“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…https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2016/05/25/how-extreme-beliefs-not-mental-illness-often-fuel-mass-shooters/
THE epidemic of gun violence in our country is a crisis. Gun deaths and injuries constitute one of the greatest threats to public health and to the safety of the American people. Every year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns. Suicides. Domestic violence. Gang shootouts. Accidents. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost brothers and sisters, or buried their own children. We’re the only advanced nation on earth that sees this kind of mass violence with this frequency. Read more
“The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Supreme Court rulings, citing this amendment, have upheld the right of states to regulate firearms. However, in a 2008 decision (District of Columbia v. Heller) confirming an individual right to keep and bear arms, the court struck down Washington, D.C., laws that banned handguns and required those in the home to be locked or disassembled.”
Many gun advocates consider ownership a birthright and an essential part of America’s heritage.However, these key facts need to be considered:
- The United States, with less than 5 percent of the world’s population, has about 35–50 percent of the world’s civilian-owned guns, according to a 2007 report by the Switzerland-based Small Arms Survey.
- It ranks number one in firearms per capita.
- The United States also has the highest homicide-by-firearm rate among the world’s most developed nations.
HBO is doing a free screening (just a small $1.00 processing fee) at the LA Film Festival of “Requiem for the Dead,” a documentary exploring gun violence and its toll on society. The screening is ahead of the documentary’s premiere on HBO on June 22nd.
Overview from HBO:
Every spring in America more than 8,000 people die from gunfire. HBO’S REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD: AMERICAN SPRING 2014 – created entirely from found footage — social media postings on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and elsewhere, news accounts, 9-1-1 calls, and material from police files — tells the stories of some of those who died in the spring of 2014. From accidental shootings, to suicides, to family disputes, to random violence, the stories are told in a present-tense manner by the people who lived them, through their own words and images. The deep sense of loss for these individuals, who come to life through these portraits, represents just a fraction of the 32,000 people who are lost to gunfire in America every year, an average of 88 deaths per day.
The screening takes place on June 17th at 5:30pm. One of our staffers, Leigh Flores, will be there. If you have questions, please contact Leigh at: firstname.lastname@example.org