Rothman Report Archives


July 17, 2016 Reportnote


Guns and Politics, Legislation

Will Dallas ambush push Republicans to act on gun control legislation? (NPR interview with Rep. John Lewis. 4 min.)

John Lewis and the House Democrats must keep up the anti-NRA fight

Clyburn, House Democrats vow to continue gun control fight after 7 week recess

Sen. Chuck Schumer on the push for gun legislation: ‘Our greatest enemy is apathy’

Murphy starts new campaign fund to help gun control candidates

What are Mike Pence’s views on gun control? He has an “A” rating from the NRA

Texas Sens. Cornyn and Cruz filed bill to punish those who kill  police “Back the Blue Act”

Guns and Society

Whatever happened to Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun crusade? (A good analysis of where the movement stands) 

Man shoots off his own penis while taking selfies with a gun (The last paragraph required me to post this one on our news

Dallas doctor says treating wounded cops ‘doesn’t mean that I do not fear’ them

Dallas shooting and open carry laws loom over Cleveland convention plans

Cartoon: Open carry, closed mind 

No tennis balls near the GOP Conventions. But guns are okay: Washington Post opinion (Open carry facts included) 

Shootings bloody a rite of summer in black neighborhoods (The danger of cookouts.  Good graphic, too

NYC’s largest pension fund to divest from gun retailers

Forget new gun laws. Here’s what could really keep people from shooting each other (A Texas police detective has some good information

Another $30 million in CDC Injury Prevention Grants, and not a penny for gun violence research

CDC needs to break silence on gun violence, say African American health officials

5 Graphics that make you see America’s unrelenting gun problems in new ways (We should use some of these graphics!!)

Peterson: U.S. gun violence ‘astonishing’ to member of Parliament

The Gun Industry, the NRA

US government releases proposed guidelines for smart guns (open for public input until September!

NRA’s internal split over Phanldo Castile

A week of violence does nothing to soften the NRA’s message

Sen. Chris Murphy takes apart the NRA’s “Good guy with a gun” lie

5 arguments against gun control and why they are wrong

Gun maker stocks sliding, Democrats propose legislation to curb assault rifle tragedies

For gun makers in Springfield, it’s just another job (another perspective!)




July 4, 2016 Report

Guns and Society

AR=2016: A congressgun (Cartoon)
Gays against guns: How the LGBT community is rallying for gun control

Anger is the shared fuel of mass shooters and everyday murderers.

Suburban gun shop to raffle AR-15 to benefit Orlando victims

Inside Steve Levitan’s TV Showrunner gun summit

Minor league team defends allowing open carry firearms at ballpark (a business promotion night)

944 Lost Guns (Shocking!)

Toddlers have shot more people in the US than Muslim terrorists in 2016

Guns and Politics, Legislation

Will Democrats finally win on gun sales being less ambitious?

16 moments that led Democrats to stop playing scared on guns (interesting to follow the progression in the Democrats approach

For these House members who staged the sit-in, gun violence is deeply personal

The first major post-Orlando gun control showdown is happening in Missouri right now

A disturbing trend in State gun laws after a mass shooting (good analysis of actions taken in States

Gun control wall, bolstered by Republicans, shows a crack

These members of Congress used campaign funds to by guns

Republicans block Democrats from mentioning the gun violence sit-in in official business

House set to vote on gun measure next week

House Democrats will oppose GOP gun bill
NRA ad supporting Donald Trump appears to be filmed inside the National Cemetery despite restrictions

Gun control advocates are planning to target three vulnerable pro-gun Senators

Why they didn’t show up to sit in. (11 members of the Democratic caucus didn’t participate in the sit in)

Trump delegates: We’re bringing guns to Cleveland

House to vote on NRA backed gun measure

‘Irrelevant’: DeLeon dismisses Newsom’s gun control measure–385381181.html

The Gun Industry and the NRA

See how much money the NRA has spent on Congressional Races near you (This tool shows that the NRA has spent $23,557 on Jeff Denham, but only $199 opposing McNearney)

Guns and the Courts, Crime

Movie theater attorneys want Colorado shooting victims to pay $700K in legal fees

Supreme Court breakfast table:Our legislators could learn a lot from the Court about common sense and guns

Machine guns are not protected by the Second Amendment, Appeals Court rules (meant to be impossible to work!)

Gun rights activists say they won’t follow California’s new laws



June 25, 2016 Report


Guns and Society

Inside the Bloomberg-backed gun-control group’s effort to defeat the NRA (This article focuses on the Survivor Network)

This Bronx educator reminds us why good teachers are simply the best. (An Art Educator

Warriors coach Steve Kerr on gun control: “Our government is insane” (Worth reading.  Maybe, coming from him, it might reach a different audience) 

How many people have been shot near you this year? (Interactive)

Amy Schumer releases deleted gun sketch (Watch this!!!)

An open letter to Congress from the music industry

Guns and Politics, Legislation

What will it take for the Senate to Pass Gun Control?  Even if the Democrats take over control of the Senate, it’s unlikely.

House Democrats end their sit-in protest over gun reform

Lt. Gov. Newsome’s gun control initiative qualifies for the November ballot

Unlike Congress, Hawaii takes action on gun control

Senate stalls on last standing gun bill. (A compromise bill by Susan Collins. ( 8 Republicans crossed party lines to keep it from being tabled

Don’t ‘expose’ Marco Rubio to talk with gun control advocate, senior advisor tells staff (Gabby Giffords had wanted to talk to him

Gun violence problem will follow Paul Ryan back to Wisconsin

Hawaii becomes first state to place gun owners on FBI database

The day the NRA’s gun dam began to break

Here’s why so many Florida lawmakers are afraid to cross the NRA

Stricter gun controls are now inevitable (This is hopeful!)




