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Backgrounder: The History of the NRA/ALEC Gun Agenda

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Thomas P (280)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 4:29 pm
Note...thanks Carrie. It's interesting to note that the ALEC-based initiatives in the article all have one thing in common...selling more guns. Because, really, what reasonable person doesn't think that a few more guns in a country where there are 300 million guns will help solve our gun violence problems?

Giana P (398)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 11:17 pm
Gun control and education - at an early age! In this case, the parents should be re-educated, but this is quite a difficult feat...

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 3:54 am
Alec, the NRA and Americans generally are nuts.
We used to have gun violence often in Australia until we banned guns.
Sure, gangsters have guns. However, they are only interested in shooting other gangsters, as if the rest of us did not exist.That's fine.

Farah Hage Ali (152)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 7:53 am
noted, thank you

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Friday December 28, 2012, 11:27 am

Gloria H (88)
Friday December 28, 2012, 5:26 pm
We have had our share of presidents who were either shot at or killed with guns. Can't recall any murdered by baseball bat.

Walt G (2)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 7:24 pm
Great myth-making, about some FACT!
Myth: Gun control in Australia is curbing crime
Fact: Crime has been rising since enacting a sweeping ban on private gun ownership. In the first two years after Australian gun-owners were forced to surrender 640,381 personal firearms, government statistics showed a dramatic increase in criminal activity.31 In 2001-2002, homicides were up another 20%.32
From the inception of firearm confiscation to March 27, 2000, the numbers are:
• Firearm-related murders were up 19%
• Armed robberies were up 69%
• Home invasions were up 21%
The sad part is that in the 15 years before the national gun confiscation:
• Firearm-related homicides dropped nearly 66%
• Firearm-related deaths fell 50%
Fact: Gun crimes have been rising throughout Australia since guns were banned. In Sydney alone, robbery rates with guns rose 160% in 2001, more in the previous year.33
Fact: A ten year Australian study has concluded that firearm confiscation had no effect on crime rates.34 A separate report also concluded that Australia’s 1996 gun control laws “found [no] evidence for an impact of the laws on the pre-existing decline in firearm homicides”35 and yet another report from Australia for a similar time period indicates the same lack of decline in firearm homicides (36)
31 Crime and Justice - Crimes Recorded by Police, Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2000.
32 Report #46: Homicide in Australia, 2001-2002, Australian Institute of Criminology, April 2003.
33 Costa targets armed robbers, The Sydney Morning Herald, April 4, 2002.
34 Gun Laws and Sudden Death: Did the Australian Firearms Legislation of 1996 Make a Difference?, Dr. Jeanine Baker and Dr. Samara McPhedran, British Journal of Criminology, November 2006.
35 Austrian firearms: data require cautious approach, S. McPhedran, S. McPhedran, and J. Baker, The British Journal of Psychiatry, 2007, 191:562
36 Australian firearms legislation and unintentional firearm deaths a theoretical explanation for the absence of decline following the 1996 gun laws Public Health, Samara McPhedran, Jeanine Baker, Public Health, Volume 122, Issue 3

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 10:14 am
Well, as they say, figures don't lie, but liars do figure.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 2:21 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie. This tells me that those of us advocating for tighter gun restrictions, and backing them up with funding need to address ALEC as well as the NRA. ALEC undermines debates about gun violence with its "Resolution on Semi-Automatic Firearms," opposing restricting the sale of assault weapons. A "Defense of Free Market and Public Safety Resolution" discourages efforts by law enforcement to purchase weapons only from manufacturers that improve gun safety, as well as efforts to limit public contracting to gun dealers who don't have a record of selling weapons used in crimes.
In 2011, ALEC's Public Safety and Elections Task Force unanimously adopted a proposal to prohibit cities from banning machine guns.
Although many corporations left ALEC after the Trayvon Martin shooting, ExxonMobil, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, UPS and AT&T remain members and sponsors. Along with legislators, these corporations make ALEC possible. I say a boycott is the next order of business.
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