NC remembers Sandy Hook tragedy

"North Carolinians Against Gun Violence gathered with community members in Chapel Hill Thursday night to remember the 20 children and six adults who were killed in the 2012 mass shooting."

-- Spectrum News, 12.14.17

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A Call For People Of Faith To Battle America's Gun Problem

WFAE, 12.5.17

"'Simple things like writing letters to the editor; contacting your local media; meet with, call, email your legislators,' said Becky Ceartas, of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence.

"Ceartas called on churches to help educate people about gun violence, such as how guns in the home are often used in domestic violence - and suicide. And she urged churches to push for better enforcement of existing laws and for reversing laws, such as one passed a few years ago in North Carolina that allows concealed weapons in bars and restaurants. Ceartas noted that businesses must post signs if they want to keep concealed weapons out."

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Op-ed: Real liberty for all means more gun limits

"This is not about “confiscating guns.” We are not embarking upon some slippery slope toward gun prohibition as the gun lobby alarmists will claim. It’s not about taking away the constitutional right to bear arms. It’s about respecting freedom and liberty for all by asking those who desire to own guns to fulfill their civic duty and recognize that both citizenship and gun ownership come with responsibility."

- News & Observer op-ed 10.21.17

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Press Release: Love and lament: A service of prayer in a season of heartache


Contact: Becky Ceartas (919) 260-4766

Chapel Hill, NC – North Carolinians Against Gun Violence and the United Church of Chapel Hill will have a candlelight vigil to demand action to end gun violence in honor of the 59 killed and more than 400 injured in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting incident in modern U.S. history.

The vigil will be part of a nationwide tribute in partnership with the national gun violence coalition pushing for common sense gun laws to end gun violence.

The service will take place on Wednesday, October 6th at 12pm at the United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

The Las Vegas mass shooting was the 272nd mass shooting in 2017, defined as four or more people shot in one incident.

Becky Ceartas, executive director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, said the events highlight the need to stop loosening gun restrictions.

“It’s time for the House of Representatives to immediately abandon the NRA-supported Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act,” Ceartas said.

The SHARE Act would deregulate silencers, making them readily available without background checks at gun shows and on the Internet.

“Legislators must also oppose the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow gun owners from states with weak permitting laws to carry their concealed weapons in states with strong permit requirements,” Ceartas said.

North Carolinians Against Gun Violence also recommends policies such as passing laws to require background checks for sale of all guns; banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines; repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which provides legal immunity for the gun industry; and adequately funding federal gun violence research.


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Why Congress won’t act on gun violence without NRA permission

The News & Observer, 10.6.17

We act as if the unending massacres that are occurring at concerts, high schools, baseball practices, college campuses, churches, military installations, movie theaters, elementary schools and so forth are acts of God – like hurricanes or tornadoes.

We pray for the victims and their families, we fly flags at half-mast and we shake our heads in sorrow, as we should.

But thinking of them as beyond our control ignores the connection between the carnage and the world’s most lax gun laws.


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Opinion: Why Do We Ignore Initiatives That Reduce Gun Violence?

The New York Times. 10.6.17

In the wake of this week’s devastation in Las Vegas, it is important to remember that this kind of headline-grabbing mass shooting constitutes only a tiny fraction of the gun murders in our country. There were over 8,000 gunshot homicides in 2014, according to the F.B.I.’s most recent calculations, and gun violence is the first and second leading cause of death for African-American and Latino males between ages 15 and 34.

Many have thrown up their hands in despair over these numbers, but the good news is that proven strategies to protect people from being murdered by firearms do exist.


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NC Has Large Loophole in Gun Law After Vegas Shooting

Public News Service, 10.5.17

While the nation mourns the lives lost and injuries suffered from the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, questions are emerging about how to prevent future incidents. 

A national report card from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence indicates North Carolina isn't doing enough to prevent gun violence, giving the state a grade of D- for its current laws. 

Laura Cutilletta, the Law Center’s legal director, says the Tar Heel State has a big loophole.


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My dad's gun

The Herald Sun. 10.5.17

When he was a boy, my dad received a marvelous gift: his father’s own boyhood rifle.

It’s a beautiful object. Burnished wood stock, a thundercloud-grey barrel. After my dad died, it was the one thing I really wanted. At this moment – 2:45 a.m., cat stretched beside me in my Durham home, dog twitching on some dream chase, my daughter sleeping in her room – my dad’s gun hangs on my dining room wall.


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NC senators got more money from the NRA than most lawmakers. Here’s why.

The Charlotte Observer. 10.4.17

As America once again debates its gun laws in the wake of a mass shooting, a new report has found North Carolina’s two U.S. senators among the top beneficiaries of money from the National Rifle Association.

Only one of the 535 members of Congress has gotten more help from the NRA than Republican Sen. Richard Burr, according to The Center for Responsive Politics. Only three, including Burr, got more than GOP Sen. Thom Tillis.


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Opinion: Thoughts and prayers and NRA funding

The New York Times, 10.4.17

Most Americans support stronger gun laws — laws that would reduce deaths. But Republicans in Congress stand in the way. They fear alienating their primary voters and the National Rifle Association.

Below are the top 10 career recipients of N.R.A. funding – through donations or spending to benefit the candidate – among both current House and Senate members, along with their statements about the Las Vegas massacre. 


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