June 10, 2016 Report

Guns and Society

These 9 States have the most abnormally high gun death rates in America

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

Activists are sending a powerful message about gun violence with this yearbook

Juveniles account for 10 percent of murders, police says (About Miami, but worth looking at, especially the way the graphic is presented

With more shootings on the rise in Toronto and Edmondton, more guns are being seized at the border (Story about gun smuggling across the US-Canada border

Media coverage of mentally ill exaggerates their role in gun violence

Suicide prevention: gun laws, depression meds and other methods vary in success

The Gun Industry, the NRA

What the gun industry thinks women want

NRA tells parents to keep guns in kids’ rooms for safety

The NRA has been making the same slippery slope argument since 1934 (Good history lesson)

Kalashnikov, maker of the AK-47, looks to rebrand

The NRA is talking tough on crime again, bipartisan prison sentencing reform be damned (By raising fears that prison reform will put criminals out on the street, raising fear

Guns and Politics, Legislation

Malloy signs bills requiring gun removal after restraining order requirement

The compromises that got one State’s Republicans to increase gun protections for domestic violence victims

Brown: Frustration fuels Rep. Kelly’s tears over gun violence

Gun Control Advocates report more than $2.1million in contributions (This short NPR report discusses the Maine effort to get background checks on the ballot.  Interesting

GOP lawmaker proposes allowing guns on Capitol grounds

A bad law gives an ironic break to gun thieves (About a serious problem stemming from Proposition 47 in California)

In a tight Senate race, gun reform groups tried targeted strikes. The NRA waged all-out war.

Guns and Crime and the Courts

Why the Supreme Court won’t impact gun rights (A good analysis about why Heller doesn’t matter)

Federal Court Shoots down concealed carry in California




 May 30, 2016 Report

Guns and Society

Siblings create Maine camp for kids surviving loved one’s suicide (What a great idea!  I wonder if kids from across the US are aware of this)

A drumbeat of multiple shootings, but America isn’t listening (A thorough NY Times analysis)

George Zimmerman gun sells for $250.000

George Zimmerman explains his rationale for auctioning pistol that killed Trayvon Martin (to defeat Hillary Clinton, to support officers killed by Black Lives Matters)

Primed to fight the government: A fast-growing movement armed with guns and the Constitution sees a dire threat to liberty

One City, two Americas: Portraits from NRA weekend in Louisville

There’s nothing stopping doctors from speaking to their patients about guns. But they rarely do. (Wintemute is at the center of this issue)

Ex-cop’s gun stolen twice before it surfaced in deadly shooting with police: officials

Guns and Crime, Justice

These Black parents were charged when toddlers shot themselves — but these White parents weren’t

Attorneys: Man didn’t break law carrying gun into school stadium

Hawaii could be first state to put gun owners in Federal data base

Justice Department seeking death penalty in Charleston church massacre case

Guns and Legislation, Politics

The Easiest States to buy a gun (Eye opening information)

How gun violence preventions finally became a winning political platform

Trump and Clinton on guns: two visions on race, justice, and policing in the US (the push for gun control has become a major issue in the campaign)

Senate backs Wolk’s firearms violence research bill

NRA facing member backlash over Trump endorsement

By endorsing Trump early, NRA elevates political priorities above rank and file concerns

The NRA’s new campaign math: pour more money into fewer races, defeat Democrats at any cost

State Attorneys General want the CDC to study gun violence (signed by 14 States Attorneys Generals)

This will be an historic (and terrifying) election for gun control

Guns and the Gun Industry, NRA

Texarkana company’s custom-designed firearms turn heads (You MUST see these)

America may be getting ready for a smarter kind of gun (Interesting and informative)

Sacramento at center of untraceable ‘ghost’ gun surge

Gun control advocates pray for NRA members: “They too are children of God”

The NRA wants ex-felons to have guns, but not voting rights

NRA convention:dwindling membership, desperate rhetoric




May 13, 2016 Report

Guns and Society

How Gun Violence changed my life forever

Obama to make ‘smart gun’ push (This article shows some of the forces aligned against this)

Child gun deaths are not ‘accidents’ (Washington Post editorial)

Why the NRA hates smart guns (The author argues against the development of smart guns.  Good to know what their arguments are.)

Toddlers have shot at least 23 people this year.

How the NRA is making bank off of urban gun violence (This is about “Making a Killing”)

The online gun market: the new frontier in the gun control debate (Results of report summarized)

Private FBI briefing shows crime rates up in more than 40 cities, with murder rates up in many (FBI chief puts blame on less aggressive policing)

Shoot to thrill: Photographs from the LA gun club (Photographer focused on the targets)

NRA’s Ted Nugent promotes fake video of Hillary Clinton being shot

Guns and Legislation, Politics, Regulations

Obama makes move on ‘Smart Guns’

Gabby Giffords comes to Illinois to promote gun dealer legislation

Georgia governor vetoes campus carry bill

As States expand gun rights, police object

‘I’m a Republican lawmaker in the deep South.  These are the gun laws I can support.(A place to start)

Why some gun rights advocates aren’t sold on Donald Trump

St. Louis leaders “livid” over move to expand gun rights

Gun stores finally won approval to keep digital records without first asking permission

Arizona passes novel plan to reject expanded background check laws (especially aimed at ballot-driven expansions sponsored by Everytown)

Guns and the Courts

Motions to stay in Sandy Hook weapons case denied

SC man who shot and ‘slow-cooked  ‘two men out on bail thanks to stand-your-ground law

Judge finds Planned Parenthood shooting suspect unfit for trial

Guns and Research

Guns are killing people and it’s not the “bad guys” getting killed: more NRA propaganda exposed!

Harvard researchers uncover what happens with US gun laws after mass shootings (not what you might think)




April 30, 2016 Report

Guns and Society

Gun ranges produce thousands of tons of toxic pollution every year

Emmanuel AME Church to host hundreds of people impacted by gun violence (in Charleston)

How to talk to your children about gun safety

The day I told my father to shoot himself (The scars of growing up in a house full of guns)

When Fourth grade problems include gunfire

These haunting poems by fourth graders reveal the toll of gun violence on young lives (same teacher as above, but the students’ writing is displayed here)

14 Mass shootings in 10 days: The staggering state of gun violence in America

Hollywood becomes increasingly vocal in the fight against gun violence

‘Inside Amy Schumer’ takes on gun violence in exclusive preview

SC Featured: The NY Rens’ anti-gun violence movement (POWERFUL video!)

