What More is There to Say on Gun Laws? (VIDEOS)

by BillMoyers.Com Staff – There comes a point where you feel like there’s nothing more to say about gun violence that hasn’t already been said. Over the years, we’ve done many, many stories on gun violence in America. In the days following the Sandy Hook massacre, Bill Moyers urged us to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre by name. He read out the names of all 26 victims and observed that “laws are hard to come by, civilization just as hard. But democracy aims for a moral order as just as possible — which means laws that protect the weak, and not just the strong.” On the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Newtown, we explored the role of guns in America’s national psyche throughout history. And talked to Francine and David Wheeler, the parents of 6-year-old Ben, who died at Sandy Hook. The Wheelers became hopeful activists working doggedly for...

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School Thinks Training Children To Take Out Active Shooters Is A Good Idea

By SARAH, Addicting Info – There must be an 11th Commandment somewhere that says, “Thou shalt put children in harms way,” because a pastor (yes, a pastor) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, thinks it’s a genius idea to train children to take out active shooters if they were to come into their school. Pastor Larry Allen, who is also an undersheriff (because of course), has taken it upon himself to train children to take down a gunman who may enter their school. Allen was first a police officer, then decided he would become a man of God and start a school. He started the New Life Baptist Church and Academy after finishing seminary. Allen said: “There’s a time to pray, and there’s a time to fight. And I say we pray and fight.” Sure, while putting children further into a life-threatening situation by giving them a false sense of security that they can take...

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9 Things to Know About Gun Violence in Washington State

by Chelsea Parsons and Lauren Speigel – By many measures, gun violence in Washington state is in the middle range of what is common across the nation. In a 2013 Center for American Progress analysis of gun violence across all 50 states, Washington had slightly below-average rates of overall firearm deaths, overall firearm homicides, firearm homicides of women, gun deaths of children, and aggravated assaults with a firearm. Washington is also middle of the road when it comes to the strength of its gun laws: The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign awarded Washington a “C” for its gun laws in 2013, finding that the state has some measures in place to prevent dangerous people from accessing firearms but that the laws still have dangerous gaps. However, other measures show that gun violence remains unacceptably high in Washington. In 2011—the most recent year for which data are...

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America Is Averaging Over One School Shooting Per Week Since Newtown

by Ryan Denson, Addicting Info – Welcome to America where, according to conservatives, being poor is a choice, you’re only protected until you’re born, and mass shootings at our children’s schools are the new normal! According to data maintained by the Everytown for Gun Safety, there has been an average of 1.37 shootings on school/college campuses every single week since the massacre at Sandy Hook in December 2012. You read that right. A total of 74 school shootings have taken place in the last 18 months, including Oregon’s shooting which killed two people (including the perpetrator) just last Tuesday. The average school year typically lasts approximately 180 days, give or take with snow breaks, which means there have been roughly 270 school days, or 54 weeks, of classes since the shooting at Newtown. With the 74 total incidents over that period, the nation is averaging well over a shooting per school...

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CNN Decides 80% of Reported School Shootings Don’t Count

OP-ED By David Harris Gershon, Daily Kos – In a shameful and mind-numbingly insensitive move, CNN has decided that of the 74 school shootings which have occurred in the last 18 months, 59 incidents in which 25 people were killed and 40 were injured simply do not count. This patently ridiculous conclusion can be found in an article at CNN entitled, “A closer look: How many Newtown-like school shootings since Sandy Hook?” It is within this article that the following rationale is given as to why we should ignore most of the incidents reported by gun control advocacy groups: CNN determined that 15 of the incidents Everytown included were situations similar to the violence in Newtown or Oregon — a minor or adult actively shooting inside or near a school. That works out to about one such shooting every five weeks, a startling figure in its own right. Some of...

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