Domestic violence shooting at North Park Elementary School shows the danger of armed abusers — both for intended victims and the general public. San Bernardino, CA (April 11, 2017) — A shooting described as a murder-suicide unfolded Monday morning inside a San Bernardino elementary school. In what is thought to be a domestic dispute, a 53-year-old male […]
“Today, Governor Martinez failed the women of New Mexico by vetoing a bill that passed with bipartisan support. A woman’s risk of being murdered by an abusive partner increases fivefold if there is a gun in the home, and abusers often use guns to intimidate their victims. By removing guns from domestic abusers, this law would have helped protect the lives of New Mexican women. Governor Martinez’s shameful veto of this life-saving bill implicitly denies the irrefutable link between guns and domestic violence.”
“Trump and his NRA puppet-masters now have a reliable vote in Neil Gorsuch. This stolen seat was one that the gun lobby invested in, and NRA leaders now expect a return on that investment. Between their unprecedented obstruction of Merrick Garland and their willingness to fundamentally change the rules, Mitch McConnell and his unscrupulous colleagues have shown they will stop at nothing to give the NRA what they want.”
“HR 1181 is a poorly written, irresponsible, half-baked piece of legislation that is essentially a blank check for the NRA. The language in this bill is so broad and confusing that its own sponsor cannot explain how it would work. It would put veterans who are at risk of suicide in danger, yet Republicans are scrambling to ram the bill through without consideration of these heroes’ lives.”
“Tonight, lawmakers in New Mexico took an important step to protect victims of domestic violence. We know that the chance of being murdered by an abusive partner increases fivefold if there is a gun in the home, and guns are often used to intimidate women into staying in abusive relationships.
“If members of Congress are serious about combating the high number of veteran suicides, they did not show it today. Rather than working towards a bipartisan solution, Republicans are attempting to railroad intentionally vague legislation through Congress without an adequate hearing. Their ultimate goal seems to be the blanket restoration of gun rights regardless of whether or not these veterans are at a heightened risk of dangerousness. By rushing HR 1181, lawmakers show they are more interested in carrying water for the gun lobby than protecting the lives of American heroes.”
For the third month in a row, newly released numbers from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS) show a decrease in background checks relative to the previous year. Only 1,203,438 checks on handgun, long gun, multiple, other, and private sales were performed in February 2017 compared to 1,383,373 in February 2016.
“In the past, Wayne LaPierre has rallied NRA members by speaking of a tyrannical government coming to take away their guns. For a long time, that message worked. But now, with the NRA’s mouthpiece-in-chief installed as president, the NRA’s number one target is the ‘violent left’ — protesters who disagree with Trump’s dangerous agenda. LaPierre characterized these Americans as ‘anarchists, Marxists, and socialists’ who hate ‘everything America stands for.’ In typical LaPierre fashion, he peppered his speech with violent imagery and equated American opposition to Trump with terrorism and treason. As Trump works to ‘deconstruct the administrative state,’ LaPierre is mobilizing his militia to support the Trump state. Political dissenters are now the target, but fear and divisiveness are still LaPierre’s central message.”
“The 49 lives lost were mostly LGBTQ and hispanic individuals, two constituencies that feel left behind by this administration. They deserve better than to be exploited as talking points to support the President’s haphazard political agenda.”
“The confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General makes America less safe. For years, Senator Sessions has voted in lockstep with the gun lobby’s extreme agenda and now he intends on bringing that agenda to the Justice Department.