BREAKING NEWS: Assault Weapons Ban Found Constitutional, Stamford Mayor to Join MAIG, Wisconsin Gun Seller to Face Jury, and More!
Federal Judge Upholds CT Ban on Assault Weapons
The United States Circuit Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Connecticut ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy on April 5, 2013.
"The court concludes that the legislation is constitutional," senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello wrote in a decision published late Thursday. "While the act burdens the plaintiffs' Second Amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control."
Judge Covello’s ruling has reaffirmed consistent rulings in other jurisdictions that banning military style assault weapons in the interest of public safety does not constitute an infringement of Second Amendment rights.
In a statement to the public, Ron Pinciaro, Executive Director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence (CAGV), said, "So many of you played such an important role in this process. You should be very proud of your contribution to this historic event. Still, I’m sure you know that there is much more to be done."
The gun rights lobby will undoubtedly appeal the decision and CAGV will help to defend against the appeal.
Mr. Pinciaro continued, "Our elected officials must know that we are all paying close attention and we will continue to fight in every way to make our families safe from gun violence."
Stamford Mayor to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns
STAMFORD, CT – Mayor David Martin, who said during the mayoral debates that he would join the national Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, is making good on his promise. Mayor Martin will be signing the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Statement of Principles later this month (date TBD) alongside members of The ENOUGH Campaign, key Stamford municipality leaders, and Stamford residents whose lives were personally affected by gun violence.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a bipartisan coalition Founded by Hon. Michael R. Bloomberg, Former Mayor of New York City, and Hon. Thomas M. Menino, Former Mayor of Boston, dedicated to making America's streets safer by cracking down on illegal guns.
Weak federal laws leave the City of Stamford vulnerable due to the lack of background checks, sale of guns to people on terrorist watch lists, and purchasing guns elsewhere and bringing them to Connecticut.
Launched in 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns works to hold gun offenders and irresponsible gun dealers accountable, advocates for better access to crime gun trace data that is critical to detecting and deterring trafficking, and works with legislators to fix gaps, weaknesses, and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other prohibited purchasers to get guns.
The ENOUGH Campaign is proud to partner with Mayor Martin and Stamford city leadership to keep our communities safe and free from gun violence.
First Selectman Peter Tesei of neighboring Greenwich recently signed on to become Honorary Member of the MAIG Coalition (First Selectman is the highest held office in the town of Greenwich). Other Connecticut municipalities who have joined the MAIG coalition include Bridgeport, Danbury, East Hartford, East Haven, Hartford, Middletown, New London, Waterbury, and West Hartford.
The Stamford Mayor will follow suit, strengthening Connecticut’s stance on gun violence in our local communities.
School Safety: You're Invited!
Join Connecticut Against Gun Violence as they discuss school safety, guns, and other pertinent information to keep our communities safe on March 5, 2014. Please consider attending this event, as it is also a fundraiser for the CAGV, who works tirelessly to support gun sense on the state and federal levels. To attend this event, to buy space in their program, or for more information, email email@example.com.
Rally in Greenwich for Team 26's ride to DC!
Come join The ENOUGH Campaign and our friends Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence and rally behind Team 26, cyclists heading from Newtown to Washington DC to make a statement to our lawmakers that we want common sense gun legislation at the federal level. Twenty-six cyclists from Newtown will be making the 300 mile trek in memory of the 26 children and educators who were killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BREAKING NEWS: Badger Guns Finally Facing a Jury!
BREAKING NEWS: January 30, 2014 - From the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
WISCONSIN - Badger Guns, the top seller of crime guns in the country in past years, is going to have to face a jury … and the Brady legal team! After decades of supplying the criminal gun market, Badger will finally be forced to explain its sales of crime guns in a public trial.
This past Thursday, a Milwaukee County judge denied Badger’s motion for summary judgment, their last resort to end this landmark lawsuit that the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence's legal team brought against it.
Now a jury will decide whether Badger Guns negligently and illegally engaged in a straw purchase of a gun that enabled an underage criminal to shoot Officer Graham Kunisch through the brain and seriously wound Officer Bryan Norberg.
It's taken over three years of extraordinary work by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence legal team and their co-counsel, Milwaukee attorney Pat Dunphy, but now Officers Kunisch and Norberg are finally going to get their day in court.
Help the Brady Center finish the battle against Badger Guns with a contribution to their Legal Action Project.
This trial is a rare opportunity to bring justice, make new law, and expose the gun industry’s dirty secrets. It will also send a powerful message to bad-apple gun dealers across the country: If you put profits over people, we will make you pay.
But trials aren't cheap. There are travel expenses, experts, exhibits, and much more. You can bet the other side’s not going to spare any expense. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence needs our help. Let's support the Brady legal team to finish this fight and send a message to the gun lobby that they can’t ignore!
Artist Transforms Guns To Make Music — Literally
"Reyes believes art should address social issues like gun violence, even when they're difficult and controversial. 'We have to be allowed to ask questions' he says. 'If you are not allowed to ask questions, you are not free.' "
Click HERE to read the full article.
Be the Influence! Write Letters to the Editors!
Have you ever read an article and wanted to continue the conversation on the subject? Or were you ever incensed at the omission of an important aspect of an article? Or has your opinion differed greatly from a journalist’s?
Your voice matters. Not only that, but because newspaper (and online) articles can be huge influences over readers’ perspectives on certain subject matter, it is possible that the article’s view can transfer onto the public, thereby skewing the public's perception.
It’s time to be the influence. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. Write a Letter to the Editor. Even if you are satisfied with an article, offer a different perspective. It doesn’t have to be long. Just enough to let people know you’re here. You’re listening. You have a unique perspective. Own it. Write it now.
Here’s a great example of a person who wrote a Letter to the Editor in response to The Hartford Courant’s poll asking, “Should schools arm teachers?"
The Daily Buzz poll "Should schools arm teachers?" does readers a disservice. Part of the mission of The Courant is "to be authoritative and insightful." Polls such as this that The Courant itself disclaims as unscientific don't meet that mission.
Properly administered polls generally find that parents don't want to see teachers armed. A 2013 Quinnipiac poll reported that 65 percent of Virginia parents oppose allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons. In South Carolina, scene of the latest school shooting and one of the most permissive gun rights states in the nation, a 2013 Winthrop poll reported the same level of opposition.
Teachers themselves are strongly opposed. Last January, the National Education Association found only 1 in 5 teachers favor the idea, while 6 in 10 strongly oppose carrying firearms in schools.
Beyond what parents and teachers feel, the idea of arming teachers is a dangerous proposition. Even among trained police officers, shooting accuracy is shockingly low. A 2008 Rand Corp. study of NYC police reported an average hit rate of just 18 percent. Just imagine the outcome of teachers shooting in a crowded classroom.
Teachers don't want more guns, they want common-sense gun regulation. The NEA survey reported that approximately three-fourths of teachers favor bans on both assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. We’re fortunate to have both in Connecticut. But we need to keep speaking out for action at the federal level.
Jonathan Perloe, Greenwich
Write your letter because you matter. Keep your eyes peeled for articles about guns and other related subject matter that is of interest to you, and join the conversation.
After you have written your Letter to the Editor, please share it with The ENOUGH Campaign! Email us HERE with the link to your article if published, or with the text of your letter and a link or reference to the article to which you have responded. Sharing your letters with us helps us extend the life of your conversation and also helps us collect measurable results in support of our mission.
Have your Letter to the Editor pack some extra punch and Tweet us @EnoughCampaign1 with the hashtag #MyVoice and a link to your Letter to the Editor.
Your opinion matters. Let your voice be heard. BE THE INFLUENCE.
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