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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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Murder/Suicide – Killed – Charles Green (Dallas, TX)

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A family in the Red Bird neighborhood of Dallas has been torn apart after a man fatally shot his stepson and then himself while his wife watched the violence unfold.

Dallas 911 dispatchers told NBC 5 that officers received a call about a shooting at a home in the 400 block of Goldwood Drive, near Interstate 35E and Camp Wisdom Road, at about 1 a.m. Friday.

When officers arrived, they said they found two men dead inside the home.

According to a police report on the incident, 22-year-old Charles Antonio Green and 49-year-old Reginald Brewer, both residents of the home, were found dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
Police said that Brewer shot and killed Green before turning the gun on himself. Bridget Alexander, the mother to Green and wife to Brewer, confirmed that information when she spoke with NBC 5 Friday morning.

“He shot him. He blew his head off,” said Alexander. “He turned to me and told me he didn’t mean to do that.”

Alexander continued describing what Brewer did next.

“He sat down in the chair and grabbed his wallet and walked out of the door.”
Moments later, Brewer returned.

“The next thing I know, he came back in, picked the gun back up and shot himself in the chest,” Alexander said. “I was still on the phone with 911. I didn’t know what to do.”

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Two-Dead-in-Red-Bird-Shooting-235715381.html

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/12/13/dallas-woman-loses-husband-son-in-murder-suicide/

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/headlines/20131213-dallas-man-kills-stepson-and-himself-in-front-of-wife.ece

http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2013/12/police-two-dead-in-red-bird-shooting-overnight.html/

http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_24716355/2-men-shot-killed-at-house-south-dallas

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dallasmorningnews/obituary.aspx?pid=168617638

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=121895612

Murder/Suicide – Dead – Reginald Brewer (Dallas, TX)

Reginald Brewer

A family in the Red Bird neighborhood of Dallas has been torn apart after a man fatally shot his stepson and then himself while his wife watched the violence unfold.

Dallas 911 dispatchers told NBC 5 that officers received a call about a shooting at a home in the 400 block of Goldwood Drive, near Interstate 35E and Camp Wisdom Road, at about 1 a.m. Friday.

When officers arrived, they said they found two men dead inside the home.

According to a police report on the incident, 22-year-old Charles Antonio Green and 49-year-old Reginald Brewer, both residents of the home, were found dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
Police said that Brewer shot and killed Green before turning the gun on himself. Bridget Alexander, the mother to Green and wife to Brewer, confirmed that information when she spoke with NBC 5 Friday morning.

“He shot him. He blew his head off,” said Alexander. “He turned to me and told me he didn’t mean to do that.”

Alexander continued describing what Brewer did next.

“He sat down in the chair and grabbed his wallet and walked out of the door.”
Moments later, Brewer returned.

“The next thing I know, he came back in, picked the gun back up and shot himself in the chest,” Alexander said. “I was still on the phone with 911. I didn’t know what to do.”

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Two-Dead-in-Red-Bird-Shooting-235715381.html

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/12/13/dallas-woman-loses-husband-son-in-murder-suicide/

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/headlines/20131213-dallas-man-kills-stepson-and-himself-in-front-of-wife.ece

http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2013/12/police-two-dead-in-red-bird-shooting-overnight.html/

http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_24716355/2-men-shot-killed-at-house-south-dallas

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dallasmorningnews/obituary.aspx?pid=168617638

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=121895612

Attempted Murder/Suicide – Wounded – Woman (Houston, TX)

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December 13, 2013 – Houston police are investigating the shooting of a woman and apparent suicide of a man at 6406 Leader about 10:20 p.m. on Thursday (Dec. 12).

The female victim, Catalina Calderon, 51, of the above address, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where she remains in serious condition. The suspect, her husband, Miguel Calderon (H/m, DOB: 5-14-68), suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. McStravick and Senior Police Officer B. Evans reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting call at the above address. Officers arrived and found Ms. Calderon lying on the floor of the dining room. Upon further investigation, officers found Mr. Calderon in a back bedroom of the residence. HFD paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced Mr. Calderon deceased. Ms. Calderon was then transported to the hospital.

