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Call Your Senators and Support S. 2974, Which Would Modernize How the ATF Tracks Guns Used In Crimes

Call your senators and support S. 2974, a new bill that would modernize how the ATF tracks guns used in crimes. 

 

Informally called the Crime Gun Tracing Modernization Act, it was introduced in late May by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and Florida Senator Bill Nelson (who, by the way, is up for reelection in 2018 and needs your help).

 

It would allow the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) to build a computerized database of gun records.

 

What we’re going to tell you next will sound too borked to be true, but we assure you that it is.

 

When the ATF needs to trace a gun that was used in a crime, they have to rummage through cardboard boxes and pull paper records by hand.

 

Seriously. In 2018.

 

Do we need to tell you that this is a needlessly antiquated system that only makes it easier for those who commit crimes with guns?

 

Things are the way they are because a segment of American gun owners who are really closer to being gun fetishists fear the notion of the government having an accurate list of who owns guns.

 

You’ll be shocked, SHOCKED to learn that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is against any initiative that would do what S. 2974 promises to do, squawking that it would violate Second Amendment rights.

 

The bill, if passed, would give the ATF three years to build a functional computerized records system.

 

Please call your senators and voice support for this bill. And if Leahy or Nelson represent you? Call to thank them as well.

 

Sample script: “Dear Senator [Lastname,] I am [Firstname Lastname of town, zip code]. I am calling to ask you to support S. 2974, which would modernize the way America keeps and searches records of firearms sales. Right now, when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms needs to track the records of a gun used in a crime, they have to rummage through paper records. For real. No joke. That’s nuts. S. 2974 would allow the creation of a computerized database. That, in turn, would help the ATF pin down information faster, help solve crimes faster, and might prevent more crimes from being committed with the same suspect gun. It’s long past time to drag gun-tracking into the 21st century. This bill should make that happen. Please support it. Thanks.”

 

 

See the GovTrack page on S. 2974, which was introduced on May 24, 2018:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s2974

 

 

Read a Sun Sentinel article on Senator Bill Nelson’s co-sponsorship of S.2974:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-reg-gun-database-bill-20180601-story.html

 

 

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Read a March 2011 MPR article on how building an accurate electronic database of gun records was seen by some as controversial and sensitive. It references an earlier records modernization bill that ultimately failed:

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/20/tracing-guns-firearms-part4

 

 

A note: We at OTYCD intend to nurture and encourage the movement sparked by the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by devoting one post at least every other week to gun safety-related issues.

 

The reason that the NRA has a death grip on Congress, and in particular, GOP Congressfolk, is that NRA members get off their asses and call if there’s a whisper of a muttering of a hint that a law might pass that could impose even the slightest imposition on ownership of guns in America.

 

That’s what the politicians are afraid of. It’s not just that some of them get metric buttloads of money for their campaigns from the NRA. Those who embrace the NRA’s outlook pounce on their phones and berate their representatives the instant they think their beloved guns are under threat.

 

So, yes, it’s on us to shout back.

 

We have to adopt the tactics of those who support the NRA.

 

We have to call our representatives often to make it damn clear that the status quo is unacceptable, and we want common-sense gun safety laws.

 

OTYCD will start out with one weekday post every two weeks, at minimum, that has to do with improving gun safety and pushing back against the NRA.

 

We do this in honor of the Parkland victims, and all victims of mass shootings in America, and everyone who has been fighting to change our laws on firearms all along.

 

If Trump finally bows to the will of Congress and imposes the sanctions against Russia for messing with the 2016 election, we will switch to devoting one post per week to these issues.

 

Honor the victims of the Parkland shooting, and all other shootings, by stepping up and calling your reps about common-sense gun safety laws, and by supporting politicians who have low grades from the NRA, and voting out those who do the NRA’s bidding.

 

#NeverAgain. For the love of all that is right and good, Never Again.

Common-sense Gun Laws · Community Activism

Support Sandy Hook Promise, an Organization Created by Newtown Families

Support Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a nonprofit created in part by those who lost family members in the December 14, 2012 attack on the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school.

 

SHP is actually two organizations.

 

The SHP Foundation‘s stated mission is “to prevent gun-related deaths due to crime, suicide and accidental discharge so that no other parent experiences the senseless, horrific loss of their child.” The foundation achieves these goals “by educating and empowering parents, schools and communities on mental health & wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals and gun safety practices that ensure that firearms are kept safe and secure.”

