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Understanding American Gun Culture

these are links to useful articles:

The Story of a Gun

This Harpers article “my concealed weapon and me” discusses gun ownership and social class

The Real and Racist Origins of the Second Amendment

From “Operation Wetback” To Newtown: Tracing The Hick Fascism Of The NRA

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TELL NORTON: NO “Voting Rights” With GUN AMENDMENTS

From Empower DC:

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT the Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence – for more information contact Ladd Everitt, LaddDC@aol.com
Dear Friend/Supporter:

I’m sure many of you have already heard the very disturbing news that Delegate Norton and Mayor Fenty are prepared to accept a voting rights bill with an NRA amendment attached that would eradicate our city’s gun laws. Del. Norton has indicated she is pushing for a vote on the bill and amendment next week. Mayor Fenty says that’s fine by him.

This means that just two weeks after the horrific March 30 mass shooting in which children were gunned down with an AK-47 in Southeast D.C., Delegate Norton and Mayor Fenty are prepared to legalize assault weapons in the District. All told, here’s exactly what the NRA’s “Ensign Amendment” would do to our gun laws:

1) Legalize assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
2) Repeal the District’s licensing and registration system.
3) Allow some convicted substance abusers and violent misdemeanants to purchase and own firearms.
4) Roll back important regulations curbing illegal gun trafficking by allowing D.C. residents to buy guns in MD and VA.
5) Prevent the D.C. Council from enacting any gun-related legislation in the future.

D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh has described Norton and Fenty’s willingness to accept a gun amendment in the following words: “It’s wrong, it’s undemocratic and it’s insulting, and we should not kneel down on our basic principles just to get this [voting rights] bill through.” Chairman Vincent Gray has stated that he will not support the bill if it removes the Council’s ability to regulate firearms.

Your help is needed. We must tell Delegate Norton and Mayor Fenty that the safety of our families and children is not an acceptable tradeoff for a single voting Member in the House of Representatives (which would do nothing to grant us full democracy and still leave us at the whim of Congress and the National Rifle Association).

Please contact Delegate Norton TODAY at (202) 225-8050 and Mayor Fenty at mayor@dc.gov and tell them that any voting rights bill that eradicates our gun laws and gives the NRA the ability to make gun policy in the District is an outrage and totally unacceptable. Alternatively, you can email them through the following two forms:

Norton Contact Form

Fenty Contact Form

I can’t tell you how personally upset I am that Del. Norton and Mayor Fenty are supporting this gun amendment. The fact that they have picked National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 18-24) to move the legislation is even more upsetting.

Please make your calls today and pass this message on to other D.C. residents. Thank you.

The only thing that would cause more murder and mayhem in this city is allowing freer access to guns.”
– D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton

Ladd Everitt

Director of Communications

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

1424 L Street NW, Suite 2-1

Washington, DC 20005

W:  (202) 408-0061, x. 1003

Cell:  (202) 701-7171

Email: leveritt[@]csgv.org

Website: www.csgv.org
Twitter: http://twitter.com/CSGV

Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/ls3gvp

Gun show undercover

ILLEGAL SALES AT GUN SHOWS

October 7 – Announcement of undercover investigation of illegal sales at gun shows.

The City of New York launched an undercover investigation to expose how a dangerous loophole allows guns to get into the hands of criminals.

Mexican drug wars fought with American guns

Loopholes Let Gun Smuggling to Mexico Flourish

HOUSTON — In July 2006, John Phillip Hernandez, a 24-year-old unemployed machinist who lived with his parents, walked into a giant sporting goods store here and plunked $2,600 in cash on a glass display counter. A few minutes later, Mr. Hernandez walked out with three military-style rifles.

One of those rifles was recovered seven months later in Acapulco, Mexico, where it had been used by drug cartel gunmen to attack the offices of the Guerrero State attorney general, court documents say. Four police officers and three secretaries were killed.

American Shooting Sports Council: Merchants of Death

Gun Industry Ex-Official Describes Bond of Silence

A former senior firearms industry executive said in an affidavit filed in court in San Diego yesterday that gun manufacturers had long known that some of their dealers corruptly sold guns to criminals but pressured one another into remaining silent for fear of legal liability. It is the first time a senior official in the gun industry has broken ranks to challenge practices in the business.

The affidavit, by Robert A. Ricker, a former chief lobbyist and executive director of the American Shooting Sports Council, then the main gun industry trade organization, was filed in California Superior Court in support of claims by 12 California cities and counties suing the gun makers and their wholesalers and retail dealers.

Exposing gun runners

Via Susie:
In gun-shop showdown, neither side blinks

Colosimo’s “values profits over the lives of others,” City Solicitor Shelley Smith wrote in a legal filing last year. “At best, Colosimo’s knowingly continued its abysmally poor business practices after repeatedly being notified by ATF of its guns flowing into the hands of criminals. At worst, Colosimo’s knowingly traffics in crime guns.”

Gun crazy

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