Help Remove Guns

The Violence Against Women Action Team hopes you can help remove guns from the hands of potential murderers, including the two abusers every day in the United States who murder their intimate partners and the countless others who every day use guns to intimidate, coerce, control and terrorize them. These women need your help.

Please plan to JOIN US on Saturday September 10 for a zoom event with the Global Black, Hispanic and AAPI Caucuses where we will discuss and take action concerning 

Violence, Race & Gender: Taking Action & Voting for Our Lives.

Please make a note on your calendar today (September 10, 10 - 11:30 AM ET)

EVERY DAY on average - in the U.S.

  • There are more than 110 gun deaths by intent (CDC), 210 people are shot and survive (TeamEnough) typically with life-long physical and/or emotional burdens
  • Nearly 6 children or teens are killed by gun violence (CDC)  22 are shot (Brady) and 8 are shot by an an improperly stored or misused gun found in the home “family fire” (Brady)
  • More than 2 women are killed with guns by an intimate partner (in general women in America are 28x more likely to be killed by gun violence than in any other high-income country. (Everytown)
  •  65 Americans die from gun suicide (Brady)
  • More than 10 Hispanic Americans die by gun violence (Brady)
  • More than 27 Black Americans die by gun violence (black Americans experience 8x the gun violence than do white Americans) (Brady)

Tell your legislators to do their jobs by doing what the President and the American people are demanding

by passing the budget and the essential legislation necessary  to reduce gun crime - including legislation to:

  • require background checks for all gun sales, 
  • ensure that no terrorist can buy a weapon in the United States, 
  • ban the sale and possession of unserialized firearms — ghost guns, 
  • ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and 
  • repeal gun manufacturers’ protection from liability.

The U.S. gun homicide rate is 26x higher than any other high income country (Everytown)

Firearms are the leading cause of death for American children and teens (Everytown)

This is not the way to regain our leadership in the world

This is not the way to keep American citizens and their children safe

This has never been acceptable, is now thoroughly intolerable and will determine the way the majority of Americans vote in November

 

THINGS HAVE BEEN GETTING WORSE
(though it hardly seems possible after so many 
thoughts and prayers)

Gun sales have surged during the coronavirus pandemic. Based on the number of background checks, Everytown estimates that people purchased 22 million guns in 2020, a 64 percent increase over 2019.

Unintentional shooting deaths by children increased by nearly one-third comparing incidents in March to December of 2020 to the same months in 2019.  (Everytown)

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a rise in violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, particularly against AAPI women. (Everytown)

Even if the virus disappears, 
the guns will not.

The American People Don’t Want Citizens with Guns to perpetuate terror and violence throughout the country. 

They want to see the end of absurd laws and lax enforcement of good ones allowing Domestic Violence to persevere as a gateway to Femicide.

Who Could Possibly want to allow the conditions that cause this many women, men and children to die?

Here’s a Clue …..

There are 8 million new small arms and up to 15 billion rounds of ammunition produced each year.

The small arms trade is worth an estimated US $8.5 billion per year.    (Amnesty International)

It is well past time to acknowledge the obvious reality

The Second Amendment Does Not Guarantee the Right To Own a Gun 

(From Gun Control, P 99-102, 1992, Charles P Cozic, ed. -- See NCJ-160164) Abstract

NCJ Number 160176

Author(s) W E Burger (Chief Justice Warren Burger)

Date Published 1992

Former Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Warren Burger argues that the sale, purchase, and use of guns should be regulated just as automobiles and boats are regulated; such regulations would not violate the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Abstract

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees a "right of the people to keep and bear arms." However, the meaning of this clause cannot be understood apart from the purpose, the setting, and the objectives of the draftsmen. At the time of the Bill of Rights, people were apprehensive about the new national government presented to them, and this helps explain the language and purpose of the Second Amendment. It guarantees, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The need for a State militia was the predicate of the "right" guarantee, so as to protect the security of the State. Today, of course, the State militia serves a different purpose. A huge national defense establishment has assumed the role of the militia of 200 years ago. Americans have a right to defend their homes, and nothing should undermine this right; nor does anyone question that the Constitution protects the right of hunters to own and keep sporting guns for hunting anymore than anyone would challenge the right to own and keep fishing rods and other equipment for fishing. Neither does anyone question the right of citizens to keep and own an automobile. Yet there is no strong interest by the citizenry in questioning the power of the State to regulate the purchase or the transfer of such a vehicle and the right to license the vehicle and the driver with reasonable standards. It is even more desirable for the State to have reasonable regulations for the ownership and use of a firearm in an effort to stop mindless homicidal carnage.

From the U.S. DOJ Office of Justice Programs

Read more about it:

Among gun owners there are large partisan gaps in opinion about restricting and expanding gun rights | Pew Research Center

https://publichealth.jhu.edu/sites/default/files/2022-05/2020-gun-deaths-in-the-us-4-28-2022-b.pdf

https://everytownresearch.org/maps/mass-shootings-in-america/

https://giffords.org/lawcenter/gun-laws/second-amendment/the-supreme-court-the-second-amendment/