Guns and More Guns

Sensible Gun Ownership
(June 17, 2016 – Washington, D.C.) NCNW expresses its sympathy for those who lives were savagely taken at the Pulse nightclub and we are heartbroken for the loved ones of the victims Orlando terror attack. 
The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) agrees with efforts to prevent terrorism suspects from acquiring guns or explosives. There is no reason to permit a person with sufficient ties to terrorism that they are included on a no-fly list to obtain a weapon. 
NCNW also agrees that it is time to close the gun show/Internet loophole.  Gun purchasers should undergo background checks no matter where the purchase is made.  There is no rational distinction to be made between guns sold online, in a brick-and-mortar store or at a temporary gun show.  If anything, it makes even more sense to conduct a background check in sales settings where the buyers and sellers are even more anonymous than they are at the typical retail store.  That includes purchases made at gun shows and Internet websites.
We would go further.  Permitting a gun purchaser to obtain a weapon if the background check cannot be completed in three days makes no sense, either.  Dylan Roof might have been stopped from slaying nine Bible study students in Charleston had he been denied a gun as a result of the crimes that a completed background check would have revealed.

WASHINGTON — Mexican President Felipe Calderon in April, 2012 pushed for a revival of a ban on assault weapons in the U.S., arguing that the ban's expiration has led to the spread of guns across the border and a spike in violence in Mexico.
"The expiring of the assault weapons ban in the year 2004 coincided almost exactly with the beginning of the harshest - the harshest - period of violence we've ever seen," Calderon said, through an interpreter, at a White House news conference on Monday.

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There is a clear connection between ever-expanding rights for gun owners/enthusiasts and violence in the U.S. and in Mexico. The tension between the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms and gun violence is palpable. Our refusal to acknowledge the connection is the elephant in the room. Neither President Clinton, nor President Obama have exercised leadership - apparently discerning that the wrath of the NRA is too great a price to pay. America is a gun-loving country.

Back in 2009, Attorney General Holder indicated that the administration would seek to revive the assault weapons ban, but no action has been taken toward that goal. Meanwhile, 9 people were shot to death in Chicago this week and over the past two decades we have lost more African American men to gun violence than all American deaths in Viet Nam. When will we see that enough is enough?


PublicEyeReport said...

As we are working on more programming to stop the violence, a question was posed to substantiate the need for ongoing education for the public on dealing with the police, what to say/what not to say to an aggressor, your basic rights in a violent situation, etc.:

Someone was shot and killed when the police told him with his hands up, to drop his gun. He then proceeds to lower his arm to drop the gun and the police began shooting.

Please explain how this scenario could have turned out to the contrary to help educate the people.

Thank you for all you do in guiding a heightened awareness through education of the law for the common good.

Janice Mathis said...

This sounds like an officer who intended to set up a no win situation. There is no defense against a renegade. Requiring cameras in police vehicles helps to curb rogue behavior. Calling someone on the phone when you see blue lights or turning on your phone video camera are others. From a policy perspective we need anti profiling laws.

Janice Mathis said...

Following in the Footsteps of Our Founders 
As we look back with pride and celebrate the centennial of the founding of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, we are determined to meet the challenges of our day with the same fortitude that sustained our forebears a century ago.
Therefore, we support efforts to reduce and prevent gun violence while recognizing the fundamental right of each citizen to self-protection. 
The Second Amendment, like every other civil right, is not absolute. The right to own a weapon is circumscribed by legitimate interests of public health and safety. We view gun violence as a mental and physical health issue. We support the following measures to prevent and reduce gun violence.  They include:
1.      Require universal background checks. We should close the private sale loophole so that, to the greatest extent possible, every gun purchase is subject to a thorough background check.  82% of U.S. gun owners -- including more than 70% of NRA members -- support criminal background checks for all gun sales.  Ninety-two percent of all households in the country support universal background checks.
2.    Ban civilian ownership of assault/military type weapons. The carnage caused by assault/military type weapons outweighs the benefits to civilians, especially considering the available alternatives for self-protection and sportsmanship.
3.  Persons adjudicated by a court as dangerous to themselves or others should not have access to guns.
4.    Limit the number of rounds that an ammunition magazine will fire and require a 3-day waiting period prior to gun purchase.

5. Create a national registry of gun ownership to aid law enforcement in tracking guns used illegally.

6. Study the impact, causes and cures of gun violence, including
a.      Economic deprivation
b.      Gun safety education
c.       Mental illness
d.      Entertainment that glorifies gratuitous violence
e. Educational attainment
f. Geographical influences

The U.S. murder rate is twenty times the rate of similar countries.
Gun violence in our country takes 12 times the number of lives than in the next 25 wealthiest nations combined. Since 1994, more than 2 million people failed background checks
Up to 40% of gun transfers are made without background checks.
Nearly 80% of those who used a handgun in a crime acquired it without a background check.
One out of three handguns is kept loaded and unlocked.
The presence of a gun in the home triples the risk of homicide in the home.
The presence of a gun in the home increases the risk of suicide fivefold.
A gun kept in the home is 22 times more likely to be used in an unintentional shooting than to be used to injure or kill in self-defense.
Fewer than 2% of all men die from homicide. Half of black male deaths between ages 15 and 24 are by homicide. At the same time that homicides soared in Chicago and Detroit in 2012, they reached decades-long or near-record lows in New York and Washington, D.C. The 62 center cities of America's 50 largest metro areas account for 15 percent of the population but 39 percent of gun-related murders, 11 percent of suicides, and 23 percent of total homicides, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2006-2007. 

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