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5 #Gunsense New Year Resolutions

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 THIS YEAR 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 this year 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 this year (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

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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Double Murder/Suicide – Dead – Ricky Junior Toney (Louisburg, NC)

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A preliminary autopsy report suggests that Ricky Junior Toney, one of the suspects in a Dec. 31 double homicide in Franklin County, died of a self-inflicted wound, according to Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams.

Toney, 34, and his brother, Joey Lamont Kearney, 16, both of Franklin County, led law enforcement officers on a manhunt that covered areas of Franklin and Vance counties before ending in southwestern Warren County.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence on West River Road in Franklinton at 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 31 to the scene of what was believed to be a domestic dispute. According to the sheriff office’s report, there was no answer at the door when deputies arrived. Deputies were able to enter the residence through an unsecured door and found broken glass on the bedroom floor, blood pooling at the base of the bathroom door, and a mirror in the bathroom that appeared to have been shattered by a gunshot.

According to the report, the bodies of a woman and her teenage daughter were found in the bathroom. They later were identified as Akesia Michelle Toney, 37, Ricky Junior Toney’s estranged wife, and Brianna Nicole Jones, 16.

Deputies say the teen helped Toney killed his 37-year-old estranged wife and her 16-year-old daughter at their home in Louisburg early Tuesday morning. The chase started several hours later when Vance County deputies say they spotted Toney in his dead wife’s car.

http://www.warrenrecord.com/news/article_3a622014-77e1-11e3-8397-0019bb2963f4.html

http://www.wral.com/mother_daughter_killed_by_estranged_husband/13258841/

http://abc11.com/archive/9376800/

http://abclocal.go.com/story?section=news/local&id=9376800

http://www.wilsontimes.com/News/Feature/Story/28048226—Deputies–Man-fatally-shot-after-killing-2

http://apmobile.worldnow.com/story/24333284/suspect-wanted-in-louisburg-home-invasion-double-homicide

http://www.hendersondispatch.com/homepage/third-murder-charge-coming-for-teenager/article_d81904b5-212d-5353-849d-6f6fbcbb306d.html

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Brianna-N.-Jones-98967780

http://www.thefranklintimes.com/news.php?viewStory=29042

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Akesia-M.-Jones-98980914

https://www.facebook.com/LHS94Akesia

http://www.wakeweekly.com/akesia-michelle-jones-toney-37/

https://usgunviolence.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/killed-roger-dell-tant-henderson-nc/

Double Murder/Suicide – Killed – Female Teen – Brianna Jones (Louisburg, NC)

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A preliminary autopsy report suggests that Ricky Junior Toney, one of the suspects in a Dec. 31 double homicide in Franklin County, died of a self-inflicted wound, according to Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams.

Toney, 34, and his brother, Joey Lamont Kearney, 16, both of Franklin County, led law enforcement officers on a manhunt that covered areas of Franklin and Vance counties before ending in southwestern Warren County.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence on West River Road in Franklinton at 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 31 to the scene of what was believed to be a domestic dispute. According to the sheriff office’s report, there was no answer at the door when deputies arrived. Deputies were able to enter the residence through an unsecured door and found broken glass on the bedroom floor, blood pooling at the base of the bathroom door, and a mirror in the bathroom that appeared to have been shattered by a gunshot.

According to the report, the bodies of a woman and her teenage daughter were found in the bathroom. They later were identified as Akesia Michelle Toney, 37, Ricky Junior Toney’s estranged wife, and Brianna Nicole Jones, 16.

http://www.warrenrecord.com/news/article_3a622014-77e1-11e3-8397-0019bb2963f4.html

http://www.wral.com/mother_daughter_killed_by_estranged_husband/13258841/

http://abc11.com/archive/9376800/

http://abclocal.go.com/story?section=news/local&id=9376800

http://www.wilsontimes.com/News/Feature/Story/28048226—Deputies–Man-fatally-shot-after-killing-2

http://apmobile.worldnow.com/story/24333284/suspect-wanted-in-louisburg-home-invasion-double-homicide

http://www.hendersondispatch.com/homepage/third-murder-charge-coming-for-teenager/article_d81904b5-212d-5353-849d-6f6fbcbb306d.html

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Brianna-N.-Jones-98967780

http://www.thefranklintimes.com/news.php?viewStory=29042

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Akesia-M.-Jones-98980914

https://www.facebook.com/LHS94Akesia

http://www.wakeweekly.com/akesia-michelle-jones-toney-37/

Double Murder/Suicide – Killed – Akesia Jones (Louisburg, NC)

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A preliminary autopsy report suggests that Ricky Junior Toney, one of the suspects in a Dec. 31 double homicide in Franklin County, died of a self-inflicted wound, according to Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams.

