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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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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

Murder/Suicide – Dead – Ohave Whitfield (Lawrenceville, GA)

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Gwinnett County police are searching for the suspect after a shooting left one person dead and another injured Sunday.

Channel 2 has learned that the deceased has been identified as Alicia Johnson, 53, of Lawrenceville. Her daughter, Dana Johnson, 31, was the one injured Sunday.

The 911 call came in just after 5 p.m. from a home on the 2000 block of Crystal Lake Drive in Lawrenceville. While the 911 call taker was questioning the caller, several additional shots were fired.

When officers arrived, they found one woman dead in the garage and another injured.
Neighbors said there was a birthday party at the house at the time of the shooting. They said they heard four shots.

The man accused of shooting to death one woman and injuring another in Gwinnett County was at the home of his estranged wife for his child’s birthday party, police said Tuesday.

November 15, 2013

The man wanted in connection to the murder of a Lawrenceville woman at a child’s birthday party has reportedly taken his own life.

Gwinnett County Police say Ohave Whitfield was tracked down by U.S. Marshals in DeKalb County Friday. The marshals were about to take Whitfield into custody at about noon. Instead, Whitfield took off in a car driven by another person.

The driver made off for a short distance before stopping at a parking lot at Wesley Chapel Road and Snapfinger Woods Drive in Decatur.

According to GCPD Cpl. Jake Smith, that’s when Whitfield pulled out a handgun and shot himself in the head.

Whitfield was taken to Grady Hospital by ambulance and pronounced dead around 1:15pm.

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/1-dead-1-injured-gwinnett-shooting/nbn8b/

http://patch.com/georgia/lawrenceville-ga/murder-suspect-tracked-down-by-police-takes-his-own-life

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/women-identified-in-lawrenceville-double-shooting/nbpTg/

http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/23930506/2-women-shot-1-killed-at-gwinnett-co-birthday-party

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/2013/nov/11/suspect-in-lawrenceville-murder-still-on-lam-has/

http://wbtw.com/2013/11/11/georgetown-native-killed-daughter-hurt-in-birthday-party-shooting-near-atlanta/

http://www.11alive.com/news/article/312512/40/Birthday-party-shooting-leads-to-search-for-suspect

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http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?n=alicia-poole-johnson&pid=168005730&

Killed – Man (Hawthorne, CA)

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Hawthorne police shot a man to death and sheriff’s homicide detectives were investigating Wednesday, authorities said.

The shooting occurred at 12:31 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 13900 block of South Cerise Avenue (map), according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Officers responding to a 911 report of spousal abuse were notified by witnesses that a man had barricaded himself inside a storage room at the complex, and was armed with a handgun.

After several minutes of trying to talk to the man, police said, he suddenly stepped out of the room and produced a handgun.

An officer-involved shooting occurred and the suspect was hit, according to the release.

He was transported to a local hospital for treatment, and was later pronounced dead.

No Hawthorne Police Department officers were injured, according to the sheriff’s department, which was assisting police with the investigation.

LASD – Homicide assisting Hawthorne PD with an Officer-Involved Shooting, 13900 blk S. Cerise Av, Hawthorne
Hi SHB Group,
UPDATED INFORMATION
LOG NO. 278
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are continuing to assist Hawthorne Police Department personnel investigate the circumstances surrounding a Hawthorne Police Department officer-involved (hit) shooting that occurred Wednesday, November
13, 2013, at approximately 12:52 PM, in the 13900 block of South Cerise Avenue, Hawthorne.

Detectives have learned that officers responded to a 9-1-1 spousal abuse call. Upon their arrival, witnesses indicated the suspect barricaded himself inside of a storage room within the parking garage of the apartment complex, and was armed with a handgun.
Officers established communication with the suspect in order to take him into custody peacefully. After several minutes, the suspect suddenly stepped out and produced a handgun. An officer-involved shooting occurred and the suspect was hit.