 

Its educational programs include its Know the Signs guide, which teaches how to spot when someone might be at risk of harming themselves or others.

 

The SHP Action Fund is devoted to enacting “sensible gun violence prevention laws, policy and regulations at a state and federal level, in the areas of mental health & wellness and gun safety that result in the reduction of gun-related death and injury.” It does this by “engaging, organizing and mobilizing our national base of Promise Makers and Leaders at a state and federal level.”

 

Among the bills the SHP Action Fund supports is H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act, which would provide grants to implement programs that draw on, and act on, the knowledge reflected in the Know the Signs guide.

 

 

Visit the Sandy Hook Promise homepage:

https://www.sandyhookpromise.org

 

 

See its ‘Get the Facts’ page:

https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/get_educated

 

 

Become a Promise Leader, a committed supporter who upholds and pursues SHP’s goals in your home community:

https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/promise_leaders

 

 

Donate to Sandy Hook Promise:

https://action.sandyhookpromise.org/donate_page/foundation

 

 

Like Sandy Hook Promise on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/SandyHookPromise

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@sandyhook

 

 

Buy Sandy Hook Promise merchandise:

https://store.sandyhookpromise.org

 

 

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See When the March For Our Lives Summer Tour Will Be Near You

See when the March For Our Lives summer tour will come to a city near you.

 

Between June and August 2018, March For Our Lives–the advocacy group created by survivors of the Valentine’s Day shooting at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida–is conducting its Road to Change tour.

 

They intend to register as many young people to vote as possible and encourage them to come out and vote in the 2018 midterm elections, which take place on Tuesday, November 6.

 

The tour started in Chicago on June 15 and will make more than 50 stops in more than 20 states. It will also hold events in all 27 of Florida’s Congressional districts.

 

As we prepare this post, only the June dates are listed on the March For Our Lives website, with a note that July and August dates are “coming soon.”

 

June stops will focus on the American midwest and will include St. Louis, Missouri; Sioux City, Iowa; Janesville, Wisconsin (home of Speaker of the House, Republican Paul Ryan); Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Bismarck, North Dakota, among others.

 

See the link to Road to Change tour dates:

https://marchforourlives.com/tour/

 

 

See the main page for March For Our Lives:

https://marchforourlives.com

 

 

See its Take Action page:

https://marchforourlives.com/take-action/

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

Donate to the March For Our Lives Action Fund:

https://marchforourlives.com/donate/

 

 

Register to vote through March For Our Lives:

https://marchforourlives.com/vote-for-our-lives/

 

 

Like March For Our Lives on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/marchforourlives

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@AMarch4OurLives

 

 

Read news stories about the unveiling of the March for Change tour:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/16/us/parkland-students-tour-chicago-rally/index.html?utm_source=twCNN&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2018-06-17T01%3A30%3A11&utm_term=image

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/16/620486174/parkland-survivors-launch-tour-to-register-young-voters-and-get-them-out-in-nove?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180616

 

 

Common-sense Gun Laws · Community Activism · Stand Up for Civilization · Stand Up for Norms · Uncategorized

Support Orange Ribbons for Jaime, Which Is Dedicated to a Victim of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

Support Orange Ribbons for Jaime, which is dedicated to Jaime Guttenberg, who died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February 2018.

 

Founded by Jaime’s father, Fred, Orange Ribbons for Jaime celebrates the 14-year-old’s life and loves. In addition to supporting the world of competitive dance, anti-bullying initiatives, and children who have special needs, it helps organizations that seek to understand and reduce gun violence in public places.

 

Orange was Jaime’s favorite color. It also happens to be the color of the gun safety movement. Her father hopes that the gun safety movement will adopt the orange ribbon as its symbol.

 

 

See the website for Orange Ribbons for Jaime:

https://orangeribbonsforjaime.org/

 

 

See its About Us page:

https://orangeribbonsforjaime.org/about/

 

 

Donate to Orange Ribbons for Jaime:

https://orangeribbonsforjaime.org/donate/

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OrangeRibbonsforJaime/

 

 

Follow Fred Guttenberg on Twitter:

@fred_guttenberg

 

 

A note: We at OTYCD intend to nurture and encourage the movement sparked by the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by devoting one post at least every other week to gun safety-related issues.