A School Security expert on why giving guards AR 15s is not the best way to protect students

Guns and the Courts

Fighting back for their gunned-down children (about the Sandy Hook parents’ lawsuit)

How an NRA lobbyist fought to kill a lawsuit over lead pollution

Guns and Research

Think gun violence in America is bad? A new study suggests it’s even worse than we think

This may be the best way to measure gun violence in America (using data from ShotSpotter to study gun violence tells us much more then studying fatalities only)

Guns and Legislation, Politics

House conservatives lose battle to block domestic violence law (Connecticut)

Lt. Gov. Newsom says he has enough signatures for gun safety initiative

Missouri House votes to drop permit requirement for concealed guns

Gun deaths in your district. What have your elected representatives done? (It actually will find our district and show the records of our elected officials!)




April 22, 2016 Report


Guns and Society

Mississippi now allows guns in churches

Watch this trailer for ‘Under the Gun’ (Perhaps we should have a watch party)


Taco truck shooting showed up on facebook, posted by Moms Demand Action

Watch a powerful short film that takes viewers to everyday places changed forever by mass shootings

As children are gunned down, a tragic trend emerges: superhero funerals  (Listen to the audio clip.  It’s short, but sobering)

Two year old fatally shoots himself with gun found in his mother’s purse, police say (Some information about the frequency of this problem and lack of statistics)

The Rumble and the Reversal: A two part series about the University of Chicago’s change of heart about building a trauma center in the part of Chicago that needs it the most (Good in-depth look at the reson for the reversal)

Guns and Legislation, Politics

Bill introduced to prohibit sex offenders from owning guns

California’s proposed gun laws won’t change our culture of violence, but they will make us safer (Good information on proposed legislation)

Two pro-gun Republican governors can sign campus carry into law. What’s stopping them?

NBA’s Thunder among groups opposing two Oklahoma gun bills

Gun bill would help public challenge fFBI background checks (refers to appeals about failed background checks)

Tougher gun laws advance in State legislature (California news from KQED)

Tennessee Gun Rights law shields firearms from international treaties

Why a Republican Senator who pushed for Federal gun reform was spared a primary challenge (Sen. Pat Toomey)

Should Congress require a hearing for gun violence after each moment of silence for victims? (interesting idea by a frustrated LA Congressman)

Guns and Research, Statistics

There was a 31 per cent increase in rate of child firearm deaths in Wisconsin from 2008 to 2014

Chicago, Washington and Baltimore accounted for more than half of the national increase in homicides between 2014 and 2015

Guns and the Courts

Justice may be pressured to recuse himself in Maine gun-rights case (had been a member of Mayors against Illegal Guns)

Aurora theater shooting trial cost taxpayers at least $3 million (not including the cost of the public defender’s office)




April 15, 2016 Report

Guns and Society

‘I lost part of my soul’: The mothers who lost their children to gun violence

Suicide is ‘forgotten’ in the campus carry debate

Julianne Moore makes an emotional plea for gun control: ‘I don’t ever want to explain another Newtown to my kids’

Coach of the New Orleans Saints calls for gun legislation

Doctor who treated Sandy Hook victims rides 400 miles from Newtown to DC to demand stricter gun control

“I am an assistant high school principal in New Orleans.  My students shouldn’t have to keep burying their friends.”

“Embedded” podcast on NPR investigates the Cossack’s assertion that it is not a “gang”. (About the biker shootout in Waco last year. Scroll down to “The Bikers” on the website).

Wear Orange Day is June 2 (We need to spread the word!

Guns and Research

Nation’s experts on Gun Violence Prevention to meet in Chicago April 16-17

The program for the above meeting (It looks like a continuing education course.  Very interesting topics)

Nevada women more likely than others to be killed in domestic violence-related shooting, study shows

Guns and Legislation,Politics

Rand Paul wants to allow every airline pilot to carry a gun

Gun provisions snag bipartisan mental health bill

Clinton keeps hammering Sanders for his gun votes. Here’s what the beef is about.

Let’s end gun safety hypocrisy and pass the ATF Enforcement Act

The Gun Industry, NRA

Beretta is moving its manufacturing plant from Maryland to Tennessee (Guess why?)

Gun trade group NSSF  promotes guns via their economic impact



April 8, 2016 Report

Guns and Society

In West, region of guns and suicide, outreach to curb deaths

Two Florida teens arrested after posing with gun at high school on Snapchat video (Principal says they never posed a threat)

Armed anti-Muslim racists tried to terrorize a Mosque and got a big surprise (story is good, even though the source is partisan)

Do you own a gun?  Why your kid’s doctor needs to know

The truth about suicide and guns

Newtown teacher charged with bringing a gun to school

Right to bear arms: When the Chronicle gave guns to subscribers

Guns and Politics, Legislation

Trump-loving ‘Alt Right’ turns to guns to provoke and offend

Connecticut Senator not happy with Bernie Sander’s view on Sandy Hook lawsuit

Concerns over phone-gun lookalikes prompt Minnesota legislation

There’s now a pro-gun petition trolling the Democratic National Convention

Bill to video gun buyers, add restrictions for shop owners pulled (Pulled or postponed? AB 2459 addressed

Guns and Research

Former CDC Leaders say agency could do a lot more to research gun violence

141 Medical groups urge Congress to restore funding for gun violence research

NIH is finding ways to tip-toe around Congress’ restrictions on gun violence research (A contrast with the CDC

Guns and the Courts

Court says Missouri woman can sue gun store over murder weapon sold to mentally ill woman

Lawsuits against gun dealers almost never make it to trial.  This one will.

Take away a felon’s guns permit? Courts rarely send notification. (Georgia)

The Gun Industry

Sinking gun stocks have Wall Street wondering if epic sales boom is ending

note April 1, 2016 Report

Guns and Society

Kids have brought more than 185 guns into America’s schools since the start of the academic year

NRA draws fire for new versions of children’s fairy tales

Man fires gun in mall parking lot to end struggle between a mentally challenged man and his caregiver (Gunman was an unrelated vigilane)

Chicago teen in anti-violence video critically wounded in shooting

A Chicago woman lost 23 loved ones to gun violence.  She wants to see their faces. (A gripping, must -read story! It has a short video also.)

