Please TELL WALMART: STOP SELLING CRICKET GUNS FOR/TO YOUNG CHILDREN


 

By Jueseppi B.

THIS should scare the fuck out of you.

THIS should scare the fuck out of you.

 

Walmart, the American multinational retail giant, currently sells Crickett Firearms, a line of rifles that are marketed to very young children under the tagline “My First Rifle.” These weapons often look like toys, coming in colors like pink and orange.

 

A new study shows that 20 children and teens are hospitalized every day for gun injuries in the United States. Nearly 2,700 children and teens died from gun-related injuries in 2010. U.S. children and teens are 17 times more likely to die from a gun than their peers in 25 other high-income countries combined.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has made it clear that “the safest home for children is one without a gun.” According to a past president of the AAP, “Firearm injuries are often fatal—there are few second chances. Young children are curious, and are often unable to remember or follow safety rules. Older children and teens naturally tend to be moody and impulsive. When you combine these traits with access to guns, the consequences can be tragic and permanent.”

 

As the second largest public corporation in the world, Walmart says “we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished so far on our journey to become a more…responsible business.” But responsible businesses do not market weapons to young children, particularly in a country where children suffer such a high rate of gun death.

 

Tell Walmart: Stop selling Crickett Firearms at your stores immediately.

 

TELL WALMART:

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The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.

 

  1. Walmart online catalog of Crickett Firearms
  2. Crickett Firearms website
  3. Study: 20 Young People a Day Hospitalized for Gun Injuries,” USA Today, January 27, 2014
  4. Protect Children, Not Guns,” Children’s Defense Fund, 2013
  5. How Pediatricians Can Advocate for Children’s Safety in their Communities,” American Academy of Pediatrics website
  6. American Academy of Pediatrics Renews Commitment to Preventing Gun Injuries in Children,” Press Release, October 18, 2012
  7. Walmart Global Responsibility Report, 2013

 

 

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Moms Demand Action Objects To Proposed Amendment To Remove Federal Ban On Guns In Post Offices.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Excuse me but what type of idiot needs a gun on his/her person to mail a muthafuckin letter, buy stamps or send off that Christmas package to Grandma? A Coward, Punk Ass, Scared man/woman ,is what type.

 

Moms Demand Action Objects to Proposed Amendment to Remove Federal Ban on Guns in Post Offices.

 

by Moms Demand Action

 

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America vehemently objects to any attempt to amend existing federal law and lift the ban on guns in post offices, as proposed by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Sen. Paul’s amendment to the Senate postal reform bill would allow licensed gun owners to carry weapons inside post offices. Guns are currently banned in all American federal buildings, including post offices.

 

Image: A view shows U.S. postal service mail boxes at a post office in Encinitas

 

 

Sen. Paul is attempting to have the amendment included in a postal reform bill being debated by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Prior to the current ban on guns inside federal buildings, mass shootings at U.S. Post Offices were so frequent that the phrase “going postal” became a popular way to describe workplace violence in America.

 

“As mass shootings continue to trend upward in America, it is unthinkable that Sen. Paul would attempt to remove a ban on guns in a workplace where mass shootings have occurred,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Moms will not sit idly by while our lawmakers pick apart existing common-sense gun laws. We will fight tooth-and-nail to help protect our children and families from senseless gun violence.”

 

“There is simply no reason why post offices should be exempt from the ban on guns in federal buildings, especially given the history of shootings inside post offices,” said Watts.

 

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Moms Demand Action: Chicago I-55 Expressway Gun Billboard. As American as Apple Pie?


 

By Jueseppi B.

This Is What The NRA Supports. Murder Of American School Children As Being As American As Baseball & Apple Pie.

This Is What The NRA Supports. Murder Of American School Children As Being As American As Baseball & Apple Pie.

 

 

I-55 Gun Billboard: As American as Apple Pie?

 

By Meredith Rodriguez, Chicago Tribune & Moms Demand Action

 

What’s as American as apple pie and baseball? Rifles, according to a new billboard beside a busy Chicago freeway.

 

The sign on outbound I-55 near Central Avenue features photos of a baseball mitt, an apple pie and a large, black rifle above the words “Pure American.”

 

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“As a mom, I’m shocked and offended that I would be replaced in an idiom with an assault rifle,” said Nicole Chen, president of the Illinois chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grass-roots group that advocates for what it calls “common-sense gun reforms.”

 

Chen came across the advertisement, for Texas-based rifle-parts company Slide Fire Solutions, about a week ago.

