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

Dear friends,

I wanted to let you know about a new petition I created on We the People, a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov, and ask for your support. Will you add your name to mine? If this petition gets 25,000 signatures by January 23, 2013, the White House will review it and respond!

We the People allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response.

You can view and sign the petition here:

http://wh.gov/Q8wO

Here’s some more information about this petition:

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.

The Gun Owners of America – Against Common Sense Gun Laws

The Gun Owners of America are the 2nd largest gun rights group having 300,000 members (1)   But they are far more vocal than the NRA in terms of pro-gun activities.  They were the first to respond with a pro-gun message following the tragedy in Connecticut(1) and have lobbied congress against virtually every common sense piece of gun legislation to float through congress.  Like the NRA, they respond to gun violence by advocating more guns.

They are in summary:

  • In favor of assault weapons

  • Against any legislation to end gun shows

  • Against legislation banning .5 caliber rifles or ammunition (Lobbied House of Representatives to vote against the Moran Amendment On June 6, 1995.  This amendment would have banned the above from being licensed for export.)

  • Against expansion of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Sources:
1 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/17/gun-owners-of-america-newtown-gun-debate-_n_2318951.html

2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_Owners_of_America

US Leads the Developed World in Gun Violence

Now here is a record only the NRA or GOA could be proud of:

The People of the United States own about 42% of all the world’s civilian-owned firearms yet have 5% of the total world population.  Gun homicides are several hundred percent higher than all advanced countries including England, France, Australia and Japan and 200% higher than in Canada.

Country

Civilian firearms per 100 residents[92]

Number of homicides by firearm[93]

Homicide by Firearms—rate per 100,000 population[93]

United States of America 89 9,960 3.2
Switzerland 46 51 0.5
Sweden[94] 31.6 92 1.0
France[95] 31.2 682 1.1
Canada 31 554 1.6
Germany[96] 30 158 0.2
Mexico 15 26,757 22.7
Australia[97] 15 229 1.0
Turkey[98] 12.5
England and Wales 6 41 0.1
Japan[99] 0.6 11 <0.01

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

Top 10 Largest Gun Stores in the US

  1. Walmart
  2. Kmart
  3. Sports Authority
  4. Gart’s
  5. Big 5 Sporting Goods
  6. Airsoft Atlanta Store
  7. Hyatt Gun Shop
  8. Compasecco, Inc.
  9. Acusport Corp.
  10. Gunrunner Fine Firearms and Auction Co.

Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/business-articles/the-10-largest-gun-stores-in-the-usa-555682.html, 2008

Top 10 Mutual Fund Holdings of Sturm Ruger and Co

Top 10 Mutual Fund Holdings by Shares Held
Name

Reporting Date

Total Holdings

Position Value

Outstanding
Shares Owned

AMERICAN FDS INSURANCE SER-GROWTH FD (i)

09/30/12

1.2M $54.3M 6.50%
Allianz Fds-NFJ Small Cap Value Fd (i)

09/30/12

1.1M $48.8M 5.84%
James Advantage Balanced Golden Rainbow Fund (i)

06/30/12

392.0K $17.1M 2.05%
VANGUARD SMALL-CAP INDEX FUND (i)

09/30/12

309.6K $13.5M 1.62%
ISHARES S&P SMALLCAP 600 INDEX FD (i)

07/31/12

290.3K $12.7M 1.51%
ISHARES RUSSELL 2000 INDEX FD (i)

07/31/12

271.0K $11.8M 1.41%
VANGUARD TOTAL STOCK MARKET INDEX FUND (i)

06/30/12

240.3K $10.5M 1.25%
VANGUARD SMALL-CAP GROWTH INDEX FUND (i)

09/30/12

219.9K $9.6M 1.15%
Touchstone Funds Group Tr-Touchstone Small Cap Core Fd (i)

09/30/12

191.5K $8.4M 1.00%
VANGUARD EXPLORER FUND, INC. (i)

07/31/12

189.6K $8.3M 0.99%

Source: Fidelity