Gun owner Stephen King adds voice to gun-control debate (2013)

TITLE: Gun owner Stephen King adds voice to gun-control debate (2013).
SOURCE: USA TODAY
AUTHOR: Bob Minzesheimer
LINK: http://usat.ly/WW8Hb7

NOTES: “If you can’t kill a home invader (or your wife, up in the middle of the night to get a snack from the fridge) with ten shots, you need to go back to the local shooting range.”

Catholic Leaders Challenge ‘Pro-Life’ Politicians To Oppose Gun Violence (2013)

TITLE: Catholic Leaders Challenge ‘Pro-Life’ Politicians To Oppose Gun Violence, Not Just Abortion (2013)
SOURCE:  Think Progress Health
AUTHOR(s): Tara Culp-Ressler
URL: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/01/23/1487571/catholic-leaders-pro-life-politicians-guns/?mobile=nc

NOTES: References statement from 60 Catholic clergy, theologians, & leaders, urging members of Congress to take greater “moral leadership & courage” to fight for gun control / reduction in gun violence. Analogizes abortion & gun violence. Identifies several Catholic members of Congress who are also “A” rated by NRA: J.Boehner, P.Ryan, J.Donnelly, H.Heitkamp, & urges them to take action.

TWEETS: https://twitter.com/hospiceman/status/304747518040875009

Protect Children, Not Guns: Gun Violence in the States (2013)

TITLE: Protect Children, Not Guns: Gun Violence in the States, 2000-2010 (2013)
SOURCE: Children’s Defense Fund
LINK: http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/data/gun-deaths-by-state.pdf
WEB STATS: https://bitly.com/XJEop8+

FINDINGS: 32k+ youth deaths from gun violence since Columbine, Alaska (most deadly state for youth), Hawaii (least deadly state for youth).
NOTES: Lots of state-by state-data on gun-based homicides/suicides for youth

Was the NRA Started to Drive Out the KKK? (2013)

TITLE: Was the National Rifle Association Started to Drive Out the KKK? (2013)
AUTHOR: Warren Throckmorton
URL: http://wthrockmorton.com/2013/01/was-the-national-rifle-association-started-to-drive-out-the-kkk/

NOTES: Debunks claims that NRA started to help Southern Blacks vs. KKK. Was actually started by Northern military officers to address poor marksmanship

TWEETS: https://twitter.com/hospiceman/status/304689704916365312

Why Gun Politics Are No Longer Dangerous For Democrats (2013)

TITLE: Why Gun Politics Are No Longer Dangerous For Democrats (2013)
SOURCE: Washington Post
AUTHOR(s): Greg Sargent
URL: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/01/15/why-gun-politics-are-no-longer-dangerous-for-democrats/

NOTES: Polling & demographic data show Americans support common sense gun control legislation. Also, democratic demographics increasingly pro-gun control.

TWEETS: https://twitter.com/hospiceman/status/304682321683030016

No, Hitler Did Not Ban Guns,& Neither Did Mussolini, Castro, Stalin or Pol Pot (2013)

TITLE: No, Hitler Did Not Ban Guns,& Neither Did Mussolini, Castro, Stalin or Pol Pot (2013)
SOURCE: Everything Possible Happens
LINK: http://everythingpossiblehappens.blogspot.com/2013/01/no-hitler-did-not-ban-guns-and-neither.html?spref=tw&m=1
BITLY WEB STATS: http://bit.ly/UZYQT0+
AUTHOR(s): John Avignone

NOTES: Gun control laws in Germany (& Italy, Cuba, USSR, Cambodia) did not cause oppression of citizens. Ridiculous to speculate that small number of lightly-armed civilians could have fought off dictators’ governments. German gun restrictions came in 1938, after Nazis thoroughly in power. Castro’s revolution succeeded in part from GIVING people guns, not restricting them. There was no hand gun restriction in Cuba. Cambodia restricted Vietnamese gun traders, but not guns themselves. Stalin & Mussolini passed no gun control laws. Gun laws in Chicago, Switzerland, Israel have worked.

Let’s Repeal the Second Amendment (2013)

TITLE: Let’s Repeal the Second Amendment (2013)
SOURCE: Vanity Fair
AUTHOR(s): Kurt Eichenwald (Wikipedia bio)
URL: http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2013/01/kurt-eichenwald-lets-repeal-second-amendment
BITLY STATS: http://vnty.fr/X3C1x7+
FIELD: Editorial, with references

FINDINGS: 2nd Amendment is a mess grammatically & interpretively through history. “Well Regulated” = “Well Trained”; “Militia” = “Military Group”; State = The individual States, specific subsets of people were, are, & should be denied the right (e.g. mentally ill), thus should be repealed. History of NRA attempts to subvert appropriate limitations of right (e.g. mentally ill). Appropriate to limit the right because times change: e.g. free speech has been limited by regulations on who can use which broadcast frequencies. So, evolution of weaponry creates a state interest in regulation. Proposed replacement amendment: “The people retain the right to keep & bear arms, subject to reasonable restrictions deemed necessary by the Congress & the President to secure the lives & well being of others.” To make this practical, he proposes Liability Insurance for gun owners.

NOTES: List of many mass shootings back to 1984; Supports right to bear arms but advocates repeal/replacement of 2nd amendment; different versions of amendment passed by States vs. Congress; review of SCOTUS opinions; some constitutional analysis/analogy.

TWEETS: https://twitter.com/hospiceman/status/304651020917686272

At the ER, Bearing Witness to Gun Violence (2013)

TITLE: At the ER, Bearing Witness to Gun Violence (2013)
SOURCE: NYTimes
AUTHOR: David Newman
URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/opinion/at-the-er-bearing-witness-to-gun-violence.html?_r=1&

NOTES: Appeal from ER physician & military veteran to take action on gun violence as a public health issue. Personal anecdotes. References to research showing dangers of having a gun in the home.

TWEETS: https://twitter.com/hospiceman/status/304693827409678336