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ICYMI — Associated Press: Gun Lobby-Backed State Legislatures Roll Back Gun Laws Despite Law Enforcement Opposition, Risk to Public and Police Officers

In several states with gun lobby backed state legislatures and Republican majorities, lawmakers have passed laws to weaken gun safety laws — and they’ve done so in spite of aggressive, vocal opposition from local law enforcement who have raised the alarm about the danger that rolling back training and permitting requirements for carrying a concealed gun in public poses to the public and to police officers, according the Associated Press. “There is something of a disjunction between repeating the political slogan of ‘back the blue’ versus supporting policies that rank-and-file police and leaders of police organizations actually…


Forbes: How Shannon Watts Says You Can Be A Mom And Advocate During Coronavirus

“After Sandy Hook, I felt I had to do something,” Ms. Watts explained. “It’s gun violence that kills 100 Americans a day, Black and Latino Americans represent the majority of gun homicide victims, and in an average month, 53 American women are shot to death by a partner. I have watched this issue in this country for too long and incredulous that no one was doing anything. As Alice Walker once said, ‘Activism is my rent for living on the planet.’ Fighting for gun safety became my rent!” Read the full article here.


Essence: New Poll Shows Black Voters Still Strongly Support Gun Violence Prevention

“Black Americans are bearing the brunt of both gun violence and police violence, which are often one and the same, so it’s no surprise that both of these issues are front of mind,” John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety said in the press release. “Over the coming months, Everytown will go all-out to elect candidates who understand that passing long-overdue gun safety laws is an essential step toward protecting Black lives.”…


Salon: NRA’s silence on police violence is deafening — its members’ attacks on Black victims are worse

“The NRA claims to be a ‘civil rights’ organization, but their officials have spent the last month defending Confederate monuments while comparing the Black Lives Matter movement to the Nazi Party and ISIS,” John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said in a statement to Salon. “That tells you everything you need to know about whose ‘civil rights’ the NRA really cares about.” Read the full article here.


ABC News: COVID-19’s impact could include 20 more firearm suicides per day this year, analysis shows

The study comes from the research arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, a non profit organization which advocates for gun control. Researchers at Everytown looked back at prior crises that led to massive unemployment, including the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Great Recession that ended in 2010. The Great Recession, for example, led to an estimated 4,750 additional deaths by suicide — though not all specifically by firearms. Based on Everytown’s research of the impacts of unemployment on suicide from past recessions, the researchers estimate this economic downturn could lead to a 20 to 30% increase…


Medium: Americans Want Gun Safety and This Is The Most Important Election of Our Lifetimes — Six Things I Learned From National Security Advisor Susan Rice

Gun violence survivors push us forward. June is an important month for gun violence survivors. It’s when we marked National Gun Violence Awareness Day and gathered for Wear Orange weekend to honor the more than 100 Americans who are shot and killed on average each day, as well as the hundreds more who are shot and wounded. On June 12, survivors and families marked four years since the horrific shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people and wounded 58 more, many of them LGBTQ and Latino.


USA Today: My mom was killed in the Mother Emanuel church shooting. We must disarm racism and hate.

“This is the time to address these problems –– by protesting, by voting, by addressing loopholes like the one that killed my mom and cousins five years ago and by dismantling the systems of oppression that African American communities face every day. But like so many of these problems that kill Black people in America, the Charleston loophole has gone unaddressed –– even as the other victims’ families and I have continually called out for action.” Read the full article here.


The Advocate: On Pulse Anniversary, a Call for LGBTQ+ Support for Gun Reform

“Fifty-one years after a Black trans woman led an uprising against police discrimination and violence at the Stonewall Inn, the LGBTQ community — and especially trans people of color — are still the targets of hate-fueled violence, which often involves a gun,” added John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “This year, Everytown renews our commitment to disarming hate and pushing federal lawmakers to close the giant loophole that allows people convicted of violent or threatening hate crimes to buy guns.”…


Parents: The Story Behind National Gun Violence Awareness Day is About Saving Black Lives

“Hadiya has inspired a movement of thousands of Americans to wear orange with the belief that we can and must end gun violence. It would be awesome to share with her what has been accomplished in her absence. But when remembering our daughter, who was smart, athletic, a fierce friend, a loving sister, daughter, and much more, we are not surprised that she has had such an impact on the world. She often declared that she would be a household name—but who knew at what cost.”…


Tennessean: Exclusive: 86 Tennessee business owners voice opposition to permitless carry bill

“Frank Grant, owner of Nashville-based Grant Ventures, started the letter, which grew from communication among business leaders with some assistance from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, a group that lobbies for gun control. The letter is also supported by Everytown for Gun Safety, a national nonprofit that advocates for more thorough background checks and education in an effort to reduce gun violence.”…