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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 – Curtis Wayne Kuehner (Weatherford, TX)

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A Parker County grand jury Thursday declined to indict a Parker County woman charged with murder last year in the death of her husband, finding that the shooting was in self-defense.
Authorities say Katherine Kerr Kuehner, 53, killed her husband, 52-year-old Curtis Wayne Kuehner, by shooting him in the head, neck and chest area with a .357 revolver on Sept. 23.

Kuehner’s jail book-in photo taken the day of the shooting showed a black eye, but authorities say Kuehner had many other injuries across her body, as well.

“According to the investigation, there were previous allegations of domestic abuse, as well as fresh injuries to her face, arms, legs, and body of Mrs. Kuehner, which she indicated she suffered at the hands of her husband,” Parker County District Attorney Don Schnebly said in a statement Friday. “There was never any question that Mrs. Kuehner shot her husband. The issue was whether or not it was in self-defense. Mrs. Kuehner gave a statement, which was corroborated by a polygraph examination, describing very serious abuse and fearing for her life the day of the shooting. In deciding the case, it was appropriate for the grand jury to review all the circumstances surrounding the shooting.”WEATHERFORD A Weatherford woman who implicated herself in the shooting death of her husband had injuries that appeared as if she was involved in a fight, Parker County authorities said Tuesday.

At about 3:15 p.m. on Monday, Curtis Wayne Kuehner was found dead in the living room of the couple’s ranch home in the 3000 block of Dusk Drive. He had been shot in the head.

Katherine Kuehner, 53, was arrested, charged with murder and booked into the Parker County Jail. Sheriff Larry Fowler said she told investigators that she shot her husband.

A .357 revolver was found in the home, and it is believed to be the murder weapon.

Keuhner who had a black eye in her mugshot and a marking on her neck ‘appeared to have had injuries consistent with having been involved in a recent physical altercation,’ according to a written statement from the sheriff’s office. She has not cooperated with investigators beyond implicating herself in the crime.

Since 2010, deputies have been called to the Kuehner house ‘several times’ on reports of domestic violence incidents. No charges were ever filed in those cases.

In the background of a 911 call made by a neighbor in the 3000 block of Sunshine Trail around 3 p.m. Monday who said Kuehner was with him, a female can be heard saying, “He will never hit me again,” according to a search warrant affidavit.

Asked by the neighbor where the gun was, Kuehner reportedly said, “It’s laying on the [expletive] fireplace, where I shot the [expletive] … you’ll never, ever hurt me again.”

http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/crime/2014/08/19/14103286/

http://www.weatherforddemocrat.com/gallery/news/woman-not-charged-in-husband-s-homicide/article_0cb71a00-a14e-570e-ba41-eb7379f460cb.html

http://www.weatherforddemocrat.com/gallery/news/bond-set-at-for-woman-accused-of-killing-husband/article_2137ff17-1549-561f-b6fa-29cda7180274.html

http://www.fox4news.com/story/23508851/deputies-investigating-mans-murder-in-weatherford-home

http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2013/09/parker-county-woman-faces-murder-charge-in-shooting-death-of-husband.html/

http://www.weatherforddemocrat.com/gallery/news/you-ll-never-ever-hurt-me-again/article_0cf6316c-4f8d-57d7-aa59-303e3d4e3183.html

http://www.kens5.com/story/news/local/2014/06/27/10572986/

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Wife-Arrested-for-Fatally-Shooting-Husband-225024672.html

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dfw/obituary.aspx?pid=167195684

http://www.wfaa.com/story/local/2015/05/27/14102932/

Murder/Suicide – Killed – Girl – Alexis Buchanan (Mountain City, TN)

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MOUNTAIN CITY — The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department has released more information into the suspected murder-suicide that killed 31-year-old Heather Buchanan and her daughter, 6-year-old Alexis Buchanan. A man, Terry Mark Johnson, was also shot in the abdomen and hand. He remains hospitalized and has not yet been interviewed by investigators.

Reece said the officers responded to 1235 McEwen Road in the Forge Creek Community on Saturday night after a call to 911 reported a man was shot. Reece said Johnson was able to get away from his residence and made it to a neighbor’s residence, where 911 was called.

Officers began to investigate the shooting, Reece said. They were walking toward the scene of the shooting in the dark. When the headlights from the ambulance transporting Johnson illuminated one of the officers, shots were fired at the officer and in the direction of the ambulance. The ambulance was able to get away from the scene.

A news report said the officer was pinned down, taking fire from Johnson’s suspected shooter. The officer said he saw a woman on the porch. The woman was later identified as Heather Buchanan. The officer was able to make the call to 911 for assistance. Other officers arrived and were able to get the pinned-down officer to safety.

Tactical teams were used to approach the residence. When they reached the scene, they discovered the woman had fled into the woods.

Neighbors confirmed that Buchanan had taken her 6-year-old daughter into the woods with her.

“We didn’t realize she had her daughter until we talked to the neighbor,” Reece said Sunday. “That’s when we called the helicopter.”

The Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter assisted in the search for Buchanan and her child. The helicopter had to end its support when fog moved into the area.

The sheriff’s department news release said “officers exhausted all available means of locating the suspect and the child.”

At 9 a.m. Sunday, officers were called back to McEwen Road, where two bodies had been discovered. The bodies were identified as Buchanan and her daughter.

Reece said two guns were found on the scene. One was a Smith and Wesson .38-caliber pistol, which was empty. The other was a western-style .22-caliber pistol, which held nine rounds. One round was left in the gun.

The .38-caliber had mud in the barrel, as if Heather Buchanan had fallen in the woods and the gun went into the dirt. Reece said it appears both the mother and daughter were shot with the .22-caliber. Reece suspects the .38-caliber was used in the shooting with his officer.

He said an officer arrived at 1235 McEwen Ranch Road at just after 10 on Saturday night with emergency medical services in response to a shooting.

Upon entering the house, officers learned the woman had escaped into the woods behind the house. After speaking with neighbors at around 2 a.m., officers learned the woman had her 6-year-old daughter, Alexis Buchanan, with her.

“We didn’t realize she had her daughter with her until we talked with the neighbor,” Reece said. “That’s when we called the helicopters in.”

He said officers and a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter looked for the woman and her daughter for the next two hours, until just before 5 a.m., before fog made the search unsafe for the helicopter crew.

Reece said the sheriff’s department received a call at around 9 on Sunday morning that said the bodies of two females, Buchanan and her daughter, were found dead in a driveway near the residence.

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/111250/johnson-county-woman-had-shot-at-officers-ambulance

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/12/children-killed-guns-after-newtown-portraits

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/111207/johnson-county-woman-daughter-dead-in-apparent-murder-suicide

http://www.wjhl.com/story/23495124/2013/09/21/johnson-county-suspect-and-her-6-year-old-girl-found-dead-in-neighbors-driveway

http://www.wcyb.com/news/funeral-set-for-sixyearold-girl/22133124

http://www.local8now.com/home/headlines/Child-dead-after-apparent-murder-suicide-224960542.html

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2013/sep/23/east-tennessee-mother-daughter-dead-apparent-murde/119469/

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/east-tennessee-mother-daughter-dead-apparent-murde

http://www.kentuckynewera.com/news/article_8708747e-2488-11e3-9070-001a4bcf887a.html

http://www.mountaincityfh.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1100994

Murder/Suicide – Dead – Heather Buchanan (Mountain City, TN)

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MOUNTAIN CITY — The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department has released more information into the suspected murder-suicide that killed 31-year-old Heather Buchanan and her daughter, 6-year-old Alexis Buchanan. A man, Terry Mark Johnson, was also shot in the abdomen and hand. He remains hospitalized and has not yet been interviewed by investigators.

Reece said the officers responded to 1235 McEwen Road in the Forge Creek Community on Saturday night after a call to 911 reported a man was shot. Reece said Johnson was able to get away from his residence and made it to a neighbor’s residence, where 911 was called.

Officers began to investigate the shooting, Reece said. They were walking toward the scene of the shooting in the dark. When the headlights from the ambulance transporting Johnson illuminated one of the officers, shots were fired at the officer and in the direction of the ambulance. The ambulance was able to get away from the scene.

A news report said the officer was pinned down, taking fire from Johnson’s suspected shooter. The officer said he saw a woman on the porch. The woman was later identified as Heather Buchanan. The officer was able to make the call to 911 for assistance. Other officers arrived and were able to get the pinned-down officer to safety.

Tactical teams were used to approach the residence. When they reached the scene, they discovered the woman had fled into the woods.

Neighbors confirmed that Buchanan had taken her 6-year-old daughter into the woods with her.

“We didn’t realize she had her daughter until we talked to the neighbor,” Reece said Sunday. “That’s when we called the helicopter.”

The Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter assisted in the search for Buchanan and her child. The helicopter had to end its support when fog moved into the area.

The sheriff’s department news release said “officers exhausted all available means of locating the suspect and the child.”

At 9 a.m. Sunday, officers were called back to McEwen Road, where two bodies had been discovered. The bodies were identified as Buchanan and her daughter.

Reece said two guns were found on the scene. One was a Smith and Wesson .38-caliber pistol, which was empty. The other was a western-style .22-caliber pistol, which held nine rounds. One round was left in the gun.

The .38-caliber had mud in the barrel, as if Heather Buchanan had fallen in the woods and the gun went into the dirt. Reece said it appears both the mother and daughter were shot with the .22-caliber. Reece suspects the .38-caliber was used in the shooting with his officer.

He said an officer arrived at 1235 McEwen Ranch Road at just after 10 on Saturday night with emergency medical services in response to a shooting.

Upon entering the house, officers learned the woman had escaped into the woods behind the house. After speaking with neighbors at around 2 a.m., officers learned the woman had her 6-year-old daughter, Alexis Buchanan, with her.

“We didn’t realize she had her daughter with her until we talked with the neighbor,” Reece said. “That’s when we called the helicopters in.”