 

Since then the Illinois chapter has spoken out on its Facebook page and has asked the billboard company displaying the ad — Lamar Advertising — to remove the sign.

 

“Lamar is posting this ad on billboards across the country, but it’s particularly upsetting that children in Chicago, a city that has struggled horribly with gun violence, are being exposed to such a harmful message,” the group said in a news release.

 

Lamar Advertising would not post anything that was factually inaccurate, fraudulent or deceptive, according to Hal Kilshaw, vice president of governmental relations for the company. A question of taste is different.

 

“We try not to run copy that’s offensive, but the standard can’t mean it can’t offend anyone,” Kilshaw said. “(Otherwise), we wouldn’t be able to run a McDonald’s ad because some people think McDonald’s products are unhealthy.”

 

Before the billboard was put up Jan. 13, the Baton Rouge-based advertising company discussed whether to accept it, Kilshaw said. While Lamar has rejected proposals and removed offensive ads in the past, Kilshaw said, in this case the company concluded that the benefits of running the copy outweighed the risks.

 

“We feel like it’s a legal product, and the advertiser has a First Amendment right to try to sell this product,” Kilshaw said. “If a group wanted to run a billboard that says, ‘We think semiautomatic rifles should be banned,’ we would run that.”

 

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A Brand New Day™: Weekly Address. White House Blog Updates.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Peter Welsch
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February 01, 2014
06:00 AM EST

 

In his weekly address, President Obama discussed the goals he laid out in the State of the Union address to expand opportunity for all so that every American can get ahead and have a shot at creating a better life for their kids.

 

 

 

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Temas del Estado de la Unión de 2014

February 01, 2014 | 2:43 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, la Directora de los Medios Hispanos Katherine Vargas habló sobre los temas del Estado de la Unión del martes. El Presidente presentó un conjunto de propuestas prácticas y concretas para hacer crecer la economía, fortalecer la clase media, y para empoderar a todas las personas que desean ser parte de la clase media.

 

 

 

Weekly Address: Restoring Opportunity for All

WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, the President discussed the goals he laid out in the State of the Union address to expand opportunity for all so that every American can get ahead and have a shot at creating a better life for their kids.

 

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online atwww.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, Saturday, February 1, 2014.

 

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
February 1, 2014

 

Hi, everybody.

 

This week, I delivered my State of the Union Address. Today, here’s the three-minute version.

 

After four years of economic growth with eight million new private sector jobs, our unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in more than five years.  And with the economy speeding up, companies say they intend to hire more people this year.

 

But while those at the top are doing better than ever, average wages have barely budged.  Inequality has deepened.  Too many Americans are working harder and harder just to get by.  And too many still aren’t working at all.

 

Our job is to reverse those trends.  It’s time to restore opportunity for all people – the idea that no matter who you are, if you work hard and live up to your responsibilities, you can make it if you try.

 

The opportunity agenda I laid out on Tuesday has four parts. This week, I took them on the road.

 

Job one is more new jobs: jobs in construction and manufacturing, jobs in innovation and energy.

 

In Wisconsin, I talked with plant workers at GE about part two: training more Americans with the skills to fill those new jobs.

 

In Tennessee, I talked with students about part three: guaranteeing every child access to a world-class education, from early childhood, through college, and right into a career.

 

And with steelworkers in Pittsburgh, and retail workers in Maryland, I laid out part four: making sure hard work pays off for men and women, with wages you can live on, savings you can retire on, and health insurance that’s there for you when you need it.

 

These ideas will strengthen the middle class and help more people work their way into the middle class.  Some of them will require Congress.  But wherever I can take steps to expand opportunity for more families on my own, I will.  I’m going to ask business leaders, education leaders, and philanthropic leaders to partner with us to advance these goals.

 

And every single day, I’m going to fight for these priorities – to shift the odds back in favor of more working and middle-class Americans, and to keep America a place where you can always make it if you try.

 

Thanks.  Have a great weekend.  And enjoy the Super Bowl.

 

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January 31st 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden provide encouragement to Erick Varela, who was about to introduce the President, prior to an event to outline new efforts to help the long-term unemployed, in the Green Room of the White House, Jan. 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden provide encouragement to Erick Varela, who was about to introduce the President, prior to an event to outline new efforts to help the long-term unemployed, in the Green Room of the White House, Jan. 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

White House Schedule – Week Of February 3rd to 6th 2014

 

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On Monday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

On Tuesday, the President will deliver remarks on education. In the evening, the President will host the House Democratic Caucus for a roundtable and reception at the White House. The Vice President will also attend.

