By Jueseppi B.
How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?
The answer is 2,708. Thats Two Thousand, Seven Hundred And Eight human American lives in 91 days.
International Arms Trade Treaty: Take a Good Look
Published on Mar 14, 2013
Now is the time for an Arms Trade Treaty. A massive and poorly regulated global trade in weapons feeds armed conflict that threatens the security and rights of people around the world on a daily basis. Get the facts. And tell President Obama to support a strong international Arms Trade Treaty. Take action:http://www.oxfamamerica.org/ATTaction
The global arms and ammunition trade is out of control, fueling armed conflict that threatens the security and rights of people around the world on a daily basis. Next week, world leaders and their negotiating teams will gather at the UN in New York to hammer out the international Arms Trade Treaty.
Now is the time for the Arms Trade Treaty. A bulletproof treaty – and the safety it can bring to families around the world – is a vital part of the fight against poverty and injustice. With it, we can help save lives, prevent human rights abuses, and protect the livelihoods of people around the world.
President Obama needs to hear from you now: Ask him to support a strong Arms Trade Treaty that will save lives and make the world a safer place.
Support the Arms Trade Treaty
Dear President Obama:
After failing to reach an agreement in July 2012 on the Arms Trade Treaty, governments will gather once again at the UN in New York later this month to hammer out a treaty governing the global trade in conventional weapons. I encourage you to direct your representatives to support a strong Arms Trade Treaty that would effectively restrict arms transfers to war criminals and terrorists and cover all conventional weapons and ammunition.
The irresponsible and poorly regulated arms trade fuels serious human rights abuses, armed violence, poverty and conflict around the world. Millions of people are being killed, injured, raped, repressed and forced to flee their homes every year. Health, education and other services are being denied and livelihoods destroyed. The world needs a strong Arms Trade Treaty that will prevent arms transfers if they are likely to contribute directly to serious human rights abuses, war crimes or poverty.
Please ensure that US negotiators work with other governments in support of a Treaty that sets clear humanitarian standards with a strong arms transfer criteria linked to protection of human rights, international humanitarian law, and sustainable development.
Mr. President, your administration has made the prevention of atrocities a key focus of its foreign policy. A strong Arms Trade Treaty will do more than any other single global measure to prevent atrocities by making it clearly illegal for countries to facilitate the commission of atrocities through the arms trade. I encourage you to direct your representatives to fight for a strong treaty that will build upon your legacy to prevent atrocities and saves lives.
Every family that has lost loved ones to gun violence deserves a vote.
The President’s plan to REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE
President Obama has announced his plan to better protect our children and our communities by reducing gun violence in America.
TELL CONGRESS TO CLOSE LOOPHOLES ON BACKGROUND CHECKS:
Most gun owners use their guns legally and responsibly, and the President strongly believes in an individual right to bear arms, but we need to take action to better protect our children and communities from tragic mass shootings like the one in Newtown, Connecticut.
It’s up to each of us to speak out and show legislators that now is the time. It won’t be easy, but if we can save even one life, it’ll be worth it.
THE PRESIDENT’S PLAN INCLUDES:
- Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands.
- Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and taking other common sense steps.
- Making schools safer.
- Increasing access to mental health services.
PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ALREADY TAKEN STEPS TO START TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE, SIGNING 23 EXECUTIVE ACTIONS INTO LAW AND NOW CONGRESS NEEDS TO ACT.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- Make sure your representative in Congress knows you support the President’s plan
- Make sure your friends and family know about President Obama’s plan
- Read these stories about why people are fighting to reduce gun violence, and share your own.
- Download this sign saying you’re one of the 92 percent of Americans who support universal background checks. Then put it up somewhere folks will see it to keep the conversation going.
WATCH: President Obama lays out his plan to reduce gun violence:
President Obama Introduces a Plan to Reduce Gun Violence
Published on Jan 16, 2013
President Obama puts forward a specific plan to protect our children and communities by reducing gun violence, introducing legislative and executive action that combined would close background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands; ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and taking other common-sense steps to reduce gun violence; make schools safer; and increase access to mental health services. January 16, 2013.
MEASURES CONGRESS SHOULD PASS RIGHT NOW: See the list:
“The most important changes we can make depend on congressional action. They need to bring these proposals up for a vote.”
President Obama is asking Congress to urgently introduce legislation to:
- Eliminate loopholes and require background checks for all gun sales
- Reinstate the prohibition on high-capacity magazines
- Renew and strengthen the ban on assault weapons
- Create serious penalties for gun traffickers
- Get armor-piercing bullets off the streets by prohibiting the possession and transfer of this dangerous ammunition
- Keep 15,000 cops on the street
- Further research on gun violence
- Help schools develop and implement comprehensive emergency management plans
- Remove restrictions that require ATF to authorize importation of dangerous weapons simply because of their age
MEASURES THE PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN: Closing background check loopholes:
President Obama is committed to keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and he has signed six executive actions that will:
- Require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system
- Address unnecessary legal barriers that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system
- Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system
- Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks
- Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun
- Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers
MEASURES THE PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN: Common sense steps to reduce gun violence:
President Obama is not willing to wait for Congress to take action to reduce gun violence. On January 16th, 2013 he signed executive actions to introduce 11 common sense measures:
- Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign
- Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission)
- Require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations
- Release a DOJ (Department of Justice) report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement
- Nominate an ATF director
- Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations
- Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime
- Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence
- Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies
- Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes
- Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities
MEASURES THE PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN: Making schools safer:
At the heart of the President’s proposals to reduce gun violence is a focus on making sure our kids are safe. Through executive actions, President Obama will:
- Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers
- Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship, and institutions of higher education
MEASURES THE PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN: Increasing mental health services:
“We will make sure mental health professionals know their options for reporting threats of violence—even as we acknowledge that someone with a mental illness is far more likely to be a victim of violent crime than the perpetrator.”
President Obama has moved swiftly to sign executive actions to:
- Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover
- Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges
- Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations
- Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Three ways you can take action right now:
“This will not happen unless the American people demand it. If parents and teachers, police officers and pastors, if hunters and sportsmen, if responsible gun owners, if Americans of every background stand up and say, enough; we’ve suffered too much pain and care too much about our children to allow this to continue—then change will come. That’s what it’s going to take.”
Here are three ways you can take action right now.
- Add your name. Show your support for President Obama’s plan to protect our kids and help reduce gun violence in America.
- Call your Representative. Make sure your representative knows you support President Obama’s plan and ask if he or she does too. You can use this simple script:
Hi, My name is [your name] and I’m a voter in your [district]. I’m calling to let you know that I support President Obama’s plan to reduce gun violence and want to know whether [name of your representative] does too?
- Spread the word. Make sure your friends and family know about the work President Obama is doing to keep our kids and communities safe: Share the President’s plan to reduce gun violence.
2,708 lives lost since December 14th, 2012. Thats Two Thousand, Seven Hundred And Eight human American lives in 91 days, since Sandy hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut lost 28 human lives, thats 20 children, 6 adult school staff, one mother of the mass murderer and the mass murderer.
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