Louisiana cop shot, killed after stopping to offer aid

Officer Louviere is the fourth law enforcement officer to be fatally shot in the line of duty in the United States this year.

“The officer was shot Friday after he stopped to check on what he thought was a car accident. Officer Michael Louviere, 26, observed the apparent traffic accident and pulled over to assist, Westwego police Chief Dwayne Munch Sr. told CNN. Louviere instead discovered a woman on the ground, shot multiple times. While Louviere was leaning over her, the suspect came up behind him and shot the officer in the head, Munch said.”

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Betsy DeVos says guns in schools may be necessary to protect students from grizzly bears

This is unacceptable!  We also fear that the General Assembly will try and pass a bill to allow guns in schools.  Let’s work together to stop this madness – ncgv@ncgv.org.

“When Murphy asked her again, DeVos said, ‘I will refer back to Senator Enzi and the school he was talking about in Wyoming … I would imagine that there is probably a gun in the schools to protect from potential grizzlies.’

“Since January 2013, there have been 201 incidents of firearms being discharged on school grounds, according to findings from Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense that were released in November. Black students are disproportionately the victims of school shootings.”

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Opposition to Federally Mandated Concealed Carry

On January 3, 2017 US Rep. Richard Hudson (R-Charlotte area) proposed a “gun rights expansion” bill, so to speak (HR 38, The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill of 2017).  HR 38, not Hudson’s first such bill, is strongly supported by the NRA.  To summarize the bill, his website asks, “Your driver’s license works in every state, why not your concealed carry permit?” It’s designed as a matter of convenience for gun owners. However, we know the difference between guns and cars and there are elements in this national proposal that could endanger North Carolinians.

To provide background, all 50 states allow concealed carry, but currently 10 have enacted permitless (constitutional) concealed carry laws. NC regulates concealed carry permits, requiring training and rejecting applicants with impaired mental capacity or illness, certain criminal convictions and other criteria.  This Federal law, if passed, would allow anyone with a concealed weapon, permitted or not, to travel across state lines, regardless of a state’s gun laws (because Federal law supersedes state law).  The bill also aims to allow concealed guns in all national parks (like Great Smoky National Park and Cape Hatteras) and in our schools, as carriers would not be subject to the Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1990.  Additionally, “Hudson supports language that would allow gun owners to sue municipalities, police forces, or individuals (i.e. business owners) who seek to prohibit a concealed gun.” (The Trace, Dan Friedman, January 6, 2017)

I am not opposed to guns, as my family, including sons raised with the knowledge of secured guns in our home, likes to hunt, use the meat for food, and be together on hunting trips (I choose to stay home). But if passed, this bill could compromise the lives of many innocent North Carolinians. The 2nd Amendment is not in danger if this bill does not pass, but last year’s reciprocity bill by Rep. Hudson was also opposed by many law enforcement agencies that see increased danger in a reciprocity bill.  It failed.  Please speak out against HR 38 while you can.

Rane Winslow, MPH, Maternal/Child Health

Raleigh, NC

 

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Letter to the Editor - Opposition to Federally Mandated Concealed Carry

On January 3, 2017 US Rep. Richard Hudson (R-Charlotte area) proposed a “gun rights expansion” bill, so to speak (HR 38, The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill of 2017).  HR 38, not Hudson’s first such bill, is strongly supported by the NRA.  To summarize the bill, his website asks, “Your driver’s license works in every state, why not your concealed carry permit?” It’s designed as a matter of convenience for gun owners. However, we know the difference between guns and cars and there are elements in this national proposal that could endanger North Carolinians.

To provide background, all 50 states allow concealed carry, but currently 10 have enacted permitless (constitutional) concealed carry laws. NC regulates concealed carry permits, requiring training and rejecting applicants with impaired mental capacity or illness, certain criminal convictions and other criteria.  This Federal law, if passed, would allow anyone with a concealed weapon, permitted or not, to travel across state lines, regardless of a state’s gun laws (because Federal law supersedes state law).  The bill also aims to allow concealed guns in all national parks (like Great Smoky National Park and Cape Hatteras) and in our schools, as carriers would not be subject to the Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1990.  Additionally, “Hudson supports language that would allow gun owners to sue municipalities, police forces, or individuals (i.e. business owners) who seek to prohibit a concealed gun.” (The Trace, Dan Friedman, January 6, 2017)

I am not opposed to guns, as my family, including sons raised with the knowledge of secured guns in our home, likes to hunt, use the meat for food, and be together on hunting trips (I choose to stay home). But if passed, this bill could compromise the lives of many innocent North Carolinians. The 2nd Amendment is not in danger if this bill does not pass, but last year’s reciprocity bill by Rep. Hudson was also opposed by many law enforcement agencies that see increased danger in a reciprocity bill.  It failed.  Please speak out against HR 38 while you can.