He said officers and a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter looked for the woman and her daughter for the next two hours, until just before 5 a.m., before fog made the search unsafe for the helicopter crew.

Reece said the sheriff’s department received a call at around 9 on Sunday morning that said the bodies of two females, Buchanan and her daughter, were found dead in a driveway near the residence.

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/111250/johnson-county-woman-had-shot-at-officers-ambulance

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/12/children-killed-guns-after-newtown-portraits

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/111207/johnson-county-woman-daughter-dead-in-apparent-murder-suicide

http://www.wjhl.com/story/23495124/2013/09/21/johnson-county-suspect-and-her-6-year-old-girl-found-dead-in-neighbors-driveway

http://www.wcyb.com/news/funeral-set-for-sixyearold-girl/22133124

http://www.local8now.com/home/headlines/Child-dead-after-apparent-murder-suicide-224960542.html

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2013/sep/23/east-tennessee-mother-daughter-dead-apparent-murde/119469/

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/east-tennessee-mother-daughter-dead-apparent-murde

http://www.kentuckynewera.com/news/article_8708747e-2488-11e3-9070-001a4bcf887a.html

http://www.mountaincityfh.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1100994

Murder/Suicide – Wounded – Man (Mountain City, TN)

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MOUNTAIN CITY — The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department has released more information into the suspected murder-suicide that killed 31-year-old Heather Buchanan and her daughter, 6-year-old Alexis Buchanan. A man, Terry Mark Johnson, was also shot in the abdomen and hand. He remains hospitalized and has not yet been interviewed by investigators.

Reece said the officers responded to 1235 McEwen Road in the Forge Creek Community on Saturday night after a call to 911 reported a man was shot. Reece said Johnson was able to get away from his residence and made it to a neighbor’s residence, where 911 was called.

Officers began to investigate the shooting, Reece said. They were walking toward the scene of the shooting in the dark. When the headlights from the ambulance transporting Johnson illuminated one of the officers, shots were fired at the officer and in the direction of the ambulance. The ambulance was able to get away from the scene.

A news report said the officer was pinned down, taking fire from Johnson’s suspected shooter. The officer said he saw a woman on the porch. The woman was later identified as Heather Buchanan. The officer was able to make the call to 911 for assistance. Other officers arrived and were able to get the pinned-down officer to safety.

Tactical teams were used to approach the residence. When they reached the scene, they discovered the woman had fled into the woods.

Neighbors confirmed that Buchanan had taken her 6-year-old daughter into the woods with her.

“We didn’t realize she had her daughter until we talked to the neighbor,” Reece said Sunday. “That’s when we called the helicopter.”

The Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter assisted in the search for Buchanan and her child. The helicopter had to end its support when fog moved into the area.

The sheriff’s department news release said “officers exhausted all available means of locating the suspect and the child.”

At 9 a.m. Sunday, officers were called back to McEwen Road, where two bodies had been discovered. The bodies were identified as Buchanan and her daughter.

Reece said two guns were found on the scene. One was a Smith and Wesson .38-caliber pistol, which was empty. The other was a western-style .22-caliber pistol, which held nine rounds. One round was left in the gun.

The .38-caliber had mud in the barrel, as if Heather Buchanan had fallen in the woods and the gun went into the dirt. Reece said it appears both the mother and daughter were shot with the .22-caliber. Reece suspects the .38-caliber was used in the shooting with his officer.

He said an officer arrived at 1235 McEwen Ranch Road at just after 10 on Saturday night with emergency medical services in response to a shooting.

Upon entering the house, officers learned the woman had escaped into the woods behind the house. After speaking with neighbors at around 2 a.m., officers learned the woman had her 6-year-old daughter, Alexis Buchanan, with her.

“We didn’t realize she had her daughter with her until we talked with the neighbor,” Reece said. “That’s when we called the helicopters in.”

He said officers and a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter looked for the woman and her daughter for the next two hours, until just before 5 a.m., before fog made the search unsafe for the helicopter crew.

Reece said the sheriff’s department received a call at around 9 on Sunday morning that said the bodies of two females, Buchanan and her daughter, were found dead in a driveway near the residence.

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/111250/johnson-county-woman-had-shot-at-officers-ambulance

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/12/children-killed-guns-after-newtown-portraits

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/111207/johnson-county-woman-daughter-dead-in-apparent-murder-suicide

http://www.wjhl.com/story/23495124/2013/09/21/johnson-county-suspect-and-her-6-year-old-girl-found-dead-in-neighbors-driveway

http://www.wcyb.com/news/funeral-set-for-sixyearold-girl/22133124

http://www.local8now.com/home/headlines/Child-dead-after-apparent-murder-suicide-224960542.html

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2013/sep/23/east-tennessee-mother-daughter-dead-apparent-murde/119469/

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/east-tennessee-mother-daughter-dead-apparent-murde

http://www.kentuckynewera.com/news/article_8708747e-2488-11e3-9070-001a4bcf887a.html

http://www.mountaincityfh.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1100994