NY Times Front Page Editorial - "It is a moral outrage and national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed to kill with brutal speed and efficiency"
"Suicide accounts for more than two-thirds of the 32,000 firearms deaths the United States averages every year. Or, to come at the issue a different way: Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for Americans aged 15 to 34, and more than 50 percent of cases involve guns. A big reason for the prevalence of firearms in suicides is the deadliness of guns themselves: When a firearm is used in a suicide attempt, there’s an 85 percent chance of it being successful. Whatever numbers you look at, they point to a significant public health problem. But because of a host of misconceptions and a lingering social stigma, suicides by firearm receive little popular attention."
"The reality of self-defense gun use bears no resemblance to the exaggerated claims of the gun lobby and gun industry. The number of justifiable homicides that occur in our nation each year pale in comparison to criminal homicides, let alone gun suicides and fatal unintentional shootings."
The research can be found at:
U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Bans on Assault Rifles and High Capacity Magazines in New York and Connecticut
Here is the Court's decision:
"I own a gun, as does my family. We live on a farm, and it is just another tool for our use. I in no way want to take firearms away from people, and in all honesty, I don't believe the government wants to either. What I do want is to make sure my little boys have a future. A future where they can be safe at school, where I don't have to fear them being away from home. Why can't we work together, and compromise, to tick this one item off the list?" --Monica Grimes
"Hunters are uniquely positioned to find a middle ground on guns, a way to improve public safety without stripping people of their rights" --Lily Raff McCaulou
"Its gotta change. We can do better. Everybody says they are immune to it and that it will never happen to me. But that is a false sense of security." --Paul Kemp
"It is clear we cannot, as a nation, sit idly by without taking meaningful action to end gun violence in America" --Jenna Yuille
GOFRO leaders interviewed by CNN:
Once again, we are shocked and heartbroken that there has been another mass shooting. Our thoughts and prayers are with the community, but that's not enough. As responsible gun owners and as Oregonians it is time to step up and take action to prevent these tragedies from happening over and over again. We must let our legislators and congressional representatives know that we have had enough of these senseless acts of violence.
Vigil For Umpqua Community College. Friday, October 2, 7:30 PM. Ainsworth United Church of Christ, Portland. (for more information click on our event tab)Read more
82% of guns used by teens to kill themselves belong to a parent or family member - Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
The Brady Center To Prevent Gun Violence releases report "Limiting Access To Lethal Means"
Research published in the American Journal of Public Health shows that suicide rates are reduced in states with gun safety requirements such as background checks, waiting periods for handgun purchases, gun locks, and restrictions on "open carry" of firearms.
A copy of the study can be obtained from the American Journal of Pubic Health