 

The reason that the NRA has a death grip on Congress, and in particular, GOP Congressfolk, is that NRA members get off their asses and call if there’s a whisper of a muttering of a hint that a law might pass that could impose even the slightest imposition on ownership of guns in America.

 

That’s what the politicians are afraid of. It’s not just that some of them get metric buttloads of money for their campaigns from the NRA. Those who embrace the NRA’s outlook pounce on their phones and berate their representatives the instant they think their beloved guns are under threat.

 

So, yes, it’s on us to shout back.

 

We have to adopt the tactics of those who support the NRA.

 

We have to call our representatives often to make it damn clear that the status quo is unacceptable, and we want common-sense gun safety laws.

 

OTYCD will start out with one weekday post every two weeks, at minimum, that has to do with improving gun safety and pushing back against the NRA.

 

We do this in honor of the Parkland victims, and all victims of mass shootings in America, and everyone who has been fighting to change our laws on firearms all along.

 

If Trump finally bows to the will of Congress and imposes the sanctions against Russia for messing with the 2016 election, we will switch to devoting one post per week to these issues.

 

Honor the victims of the Parkland shooting, and all other shootings, by stepping up and calling your reps about common-sense gun safety laws, and by supporting politicians who have low grades from the NRA, and voting out those who do the NRA’s bidding.

 

#NeverAgain. For the love of all that is right and good, Never Again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Support National Die-in Day on June 12, 2018

Support National Die-in Day on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, and attend the event in Washington, D.C., if you can. 

 

National Die-in Day is the brainchild of two young Orlando, Florida natives, Amanda Fugleberg and Frank Kravchuk. It will take place on the second anniversary of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub, which killed 49.

 

As of late May, the event is planned for Washington, D.C., with no satellite events announced. It will take place in front of the Capitol building and will begin with a rally for gun reform at 10:30 am and culminate in a 12-minute die-in at noon. The timespan was chosen because it lasts 700 seconds, which represents how many have died in mass shootings since the attack at Pulse.

 

 

In addition to joining the event and boosting the #NationalDieInDay hashtag, you can donate to a GoFundMe set up for the event:

https://www.gofundme.com/nationaldiein?member=215408

 

 

You can also like the National Die-in Day Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/National-Die-In-Day-1798187990238689/

 

 

And you can follow it on Twitter:

@NationalDieIn

 

 

Read about plans for the June 12 National Die-in:

https://www.advocate.com/crime/2018/5/26/two-years-after-pulse-massacre-national-die-planned-dc

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/21/us-gun-control-protest-high-school-die-in-day

 

 

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Common-sense Gun Laws · Community Activism · Elections · Stand Up for Civilization · Stand Up for Norms

Help Vote Out the Florida Legislators Who Refused to Open Debate on an Assault Weapons Ban in Their State

Help vote out the Florida legislators who voted against opening debate on a bill that would have banned assault weapons in their state.

 

Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School is located in Parkland, Florida. The Valentine’s Day 2018 massacre killed 17 and injured at least 14.

 

The first relevant bill to come up in the Florida legislature following the MSD shooting was HB 219, an assault weapons ban sponsored by Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, a Democrat from Orlando, site of the Pulse nightclub attack in 2017, which killed 50. The killers in both the MSD attack and the Orlando incident used semi-automatic weapons, which are often called “assault weapons”.

 

The vote, conducted on February 20, 2018, was about moving the bill from the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee to the House floor, so the full legislative body could begin debate.

 

The vote split along party lines: 36 Democrats voted yes, and 71 Republicans voted no. (Ten others did not vote, and three seats in the Florida house are currently empty.)

 

Some students from MSD were present in the chamber for the vote.

 

They already knew that federal-level representatives were not the only thing standing in the way of saner gun laws, but this was cold, hard proof of the fact.

 

The day after the vote, MSD shooting survivor and senior David Hogg (@davidhogg111) tweeted, “Hope you guys enjoyed being Politicians! “, and included a screenshot showing the name of each Florida house member and how they voted on whether to move HB 219 ahead.

 

If you live in Florida, please check this list and see how your state House rep voted. Call them or email them to thank them if they voted yes or scorn them if they voted no. If you don’t live in Florida, watch for campaigns by Sister District, Flippable, and Postcards to Voters (Tony the Democrat’s effort) that target Florida House candidates.