 

On Wednesday, the President will deliver remarks at the Senate Democratic Issues Conference.

 

On Thursday, the President will deliver remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. The Vice President and the First Lady will also attend. Later, the President will meet with President Martelly of Haiti at the White House.

 

Details about Friday’s schedule will be released as they become available.

 

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President Obama Gets Asked “How Are You?” in a Google+ Hangout

January 31, 2014 | 4:23 |Public Domain

 

During a virtual road trip on Google+, President Obama answered questions from people joining around the country. Including Rob in Portland who asked, “How are you?” Watch what President Obama had to say.

 

 

 

Press Briefing

January 31, 2014 | 47:43 |Public Domain

 

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President on Giving the Long-Term Unemployed a Fair Shot

January 31, 2014 | 20:58 |Public Domain

East Room.

 

 

 

West Wing Week 01/31/14 or “West Wing Week Turns 200!”

January 30, 2014 | 6:57 |Public Domain

 

This anniversary episode, hosted by the President, coincides with this year’s State of the Union Address. We’ll take you behind the scenes and on the road to speak directly with Americans like you about your lives and your families, and how together we can make sure that every American who works and studies hard has a real chance to get ahead.

 

 

Friday, January 24th

  • The President participated in pre-State of the Union preparations.

 

Tuesday, January 28th

 

Wednesday, January 29th

  • The President toured the Costco in Lanham, Marylandand spoke on the company’s leadership on employee pay.
  • Later that day, the President toured the US Steel Irvin Plant in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania to speak on making hard work pay off for every single American.

 

Thursday, January 30th

  • The President toured the General Electric gas engines factory and discussed the rebounding of the U.S. manufacturing sector in Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Then, the President delivered a speech on educational opportunity at McGavock High School

 

 

The White House Blog

 

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Kori Schulman
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January 31, 2014
07:51 PM EST

 

President Barack Obama participates in a virtual road trip across the country via Google+ President Barack Obama participates in a virtual road trip across the country via Google+ Hangouts to discuss the issues and policies that he laid out in the State of the Union address, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. January 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

This afternoon, President Obama traveled (virtually) around the country via Google+ Hangout to answer questions about his State of the Union Address from everyday Americans. Starting on the West Coast and heading East, the President spoke to Sheila in San Francisco about immigration reform; Darnell, a fry cook at a fast-food company in Milwaukee, about raising the minimum wage; and Rob in Portland who simply asked, “how are you?

 

Watch the full video of the Hangout below, or over on YouTube. And be sure to follow the White House on Google+ for more opportunities to engage with the President and his administration.

 

 

 

New Transit Projects Connect Communities to Opportunities

 

Road Trip with President Obama

 

President Obama Extends Best Wishes for the Lunar New Year

 

President Obama Travels the Country to Promote Opportunity for All

 

Mad Men, Working Women, and Fair Pay

 

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden provide encouragement to Erick Varela, who was about to introduce the President, prior to an event to outline new efforts to help the long-term unemployed, in the Green Room of the White House, Jan. 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden provide encouragement to Erick Varela, who was about to introduce the President, prior to an event to outline new efforts to help the long-term unemployed, in the Green Room of the White House, Jan. 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Kate Ranta, 41-Year-Old Mother: “I almost lost my life at the end of the barrel of a gun—but I was spared.”


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Kate Ranta, 41-Year-Old Mother: “I almost lost my life at the end of the barrel of a gun—but I was spared.”

 

by Moms Demand Action

 

Kate Ranta’s estranged husband, Thomas Maffei, appeared at her apartment in Coral Springs, Florida, on November 2, 2012, and opened fire, hitting her and her dad. She nearly died in front of her four-old-little boy. Now they all must deal with the memories—and the reality that this keeps happening to others. Kate shares her story with Moms Demand Action.

 

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I came to realize that I had endured emotional/psychological abuse throughout our marriage. I didn’t know anything about emotional abuse at all. I thought domestic violence was physical only. It wasn’t until I saw a checklist about emotional abuse after I’d left him that the light bulb went off. Since our case has yet to go to trial, I can’t talk in deep detail about specific red flags and events that occurred while I was with him, but a domestic violence incident in early 2011 is what sent us out the door and away from him. As a side note, he did have many guns in the house, all of which were seized by law enforcement when I was granted a restraining order.

 

At the time of the shooting, I was two years into the very contentious divorce. I was a single mom working full-time and doing the best I could to provide a safe and stable environment for my son.

