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TAKE ACTION – How YOU Can Push For The ” Big Ten” Gun Safety Measures

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TAKE ACTION:

The only way our laws will change is if people like YOU put pressure on our politicians in the U.S. Congress and State Senates.

Follow these simple steps:

Step 1) Find out who your US Senators and Representative are at http://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup

Step 2) Find out who your State Senator is from the State Senate website in your state.

Step 3) If possible, coordinate with your neighbors and friends in the area and all make contact on the same day or in the same week.

Step 4) Call, email and/or write to each of your representatives and ask which of the “Big Ten” gun safety measures they support:

  1. Do you support universal background checks, including in private sales? If not, why not?
  2. Do you support an assault weapons ban? If not, why not?
  3. Do you support mandatory child safety locks on all guns? If not, why not?
  4. Do you support mandatory safe gun storage laws, particularly if a household contains a minor or person adjudicated mentally ill? If not, why not?
  5. Do you support repealing the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which prevents victims from holding the gun industry to account? If not, why not?
  6. Do you support limiting magazine sizes to ensure law enforcement are not outgunned? If not, why not?
  7. Do you support mandatory duty of states to report persons with mental health issues to the Federal background check system? If not, why not?
  8. Do you support mandatory liability insurance for all gun owners? If not, why not?
  9. Do you support mandatory reporting by gun owners of lost or stolen guns? If not, why not?
  10. Do you support Smart Gun technology to ensure only approved adults can fire a weapon, as soon as the technology is state-of-the-art? If not, why not?

Step 5) Note down the answers you receive, share them with people in your area and, if possible, publish them to the web. Use #gunsense if posting to Twitter.

Step 6) Attend in-person meetings with your representatives and demand that they support these commonsense gun safety measures.

Thanks for reading and keep working for commonsense gun laws in America.

Every single minute you commit to this fight will prevent more Americans from experiencing that terrifying minute when gun violence erupts.

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5 #Gunsense New Year Resolutions for 2014

Some of you reading this will have been fighting for #gunsense and commonsense gun laws for some time. Some will have just joined the fight. Welcome to everyone.

Some of you will have always been ‘political’. For some of you this will be the first time you’re getting directly involved in a political movement. We are all cynical about politicians and Congress, but something has made you take that decision to say “I MUST ACT”.

Perhaps the 6-year-olds murdered at Newtown was your defining moment. Perhaps you or a loved one have been directly affected by gun violence. Perhaps you are fed up with people telling you that thousands and thousands of Americans dying each year is just “collateral damage” and a “new normal”. Perhaps you are a gun owner who knows that commonsense regulation is needed and are fed up with the NRA’s extremist stance.

You are right not to accept this situation. You are right to no longer stay silent. You are right to take action. You are right to push your politicians.

Without you, the field is left to the special interests and lobbying firms of the gun industry.

Without you, the field is left to those who spread misinformation, fear and paranoia with the sole purpose of making more money from selling guns to whomever they can get away with.

Without you, more children and teenagers will die needlessly.

Without you, more children will cower in lockdown bathrooms, terrified as they cram themselves in during a living nightmare.

Without you, more women will be subjected to deadly domestic abuse.

Without you, America will continue to head to a very dark place.

But with you, things CAN and WILL change for the better.

Make 2014 the year when you take real and meaningful action.

Here are 5 #Gunsense New Year Resolutions – how many can you commit to and follow through on?

  1. I will contact my Senator(s) and State Senator(s) at least THREE times this year and demand that they support commonsense gun laws (such as the “Big Ten”).
  2. I will engage at least THREE friends or family members who currently do not support commonsense gun laws but who I think can be persuaded when given the facts.
  3. I will make a financial contribution in 2014 to an organization lobbying for commonsense gun laws (Unfortunately money really does matter when pushing politicians).
  4. If I have children, I will ask THREE fellow families if they have guns in the home and, if so, how they are stored.
  5. I will encourage at least FIVE friends or acquaintances to take meaningful action in 2014 (either by telling them about my actions or sharing these #gunsense resolutions).

These resolutions are all real and effective steps you can take this year to Continue reading

Why #Gunbullies Will Fail to Silence Commonsense Gun Owners, Moms and Newtown Parents

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In 2013 the extremism of #Gunbullies has hit a new high. This article reviews how they have tried to silence commonsense gun owners, Moms Demand Action, domestic abuse victims and even the Newtown parents – and why the #Gunbullies will ultimately fail.

