New York Attorney General Letitia James announced she will attempt to dissolve the National Rifle Association, accusing its senior leadership of violating laws governing non-profit groups, using millions from the organization’s reserves for personal use and tax fraud.
Trump told members of the gun lobby at an annual meeting he intends to revoke the status of the United States as a signatory to the Arms Trade Treaty, which was never ratified by the U.S. Senate.
“We’re taking our signature back,” Trump said to thousands of cheering attendees, many wearing red hats emblazoned with the Republican president’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.
The current debate over a Texas company’s “right” to allow anyone to download blueprints to its 3D-printed guns is following the same well-trodden terrain as every firearms fight for the past few decades: differing interpretations of the Second Amendment.
Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed and the creator of the first working plastic gun in 2013, argues it’s about every American’s right to bear arms. “I believe that I am championing the Second Amendment in the 21st century,” he told “CBS This Morning.”
On the other side are the federal judge who is temporarily blocking the release of the blueprints, the eight state attorneys general who sued Wilson’s company from putting the designs online and gun control advocates across the country who want the government to do more to regulate firearms.
This misses the point. Government regulation and the gun industry are not natural enemies. They have a historical synergy that long predates Supreme Court rulings on the constitutionality of gun control legislation. It was not until 1886 that the Supreme Court even addressed the federal government’s ability to regulate gun ownership. For most of the nation’s first century, the government perceived its constitutional duty as providing guns – not protecting an open-ended “right to bear arms.”
My research on the history of the government’s intervention in the arms industry suggests a return to its role as guarantor of the gun trade would allow it to do more to reduce gun violence and mass shootings without trampling on the Second Amendment.
Source: Print-your-own gun debate ignores how the US government long provided and regulated firearms : The Conversation
An armed officer assigned to the Florida school where a gunman killed 17 people last week stood outside the building during the shooting and did not intervene, the local sheriff says.
Deputy Scot Peterson has resigned after being suspended, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.
“I am devastated. Sick to my stomach. He never went in,” Sheriff Israel said.
Earlier this week President Trump said arming school teachers could prevent school shootings.
The proposal has long been championed by the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) gun lobby.
Source: Officer ‘failed to confront’ school killer : BBC News
My view, how will one more gun or guns on campus avoid another shooting.
It would appear Deputy Scot Peterson came on campus about 90 seconds after the first shots were fired and then proceeded not to go any further.
Surely the sounds of the gun fire attack would have been heard.
Currently no one knows why Peterson did not venture to stop the attack.
Would arming a teacher or teachers have made any difference, I would say not, for if it is known that teachers will be armed then the shooter will shoot the teacher first.
If teachers are armed, what would stop a teacher from having an occasion to create their own gun atrocity due to stress or some other breakdown.
By having teachers armed it is one more gun that could be obtained to create another atrocity.
The only way to stop this occurring is to minimise the availability of guns, especially the semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle and other equivalent weapons.
Most of the argument rest on the “2nd Amendment of the United States of America Constitution“. This was adopted in 1791 when America was much different than it is today. Is it an individuals right to bear arms or the right to form a militia. Law enforcement in 1791 was no way near as effective and extensive as it is today.
In the Gun Control Lobby the argument is not about removing the right to bear arms, but to remove certain weapons from the right to bear. Say it is an individuals right, why would an individual need to own one semi-automatic assault rifle, let alone a number of them. Yes, I am in the UK, where it is difficult for individuals to own any firearm and we have great difficulty in understanding why any ordinary individual needs to own any firearm, but we do accept that this is for America to decide. So why not retain the right but ban the owning of semi-automatic assault rifles.
Also health issues need to be taken into account when obtaining gun licences.
President Trump is right to mention mental health issues, but not that alone for it comes together with the banning of semi-automatic assault rifles.
Only then will the safety of the American public be maintained.
As the National Rifle Association grows increasingly out of touch with most American gun owners, the organization still claims “more than five million members.” A number of corporations are making membership to the group, which opposes nearly all gun safety legislation, more enticing by partnering with the NRA.
Much like AARP or AAA, the organization promotes its discounts for members as a selling point for why people should join. The “valuable 5-star benefits” promised include not just a subscription to an NRA magazine and a gun-owner liability protection policy but also savings on insurance, identity theft protection, hearing aids, car rentals, moving vans, shipping, and even wine. While some of these perks are provided by in-house subsidiaries, many are offered through corporate partners — including some household names.
After the shooting in Parkland, Florida, the NRA has been the focus of renewed national attention, as the group continues to successfully block any legislation to curb gun violence on the national level. Dallas’ mayor pro tem told the NRAMonday that the group will be “met with opposition” if it holds its scheduled May conference in his city. And over the weekend, hundreds of people gathered outside the group’s Virginia headquarters to hold a vigil and protest.
ThinkProgress asked 22 corporations that the NRA says offer incentives to NRA members whether they plan to continue their relationships with the gun lobby.
Source: The NRA is being supported by these companies : Think Progress
Pro-gun advocates are using the ambiguous language of the Constitution to mask a right-wing agenda
President Barack Obama will meet Monday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss executive actions he could take to make it harder for “a dangerous few” to get their hands on guns
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The father of slain journalist Alison Parker, who was killed in a tragic shooting on live televisionWednesday, is calling on politicians to stop being “cowards in the pockets of the NRA” and pass meaningful gun violence legislation.
Speaking Thursday morning on CNN, Parker reiterated a message he voiced last night on Fox news, when he said the murder of his daughter and cameraman Adam Ward should inspire action on gun control. But in addition to declaring plans to be a “crusader” against gun violence, he also blasted the influence of the National Rifle Association.
“Look, I’m for the Second Amendment,” he said. “But there has to be a way to force politicians, who are cowards in the pockets of the NRA, to come to grips and have sensible laws so that crazy people can’t get guns. It can’t be that hard. And yet politicians from the local level, to the state level, to the national level — they sidestep the issue, they kick the can down the road. This can’t happen anymore.”
Parker went on to deconstruct an argument often voiced by NRA leadership: That arming more people will somehow prevent mass shootings.
“And I know the NRA, I know what their position is going to be,” he said. “I can hear it now. They’re going to say, ‘Oh, gee, well, if they were carrying, this never would’ve happened.’ Well I got news for you: If Alison or Adam had been carrying an AK-47 strapped around their waist, it wouldn’t have made any difference. They couldn’t have seen this thing coming. I don’t want to hear that argument from the NRA and you know that’s going to happen.”
“How many Newtowns are going to happen? How many Sandy Hooks? How many Alison’s is this going to happen to before we stop it?” he added, listing other recent mass shootings.
Parker also called on journalists to keep reporting on the issue of gun violence, telling the CNN reporter, “Alison was one of you guys.”
“I’m challenging you, the media, because, again — this is one of your own,” he said. “This has got to hit home for journalists. And if journalists are targets — and we’re not talking about someone going to Syria and being in the crosshairs of ISIL. We’re talking about two kids, two young people who were doing a benign story about a marina opening … and a crazy person with a gun shoots them.”
As the interview drew to a close, Parker was asked to reflect on his daughter’s life. Fighting back tears as he recounted how “everybody loved her,” he was quickly overcome with emotion.
“I just wish I could touch her soul right now,” he said. He then broke down into sobs, unable to continue. ……….’