House Dem: Fines won’t stop me from speaking about gun violence

Awesome stuff from Congressman Eric Swalwell.

“In two tweets Monday, Swalwell wrote that leadership can ‘fine me’ and other Democrats ‘all the way into bankruptcy for #gunviolence sit-in, but we will always speak for victims.’”

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4 dead in Christmas Eve shooting near Wilson, North Carolina, police say

 Four people killed in Christmas Eve shooting - the 377th mass shooting of 2016 and second today in North Carolina.

“WILSON, N.C. -- Wilson County authorities say four people died in a shooting.

“Local media outlets report the shooting occurred Saturday afternoon just east of Wilson. “

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Europe gets tougher on gun control

33 Europe mass shootings in 2016 = action to reduce gun violence.
373 U.S. mass shootings in 2016 = no action to reduce gun violence.

And you wonder why there are so few mass shootings in Europe.

“The European Union has agreed to ban sales of the most dangerous semi-automatic firearms, and to make it much harder to legally buy other weapons in the EU.

“People across the EU will now have to go through medical checks before getting a license to buy firearms. Online sales will also be limited.”

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Black Women Are Far More Likely To Be Fatally Shot By a Man Than White Women

“When a woman is murdered in the United States, an intimate partner — a former or current dating partner or spouse — is often to blame. Black women like Dixon, Thornton, and Hammond are especially vulnerable. One government report found that African-American women were four times more likely than white women to be murdered by a boyfriend or girlfriend. Researchers say the phenomenon can be largely explained by the position black women occupy on the socioeconomic scale.”

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Gun Control Advocates Find a Deep-Pocketed Ally in Big Law

Great news!

"After the Orlando nightclub massacre and a string of other mass shootings, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Covington & Burling; Arnold & Porter; and four other prominent law firms formed a coalition with gun control groups that until now have worked largely on their own. Together, the firms are committing tens of millions of dollars in free legal services from top corporate lawyers who typically bill clients $1,000 an hour or more.

"On one front, the coalition will seek to overturn state laws that have gone largely unchallenged, including new policies that force businesses to allow guns to be carried on their property. The group also plans to mount the first formal challenges to congressional restrictions on publishing government data on gun violence. Taking a page from the fight against big tobacco two decades ago, it will seek the help of regulators to challenge what it views as the gun industry’s attempts to stifle competition."

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Raleigh vigil held to bring attention to gun violence

On December 15th we held a Vigil to End Gun Violence at Davie Street Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. It was one of over 350 events throughout the country.

Everything went very well. We had dynamic speakers from the LGBTQ, Christian, and Muslim communities along with a survivor.  It reminded us of the daily toll gun violence has on a community with the death of a loved one. Rev. Byron Wade did a fantastic job pulling the event together at the end with a message of hope.

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Tacoma police officer dies after shooting at East Side home; gunman not in custody

The 60th police officer to be killed by gunfire in 2016 — up from 39 in 2015

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Why Not Smart Guns in This High-Tech Era?

“The Department of Justice has issued official guidelines for the manufacture of smart guns — weapons that, like smartphones, have technology to allow only the rightful owners to use them. The guidelines aim to ‘shape the future of gun safety technology,’ as called for under an executive order issued in January by President Obama, in the face of Congress’s refusal to deal with the nation’s horrendous toll of gun deaths.”

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Suicide Experts Urge States to Tweak Background Check Laws to Account for Emergency Gun Transfers

"A new paper argues that current policies can leave family members and friends unclear about how to legally remove a firearm from an individual in crisis."

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An accidental shooting kills a child every other day — far more than the government reports

“Bryson shot himself last January with a .22-caliber Derringer his grandmother kept under the bed. It was an accident, but one that could be blamed on many factors, from his grandmother's negligence to the failure of government and industry to find ways to prevent his death and so many others.”

We need to strengthen our Child Access Prevention laws to protect our children from accidental deaths and suicide. Please contact us to get involved in protecting our children necgv@ncgv.org.

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