#Gunbullies & Commonsense Gun Owners

In the December 2013 issue of Guns & Ammo magazine sanity and #gunsense broke out as Dick Metcalf wrote a column entitled “Let’s Talk Limits“. He was promptly fired along with the Editor of Guns & Ammo, after gun extremists attacked the publisher for daring to print a piece that promoted a commonsense conversation about gun safety. Continue reading

Killed – Kyara West (Midland, TX)

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Two men were arrested Thursday and another suspect is wanted in connection with a homicide death of a Midland woman that occurred earlier in the day at a Midland apartment complex.

Midland police arrested 21-year-old Arron Castillo, of Lubbock, on a first-degree felony charge of murder in the death of Kyara West, 21. He was located shortly after 10 a.m. at a residence in the 1800 block of Magnolia Avenue, according to court documents. He was being held Thursday night on a $500,000 bond at Midland County jail.

Police officers also arrested Carlos Martinez, 21, for tampering or fabricating evidence — a third-degree felony charge — after allegedly hiding the weapon used and clothing worn during the murder.

Another suspect also is wanted for this crime and will be issued an arrest warrant, according to police. The three suspects were in a tan-colored Chevy Tahoe that was driven to and from the crime scene, according to Sara Higgins, city public information officer.

The homicide investigation revealed Martinez and the other subject were not involved in the shooting itself.

Police were called to Midland Village Apartments, in the 2400 block of Whitmire Boulevard (which is located west of Garfield Street and slightly south of Loop 250), shortly before 1 a.m. in response to a shooting. When they arrived, they found a female — identified as West — lying on a large area of grass on the west side of the complex with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest area, according to court documents. She was pronounced dead at the scene by George Zimmerman, Precinct 4 justice of the peace.

The shooting may be connected to a custody dispute involving a child the couple had, as West had been in court on Wednesday for a child support hearing, according to Castillo’s arrest affidavit.

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http://www.newswest9.com/story/22811859/one-woman-killed-after-overnight-shooting-in-midland

Killed – Jonathan Toussaint (LaPlace, LA)

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LAPLACE, La. — A LaPlace man was found fatally shot to death inside a home early Wednesday, according to St. John Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre. The homicide is the ninth of 2013 in St. John Parish.

Around 1:30 a.m., deputies were called to home in the 1500 block of Ellerslie Avenue on a report that a man had been shot, Tregre said. When deputies arrived at the home, they found Johnathan Toussaint, 33, inside his residence.

His wife had found him dead in a closet with bullet wounds, according to St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The estranged wife of a LaPlace man killed during a home invasion in July has been arrested in connection with his murder. St. John the Baptist Parish investigators say Toya Madison Toussaint, 33, hired teenagers to kill her 33-year-old husband in order to collect an insurance policy.

The couple, whom authorities said had been together for 14 years, was married for five years before separating in May.

http://www.wwltv.com/story/local/2014/11/13/14597720/

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http://www.lobservateur.com/news/wife-of-victim-arrested-in-connection-with-july-homicide/article_4d899546-216a-11e3-956f-0019bb2963f4.html

Attempted Murder/Suicide – Wounded – Police Officer (Mansfield, TX)

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An off-duty Irving police officer was shot twice Tuesday during a domestic dispute with his estranged wife, who later committed suicide.

Tiffany Spencer, a Mansfield family law attorney, allegedly shot her husband Brandon Spencer outside her home on Retta-Mansfield Road near Mansfield in unincorporated Tarrant County. The incident happened at about 9 p.m., according to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.

Brandon Spencer ran to a neighbor’s house and emergency officials were called. He was taken to a Fort Worth hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening, said Sgt. Clint Harwell, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/07/10/4993288/off-duty-irving-officer-shot-in.html?rh=1

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Police-Estranged-Wife-Kills-Self-After-Shooting-Irving-Officer-214883321.html

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http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dfw/obituary.aspx?pid=165812953

 

Attempted Murder/Suicide – Dead – Tiffany Spencer (Mansfield, TX)

Tiffany Spencer

An off-duty Irving police officer was shot twice Tuesday during a domestic dispute with his estranged wife, who later committed suicide.

Tiffany Spencer, a Mansfield family law attorney, allegedly shot her husband Brandon Spencer outside her home on Retta-Mansfield Road near Mansfield in unincorporated Tarrant County. The incident happened at about 9 p.m., according to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.

Brandon Spencer ran to a neighbor’s house and emergency officials were called. He was taken to a Fort Worth hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening, said Sgt. Clint Harwell, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/07/10/4993288/off-duty-irving-officer-shot-in.html?rh=1

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Police-Estranged-Wife-Kills-Self-After-Shooting-Irving-Officer-214883321.html

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