Houston police said the couple’s two children, ages 10 and 15, were inside the house during the shooting. It is unclear if they witnessed the shooting.

http://www.houstontx.gov/police/nr/2013/dec/nr131213-1.htm

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-police-Murder-suicide-attempt-was-fatal-5061397.php?cmpid=hpts

http://www.click2houston.com/news/hpd-children-inside-home-during-parents-attempted-murdersuicide/23466638

http://abc13.com/archive/9358966/

http://www.khou.com/story/news/local/2014/07/24/12281036/

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/memorial/news/houston-police-investigating-sharpstown-area-shooting/article_76622170-6447-11e3-acd3-001a4bcf887a.html

http://abclocal.go.com/story?section=news/local&id=9358966

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/west_university/news/houston-police-investigating-sharpstown-area-shooting/article_94c78e1b-cb95-56b3-9320-c4e9aceed8c3.html

Attempted Murder/Suicide – Dead – Miguel Calderon (Houston, TX)

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December 13, 2013 – Houston police are investigating the shooting of a woman and apparent suicide of a man at 6406 Leader about 10:20 p.m. on Thursday (Dec. 12).

The female victim, Catalina Calderon, 51, of the above address, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where she remains in serious condition. The suspect, her husband, Miguel Calderon (H/m, DOB: 5-14-68), suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. McStravick and Senior Police Officer B. Evans reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting call at the above address. Officers arrived and found Ms. Calderon lying on the floor of the dining room. Upon further investigation, officers found Mr. Calderon in a back bedroom of the residence. HFD paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced Mr. Calderon deceased. Ms. Calderon was then transported to the hospital.

Houston police said the couple’s two children, ages 10 and 15, were inside the house during the shooting. It is unclear if they witnessed the shooting.

http://www.houstontx.gov/police/nr/2013/dec/nr131213-1.htm

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-police-Murder-suicide-attempt-was-fatal-5061397.php?cmpid=hpts

http://www.click2houston.com/news/hpd-children-inside-home-during-parents-attempted-murdersuicide/23466638

http://abc13.com/archive/9358966/

http://www.khou.com/story/news/local/2014/07/24/12281036/

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/memorial/news/houston-police-investigating-sharpstown-area-shooting/article_76622170-6447-11e3-acd3-001a4bcf887a.html

http://abclocal.go.com/story?section=news/local&id=9358966

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/west_university/news/houston-police-investigating-sharpstown-area-shooting/article_94c78e1b-cb95-56b3-9320-c4e9aceed8c3.html

Double Shooting – Killed – Eric M. Anderson (Chicago, IL)

Eric M. Anderson

After allegedly harassing his ex-girlfriend for weeks, a man threatened the woman and her mother with a gun in a Northwest suburban home, shot a police officer who tried to intervene and was then fatally shot by police, authorities said.

A firefighter who by chance was eating dinner near the scene in Arlington Heights on Thursday night helped save the life of Officer Michael McEvoy, police said.

After the 52-year-old officer was dragged from the home with a wound to the chin area, fire Deputy Chief Ken Koeppen, who had come outside after seeing emergency lights, helped stanch the bleeding.

McEvoy, a 24-year veteran, was listed in critical but stable condition at a hospital Friday and was expected to recover, authorities said.

“Ken Koeppen was a hero in all this,” said Arlington Heights police Cmdr. Andrew Whowell. “It was an act of God that he was (there).”

The gunfire capped a span of weeks in which the alleged gunman, Eric M. Anderson, 41, of Niles, persistently harassed a woman who had broken up with him in late November, according to court records. Less than a week before he died, Anderson was charged with sending harassing emails to his 39-year-old ex-girlfriend even though police had warned him not to contact her, court records show. He was released on bond after his arrest Sunday, police said.

A judge signed an emergency order of protection against him Monday, ordering Anderson to stay away from his ex-girlfriend.

“I feel that he may still try and contact me after this,” the woman wrote in her petition for the order. “I just want him to leave me alone.”

Around 7 p.m. Thursday, McEvoy and three other officers responded to a report of a man with a gun at a town house in the 1900 block of Windham Court. Anderson’s ex-girlfriend was at the home visiting her mother, who had called police and then escaped unhurt, Whowell said.

McEvoy was the first officer to enter the house and was shot once, Whowell said. A fellow officer dragged him from the house, police said.

About two hours into the standoff, Anderson and the woman left the house for an attached garage, Whowell said, and officers confronted him. The woman ran away as Anderson pointed his gun at officers, who shot him multiple times, Whowell said.

Anderson was taken to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights and was pronounced dead at 11:02 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-12-13/news/chi-arlington-heights-police-officer-shot-20131212_1_ex-girlfriend-police-officer-wounded-officer

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/arlington-heights/chi-arlington-heights-police-officer-shot-20131212-story.html

http://abc7chicago.com/archive/9359016/

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-12-17/news/ct-arlington-heights-cop-shot-update-met-20131216_1_ex-girlfriend-hostage-text-messages-held-hostage

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20131216/news/712169823/