Toney, 34, and his brother, Joey Lamont Kearney, 16, both of Franklin County, led law enforcement officers on a manhunt that covered areas of Franklin and Vance counties before ending in southwestern Warren County.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence on West River Road in Franklinton at 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 31 to the scene of what was believed to be a domestic dispute. According to the sheriff office’s report, there was no answer at the door when deputies arrived. Deputies were able to enter the residence through an unsecured door and found broken glass on the bedroom floor, blood pooling at the base of the bathroom door, and a mirror in the bathroom that appeared to have been shattered by a gunshot.

According to the report, the bodies of a woman and her teenage daughter were found in the bathroom. They later were identified as Akesia Michelle Toney, 37, Ricky Junior Toney’s estranged wife, and Brianna Nicole Jones, 16.

http://www.warrenrecord.com/news/article_3a622014-77e1-11e3-8397-0019bb2963f4.html

http://www.wral.com/mother_daughter_killed_by_estranged_husband/13258841/

http://abc11.com/archive/9376800/

http://abclocal.go.com/story?section=news/local&id=9376800

http://www.wilsontimes.com/News/Feature/Story/28048226—Deputies–Man-fatally-shot-after-killing-2

http://apmobile.worldnow.com/story/24333284/suspect-wanted-in-louisburg-home-invasion-double-homicide

http://www.hendersondispatch.com/homepage/third-murder-charge-coming-for-teenager/article_d81904b5-212d-5353-849d-6f6fbcbb306d.html

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Brianna-N.-Jones-98967780

http://www.thefranklintimes.com/news.php?viewStory=29042

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Akesia-M.-Jones-98980914

https://www.facebook.com/LHS94Akesia

http://www.wakeweekly.com/akesia-michelle-jones-toney-37/

Killed – August Golladay (Chicago, IL)

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A 25-year-old man was shot to death in the Wentworth Gardens neighborhood just south of U.S. Cellular Field on the South Side early Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened about 12:30 a.m. near 37th and Wells streets. The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead there, according to police.

The man was identified as August Golladay, and he was shot inside his home, authorities said. He died from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Police said the man’s 67-year-old father was taken into custody and that he shot the 25-year-old during an argument.

A man has been charged with shooting his son to death early Tuesday in the Armour Square neighborhood.

Donald Galladay, 67, was charged with involuntary manslaughter of a family member in the shooting death of his 25-year-old son August Galladay, authorities said.

Police said the elder Golladay shot his son in the chest while the two argued inside a home in the 3700 block of South Wells Street about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said. Both men lived on the block where the shooting occurred.

August Galladay was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:19 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Galladay was ordered held on $250,000 bond Wednesday.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-wentworth-gardens-shooting-20131231-story.html

http://homicides.suntimes.com/2014/01/01/father-charged-with-involuntary-manslaughter-in-shooting-death-of-son/

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-01-01/news/chi-father-charged-in-sons-killing-on-south-side-20140101_1_son-gun-killing

http://homicides.suntimes.com/victims/august-galladay/

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/01/01/south-side-man-charged-with-shooting-death-of-son/

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140101/armour-square/father-charged-with-involuntary-manslaughter-for-killing-son-police-say

Killed – Sierra Landry (Lancaster, SC)

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A Lancaster man was sentenced to 30 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Friday to murdering his “on-again, off-again” girlfriend last December.

Tanner Crolley, 19, also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm during a violent crime, as well as a burglary charge from a separate incident earlier in 2013.

Crolley shot Sierra Landry, 18, once in the head on the night of Dec. 30, 2013. The pair had been in a “rocky” relationship for several years, according to both of their families.

Police responded to a shooting just after 10 p.m. at 1499 John Everall Road and found Sierra Landry shot in the yard. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

http://www.islandpacket.com/news/state/south-carolina/article33620469.html

http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/teen-arrested-slaying-18-year-old-girl-lancaster/ncYtQ/

http://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article13833113.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/south-carolina-teens-murder-highlights-loophole-in-dating-violence-laws/

http://www.wbtv.com/story/24335732/man-charged-with-shooting-girlfriend

http://www.burgessfunerals.com/new_view.php?id=5330002

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thelancasternews/obituary-preview.aspx?n=sierra-ann-landry&pid=168868586&referrer=3198

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heraldonline/obituary-preview.aspx?n=sierra-ann-landry&pid=168862518&referrer=2255

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Sierra-Ann-Landry-97469734