New group aims to curb gun violence
BY DAVID LIGHTMAN
McClatchy Washington BureauApril 16, 2014
Backed with millions of dollars and potentially millions of supporters, a new group aiming to curb gun violence will launch Wednesday.
Everytown for Gun Safety will include Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots movement of mothers.
That group was founded the day after the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
According to a press release, "Everytown will ask Americans to join the fight to reduce the gun violence that kills 86 Americans every day and affects every town – big cities and small towns alike. This means continuing to press for change in Washington and moving beyond Congress to bring the fight for common-sense gun policies to state capitols, corporate boards, and state and federal elections – fields of play formerly occupied almost solely by the gun lobby."
Backers plan to support candidates and bills promoting their efforts. Bloomberg told the New York Times he plans to spend at least $50 million "s educational and advocacy efforts and through personal expenditures," the group's statement said.
More from the release:
"At the events, Everytown will launch the ‘Gun Sense Voter’ campaign that, for the first time, will mobilize one million voters to support leaders and laws that promote gun safety. Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, the group’s advocacy arm, will also issue candidate questionnaires and announce candidate scorecards to guide its supporters and the public in state and federal elections in November. The Action Fund will also form a separate, supporter-funded political action committee."The article ends with this classic line:
The group has an uphill battle; gun control legislation has gone nowhere in this Congress, and prospects remain dim.What did we get the last time around with Bloomberg and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America?
Do we really need more gun control with declining gun homicides?Why doesn't an article on gun control mention that fact? First, from Pew:
Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware
And this inconvenient truth:
Homicide rates have dropped steadily in U.S.
The national homicide rate for 2011 was 4.8 per 100,000 citizens — less than half of what it was in the early years of the Great Depression, when it peaked before falling precipitously before World War II. The peak in modern times of 10.2 was in 1980, as recorded by national criminal statistics.Maybe the control freaks on the left mean mass killings like at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton?
“We’re at as low a place as we’ve been in the past 100 years,” says Randolph Roth, professor of history at Ohio State University and author of this year’s “American Homicide,” a landmark study of the history of killing in the United States. “The rate oscillates between about 5 and 9 [per 100,000], sometimes a little higher or lower, and we’re right at the bottom end of that oscillation.”
Last year’s rate was the lowest of any year since 1963, when the rate was 4.6, according to the Uniform Crime Reports compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The left is pushing unneeded and ineffective gun control by any means necessary. Failing to mention Operation Fast and Furious and the Obama Administration basically arming the Mexican Drug Cartels with 'assault weapons' is another curious fact that is always omitted by the Main Stream Media. when discussing gun control. The Obama Administration then used increasing violence in Mexico to call for more gun control in the United States.
Fast and Furious is tied to the deaths of Border Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of Mexican citizens. With a few thousand Fast and Furious weapons in circulation, the death toll with continue to climb for decades.Learn more about Fast and Furious in the following videos.
And more background on Operation Fast and Furious
Corruption, cover-ups and outright lies are the legacy of the Obama administration, all aided by a complicit and compliant media. The Democrat party's quest for power and control 'by any means necessary' has an ever increasing body count and the 2nd amendment and it's supporters are their next intended victims.