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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 – Frank Tulock (Weirton, WV)

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Investigators allege 18-year-old Adam Barnhart of Weirton shot and killed Frank Tulock during a fight near Hudson and Orchard streets at about 3 a.m. Sunday.

Police received a call about an argument and shots fired. When they arrived they found Tulock lying on the ground. He had been shot several times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers found Barnhart hiding in bushes along Hudson Avenue a short time after the shooting. Police spent the night searching for the gun believed used in the shooting.

Investigators said it doesn’t appear Tulock was part of the initial fight.

WEIRTON, W.Va. –A Weirton teenager pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with a September 2013 shooting death.

Adam Barnhart, 19, shot and killed Frank Tulock during a fight near Hudson and Orchard streets in Weirton. Prosecutors said Barnhart fired eight shots, four of them struck Tulock. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Barnhart pleaded guilty to second degree murder and wanton endangerment with a firearm. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

A brother, a son and a father, but now he’s being called a hero after trying to break up what appeared to be a domestic disturbance early Sunday in Weirton, W. Va.
He suffered a fatal gunshot wound in the process.

“She kept begging someone to help, ‘My God please help me!’ He told his old lady call the police, and ‘I’m going to go see what’s going on,’” said Cindy Campbell, Tulock’s aunt. “She told him, ‘Please don’t go out, I have a bad feeling. Please don’t go outside.’ And he said, ‘If it was you, I would expect someone to help you.’”

Police say as Tulock tried to help, 18-year-old Adam Barnhart went inside and got a gun. Barnhart is accused of firing four shots at Tulock, then leaving him to die on his son’s fourth birthday.

http://wvmetronews.com/2013/09/09/weirton-police-investigating-weekend-murder/

http://wvmetronews.com/2014/05/06/teenager-pleads-guilty-in-weirton-shooting-death/

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/09/10/washington-county-man-fatally-shot-while-trying-to-break-up-fight/

http://www.wtrf.com/story/23441264/man-accused-of-killing-good-samaritan-in-weirton-due-in-court

http://www.weirtondailytimes.com/page/content.detail/id/604009/Weirton-man-dies-in-Sunday-shooting.html?nav=5006

http://weirtondailytimes.com/page/content.detail/id/606303/Weirton-shooting-leads-to-indictment.html?nav=5006

http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20131112/NEWS01/131119857

http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20130909/NEWS01/130909404

http://www.tributes.com/show/Frank-A.-Tulock-96427356

http://www.nealfuneralhomes.com/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/13078/id/2228635

Killed – Anthony Zumini (San Jose, CA)

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SAN JOSE — A 46-year-old San Jose man was found shot to death Friday night, and a suspect was later taken into custody, a police spokeswoman said Saturday.

Sgt. Heather Randol said police responded to a 911 call at 9:39 p.m. Friday regarding a shooting in the 900 block of Gilchrist Drive. Officers found a man, later identified as Anthony Zumini, suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

Zumini was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:43 p.m., according to Randol.

What’s even more devastating, the family tells NBC Bay Area, the person who killed Zumini was his own son – 26 year old Andy Zumini.

The family says the two had an argument and then Tony was shot outside of his home near the corner of Capitol Avenue and Gilchrist Drive Friday night.

http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_24042029/san-jose-man-found-dead-from-at-least

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Victims-Family-San-Jose-Man-Killed-by-Son-222871941.html

http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_24069677/san-jose-police-son-27-arrested-shooting-death

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Man-Shot-Dead-in-San-Jose-222777741.html

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/09/11/suspects-in-recent-san-jose-murders-identified/

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/2-days-bring-pair-of-slayings-in-San-Jose-4796540.php

https://www.facebook.com/pages/In-Loving-Memory-of-Anthony-Tony-Zumini/334772989991820

Murder/Suicide – Wounded – Woman (Philadelphia, PA)

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A boy and his father are dead, and his mother is in critical condition after a triple shooting that police are calling a murder-suicide.

It all took place on the 3800 block of I Street in Juniata, right near Erie Avenue.

Investigators say a violent had argument erupted between 48-year-old Jake Harkin, Sr. and his wife, 41-year-old Jessica Harkin.

According to police, their 14-year-old daughter witnessed the fight, called police and locked herself in a room.