Rane Winslow, MPH, Maternal/Child Health

Raleigh, NC

 

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NC lawmakers revisit question of guns on campus

Please join with us to oppose campus carry. Email us at ncgv@ncgv.org to find out what you can do to stop this bad legislation.

"Brent Herron, the UNC system’s associate vice president of campus safety and emergency operations, said that when Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 937 into law in 2013, the UNC system’s stance was that it didn't need to have more weapons on campus. That law made it legal for individuals with concealed-carry permits to keep a firearm locked in a car’s glove box while parked on a public campus."

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New congressman backs concealed carry bill

We are very concerned about a bill that an NC Representative, Rep. Hudson, introduced in Congress that allows people with a concealed carry permit from ANY state to carry a hidden loaded weapon in NC.

“But an advocate with a gun control group said the law could allow people from states with lagging concealed carry training and requirements to travel into North Carolina without meeting the Tarheel State’s standards for a permit.

“’Many states do not have strong requirements for getting a concealed carry weapons permit that we have here in North Carolina. It totally undermines states’ rights,’ said Becky Cearta executive director of Durham-based North Carolinians Against Gun Violence.”

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Shooting for a better world?

Shooting for a Better World?

NC Congressman Robert Hudson must be a fan of ‘Westworld’. How else to explain his proposed legislation concerning conceal carry reciprocity?  He proposes that residents of states that issue gun permits with little regulation and no training, be allowed to bring their weapons to cities and states that have very deliberate regulations and mandatory training requirements.

So much for states’ rights.

But, the argument goes, we need good guys with guns to stop bad guys with guns. Even putting aside who’s who in that equation - does he watch the news? The judgment of trained police officers is under scrutiny and he wants us to trust the instincts of untrained, private citizens?

Opponents of gun control like to point to the cities and states that have tough gun laws on the books but continue to suffer gun violence. What they don’t mention is the reason for this: it doesn’t matter what one state prohibits if another allows it. Gun Control advocates have never managed to get the sweeping mandate they need to make gun control work.  It would be both sad and ironic if Mr. Hudson achieved such a mandate for his guns-out-of-control scheme.

Sincerely,

Scott Mitchell

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Letter to the Editor about National Mandatory Concealed Carry

1.10.17
To the Editor (of the News and Observer):

     Although legislators frequently express respect for law enforcement officers, some seem determined to make their jobs harder.  One such legislator is Rep. Richard Hudson, of Concord, NC, who recently introduced the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act 2017” to Congress. 

     This law exempts gun owners from following other states’ conceal carry permit laws when they travel outside their own states, as long as they abide by local laws. When encountering individuals from out of state carrying guns, law enforcement officers have no national database to ensure the individuals are permitted to conceal carry. 

      Some states have such lax laws for gun ownership that felons and individuals with a history of domestic violence and alcohol and drug abuse are allowed to conceal carry.  

     As a citizen of North Carolina, I can influence my legislators to create common-sense gun laws.  But I have no influence on legislators in Texas, Vermont, and Florida, whose gun laws are more lax than North Carolina’s.  Why should I be forced to accept their statutes in my own state?  

     Introducing this legislation, Rep. Hudson has put the National Rifle Association and a small percentage of gun owners before the safety of law enforcement and his own constituents. 

     Mary Hood Hart

     Pittsboro 

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Fort Lauderdale airport suspect used gun once held by police, sources say

“When Esteban Santiago was in an Alaska FBI office in November, saying his mind was being controlled by US intelligence, he left a gun in his car.

“Santiago's rambling walk-in interview at the Anchorage office was concerning enough for authorities to take away his gun and order a mental health evaluation. But it wasn't enough to get him mentally adjudicated, which would have prohibited Santiago from owning a gun.”

If he had lived in WA or CA those authorities could have petitioned a judge to have his guns removed based on his concerning behavior. We need these same protections everywhere!

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It’s Time To Recognize What Many Mass Murderers Share In Common

“Tragically, there are scores of other examples like these. To be sure, not all abusive men turn into killers; they are a minuscule percentage of the whole. But domestic violence is far too common, with 1 in 4 women expected to be a victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime.

“We know that some men who abuse will go on to commit more serious crimes. Men who strangle their partners, for example, are seven times more likely to eventually kill them. In the U.S., around three women a day are killed by intimate partners. In many of those cases, the women were abused by their partners before they were murdered.”

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