In their own words: Five Texans on their relationship with guns.

Dan Gross: Why gun violence can’t be our new normal

Dealer likely thwarted mass shooting by refusing sale:Sheriff ttp://

Three women are killed every day by their partners.  Here are 59 ideas on how to stop the violence.

Another Sandy Hook playground is desecrated, and a Connecticut woman springs into action (A ‘must read’ story)

People speaking out against gun violence keep getting shot.  Here’s the ugly math that explains the phenomenon

Andrew Bird partners with Everytown for Gun Safety. A portion of ticket sales will go to organization.

Parents worry open classroom layout of SF school leaves students vulnerable.  They may be redesigned.

Guns and Politics, Legislation

Toomey ads push expanded background checks on gun sales

The Ghost vote: Giving a voice to those who lost theirs to gun violence

Insanity:12,000 Republicans sign petition to allow guns into National convention in Cleveland

Although thousands petition to allow guns at the Republican National Convention, Secret Service is not convinced

McAuliffe vetoes bills loosening gun restrictions (Virginia. A governor doing his job)

Maverick GOP Senator shoots down pro-gun bills (Florida.  An interesting article)

Why is the United States such a gun happy society?  It’s time to find out. (A LA Times editorial in support of Wolk’s bill.)

Enough already! States do what they can to stem gun violence (A thorough analysis)

Northern Mariana Islands rush to restrict gun access (Interesting!)

Trump wants to remind white people that gun violence is a black problem

The Gun Industry

Sinister double-barrelled gun designed to look exactly like SMARTPHONE (This is scary!!)

Another article about the smartphone shaped gun with more details

Gun shop owners run into regulatory silencer (California.  Now a court case.)

Sccy stops lifetime theft warranty in bow to ATF.  (Apparently a large number were used in crimes, suggesting that they were bought to “lose” to those in crimes, so new ones could be received)

Guns and the Courts

Don’t believe the NRA’s hype about President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee

Read the letter the NRA’s top outside lawyer wrote in support of Merrick Garland



March 25, 2016 Report

Guns and Society

Gun violence 2016: Increased number of weapons confiscated in New York Schools, Report says

‘The Good Wife’ brilliantly takes aim at gun sellers in last episode

Hudson man texts sons to get them out of their home before murder-suicide

He killed a pregnant mom — but he still gets a gun

Uncle who provided gun gets 100 years in Chicago shootings

A top Virginia Republican is peddling self-defense insurance to fearful gun owners

What it sounds like when a family learns their 2-year-old is dead from a gunshot

Authorities want to charge mom shot by her 4 year old son

After Wilkinsburg, 3 caskets for 4 victims (Such a heavy cost.  The nation doesn’t grieve equally for all mass murders, does it?)

Guns and Politics, Legislation

McConnell: No Supreme Court Justice until the NRA approves of the nominee


Gun Owners of America say John Kasich is a wolf in sheep’s clothing (‘The NRA is more forgiving than we are’ Larry Pratt)

Parents jeer gun law that allows Dad to open carry at school

The Pittsburgh suburb where gunmen attacked a family cookout was one of dozens forced to scrap it firearms rules (The power of threatened suits as a result of state legislation)

Bill defeated in Tennessee that would have held adult gun owners responsible is loaded guns left accessible to children

Guns and Crime, Courts

Supreme Court cites Second Amendment in stun gun decision, says State court misapplied Heller

Is Merrick Garland anti-gun? ‘It’s impossible to tell’

Federal Appeals Court rejects challenge to Colorado gun control laws

48 more bikers indicted in Waco shootout that left 7 dead

Guns and Research, Statistics

The myth of the rise of female gun ownership

Study argues three gun laws to reduce national firearm mortality rates

Gun Industry

Gun Manufacturers need to lead change, not just follow the law (An excellent article, albeit from an industry outsider)




March 18, 2016 Report

Guns and Politics, Legislation

Ted Cruz’ no compromise stance on guns

The Pittsburgh suburb where gunmen attacked a family cookout was one of dozens forced to scrap its firearms rules

Gun advocates already slammed Merrick Garland over two pivotal cases

Gun measure push by Lt. Governor receiving resistance from Fresno law enforcement leaders

CA bill seeks to lead nation in gun violence research (Welk’s bill passed a key Senate hearing yesterday)

Guns and Research, Statistics

In US gun control, not all laws are equal: study

Why this gun control study might be too good to be true  (Hemenway and Webster’s concerns are highlighted)

Guns and Society

The Dunblane massacre 20 years on: How Britain rewrote its gun laws – and the challenge it faces now

Selling guns on Facebook a problem even Facebook can’t solve

Guns and America  (CBS Sunday Morning program)

Bullet holes – a new song by Jodi Height (words are great!  Listen)

So, America this is how other countries do gun control

I survived a mass shooting (Long lasting effects in this YouTube video)

One poll worker who was threatened with a gun tells her story

Police: two students try to get gun, other weapons for attack planned at Newberg HS (Oregon)

Father says he tried to sound the alarm before ex-wife killed their 5 year old son

‘Refuse to be a Victim’ and more lessons for women from the NRA (review of an NRA course for women, and what it neglects)

Gifford’s group joins with legal center to combat gun violence (The merger was announced also by the Law Center)

Report shines light on Nevada’s online gun market (How many of these make their way into California?)

Media conservative threatens anti-Trump activists: ‘Our side has guns’

Colorado middle school teaches students gun safety

The Gun Industry

Concealed carriers have made a tiny pistol with a sketchy past a big seller for gun makers



March 10, 2016 Report

Guns and the Courts

Owning an assault weapon is no longer a fundamental right — for now

Guns and Society

How heavily armed is your state?

Gun control: What works, what doesn’t, and what remains open for debate

Keeping children safe in a gun-friendlly home (This story raises questions about how to best educate gun owners about safety options)

Nancy Reagan’s gun reform legacy

Are looser gun laws changing the social fabric of Missouri?  (Very interesting analysis that could apply elsewhere also

13 Students from a small historically Black university in Florida have been shot in the last 12 months (the last paragraph says the most)

“my 4 year old gets jacked up to target shoot”, mom brags hours before he shoots her

There have been 23 mass shootings in the last 20 days.

