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Some Startling Facts From Think Progress; The Year In Guns: What Has Happened — And What Has Not — Since Newtown


By Jueseppi B.















From Think Progress:


The Year In Guns: What Has Happened — And What Has Not — Since Newtown




One year ago, the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary began a nationwide debate about gun violence prevention. The conversation that followed led to at least three new national groups advocating for reform, 23 executive actions signed by President Obama, and stronger state gun laws protecting roughly half of Americans. To the disappointment of anti-gun violence advocates, Congress failed to pass a single reform addressing the 6 million gun purchases that slip through a weak background check system.


Here is a look at where gun violence and the movement against gun violence stand one year since Newtown:




At least 27 school shootings: Between the Sandy Hook shooting and December 4, there were 27 other school shootings that caused at least 20 injuries. According to the group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, they occurred in Southgate, MI; Cincinnati, OH; Gray, ME; Austin, TX; Algona, IA; Rapid City, SD; Orlando, FL; Decatur, GA; Fort Myers, FL; Taft, CA; St. Louis, MO; Hazard, KY; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Atlanta, GA; San Leandro, CA; Cambridge, MA; Santa Monica, CA; West Palm Beach, FL; Clarksville, TN; Memphis, TN; Winston-Salem, NC; Pine Hills, FL; Sparks, NV; Greensboro, NC; and Stone Mountain, GA.


Add to that number Arapahoe High School, and you now have 28 school shootings.


Blessing for the student, parents and staff of Arapahoe High School.

Blessing for the student, parents and staff of Arapahoe High School.


194 children killed: A Mother Jones analysis found at least 194 children under 12 have been killed since the Sandy Hook shooting. Most children were killed at home, accidentally or due to domestic violence, because of a gun kept in the house. The average child was 6 years old.


1,500 state bills introduced: According to the New York Times, of the 109 bills that passed, 39 promote gun violence prevention, while 70 loosen the law to allow guns in schools, bars, or exempt concealed carry from background checks, and more. Nine laws passed by states loosen restrictions of guns in schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee. North Carolina, Kansas, and Arkansas made it easier to bring guns onto college campuses, as well.


23 executive actions and 1 bill passed by Congress: Obama signed 23 executive actions promoting gun safety earlier this year. The Senate failed to pass background checks legislation, making Congress’ only action this year reauthorizing the Undetectable Firearms Act, which bans plastic firearms that go unnoticed by a metal detector.


189 million people: By a Mother Jones count, 189 million people live in states that strengthened gun laws since Newtown, and 185 million live in states that weakened them.


More than 225,000 advocates join anti-gun violence groups: Reform advocates have joined forces post-Newtown in at least three new groups, indicating a growing national movement for reform. Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense and Gabby Giffords’ Americans for Responsible Solutions together count more than 225,000 members. Another 274,000 have signed the Sandy Hook Promise advocating for gun violence prevention.


$1.8 million: The Center for Responsive Politics showed $1.8 million spent on federal lobbying for gun violence prevention this year, nine times the amount as the year before. The National Rifle Association and its allies still outspend the other side on lobbying, however, doubling its spending to $13 million.


5 million: In May, the National Rifle Association reported it grew to more than 5 million members. It did not report how many members withdrew over the NRA’s position against gun violence bills, but there was some public backlash.


Thank you Think Progress &  ADAM PECK AND REBECCA LEBER.




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Snow bird quilt

Originally posted on sethsnap:

Bright spots of color in quilts of snow, birds weave a pattern of beauty for our winter landscapes.

Taking off.

Taking off.

Tit and Tat.



Stare down.

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This is Eric

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

Eric makes sandwhiches and fruit and shared them out the new york subway system

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Carmelita Cookies

Originally posted on creative noshing:

These were my favorite new cookies in the basket. These were inspired by a visit to Porto’s in L.A. where I tried their “kiss” cookies. A delicious shortbread wrapped around dulce de leche. While not exactly the same, I put a holiday spin by wrapping snickerdoodles around dulce de leche. Enjoy! 20131214-104540.jpg

1 cup soft butter

1 ½ cup sugar

2 eggs

2 ¾ cups plain flour

1tsp soda

½ tsp salt

1 cup dulce de leche

2 tbsp sugar

2tbsp cinnamon

Preheat oven 400 degrees. Mix butter, sugar, eggs. Sift flour, soda, and salt. Stir in. Roll into quarter size balls. Cut balls in half. Form cupped shaped and pipe in a dollop of dulce de leche. Place top dough on top and press edges together. Roll lightly to form ball shape again. Mix sugar and cinnamon and roll balls in mixture. Place two inches apart. Bake 10 minutes on…

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Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread

Originally posted on creative noshing:

I took a couple of days off from work and hunkered down in my tiny apartment kitchen to bake my annual holiday basket. This is my seventh year baking this basket and as can be imagined, the basket has evolved and grown (some may say, it has grown into a crazy endeavor.)

This year, I made sixteen treats over the course of four days. Even though it was well thought out with spreadsheets and I knew I would be excited to send off the goodies to my family and friends; halfway through, I was feeling the craziness of it all! But the beat goes on and so did my baking.

For my sixth treat for my annual holiday basket was a cranberry pistachio shortbread lightly scented with orange.

Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread


1/2 cup pistachios

1 cup butter, room temperature

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 mandarin orange (zest and juice)


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