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February 20 2013

surveyork
01:39

The National Rifle Association says it’s tough on crime. It wants to “keep guns out of the hands of people who are potential killers,” according to NRA president David Keene. Yesterday, after President Obama issued a list of gun-control proposals in response to the Sandy Hook massacre, the NRA charged that under Obama’s plan, “Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected.” The better course, said the organization, was “prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law.”

But the NRA doesn’t help the government prosecute accused criminals. It defends them. The NRA is a civil liberties organization, like the ACLU. It focuses not on protecting the public, but on the rights of those who are arrested, accused, or prosecuted. Except that the NRA, unlike the ACLU, doesn’t concern itself with the rights of suspects in general. It focuses entirely on preserving their access to guns.

surveyork
01:36
More than a decade after 9/11, the federal government can stop suspects on terror watch lists from getting on airplanes, but it can't stop them from buying firearms.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns - Closing the Gun Purchase Terror Gap

January 19 2013

surveyork
03:48
Less than a month after the Newtown shootings, a new report confirms an unsettling truth that already seemed statistically likely: On average, Americans are dying younger because of guns.

January 11 2013

surveyork
15:42
There are 6 violent deaths per 100,000 residents, according to a new report. That far exceeds any other wealthy nation. Gun violence contributes to Americans' lower life expectancy, the report explained. The U.S. also has more drug-related deaths, infant mortality and AIDS. The nation's health care system, harmful behaviors and social and economic conditions could be factors.
surveyork
11:39

The gun lobby’s extremist political agenda has held America’s political system hostage for too long. The NRA and the National Shooting Sports Foundation have opposed even the most non-controversial reforms such as funding the confiscation of illegal guns from criminals and the mentally ill, and eliminating poisonous lead from bullets.

Take a stand against NRA extremism and for common-sense reforms by endorsing the two petitions below.

surveyork
02:07
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Research restrictions pushed by the National Rifle Association have stopped the United States from finding solutions to firearms violence, more than a hundred scientists from virtually every major U.S. university told Vice President Joe Biden's task force on gun violence in a letter on Thursday.
Scientists urge end to limits on gun safety research | Reuters

December 17 2012

surveyork
15:47
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