 

Every single member of Florida’s House will be up for re-election in November. Identify those who need to be voted out, and do what you can to make that happen.

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

See the full roll call for how the Florida House voted on the question of moving HB 219 forward on February 20, 2018:

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/02/21/how-they-voted-the-roll-call-on-assault-weapons-ban/

 

 

Here’s another story on the same topic, but with contact info for each of the 71 Florida House reps who voted no:

https://www.local10.com/news/parkland-school-shooting/here-is-the-list-of-the-71-who-voted-against-bringing-hb-219-to-florida-house-floor

 

 

And here’s a New York Times piece on how righteously pissed-off MSD students are pressuring the hell out of Florida Republicans. It includes a photo of MSD students watching the February 20, 2018 vote:

 

A note: We at OTYCD intend to nurture and encourage the movement sparked by the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by devoting one post at least every other week to gun safety-related issues.

 

The reason that the NRA has a death grip on Congress, and in particular, GOP Congressfolk, is that NRA members get off their asses and call if there’s a whisper of a muttering of a hint that a law might pass that could impose even the slightest imposition on ownership of guns in America.

 

That’s what the politicians are afraid of. It’s not just that some of them get metric buttloads of money for their campaigns from the NRA. Those who embrace the NRA’s outlook pounce on their phones and berate their representatives the instant they think their beloved guns are under threat.

 

So, yes, it’s on us to shout back.

 

We have to adopt the tactics of those who support the NRA.

 

We have to call our representatives often to make it damn clear that the status quo is unacceptable, and we want common-sense gun safety laws.

 

OTYCD will start out with one weekday post every two weeks, at minimum, that has to do with improving gun safety and pushing back against the NRA.

 

We do this in honor of the Parkland victims, and all victims of mass shootings in America, and everyone who has been fighting to change our laws on firearms all along.

 

If Trump finally bows to the will of Congress and imposes the sanctions against Russia for messing with the 2016 election, we will switch to devoting one post per week to these issues.

 

Honor the victims of the Parkland shooting, and all other shootings, by stepping up and calling your reps about common-sense gun safety laws, and by supporting politicians who have low grades from the NRA, and voting out those who do the NRA’s bidding.

 

#NeverAgain. For the love of all that is right and good, Never Again.

 

 

Common-sense Gun Laws · Community Activism · Elections · Stand Up for Civilization · Stand Up for Norms

Support Change the Ref, Created By the Parents of Joaquin “Guac” Oliver, Who Died in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Attack

Support Change the Ref, created by the parents of Joaquin “Guac” Oliver, who was one of the 17 who died in the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

 

Manuel and Patricia Oliver started Change the Ref after they lost their 17-year-old son in the shooting at his high school on Valentine’s Day 2018.

 

According to a Washington Post article, the organization’s name came from a frustrating basketball game Oliver played days before he died:

 

“The name of the organization was inspired by a conversation Oliver had with his son only days before he was killed. Joaquin and Manuel were frustrated by a basketball referee’s calls during a game they were playing.

Joaquin noted that the referee may have had connections with the other team.

“Immediately [after the shooting] I remembered that conversation I had with my son, about the need to have a fair game and the need to change the ref,” Oliver said. “If we have politicians that have agreements with powerful groups or lobbyists, they don’t have even an intention of starting a debate.”

 

Change the Ref is dedicated to the memory of Joaquin and those who died in the Parkland shooting. It exists to engage young people and help them learn to be activists for causes that matter to them.

 

Initially, Change the Ref hopes to do this by offering scholarships, hosting town halls, forums, and speaking events at colleges, as well as workshops for budding activists. It also intends to create an app that will help young voters research issues and candidates.

 

 

Visit the Change the Ref webpage:

http://www.changetheref.org

 

 

See its About page:

http://www.changetheref.org/about/

 

 

Donate to Change the Ref (as of mid-April 2018, this GoFundMe had raised almost $35,000 of its $100,000 goal):

https://www.gofundme.com/changetheref

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Like Change the Ref on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ChangeTheRef/

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@ChangeTheRef

 

 

Buy Change the Ref merch:

https://shopchangetheref.org

 

 

Read an April 14, 2018 Washington Post article about Change the Ref, which includes a link to a video of Manuel creating a mural in honor of his son:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/04/14/he-lost-his-son-in-parkland-now-he-is-using-art-to-demand-change/?utm_term=.a5d97524034c