This Sociologist Spent A Decade Studying the NRA — and Saw How It Paved The Way for Trump

An interesting article about the impact of NRA. A quick excerpt:

” You talked about the various crises of masculinity in American history: the first being the transition from an agrarian economy where men owned their own labor, to an industrial economy where men sold their labor. How have those crises of masculinity served the NRA?

Women are working at rates comparable to most men. Still, I think most men still maintain a breadwinner identity. If that’s threatened, and it is, by shifts in the economy, then that’s going to lead to all sorts of reactionary politics.

And if that’s coupled with a sense, accurately or in many cases inaccurately, that others are doing better than them, or receiving special rights, then that allows them to feel like victims.

The NRA, other social movement organizations, and certainly Donald Trump can get folks to believe messages that they’re victims of this kind of left-wing attack on their values, their livelihoods and ultimately their masculine identities.”…..Read the Full Article

Cleveland School Remembers makes the Safety for All List




More than 32,000 Americans lose their lives to gun violence each year. There have been 150 school shootings since Sandy Hook. Yet the NRA has obstructed even the most basic efforts to curb gun violence.

But in California, we can defeat the NRA in 2016 by going straight to voters through an historic ballot initiative. To win, we need your help.

Most notorious mass shooters are young, angry men who regularly displayed antisocial behavior

Couple this with easy access to automatic weapons, and our society has real problems!

“The roster of America’s most notorious mass shooters is populated by young, angry men who regularly displayed antisocial behavior before they carried out attacks. Isla Vista shooter Elliot Rodger, Charleston shooter Dylann Roof, and Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho had all been previously identified, by a parent, roommate, or school administrator as a threat.”

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Democratic Congressman Jerry McNerney and Cleveland School Teachers rally in Stockton

Democratic Congressman Jerry McNerney and Cleveland School Teachers rallied together in downtown Stockton on Tuesday afternoon to call for stricter gun laws.

Cleveland School Remembers, a local Stockton organization, joined with community members and Jeryy McNerney,for a vigil to honor victims and survivors of gun violence.

Rep. McNerney to Attend Gun Violence Prevention Community Gathering

Rep. McNerney to Attend Gun Violence Prevention Community Gathering

Stockton, CA – Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) will join with Cleveland School Remembers and other community groups on Tuesday, June 28, for a vigil to honor the victims and survivors of gun violence, and to call on Congress to pass commonsense gun reform legislation.

WHAT: Community Gathering on Gun Violence Prevention

WHEN: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 5 p.m.

WHERE: DeCarli Plaza
El Dorado Street (across from City Centre Cinema)
Stockton, CA

Last week, Rep. McNerney joined with other House Democrats for a sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to call for action on gun violence prevention legislation, including expanding background checks on all commercial gun sales to keep guns away from criminals, terrorists, domestic abusers, and other dangerous people. House Democrats are calling for June 29th to be a National Day of Action for gun violence prevention.

On average, 108,926 people are shot by guns every year and more than 30,000 people die from gun violence. Roughly 90 people are killed by guns every day, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.

See the CSR Event Calendar.

How extreme beliefs, not mental illness, may fuel mass shooters

“This is a difficult conclusion for people to understand, as I wrote this month in a story examining whether mass shooters are seriously mentally ill. Most, it turns out, are not. What are they? Psychopathic. Angry. Revenge-seeking. Jilted. Antisocial, not delusional.”  Read the full story…