Open carry leader: Obama’s Austin visit during SXSW gun rally could ‘get interesting’

When kids shoot their parents: An American tradition

Guns and Research and Statistics

Targeting the tragedy of kids and guns with better data

Rare gun store inspections cast doubt on government tallies on lost and stolen guns (ATF needs more money to be able to do more inspections!)

A new study solidifies the link between guns and suicide

Death threats, harassment, intimidation: The occupational hazards of being a gun violence researcher (Interestingly, the harassment comes from both sides of the issue)

The Gun Industry

The Gun Industry’s plan to make it easier to buy a silencer

Guns and Politics, Legislation

Donald Trump:”Great Honor” to be endorsed by Sandy Hook truther

Lawmakers kill 5 bills aimed at repealing some Colorado gun laws



March 3, 2016 Report

Guns and Society

A shooting victim who refuses to let a massacre define her

Sandy Hook teacher reveals how she kept her students safe during fatal shooting.

Three Sudanese immigrants shot “execution style” in Indiana. (Came here from war zone to find peace and security)

Ex-girlfriend of Kansas workplace shooter pawned murder weapon multiple times. Charged with knowingly transferring guns to a felon; faces ten years in prison

For high crime neighborhoods, a class in gunshot first aid

Gun memorial (WOW!)

There are 7 states with official guns. But only one scares the hell out of me. (Add this to your knowledge bank)

How the NRA is “Making a Killing” off women (Watch the trailer in the bottom of the article.  It suggests signing up for a viewing party.)

Police officers are killed dealing with domestic violence and other problems we ignore (Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence posted this)

Guns and Politics, Legislation

In Hillary Clinton’s landslide South Carolina win, an asterisk on gun control (Interesting nuanced attitudes in a gun culture state)

SF supervisor wants all guns locked up when they are at home

Lawmaker wants ATF gun trace data open for use in lawsuits (Blumenthal introduces bill to repeal Tiahrt amendment)

‘MaKayla’s Law’ could prevent child gun violence (hope in Tennessee)

Guns and the Courts

Justice Thomas broke his ten year silence to complain that domestic abusers can’t have guns

Domestic abusers take their fight to own guns to the Supreme Court

Battle rages over Florida law limiting doctors’ gun speech

St. Louis judge gives 60 year sentence for gun possession (Nearly 10 times the sentence recommended by the prosecutor! Sending a message!)

Four big gun rights questions the Supreme Court may have to sort out

Guns and Research, Statistics

A huge international study of gun control finds strong evidence that it actually works

Handgun restrictions appear to cut suicide rates

Freebies may be the key to safe storage of guns (Controversial, and not enough research?)



February 26, 2016 Report

The Gun Industry

Marketing guns to children

Can established gunmakers help smart guns in uphill push?

Want to hack a smart gun?  You’ll need a giant magnet, says industry pioneer

Smart guns: Could fingerprint technology solve America’s shooting deaths?


Guns and Society

What mother who watched her twelve-year-old kill himself wants you to know

Is Trader Joe’s banning guns from all of its stores? (No…)

Gun Control group Everytown finds allies in young women

This idea could prevent campus rape, and maybe even stop mass shootings, too (moving video)

America’s gun problem explained in 18 charts

Why this Georgia business owner requires all his employees to carry guns

The heartbreak of raising a son when mass shootings are the new normal

When hate crimes and guns mix: what five years of Federal data show

New campus gun laws have some University of Texas professors rethinking their curriculum (Difficult to allow free exchange of ideas on sensitive subjects!)

Hollywood A-Listers to protest guns at the Oscars; ‘I’m wearing the victim of gun violence’

Guns, Crime and the Law

Loretta Lynch urges top lawyers to strengthen gun background check system

Ex-California State Senator Leland Yee, gun control champion, heading to prison for weapons trafficking

Violent felon gets back his gun rights, then fatally shoots a police officer . More than 25 States have statutes for allowing some criminals to own firearms again

 Guns, Legislation, and Politics

Iowa Lawmakers approve bill that would allow kids to have handguns

Parents could be held liable for leaving loaded gun with young kids

New Florida law bans backyard gun ranges.




February 19, 2016 Report


Guns and Society

This is not a love story

A fighting chance to survive a gunshot (Looks like a good program)

It’s time to talk about what guns have to do with dating. It’s more than you might realize.

A wall memorializing victims of gun violence would stretch 2 1/2 miles (by Jackie Speier)

Gun, drug, car deaths loom large in US longevity gap: Study (Compares US life expectancy to other developed nations)

San Francisco smart gun symposium attracting leading issue proponents and developers

6 proven policies for reducing crime and violence without gun control

Women aren’t drinking the gun industry’s kool aid

NRA board is embroiled in another uproar, this one co-starring Glenn Beck

Columbine Shooter’s Mother interviewed on NPR’s “Fresh Air” (A 43 minute interview, but very interesting)

Guns and Legislation/Politics

Senator Durbin cosponsors bipartisan legislation to combat gun trafficking and straw purchasing

A California State Senator is proposing legislation to create a gun violence research center at the University of California (Let’s watch SB1006)–Gun-Violence-Research

House Republicans stop Honda gun violence research legislation (Federal level)

Background checks and mental health records (After the “Market Report” is a NPR bit about the 6 states not submitting mental health records.  Listen)

Murphy candid on mental health reform (Notice the other provisions some lawmakers are trying to insert in this bill)

Police groups issues support for NICS Denial Notification Act (H.R. 4320)

The making of Obama’s gun plan: political calculus and false starts limited options for tougher action

These charts show why the NRA will be playing defense in 2016’s tightese congressional races

Guns and the Courts

Scalia’s gun rights legacy is likely to stand, no matter who replaces him.  It also leaves proponents of regulation plenty of room to pursue their agenda

Prosecutor group advocates stricter laws, more gun surrenders

Guns and Law Enforcement

ATF rarely busts unlicensed gun sellers. Obama’s new plan isn’t going to change that

The rise of the sagebrush sheriffs (rural sheriffs who see themselves as protectors of the constitution against government encroachment)

Guns and Comedy/Satire

Oregon considers wall to keep out angry white men (Andy Bprowitz)

The Gun Industry

Welcome to the future of gun control (Hopeful)



February 14, 2016 Report

Guns and Research

Gun deaths by state political leanings (This is amazing!! Click on the link on the bottom of each page.  The last page is the “punchline”)

You’re 25 times more likely to be shot to death in America than any other developed nation

The numbers on arming students show that the risks outweigh the benefits

Guns and Society

Gun owners pressure NRA over Ted Nugent’s Anti-Semitic Rant (I am proud to count these people as part of my culture!)

