Courts Uphold More Gun Laws

Tuesday, December 13th 2011

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The GVP Report - December 13, 2011

In The News

Courts in Idaho and Minnesota have upheld state gun laws.  An Idaho judge ruled in favor of the University of Idaho in a lawsuit that challenged the university's ban on guns on campus.  The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld a ban on handgun ownership by people who have committed a crime of violence ruling the law does not violate the Constitution.

Blue Ridge Community College in Virginia is reversing its policy on guns on campus and will no longer allow students and staff to carry weapons on campus.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder answered questions by the House Judiciary Committee on ATF's Operation Fast and Furious.  The hearing was combative with committee members threatening impeachment and accusing Holder of withholding information from Congress.

Candidates on Gun ControlThe Daily Beast surveys the current presidential contenders for their views of guns.

CBS News reports Legal U.S. Gun Sales to Mexico Arming Cartels, noting the U.S. has quietly authorized a massive escalation in the number of guns sold to Mexico through "direct commercial sales".  Some of these weapons are being diverted to violent drug cartels.

Tennessee ex-gun show operator advocates for bill to close the gun show loophole.  Calling himself "hard-core Second Amendment" Bob Pope says "what I'm talking about hasn't a darn thing to do with gun control, it has to do with crime control."

Chronicle of Higher Education, Handling of a Murder-Suicide at University of Idaho Draws Questions.  Some ask whether the University, which followed its policies, did enough.

NY Attorney General reveals sting operation against local gun shows.  At each gun show visited agents were able to buy guns without a criminal background check.  Ten dealers were charged with illegal gun sales.  Penalty for this crime is only a misdemeanor.

Officer Down

This past week four police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty.

47-year-old NYPD Officer Peter Figosky died after being shot in the face by a "career criminal" wielding an illegal handgun. Figosky is survived by four daughters, two in high school and two in college.

46-year-old Atchison, Kansas Police Sgt. David Enzbrenner was shot to death in a murder-suicide while on duty.  Sgt. Enzbrenner has been on the police force for 24 years and leaves behind a wife and three daughters.

58-year-old Pinehurst, NC Deputy Rick Rhyne was shot and killed when he tried to arrest Martin Poyneter for an outstanding warrant for child support. Poynter then killed himself.  Deputy Rhyne is survived by a wife, a son and two grandchildren.

39-year-old Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek Crouse was shot seemingly at random by a 22-year-old male who then killed himself.  Officer Crouse leaves behind a wife and five children between the ages of 10 and 18.

Community Support

Samuel Hazo, Brave Men Don't Need Guns, notes one regrettable attitude created in a society where civilians can be armed is that one's fellow citizens are seen less as neighbors than as possible deadly adversaries.

Roland Lazenby, Former Virginia Tech Professor: The Rising Toll of America's Gun Culture, asks "When will Americans tire of the toll from our aggressive gun culture?"

WNYC News reports Reformed Ex-Con Tries to Intervene on Gun Violence in Harlem.  33-year-old two-time felon Dedric Hammond now works full time as a violence interrupter for Street Corner Resources to stop disputes before they escalate to gun violence.

Media Matters, The Gun Lobby's Hunting Safety Assessment: Chance of Death Not Included, points to weaknesses in the methodology of NSSF's recent report.

Uppity Wisconsin,Firearms Training From an Instructor Who Isn't Allowed to Have a Gun? Krysta Sutterfield will continue to teach CCW classes despite a court case that currently bars her from possessing a gun.  "Might have to remove any handling of pistols from class, use pictures & not do the practical safety test," Sutterfield writes online.

Timothy Egan, New York Times, Gun Nuts in a Rut, points out that the gun lobby needs scary opposition in order to flourish, they need someone to hate, they need conspiracies, and they need donations.

Youth Alive After 20 years, Youth Alive continues its fight to end gun violence among Oakland's young people by providing hospital-based assistance and peer mentor training. One program, "Teens on Target" hires high school students to train middle school students about violence prevention strategies.

Media Matters, Holder is Right: Daily Caller is "Behind" GOP Calls for His Resignation. Since Oct. 28 Daily Caller reporter Matthew Boyle has written no fewer than 23 articles which reference calls for Holder's resignation in the headline.

What the Gun Lobby is Doing

Jay Bookman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls the new campaign by The Most Depraved Commercial (I Hope) You'll Ever See.

Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President NRA, warns The Obama Administration is Planning a Second-Term Attack on Gun Rights.

Bushmaster Firearms advertises its new hunting lineup in an effort to sell military-style assault rifles to hunters. A 2011 Violence Policy Center report details the Militarization of the U.S. Civilian Firearms Market.