CSGV Advocates for Policies to Prevent Firearm Suicide as National Suicide Prevention Week Begins

CSGV Advocates for Policies to Prevent Firearm Suicide as National Suicide Prevention Week Begins Suicides account for nearly two-thirds of all gun fatalities; these deaths can be prevented by temporarily removing firearms from those in crisis. Washington, DC (September 10, 2017)  — As National Suicide Prevention Week begins, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) …

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Victory in the Northwest

Extreme Risk Protection Order Becomes Law in Oregon ERPO’s passage indicates growing support for data-driven gun policy. Salem, Oregon (August 16, 2017)  — Yesterday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed SB 719 into law. SB 719,  otherwise known as the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO), establishes a process to remove guns from individuals at risk of …

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Violence in Charlottesville is a Product of NRA/Trump Hateful Rhetoric

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Patrick apatrick@csgv.org 202-408-0061 x 1017 (c) 828-712-7603 Violence in Charlottesville is a Product of NRA/Trump Hateful Rhetoric Charlottesville, VA (August 12, 2017)  —  Violence erupted today in Charlottesville, Virginia as white supremacist groups viciously attacked counter-protesters. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) extends our deepest …

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Today’s Shootings Prove Gun Violence Does Not Discriminate

“Gun violence does not discriminate. It is not black or white. It is not gay or straight. It is not Republican or Democrat. We must come together to reject hate in all its forms while working to ensure that hateful, dangerous individuals do not have access to weapons of war. The easy accessibility of highly lethal weapons turns nightclubs into slaughterhouses, churches into graveyards, and baseball fields into war zones.

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As Governor, Ralph Northam will be a Champion for Gun Violence Prevention

“Tonight’s results reaffirm what many of us already knew: gun violence prevention is a winning issue in Virginia. Long before it was politically expedient, Ralph Northam supported lifesaving gun violence prevention policies. He has been a leader in our movement for many years, and I am extremely heartened to see Virginians choose him as their Democratic nominee for governor."

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Sheriff Clarke Appointment Links Trump, Moscow, and the NRA

“At a time when the Trump campaign’s connections to the Kremlin are dominating the conversation in Washington, it is shocking to see the administration bring on yet another person with dubious ties to the Russian government. As the Mueller investigation begins, it is important to ask where Sheriff Clarke and the NRA fit into all this.”

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Ignored Nearly 15,000 Constituent Calls, Emails, and Letters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 17, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Patrick apatrick@csgv.org 202-408-0061 x 1017 (c) 828-712-7603 Governor Deal received 145 calls, emails, and letters in support of the campus carry bill he recently signed. He received nearly 15,000 in opposition. Washington, DC (May 17, 2017) — A new open records request reveals that Georgia Governor Nathan Deal received …

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CSGV Endorses Steven Jansen for the 13th Virginia House District

“In Steven Jansen, voters in the 13th District have a candidate who will stand up for the safety of their families. As director of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, he has dedicated his career to preventing guns from falling into the hands of dangerous individuals. He has consistently advocated for commonsense policies to protect citizens from gun violence in all its forms -- from domestic violence to firearm suicide. We need strong leaders like Steven Jansen in Richmond, and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is proud to support him.”

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Ralph Northam is Right Choice for Governor

In his race for governor, Northam has continued his strong support for a safer Virginia. As a doctor, Northam has seen the dangerous effects of guns up close, and as an elected official he has used his position to fight for stronger gun laws. He has a proven record of standing up and speaking out on this vital issue while others have stayed silent. His support for gun violence prevention has never been a political talking point, because Ralph Northam views the issue as a moral obligation to his constituents. We are proud to support his campaign.

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In a Blow to the Gun Lobby, Senator Warner Announces Opposition to Federally Mandated Concealed Carry Reciprocity

“Federally mandated concealed carry reciprocity is a dangerous proposal that conflicts with the values of most Americans. Allowing armed concealed carry permit holders from states with weak permitting laws to carry across the country has long been a priority for NRA leadership. Senator Warner -- the NRA’s home state senator -- sent a powerful message to them today."

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Ten Years After Virginia Tech Massacre, Survivor and CSGV Virginia State Director Reflects on Progress

“After Virginia Tech, I dedicated my life to fighting for stronger gun laws. It has been a difficult road. In ten years, we have encountered challenges and heartbreak, but we have also seen positive change. We have seen gun violence prevention go from an issue no politician wants to talk about to an issue candidates build their campaigns around. The gun violence prevention movement has become more politically organized and impactful than ever, with more activists, donors, and volunteers joining the fight each day."