Ted Nugent digs in

Three very American reasons we’re so unhealthy

Every 16 hours, an American woman is fatally shot by a current or former romantic partner

Is it really easier to buy a gun than it is to vote (Yes, in some states)

Florida man shoots puppies; puppy shoots back (Deserves a comment, but I can’t come up with one)

Some lawmakers think abuse victims need easier access to guns.  This survivor thinks they’re dead wrong

Women and guns (A very detailed article, made up of many different articles, looking at the issue in many contexts. A must read.)

He uses his gun to threaten and torture me. He is my boyfriend.(This subject needs to be more widely discussed)

Guns and Legislation/Politics

How Donald Trump used ‘gun free zones’ to score populist cred

The gun industry’s trade association has launched efforts in a handful of US statehouses seeking to restrict discrimination by financial institutions



February 5, 2016 Report

Gun and Legislation/Politics

New Jersey gun legislation, passed with no dissenting votes from either party in both houses, vetoed by Christie 

Bill would strip legal immunity from the gun industry

San Francisco passes law requiring gun owner to lock up weapons in vehicles (includes information about # of guns stolen from cars)

Rand Paul’s failed Presidential bid robbed radical gun group of its moment in the spotlight

Vt. Lawmaker proposes requiring gun owners to register guns with insurance companies

Voters in these 6 States may get to set their own gun laws this year

25 States will let you carry a concealed gun without making sure you know how to shoot one

John Howard on 20 years of gun control (Maybe the US can learn from the Australian experience)

Lawmakers seeking mandatory insurance for gun owners in 4 states (from a site that I usually don’t read, but was cited in the Trace newsletter

Guns and Research/Statistics/Polls

Access to safer guns is favored by most in US, poll finds

Study: 1 in 11 in Nevada shopping for guns online can’t legally possess one (How many of these come across the border to California?)

2016 States most dependent on the gun industry

Guns and Society

Facebook to block private gun sales

US gun traders rush to set up new sites after Facebook firearms ban

Sundance Films takes on mass shootings and guns in America

Under the Gun review – gun control polemic hits its target . (Sundance film.  Too bad we can’t show it here somehow

1300 SC churches use worship time Sunday to stand against gun violence

Carnage and Cravenness: Gun Violence in America (well written blog

Corporate America’s Turn Toward Gun Safety

Warriors’ Kerr thanks Obama for his work on gun control (During the Warriors visit to the White House

The danger of unsecured guns (Does California have these laws for securing guns and restricting sale of guns without “integrated mechanical safety devise”?)

Guns and the Courts

People have a ‘fundamental right’ to own assault weapons, court rules



January 22, 2016 Report

Guns and Society

Gun Culture and the American Nightmare of Violence

Gunfight or Flee: New Study finds no advantage to using a firearm in self-defense situations

“Little Red Riding Hood (has a gun)”: the NRA re-invents a fairy tale for children

The bravery in the N,B,A,’s push against gun violence

ASU student Jiang Yue’s road rage killing sparks gun debate—- in China

The pernicious myth of the good guy with a gun  (Here’s why it’s wrong)

Bloomberg QuickTake: Guns in America (an overview)

Guns and Research/Statistics/Polls

Instead of arguing about guns on twitter, Neil deGrasse Tyson just laid out the numbers

Gunfight or Flee: New Study finds no advantage to using a firearm in self-defense situations

Gun deaths now outpacing traffic deaths in 21 states, and counting

List of 21 states in this article

Guns and the Gun Industry

The gun lobby maddeningly prevents the development of safer, childproof weapons

Buoyant gun industry sees enemies everywhere

Guns and Legislation/Politics

Gillibrand pushing legislation to fight gun trafficking between states (Listen to the NPR short on this legislation

Gun show organizers are set to give President Obama’s Executive Actions their most public test

A guide to the 2016 Presidential candidates’ records on gun control and the Second Amendment  (Interesting and scary)

For 2016 Republicans, there’s not much to debate on gun laws

Christie kills New Jersey ‘Smart Gun’ legislation with a veto

Veterans should lead the push for more secure gun laws (Interesting perspective) 

At Senate Gun Hearing, Democrats and Republicans see wildly different things in President Obama’s Executive Actions (Read this. Unbelievable, but probably to be expected!

FBI Official: ‘Perfect storm’ imperiling gun background checks  (Look at the video.  It summarizes the serious problem)

Guns and Comedy/Satire

Obama control




January 15, 2016 Report

Guns and Society

NRA activist’s surprising stance on Obama’s action

‘Empty seats’ fill social media as families remember loved ones lost to gun violence

#EmptySeat: The heartbreaking state of the Union hashtag about gun violence

How gun control advocates are getting around the gun lobby (This sounds like the way Cleveland School Remembers is trying to achieve change)

Gun Control around the World: A Primer (Very, very interesting)

John Fogerty:’Run through the Jungle’ is a plea for gun control (Creedance Clearwater Revival song from the ’70s)

The worst kind of kind of gun accident: When parents shoot their own children (So heartbreaking)

Right wing caravan to DC in doubt after co-founder killed his fellow ‘patriot’ in drunken gun fight

For some Aurora theater jurors, the trial began after the verdict (Struggles the jurists are experiencing now)

Guns and Comedy/Satire

Cartoon: United States of Militiadom

Guns and Polls, Research

A Partisan Culture, not a Gun Culture (some interesting information)

San Bernardino shooting: Majority of voters favor tighter gun control, poll shows (Field Poll – California)

Majority of voters support next president supporting tighter gun laws :poll (A number of revealing polls. Watch the video, too)

The gap between gun deaths in the US and other advanced nations is getting wider, study finds

Guns and Legislation/Regulations/Politics/

Guns are Beyond Obama’s Reach

A history of gun control policy in Washington (Very good interactive chart showing major events and legislation)

Bernie Sanders’ position on gun industry immunity ignores how the firearms market actually works

Gun dealers must report stolen weapons, feds say

The NRA is taking credit for the background check system it tried to sink




January 8, 2016 Report


Guns and Society

Gunmen seize Federal building in Oregon (Are these law abiding citizens with guns? Patriots? Believers in the Constitution?