“Dad was having some type of physical altercation with mom, he then pulls out a gun and shoots her. He went into his son’s bedroom, he’s asleep, he takes the gun, fires one time at point blank range then turns the gun on himself,” said Capt. James Clark.

When police arrived around 12:45 a.m., they heard four gunshots and ran in through the front door.

On the second floor landing officers found Jessica shot twice in the back of the head. She was losing a lot of blood and was rushed to the hospital.

Officers then discovered 10-year-old Jake Harkin, Jr. lying in bed, shot once in his head. He was pronounced dead at 1:14 a.m.

Harkin Sr. was found dead on the floor next to him – a handgun by his side.

Investigators say police have responded to domestic violence calls at the home in the past, and that Harkin Sr. is no stranger to police, with dozens of prior arrests for a wide variety of offenses.

“A lot of past domestic problems between the two. There was no domestic order in effect. At the end of the day it’s very sad that she got shot and the 10-year-old died in his sleep,” said Capt. Clark.

Jessica remains hospitalized in critical condition, but is conscious and talking.

http://6abc.com/archive/9238393/

http://abclocal.go.com/story?section=news/local&id=9238393

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/09/06/father-and-son-dead-wife-critical-in-apparent-murder-suicide-in-juniata/

http://www.delcotimes.com/20130906/philly-police-say-2-dead-1-hurt-in-murder-suicide

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Dad-Kills-Son-Self-Shoots-Wife-in-Gruesome-Murder-Suicide-Police-222643001.html

http://cumberlink.com/news/state-and-regional/pa-police-say-dead-hurt-in-murder-suicide/article_16f0366e-173f-11e3-a1a0-0019bb2963f4.html

http://www.timesherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?avis=JR&date=20130906&category=NEWS03&lopenr=130909753&Ref=AR&profile=1030040

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/philly/obituary.aspx?pid=166989346

Murder/Suicide – Dead – Jake Harkins Sr (Philadelphia, PA)

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A boy and his father are dead, and his mother is in critical condition after a triple shooting that police are calling a murder-suicide.

It all took place on the 3800 block of I Street in Juniata, right near Erie Avenue.

Investigators say a violent had argument erupted between 48-year-old Jake Harkin, Sr. and his wife, 41-year-old Jessica Harkin.

According to police, their 14-year-old daughter witnessed the fight, called police and locked herself in a room.

“Dad was having some type of physical altercation with mom, he then pulls out a gun and shoots her. He went into his son’s bedroom, he’s asleep, he takes the gun, fires one time at point blank range then turns the gun on himself,” said Capt. James Clark.

When police arrived around 12:45 a.m., they heard four gunshots and ran in through the front door.

On the second floor landing officers found Jessica shot twice in the back of the head. She was losing a lot of blood and was rushed to the hospital.

Officers then discovered 10-year-old Jake Harkin, Jr. lying in bed, shot once in his head. He was pronounced dead at 1:14 a.m.

Harkin Sr. was found dead on the floor next to him – a handgun by his side.

Investigators say police have responded to domestic violence calls at the home in the past, and that Harkin Sr. is no stranger to police, with dozens of prior arrests for a wide variety of offenses.

“A lot of past domestic problems between the two. There was no domestic order in effect. At the end of the day it’s very sad that she got shot and the 10-year-old died in his sleep,” said Capt. Clark.

Jessica remains hospitalized in critical condition, but is conscious and talking.

Chief Inspector Scott Small said 10-year-old Jake Harkins Jr. was found dead in his bed early Friday and 48-year-old Jake Harkins Sr. was dead on the floor next to him with a gunshot wound that appeared to be self-inflicted.

http://6abc.com/archive/9238393/

http://abclocal.go.com/story?section=news/local&id=9238393

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/09/06/father-and-son-dead-wife-critical-in-apparent-murder-suicide-in-juniata/

http://www.delcotimes.com/20130906/philly-police-say-2-dead-1-hurt-in-murder-suicide

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Dad-Kills-Son-Self-Shoots-Wife-in-Gruesome-Murder-Suicide-Police-222643001.html

http://cumberlink.com/news/state-and-regional/pa-police-say-dead-hurt-in-murder-suicide/article_16f0366e-173f-11e3-a1a0-0019bb2963f4.html

http://www.timesherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?avis=JR&date=20130906&category=NEWS03&lopenr=130909753&Ref=AR&profile=1030040

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/philly/obituary.aspx?pid=166989346