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Trump’s Silence on San Bernardino Shooting Reflects Apathy on American Gun Violence

“As the tenth anniversary of the massacre at Virginia Tech University nears, we recall then-President George W. Bush’s comforting words following the tragedy. President Bush -- no enemy of the gun lobby -- knew when to put politics aside and use the power of the presidency to speak to a wounded nation. When President Trump is faced with the next Virginia Tech, Aurora, Charleston, Newtown, or Orlando, will he be able to find the right words? Will he even care?”

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CSGV Statement on North Park Elementary School Shooting

Domestic violence shooting at North Park Elementary School shows the danger of armed abusers — both for intended victims and the general public. San Bernardino, CA (April 11, 2017)  — A shooting described as a murder-suicide unfolded Monday morning inside a San Bernardino elementary school. In what is thought to be a domestic dispute, a 53-year-old male …

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CSGV Statement: Governor Martinez’s Veto Endangers New Mexican Women

“Today, Governor Martinez failed the women of New Mexico by vetoing a bill that passed with bipartisan support. A woman's risk of being murdered by an abusive partner increases fivefold if there is a gun in the home, and abusers often use guns to intimidate their victims. By removing guns from domestic abusers, this law would have helped protect the lives of New Mexican women. Governor Martinez’s shameful veto of this life-saving bill implicitly denies the irrefutable link between guns and domestic violence.”

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CSGV Statement: Senate Breaks the Rules to Confirm NRA’s Nominee

“Trump and his NRA puppet-masters now have a reliable vote in Neil Gorsuch. This stolen seat was one that the gun lobby invested in, and NRA leaders now expect a return on that investment. Between their unprecedented obstruction of Merrick Garland and their willingness to fundamentally change the rules, Mitch McConnell and his unscrupulous colleagues have shown they will stop at nothing to give the NRA what they want.”

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CSGV Statement: Veterans Bill Rushed Through House; Passes on Mostly Party Line Vote

“HR 1181 is a poorly written, irresponsible, half-baked piece of legislation that is essentially a blank check for the NRA. The language in this bill is so broad and confusing that its own sponsor cannot explain how it would work. It would put veterans who are at risk of suicide in danger, yet Republicans are scrambling to ram the bill through without consideration of these heroes’ lives."

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CSGV Statement: New Mexico House Passes Bill to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

“Tonight, lawmakers in New Mexico took an important step to protect victims of domestic violence. We know that the chance of being murdered by an abusive partner increases fivefold if there is a gun in the home, and guns are often used to intimidate women into staying in abusive relationships.

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CSGV Statement: House Committee Reports Bill That Could Increase Risk of Veteran Suicide

“If members of Congress are serious about combating the high number of veteran suicides, they did not show it today. Rather than working towards a bipartisan solution, Republicans are attempting to railroad intentionally vague legislation through Congress without an adequate hearing. Their ultimate goal seems to be the blanket restoration of gun rights regardless of whether or not these veterans are at a heightened risk of dangerousness. By rushing HR 1181, lawmakers show they are more interested in carrying water for the gun lobby than protecting the lives of American heroes.”

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Background Checks Continue to Decline Under Trump

For the third month in a row, newly released numbers from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS) show a decrease in background checks relative to the previous year. Only 1,203,438 checks on handgun, long gun, multiple, other, and private sales were performed in February 2017 compared to 1,383,373 in February 2016.

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CSGV Statement: NRA’s LaPierre Prepares for War with New Target in Mind.

“In the past, Wayne LaPierre has rallied NRA members by speaking of a tyrannical government coming to take away their guns. For a long time, that message worked. But now, with the NRA’s mouthpiece-in-chief installed as president, the NRA's number one target is the 'violent left' -- protesters who disagree with Trump's dangerous agenda. LaPierre characterized these Americans as 'anarchists, Marxists, and socialists' who hate 'everything America stands for.' In typical LaPierre fashion, he peppered his speech with violent imagery and equated American opposition to Trump with terrorism and treason. As Trump works to ‘deconstruct the administrative state,’ LaPierre is mobilizing his militia to support the Trump state. Political dissenters are now the target, but fear and divisiveness are still LaPierre's central message."

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