O’Reilly challenges the NRA to be reasonable (He surprised me!)

What gun violence looks like (I can’t find words to describe this)

More than 100 Celebrities Thank President Obama for new gun control measures (the list is included)

President Obama’s NY Times OpEd contribution: Guns are our shared responsibility

Obama said a majority of gun owners would support his new restrictions. He was right.

Joshua DuBois: What the President secretly did at Sandy Hook Elementary School (No wonder he cries when he thinks of the children and their families!)

Watch Colin Goddard being interviewed just before town hall about the significance of the Executive Orders

Facebook remains a haven for unregulated gun sales despite public pressure

Trevor Noah’s segment on Obama and gun control is a turning point for his Daily Show career

The Gun Industry

DeBlasio asks Police Pension Fund to divest from gunmakers

Guns and Legislation/Politics Texas businesses adapt to open carry law (Interesting NPR interview)

Obama plans curbs on guns

Obama to participate in Town Hall on guns

Obama’s anti-gun actions give new momentum to survivors

A Daily Show video makes a good point.

Gunmen seize Federal building in Oregon (Are these law abiding citizens with guns? Patriots? Believers in the Constitution?

The gun violence victims who attended President Obama’s speech in 1graphic ttps://

Donald Trump’s radical new proposal on guns

NRA top lobbyist on declining to meet with President Obama:”So what are we going to talk about? Basketball?”

Guns and Comedy/Satire

Poll: A majority of Republicans would rather be shot by a gun than agree with Obama


note  December 31, 2015 Report:


Guns and Legislation/Politics

Oakland Gun Control Laws move forward (This should be of interest to other cities)

2015 Gun Law State Scorecard:Why we grade the states. (from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

It’s getting harder to deny that strong gun laws have an effect on gun violence (This article examines the Law Center study plus more)

How a proud gun owner became the ‘enemy number 1’ of the NRA

How the bullet button inventor lets California’s assault weapon owners blast away without breaking the law

The ‘Miracle Program’ that actually reduces gun violence (This should make Stockton residents feel good

Guns and the Courts

Judge upholds Seattle’s ‘gun violence tax’, dismisses NRA suit

Guns and Society

MSNBC host to Rick Santorum: What are you doing about ‘white men with guns’?

How to talk to your uncle about gun violence

Gun deaths and motor vehicle deaths converge

Houston restaurants struggle with open carry law

John Piper:Why I disagree with Jerry Falwell Jr. on Christians and guns

Gun Owners of America: An introduction to the Country’s Most Controversial Gun Group

Guns and Statistics

15 Statistics that tell the story of gun violence this year

Gun Comedy/Satire

Cartoon:  Thank Goodness for Goodguy with a Gun

Americans Opposed to Being Shot Seek Representation in Washington (Borowitz Report)

noteDecember 17, 2015 Report:

Guns and Legislation/Politics

Connecticut to ban gun sales to those on the Federal terrorism list

Why Democrats are going small on gun control

Ex-Congressman behind the ban on fFederal gun violence research explains his big regrets

House Democrats hijack House floor for gun vote

States expanded gun rights after Sandy Hook (We should know the details, even though they are not comfortable)

Here’s a list of all  the gun control laws Congress has passed since Newtown

To Congress:CDC research on guns will save lives

Senators had to cancel a press conference about a mass shooting because of a mass shooting (and therefore kept legislation from being introduced)

Guns and Society

What kind of person calls a mass shooting a hoax? ( A gripping and disturbing article

Florida university could terminate professor who denied Sandy Hook massacre took place (We’ll know in ten days

Guns and History (by Gary Hart, ret. US Senator

Instagram account shows how common gun violence is across the US (check out the instagram  account @someplace_else

65,000 teddy bears and one man to sort the world’s grief (Cleveland School staff will identify with this)

A child is shot to death every other day in the US

A gun culture Christmas

;Most Americans no longer support an assault weapon ban

Will I risk going to Star Wars opening night?

Cops ask armed citizens to fight terrorists. What could go wrong?

Just how many guns do Americans own? (Mike the Gun Guy)

Ohio editor: I was fired after inquiring about rejected anti-NRA editorial

Don’t blame mental illness for gun violence



December 10, 2015 Report:

Guns and Society

San Bernardino: Who’s to blame for the “United States of Hate?”

Our shared blame for the shooting in San Bernardino  

NY Times runs page 1 editorial: End the gun epidemic in America

NY Times story about its editorial

The case for banning assault weapons

The 97 percent solution to gun violence in America

Watch: Celebs join President Obama in end to gun violence video

Three years and 90,000 gun deaths since Sandy Hook, appetite for change builds

Open-carry advocates planning a ‘mock shooting’ at the University of Texas during finals week. (Really sensitive people!!!

Six snowballs thrown in the gun control debate. by Adam Gopnik. (Excellent counters to frequent arguments against gun control)

Guns and Crime

How the San Bernardino exploited a loophole to legally obtain assai;t-style weapons in California

What TV cameras don’t capture: Maps of everyday gun violence in Charleston, Lafayette, and other mass shooting sites

Guns and the Courts

Supreme Court rejects major 2nd Amendment Case, and Justice Thomas has a fit

Guns and Legislation/Politics

Democrats look poised to use gun issue in 2016

Schumer presses gun control bill (Notice the statistics from the GAO, Government Accountability Office, halfway down the article)

Mixed record in Sacramento on gun control laws; new calls for further limits (Good KQED analysis)

Taking Note – Gun Control Roll Call: Background Checks and the Terrorism Watch List (Lists of Senators and how they voted)

Could new California law prevent mass shootings? (NPR audio)

Trying to overturn a gun law (gun industry immunity)

Why I caved on guns when I ran for Governor of Texas. I was part of the reason we can’t make progress on this issue.and I regret it every day. By Wendy Davis


December 4, 2015 Report:


The Must Read article of the week:

Senate Republicans just blocked a bunch of gun control measures. Even one that would have stopped suspected terrorists from purchasing a gun. (The day after San Bermardino!!


