A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence June 11, 2017 "Pious Condolences Will No Longer Suffice" On the eve of the first anniversary of the horrific Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, the words of a U.S. Senator from Connecticut ring true: "Pious condolences will no longer suffice….Quarter measures and half measures will no longer suffice….The time has now come that we must enact stringent gun control legislation comparable to the [...]
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A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence June 5, 2017 On Gun Control, Like Climate Change, the United States is a Rogue Nation On June 1, 2017, Donald Trump announced that the United States would no longer abide by the Paris Climate Accord, putting the USA in solidarity with Syria and Nicaragua, the only other two countries in the world that have not signed on to the accord. Many Americans were appalled, [...]
Re: "UCD doctor's research is a danger to the gun industry (Dan Morain, May 28): There's already abundant evidence that guns in our homes and communities are much more likely to be used to kill innocent people than to protect them. The rate of gun deaths is 10 times higher in the United States than in other developed countries. The main reason for this vast difference is our weak gun control laws and the extraordinarily [...]
A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence May 20, 2017 “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” Reading the bumper sticker on the car in front of me, I immediately thought of Donald Trump. It seems that almost daily, either he or one of his appointees does or says something outrageous, on issues ranging from interfering with the investigation of Russian meddling into the US 2016 presidential election to supporting legislation [...]
A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence March 22, 2017 What Doesn't Judge Gorsuch Understand About "A well regulated Militia?" The late Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger called the misrepresentation of the Second Amendment as guaranteeing an individual right to own guns “one of the greatest pieces of fraud on the American public” that he had seen in his lifetime. In responding to questions from California Senator Dianne Feinstein during his confirmation [...]
A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence February 3, 2017 12 Questions for Judge Gorsuch On January 31, Donald Trump announced his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. The next day, with NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre sitting at his side smiling like the cat who just swallowed the canary, Trump urged the Senate to rapidly confirm the nomination. There is scant [...]
A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence January 22, 2017 A National Disgrace In 1991, in an editorial about gun violence in the United States, the editor of the country's most prestigious medical journal, the New England Journal of Medicine,wrote, "The death rate from guns has long been a national disgrace." On January 20, 2017, the epidemic of gun violence in our country just got more disgraceful. Despite losing the November 8 presidential [...]
A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence November 9, 2016 These Are the Times that Try (Women and) Men's Souls This is not the message that I had hoped to be sending on the day after the 2016 presidential election. Although Hillary Clinton received more popular votes, Donald Trump garnered more than the requisite 270 electoral college votes needed to become the 45th President of the United States. Instead of a president-elect [...]
A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence October 12, 2016 Superheroes Needed to Stop Gun Violence As media outlets have focused their attention on the US presidential race, the past month has been a relatively quiet one – by US standards, at least - for gun violence in the news. On September 16, an unarmed black man was shot and killed by a white female police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A cell [...]
A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence August 12, 2016 It’s now been exactly two months since the worst mass shooting in US history - the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida, in which 49 people were killed and 53 wounded. Despite an overnight sit-in staged by about 170 members of Congress 10 days after the shooting, Congress has not even been able to agree to take a vote on the [...]