith-wesson%E2%80%99s-top-gun-james-debney-gets-485-raise

Historical Record Supports a Collective Right’s View of the 2nd Amendment not an Individual Right

Until the 2008 Supreme Court case of District of Columbia vs. Helen, most held to a collective rights view of the 2nd amendment. 1  That is, the right to own a gun was not an individual right but a collective one in the context of a militia.  This view has gradually been eroded by politically motivated legal “scholars.”2  History matters writes:

“Much Second Amendment scholarship has taken the form of “law office history,” a form of advocacy scholarship designed to influence the way courts decide constitutional questions. Legal scholarship influences the way briefs are written and may also be used by judges when deciding a case. For most historians the goal of scholarship is to reconstruct and understand the complexity of the past, not influence contemporary policy or jurisprudence.”

The mass majority of historians discount the individual rights view and have found serious errors of fact in legal scholars interpretations. 2

SourceS:

1.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_politics_in_the_United_States

2.  historymatters.gmu.edu (Search for “2nd amendment” – The Second Amendment Under Fire: The Uses of History and the Politics of Gun Control by Saul Cornell, Associate Professor, Department of History, The Ohio State University)

Myths About Gun Control; Regarding the 2nd Amendment

The following was written by Robert Spitzer of the Washington Post:

Myth: The Second Amendment was intended to protect the right of Americans to rise up against a tyrannical government.

This canard is repeated with disturbing frequency. The Constitution, in Article I, allows armed citizens in militias to “suppress Insurrections,” not cause them. The Constitution defines treason as “levying War” against the government in Article III, and the states can ask the federal government for assistance “against domestic Violence” under Article IV.

Our system provides peaceful means for citizens to air grievances and change policy, from the ballot box to the jury box to the right to peaceably assemble. If violence against an oppressive government were somehow countenanced in the Second Amendment, thenTimothy McVeigh and Lee Harvey Oswald would have been vindicated for their heinous actions. But as constitutional scholar Roscoe Pound noted, a “legal right of the citizen to wage war on the government is something that cannot be admitted” because it would “defeat the whole Bill of Rights” — including the Second Amendment.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-gun-control/2012/12/21/6ffe0ae8-49fd-11e2-820e-17eefac2f939_story_1.html