 

My estranged husband was absent from my son’s life for eight to nine months at a time during those two years.

 

But just because the marriage was over didn’t mean the emotional and financial abuse was over, too. If anything, it escalated after I left. It was a very difficult time, to say the least.

 

On November 2, 2012, my worst fears were realized. My estranged husband showed up at my home, looking for a confrontation. As we pushed the door closed in a vain attempt to keep him away, he fired through it. He entered the apartment and fired additional shots. My right hand exploded in front of my eyes. I fell to the floor, screaming and sliding in my own blood. Another bullet went through my left breast. I begged for my life. My father was shot in his left arm and in his side, and severely injured.

 

My son witnessed the entire event from beginning to end. He cried and begged his father (who no longer has parental rights as a result of this violence), “Don’t do it! Don’t shoot Mommy!” Miraculously, we were able to exit the scene and barely survived. I had to be flown by helicopter to the hospital and receive an emergency blood transfusion. My father was in the ICU. My son was transported to the police station where he was interviewed. He didn’t know if his mommy and grandfather were alive or dead. My estranged husband was arrested at the scene and has been in jail awaiting trial ever since.

 

My right hand is still numb and stiff. My thumb and index finger have very little feeling; I have to be careful about using my hand, especially with temperatures. I’ve been diagnosed with PTSD and do have triggers that set off anxiety. I go to counseling regularly to try to make sense of the domestic violence I experienced, how I missed the red flags, and how to heal from my life nearly being taken from me—and that of my father and son, as well.

 

My father had a bullet removed from his side and his left hand is disabled due to nerve damage from a bullet wound higher up in his arm. He needs additional surgery to try to get his left hand moving.

 

My son is a true survivor. He’s five now and is also in regular counseling but is so strong. He has lingering fears and we can’t yet predict how this will affect him in the future, but he is surrounded by love from family and friends, and positive male role models. We’re doing the best we can as a family.

 

The healing process post-shooting has been a long and difficult one. The physical pain is bad enough. The pain of being shot through the hand—feeling it flop around lifelessly—the surgery, the swelling until I thought my fingers would explode, the pacing around the house in the middle of the night because the pain was excruciating, the three-times-a-week for almost a year of occupational therapy to get my hand moving again. It was more pain than I’ve felt in my life.

 

The emotional healing runs much deeper, however. I’m more vigilant than I used to be. I think he took my “innocence” away—that bad things definitely can happen to good people. My worst fear did come true. I struggle with the “why and how could he do this to us?” I know I’ll never have a true answer. I struggle with anger toward him, toward myself for not seeing him for what he is.

 

On the other hand, I’ve seen myself over the past almost 15 months go from shell-shocked victim to strong survivor. My friends started a love and support page on Facebook for me when I was still in the hospital. I took it over shortly after I got home and have posted regularly on it ever since. It has greatly helped in my healing process. Documenting my journey post-shooting, sharing my thoughts and feelings about what happened, and receiving amazing support from family, friends and complete strangers, has really boosted me up.

 

Here is the link:

Love and Support for Kate Ranta and Family

 

 

I welcome new supporters to follow me on my journey that’s not over yet!

 

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I’ve never been a fan of guns. I didn’t grow up with guns in the house. I’ve never understood America’s fascination with and vehement defense of guns. I don’t understand the gun lobby, and 2nd Amendment supporters who believe that by passing gun control laws that make sense and properly protect people, the government is coming to take people’s guns away. That just makes no sense at all. Nor does the “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” mantra or “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” rhetoric. Those are sound bites from a gun lobby that makes a lot of money by keeping people in fear that their guns will be confiscated.

 

Our laws right now definitely don’t protect women and children. When I was granted a restraining order against my estranged husband, police seized handguns and shotguns from the house. A judge arrested him in court for violating that restraining order. He was booked, a mug shot was taken, so he had a record. How was he able to obtain the gun he used to shoot us? Where was the protection for us?

 

I am 150% behind Moms Demand Action’s mission to pass gun laws that make sense—of course particularly for keeping guns out of the hands of abusers, and closing loopholes that allow them to obtain guns. I believe this is a big part of my own mission in life as I move forward and heal and become stronger and stronger.

 

I almost lost my life at the end of the barrel of a gun—but I was spared. Now it’s time for me to work to save the lives of others. Enough is enough!

 

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of gun violence and would like to share your story with Moms Demand Action, please email facesofcourage@momsdemandaction.org.

 

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