Sunday, July 22, 2012

As of today 54,976 people shot in America - shot so far today 166


Taking Action: In Wake of Aurora Shooting, Americans Signing Petition for Change

It's time Congress listened to the American people and not the narrow and dangerous interests of the gun lobby. Too many politicians are doing the bidding of NRA and subscribing to their dark and paranoid vision of America where people are armed to the teeth anywhere they go.
We want a different vision of America where a kid like Trayvon Martin can go to the store and buy a pack a Skittles and an iced tea without getting shot.
It's time we made our voices heard! Sign the petition to let our elected officials know they will not get your vote in November unless they make a commitment to keep dangerous guns out of the hands of dangerous people.
If they don't, they won't get your vote!
» Sign the Petition
» Click here for a History of Mass Shootings in the U.S. since 2005
» Click here to learn more about the history of the Brady Campaign and the gun control movement
» Join the Discussion

After Aurora: "We Don't Want Sympathy; We Want Accountability"

Brady President Dan Gross:

“On behalf of the Brady Campaign, I send our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and survivors of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

This tragedy is another grim reminder that guns are the enablers of mass killers and that our nation pays an unacceptable price for our failure to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people."

60 Mass Shootings Since Tucson

There have been 60 mass shootings in the United States since the January 8, 2011 massacre in Tucson, Arizona. Below are three from recent weeks. Click here for the entire list since 2005.
- Chicago, IL: Four youngsters were among the latest victims caught in Chicago’s gun violence epidemic, including two middle school-aged girls who were wounded in a neighborhood park on the Far South Side.
- Dover, DE: At a weekend soccer tournament in Delaware, three people died and two were wounded. The dead included the tournament organizer, a 16-year-old boy participating in the tournament and one of three suspects alleged to have initiated the deadly violence Sunday afternoon at a park near downtown Wilmington.
- Seattle, WA: 40-year-old Ian Stawicki entered a Seattle cafe on Wednesday and opened fire, killing four people. He then left Cafe Racer, killing another person during a carjacking before taking his own life.

Colorado Gun Laws

Colorado residents voted overwhelmingly to close the gun show loophole in November of 2000, but Colorado elected officials have done nothing more to protect its residents from gun violence. Amendment 22, to close the gun show loophole by requiring Brady background checks on all gun show sales, passed by a margin of 70%-30%.
Colorado scores only 15 points out of 100 for strong gun laws on the 2011 Brady State Scorecard published annually.
The following is the sad state of gun laws in Colorado:

  • No ban on assault weapons
  • No ban on high capacity ammunition clips
  • No registration
  • No gun owner licensing
  • No background checks for on line gun sales and other person to person gun transactions
  • No police discretion to determine who carries concealed handguns in public
  • No 'good cause' required for concealed carry permit applicants
  • No limit on the amount of handguns you can buy in one purchase 
NOTE: Really take a look at the statistics below.  It should open, your eyes to gun violence.
    Major Shootings

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