He was transported to a local hospital for treatment, and was later pronounced dead.

http://ktla.com/2013/11/13/hawthorne-police-fatally-shoot-man/

https://nixle.com/alert/5091474/

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/nov/13/local/la-me-ln-one-dead-in-hawthorne-shooting-20131113

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-one-dead-in-hawthorne-shooting-20131113-story.html#axzz2kaSkMoJR

Killed – Stephen Dollarhide (Midwest City, OK)

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MIDWEST CITY, Oklahoma – Police have arrested a suspect in a deadly shooting in Midwest City.
Dianna Elaine Sanders, 49, was arrested Wednesday on charges of murder in the first degree.

Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes says officers were called to a home located at of 930 N. Pine Street around 11:15 Wednesday morning after receiving a 911 call from Sanders. Clabes said Sanders made the call from a pay phone at a 7-11 two blocks away stating to send an ambulance to the home because she had just shot a man.

When police arrived they found the front door ajar, and when they went inside, they 54-year-old Stephen J. Dollarhide dead on the floor.

Police say Sanders lived with the victim and the shooting appears to be domestic related. Sanders is being held in the Midwest City Police Department jail until transfer to Oklahoma County jail.

http://www.news9.com/story/23958094/police-investigate-shooting-in-midwest-city

http://kfor.com/2013/11/13/crews-treating-shooting-victim-in-midwest-city/

http://newsok.com/one-confirmed-dead-in-midwest-city-shooting/article/3904266

http://newsok.com/court-records-give-details-of-fatal-midwest-city-shooting/article/3906446

http://www.koco.com/news/oklahomanews/mid-del/mwc-police-responding-to-shooting-police-chief-says/22951778

http://newsok.com/a-midwest-city-woman-faces-a-murder-complaint/article/3904465

http://www.okcfox.com/story/23958303/midwest-city-police-respond-to-shooting

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Stephen-Dollarhide&lc=7375&pid=168078666&mid=5742044

Attempted Murder/Suicide – Wounded – Woman (Spring Hill, TN)

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A man died and his wife was hospitalized after gunfire rattled their quiet neighborhood in Spring Hill.

Police identified the two people shot as Robert and Sue Land, a beloved couple in their 60s.

Apparently married for decades, it remains a mystery how it all ended this way Wednesday morning along Freemantle Circle in the Cherry Grove community.

“They were great people. They were very easygoing,” said neighbor Chris Stammen.

Stammen lives next door to the Lands and said he cannot believe what happened inside their home.

“(I’m) just shocked. I figured somebody broke in. And you know, because they said, they had said there was gunshots, and I thought somebody broke in,” Stammen said. “It just makes no sense. Like I said, these are the most loving people I’ve ever met.”

Sue Land called 911 just after 4:15 a.m., with multiple gunshot wounds.

But when police arrived, they also found her husband shot dead in their master bedroom.

More details emerged Tuesday about the shootings of Robert J. Land, 63, and his wife, Sue C. Land, 60, although police are still not ready to discuss the nature of the incident pending further investigation.

Robert Land was found dead, and his wife, critically injured, suffering multiple gunshot wounds when police responded to an early morning 911 call on Nov. 13 made from the Land’s home in the upscale Cherry Grove 2 subdivision.

Spring Hill Police Lt. Justin Whitwell said a handgun was found in the area of Robert Land’s body, one of “multiple” firearms found in the home. He said all the weapons were being sent to Nashville for ballistics tests, and police will await those results before identifying which, if any, was used in the shootings.

SPRING HILL, Tenn. – Spring Hill Police have determined that a shooting that left a man dead and his wife seriously injured late last year was an attempted murder-suicide.

Police said Robert Land shot his wife, Sue, multiple times on the morning of November 13, 2013, at their home on Fremantle Drive.

Land then shot and killed himself, according to police.

http://www.wsmv.com/story/23956115/1-dead-1-injured-at-home-in-spring-hill

http://columbiadailyherald.com/news/local-news/police-release-new-information-about-shooting-couple

http://columbiadailyherald.com/news/local-news/two-shot-spring-hill-one-dead

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20131120/WILLIAMSON12/112230003/Burial-note-left-house-where-Spring-Hill-couple-found-shot

http://www.scrippsmedia.com/newschannel5/news/240312421.html

http://www.wsmv.com/story/24463961/police-spring-hill-man-shot-wife-before-killing-self

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