Guns and Children

The Truth about Kids and Guns (a good resource)

Georgia 6 year old finds gun in couch cushions, fatally shoots herself (important statistics near end of article)

Guns in Society

Gun threat prompts class cancelation at the University of Chicago



New Yorker’s Daily cartoon

Man guns down Waffle House server after she asks him not to smoke inside – – Are you keeping count NRA? (Is this a good guy with a gun?)

On the trail of guns in Providence (One city’s attempt to track the history and kinds of guns used in crime)

SF gun thefts from vehicles spike alongside car break-ins (People are making it too easy for “bad guys” to get guns)

Guns and Legislation and Politics

Packing in the Day Care Center

Rev. Al Sharpton, Spike Lee push to create national gun violence month

What the NRA won’t admit about Virginia’s elections

Senate Republicans just blocked a bunch of gun control measures. Even one that would have stopped suspected terrorists from purchasing a gun. (The day after San Bermardino!!

Guns and the Courts

Judge tosses lawsuit against ‘Muslim-free’ gun store in Florida

Gun Violence Research

The CDC just released a new ‘Gun Violence’ study.


noteNovember 29, 2015 Report:


Guns and Society

California’s Armed Prohibited Persons System at work:More than 500 illegal guns seized from California man’s home

Mom whose twin babies were killed has a message about domestic violence you shouldn’t ignore

Bill Mahar goes after open carry ammosexuals

“To hear a mother’s cries…it does something to you”

Dallas Mayor says he’s more fearful of armed white men than Syrian refugees

America is ready to end its abusive relationship with the NRA

Guns in America: for every criminal killed in self-defense, 34 innocent people die 

A Virginia Tech Survivor puts a face on the gun violence prevention movement (Interview with Colin Goddard)

Guns and Legislation/ Politics

Paris attacks prompt focus on gun access in the US

Paul Ryan balks over blocking gun sales to people on terror watch list

NYPD Commisioner to Congress:’Start getting Serious’ on guns

Guns and the Courts

Ancient English legal precedents at heart of US gun control tussle


November 19, 2015 Report:


Guns in Society

Unaccounted for:Hundreds of guns lost or stolen from Bay Area police agencies since 2010 (Eye opening investigation

Kids are bringing guns to school on an almost daily basis this academic year 

From 2004 to 2014, almost 2,000 over 2,000 terror suspects legally purchased guns in the United States

As the founders intended: A woman with a foot so tyrannical,  she shot it twice. GunFAIL CLXV  (You don’t need  to read all the stories to get the idea!)  

Assault weapons stolen from Massachusetts Armory 

New poll details the divisions between the NRA and gun owners at large

Is opposing gun limits offshoot of male rage? 

Watch Al-Qaeda spokesman talk about how easy it is to buy guns in America  

Guns and Politics/Legislation

California’s ballot measure will bypass the NRA on gun control (from the Sac Bee) 

A prohibition of  refugees won’t prevent terror attacks — but gun control might  

NRA and gun nuts block legislation to close loophole letting 2,00 people on the FBI watch list buy arms  

SF supervisor widens proposal on locking guns left in vehicles 

Montini: Why screen refugees but not gun buyers? (This article is from Arizona, but it’s a good question nationally, too) 

Senate Democrats want to know why American toddlers keep shooting people 

Gun Safety

AR-15 lovers are getting fully automatic thrills with barely legal gadgets

Public health campaign to increase gun safety sought by Ron Wyden and 19 collegues (in Oregon, but a good idea for other states also)  

The Gun Business

Brady Report: The Truth about Gun Dealers in America 


November 16, 2015 Report:


Guns and Legislation

Democrats urge Obama to slap stricter safety measures on gun makers

Guns and Society  Kids in Texas more likely to get tasered at school than in jail

T-shirt memorials seek to raise awareness of gun violence (striking. Could it be done in your town?)

Guns and Children 

Recent shootings reflect grim reality of child gun deaths (Watch the video.)

Guns and Women

Armed and Fabulous? Whats fabulous is unarming batterers and abusers (Good research statistics within this

Gun Research

Study finds states with background checks have fewer mass shootings

More guns, less money:Harvard’s high profile firearm research center

What caused the two decade drop in crime rate? Not “good guys with a gun”  (Reasoned analysis.Bottom line = it’s not more guns, but researchers don’t really know the cause)

Gun Safety

A gun safety gadget the NRA kinda likes

NJ lawmakers compromise on smart-gun legislation

Only 7 Percent of Gun Dealers were inspected last year

Guns and Crime

Authorities bust alleged gun trafficking ring for second time this month

How gun traffickers get around State laws


 November 11, 2015 Report:


Guns in Society

Crime Reporter spend their nights racing to murder scenes. Sometimes the stories follow them home. Another group impacted by gun violence!

New York hoopsters team up against gun violence

Chicago gun violence high despite city’s tough gun laws.  An NPR short program

The price of normalizing open carry

Guns and Legislation

Chris Christie vetoes bill that would have forced domestic abusers to surrender their guns

Jackie Speier is a rare politician – one who has survived being shot

Guns and Politics

Democratic candidates picked a big fight with the NRA at their first 2016 debate. 4 things that convince party leaders that gun reform has become a winning issue

Guns and Crime

FBI foils plot by Chesterfield white supremacists incite race war (targeting black churches and synagogues) Gun purchase involved

Guns and Mental Health

3 charts show the giant disconnect between gun deaths and mental health.  ( With and without suicides in the gun deaths. This is interesting).

Gun Violence Research

Death threats, harassment, intimidation:The occupational hazards of being a gun violence researcher

The numbers on campus carry show risks outweigh benefits