It's the Brady Briefing, another time where JJ casts alone on everything from court cases to mass shootings, in this, a weekly wrap up on gun violence and gun violence prevention for the week of November 9th to November 15th.
In this cast we have a lot of ground to cover--from straw sales, to mass shootings, to “2nd Amendment sanctuaries” to DOJ programs to court cases to the shooting at Saugus High school. It’s a lot, and it’s all awful. But remember, we're in this together.
Today in this wrap-up, you'll learn about:
- what straw sales are, and why they're dangerous;
- why doctors are LESS likely to talk about gun safety after mass shootings;
- why a “Second Amendment Sanctuary" prioritizes guns over people;
- why the case against the Bushmaster AR-15 gun by Remington is so important;
- why the U.S. Department of Justice’s announced "Project Guardian" initiative is toothless;
- and finally, what happened at Saugus High School.
So, you know, a lot.
JJ also shares some amazing quotes, an even better tweet, and more conversations about PLCAA.
Some of the links mentioned in this episode :
"Saugus High School Shooting"
"Brady Applauds SCOTUS Decision"
"Aalayah Eastmond Testifies"
"FAQ: What's a Crime Gun?"
Brady Briefing 6: Elections, anniversaries, and #thisisourlane
Minisode 4: Kris Brown and Kelly Sampson on toy guns, dangerous fakes, and Easy-bake Ovens
Episode 3: Brady's legal team on the Kirsten Englund case, and how to "be a lighthouse"
For more information on Brady, follow us on social @Bradybuzz, or via our website at bradyunited.org. Full transcripts and bibliography available at bradyunited.org/podcast.
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today we have a lot of ground to cover from straw sales to mass shootings to second amendment sanctuaries to DOJ programs, to court cases to the shooting at sagas high school. It's a lot and it's awful, but we're in this together. So let's go. In Chicago federal agents found that many recent shootings can be linked to out of state stress sales. Now, what's a straw sale? It's when a gun is sold to someone who is not the end user. Essentially prohibited purchasers get people with clean backgrounds to buy guns on their behalf, which skirts federal law. Some purchases are as obvious as two people walking into a gun dealer. One person examines the gun to make sure it's what he wants. He hands the money to the second person who then fills out the paperwork. The first person that takes the gun and they walk out.
So really clear that something hanky is going on and sometimes this happens even in front of sales staff. Other instances are much more complicated, but ultimately the end result is the same. Recent data obtained by Chicago's ABC seven I team, their investigative team showed that half of the guns recovered in Illinois came from other States and more than 1500 guns had been traced to sales across the border in Indiana. Now continuing with the serving news, a recent study by JAMA pediatrics that J a M a pediatrics revealed that mass shootings caused doctors to talk about safe storage and gun safety in the homes less often, which is the opposite of what we need. Though the study didn't ask why this happens. The author of the study had an idea saying, quote, avoidance is a common response to trauma. Physicians may be avoiding talking about gun violence to protect themselves or parents.
From thinking about the event. Parkland was really hard on my residents. These are people who have devoted their lives to protecting children and helping children thrive. This question tends to bring that event up and quote, but sadly, avoidance isn't the solution. Safe storage's checkup, Brady's and family fire program for more. Meanwhile, a second amendment sanctuary resolution passed by a four to zero vote and Lake County, Florida. The resolution, which support say is to protect the second amendment States, Lake county's quote, law abiding gun owners are safe from having their firearms taken away and quote, well, yeah, no one wants to take guns away from law abiding citizens. That's not the issue. What is the issue is that this resolution was passed presenting guns as a need of protection, not people. Commissioner Josh Blake was quoted as saying that the resolution draws a line in the sand quote. It doesn't mince words and I hope it sends a message to what can best be described as the authoritarian control freaks who see it as their job to forcibly disarm their fellow citizens and quote, but a Florida gun violence prevention groups had the resolution, which Blake also sponsored was meaningless.
Now, this was reported in the Florida Sentinel with quote, I really think it's just posturing by the gun lobby and their supporters at Andy Pelosi, who co-chairs the Florida coalition to prevent gun violence. Continuing on with government work, the department of justice that DOJ unveiled a program that aims to reduce gun violence with guidelines to prosecute people who make false statements. We'll try to get a gun now. This Trump administration proposed initiative. We'll expand policing initiatives already in place, expand local, state and federal partnerships as well as increased resources for the U S Bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives. ATF. The proposal does not, however, address common sense and by partisan policies like expanded background checks and enactment of extreme risk protection orders, oftentimes referred to as red flag laws, which Americans have both parties overwhelmingly support as said by Christian heinie, the vice president of policy at Brady and a frequent and beloved guest on this podcast quote, this proposal is billed as investigating cross accusing and preventing gun crimes, showing that the Trump administration's focus on law enforcement solutions will only address the violence after it has happened.
The administration can take actionable steps to address the supply of weapons across the country, including urging Senator McConnell to allow a vote on two bipartisan bells passed by the U S house of representatives that would expand background checks but are languishing on the majority leader's desk. Then the U S Supreme court on Tuesday dealt a blow to the firearms industry rejecting Remington arm CO's bid to dismiss a lawsuit by families of victims and the 2012 Sandy hook school massacre that killed 20 children and six adults. Now the lawsuit claimed that Remington's marketing campaign, which focused on the idea of man cards, insinuated that to be a masculine, forceful man, consumers needed to carry and use the Bushmaster AR 15 gun. The Supreme court justices denied Warrington's appeal of a lower court ruling that allowed the lawsuit to proceed. Remington then in part argue that they were protected by Placa, which is the protection of lawful commerce in arms act, a federal law that gives the gun industry special protections devoted listeners to the podcast.
We'll of course, now that we've talked about Placa a fair bit. Now, the plaintiffs have argued that Remington does bear some of the blame for the Sandy hook tragedy. They said that the Bushmaster AR 15 gun that was used, which is a semiautomatic civilian version of the U S military's, I'm 16 have been illegally marketed by the company to civilians as a combat weapon for waging war and killing human beings. The plaintiffs said that Connecticut's consumer protection law forbids advertising that promotes violent criminal behavior, and even though these rifles have become the quote weapon of choice for many mass shooters and quote Remington's ads, quote, continue to exploit the fantasy of an all conquering lone gunman and quote, we have links to some of the images used in these ads online at Brady buzz, and really I do recommend that you check them out. They're kind of horrifying. Finally, an awful news yesterday marked another school shooting the shooting at sagas high school in Santa Clarita began after classes started and lasted 16 seconds, six teen seconds, but in that time, five students were shot, two of which were killed, a 16 year old girl and a 14 year old boy.
The average age of those injured was 14 three other students have been wounded and hospitalized as the incident made. National headlines, Aaliyah, Eastman and REO guys, Mar, uh, Brady's youth initiative team enough, we're on Capitol Hill talking to legislators about efforts to prevent gun violence and their observations were telling as Aliyah remarked on her Twitter quote, there is a complete absence of reaction. Nobody cares, nor are they paying attention. It was just business as usual. Kids are dying and they're failing to act. How many more wake up calls do we need? A final sobering reminder, the gun violence archive had already marked 365 mass shootings at the time that this podcast went to air. How many more will come in the 47 days left to 2019 in 2020 in our lifetime, we don't have any more time to waste.
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