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Several pro- and anti-gun bills are scheduled to be heard in their respective committees on Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24. Please use the TAKE ACTION button below to contact the members of the respective committee and urge them to SUPPORT pro-gun bills and OPPOSE anti-gun bills.
On Monday, April 23, the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee is scheduled to hear SJR 24 at 2 p.m. or upon adjournment of Session in the Rose Ann Vuich Hearing Room (2040). Please use the TAKE ACTION button above to contact the Committee and urge them to OPPOSE SJR 24.
Senate Joint Resolution 24, sponsored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-19), would urge the Congress of the United States to reauthorize and strengthen the federal "assault weapons" ban and would urge Congress to pass, and the President to sign, the federal Assault Weapons Ban of 2018. It would additionally call on the California Public Employee’ Retirement System (CalPERS) to engage with companies that produce or sell firearms and determine a method for those companies to withdraw from the sale or production of firearms, or produce a plan for CalPERS to divest its holdings from those companies. The reauthorization of an “assault weapons” ban would burden the self-defense rights of law-abiding Americans without meaningfully addressing the problems it’s purportedly designed to address, it would not impact overall gun death rates, and there is no evidence it would prevent mass shootings.
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Not discrediting Mr. Shaw Jr’s act of bravery by any means. A standing applause for this candidate please!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼.
Four persons were injured and four killed when Travis Reinking allegedly opened fire inside an Antioch, Tennessee, Waffle House.
Waffle House has a gun-free policy that prohibits patrons, including licensed permit holders, from being armed for self-defense.
Swain spoke to the Tennessee Star about the attack, saying, “Today’s shooting shows how important it is to have well trained and armed citizens in the community. If one of the patrons had been armed, the situation may have turned out differently and lives could have been saved.” She stressed her support for the Second Amendment and also took time to praise James Shaw Jr., the hero who grabbed Reinking’s rifle and threw out of Reinking’s reach, ending the attack.
Shaw Jr. was unarmed when he intervened in the attack. The Daily Mail reported that Shaw Jr. “was grazed by a bullet and treated for a minor gunshot wound on his elbow.” He “severely burned” his hands when grabbing the hot barrel of the rifle. Yet he stopped the attack.
Swain believes Shaw Jr. deserves the gratitude of Nashville but also stresses that an armed patron could have turned the entire situation against the Waffle House attacker.
Through SOCIAL MEDIA!! We also must never give up!
Students at Herron High School in downtown Indianapolis walked out of class Wednesday, March 14, 2018 to call for an increase in school safety and honor the victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting. (Eric Weddle/WFYI News)
Students across the nation and state walked out of school Friday as part of a national movement protesting gun violence in schools, but efforts will likely need to shift to keep up the momentum.
Hundreds of students in the state participated in the latest nationally-organized walkout, but some chose not to this time around, in part due to ISTEP testing.
Brandon Warren, founder of anti-gun violence group We LIVE INC., participated in demonstrations last month, and, helped organize the Indianapolis March for Our Lives Rally. This time, he says, some students don’t feel the same energy to participate in a walkout, though he says We LIVE members are still involved. “Showing our support is you know, strongly encouraging our peers through message of social media – I believe social media is our biggest platform to show support,” he says.
Warren says less student participation in the state could be due to how safe Indiana schools have been so far. But he says We LIVE focuses not just on gun violence in schools, and will continue to advocate for safer communities everywhere.
Overall, director of the Mike Downs Center For Indiana Politics Andrew Downs, says efforts to address gun violence and school safety will need a multi-pronged approach in the long-term. “The reality is you have to engage on every front you can,” he says.
He says this student-led movement had a strong start with action after the Parkland, Florida shooting, but organizers will need to highlight successes so far, to maintain that energy. To make policy change, he says activists need to connect with the people who are responsible for writing laws and working with other elected officials to garner their support.
“I support a ban on ‘assault-style’ weapons,” Wheeler told student activists at City Hall on Friday. (Photo: Wheeler/Twitter)
Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, promised a group seeking gun control that he would work to both institute local regulations and overturn a state ban on such laws.
Speaking to a group of student activists gathered outside of Portland City Hall on Friday as part of a national walk-out campaign on the anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, Wheeler said the youth had made a difference and he stood with them. “I support a ban on ‘assault-style’ weapons,” he said to cheers from the crowd, as well as bumping the age to buy all guns to 21. Both measures the Mayor previously floated in a public letter addressed to the “Students of Portland” last month.
Though Wheeler may want city leaders to act tough on guns, state firearm preemption laws forbid local governments from regulating the “sale, acquisition, transfer, ownership, possession, storage, transportation or use” of guns in any way. But the former Oregon State Treasurer and political ally of Gov. Kate Brown said he is going to work on that as well. “I am going to Salem during this next legislative session and I’m going to ask the Governor and the legislature to lift the preemption in Oregon,” Wheeler said.
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Common sense right 🤷♂️. BuT MuHh AuStRaLiA!! The country of Venezuela is anything but a free state. While it managed to function as a socialist state so long as the oil industry was propping up its collectivist economy, things were relatively okay (so far as socialist countries go). However, the moment oil stopped keeping everything afloat, the country went to hell in a handbasket faster than you can say, “Oops!” In response, the country did all kinds of things. At least one of those things may well have resulted in a bump in the homicide rate.
Since April 2017, at least 163 pro-democracy protesters in Venezuela have been murdered by the Maduro dictatorship. Venezuela serves as an example of how gun prohibition can sometimes encourage gun crime.
In 2012, the communist-dominated Venezuelan National Assembly enacted the “Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law.” The bill’s stated objective was to “disarm all citizens.” The new law prohibited all gun sales, except to government entities. The penalty for illegally selling or carrying a firearm is a prison sentence of up to 20 years. Despite criticism from the democratic opposition, the bill went into effect in 2013.
Ostensibly, the motive for gun prohibition was Venezuela’s out of control violent crime. In 2015, Venezuela’s homicide rate was the world’s highest, with 27,875 Venezuelans murdered that year. More broadly, the Bolivarian Republic is the only South American nation with a homicide rate that has steadily risen since 1995. In the year prior to Maduro’s disarmament initiative, the Venezuelan capital of Caracas had a homicide rate of 122 per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly 20 times the global average of 6.2.
By comparison, the U.S. homicide rate in 2015 was 4.9; the U.S. gun homicide rate was 3.03 (based on calculation from the FBI Uniform Crime Reports).
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It is important for all to get out and vote on these 2018 midterms.
Monday on Power 105.1 FM’s “The Breakfast Club,” Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said she was focused on the 2018 midterm election to help get people elected who she described as having “the courage” to enact specific gun control measures.
Harris said, “In this discussion when we are talking about school safety, there are things we need to address that include thinking about why this is an issue. And part of it is that we have not passed meaningful, smart gun safety laws in this country. Let’s talk about that. Let’s talk about how the NRA has grabbed people by different parts of their body and caused people to have a lack of courage. Again, another false choice. I’m in favor of the Second Amendment, and I also want smart gun safety laws. Assault weapons should not be walking the streets of a civilized country. We should have universal background checks.” She added, “We have had all these tragedies. And I’ll say to you, we don’t need another tragedy to act. We have got a good list of tragedies. So it’s not like we are waiting for the tragedy to act. We have that. We are not waiting for good ideas. The good ideas have been had—universal background check—we need an assault weapons ban. The missing ingredient to get something done is for Congress to act, bottom line. And that’s where I would say, OK what can we as people who want to encourage Congress to act do? What can we do? Let’s focus on the 2018 elections. Let’s focus on electing people who have the courage and getting rid of people who don’t.”
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