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A Gun Buyback in Santa Barbara Makes Good Sense

The Courts

“It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.” —Justice Antonin Scalia  NATIONAL Feb.23, 2014 —The U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider whether the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms applies outside the home. In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that the [...]


GUN MANUFACTURERS ARE NEVER LIABLE The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act bans lawsuits against gun dealers and manufacturers “for the harm caused by those who criminally or unlawfully misuse firearm products.” The law was passed under intense pressure from the National Rifle Association (NRA) amid a number of lawsuits by city governments that [...]



Stand Your Ground Laws + Guns = Deadly Mix … or “GO AHEAD MAKE MY DAY”

Are‘Stand Your Ground Laws’ and guns too deadly a mixture, questions Scott Martelle’s Op-Ed, 2/19/2014 L.A. Times, excerpted in part below. “These are not abstract issues, particularly with the current legal and legislative debates over regulating concealed weapons. Is an armed America a more aggressive America? And does the existence of stand-your-ground laws make confrontations [...]

President Obama Issues Two New Executive Orders On Background Checks

n January 3, 2014, President Obama issued two new executive actions that will help strengthen the federal background check system and keep guns out of the wrong hands. 1) The Department of Justice (DOJ) is proposing a regulation to clarify who is prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law for reasons related to mental [...]

Remember and Recommit

When you look at the faces of the 20 children and 6 educators of Sandy Hook Elementary School whose lives were so violently taken December 14, 2012, your heart stops, your heart breaks. Sadly each day in America 8 children’s lives are violently ended with a firearm, equivalent to a Sandy Hook every three days. [...]

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Brady Bill by Improving It 

“The Brady Bill has finally become law in a fundamental sense not because of any of us, but because grassroots America changed its mind and demanded that this Congress not leave here without doing something about this.  And all of us—even Jim and Sarah (Brady)—did was to somehow light that spark that swept across the [...]

Why So Many Tragic Shootings?

In a recent article, Washington Post columnist Fareed Zakaria suggested that we must not focus on one tragic shooting event but try to understand why America has so many. We tend to look at three causes after a shooting: the psychology of the killer, America’s culture of violence and easy access to guns. If psychology is [...]

Shoot First Stand Your Ground Laws

Shoot First Stand Your Ground Laws

Promote Lawlessness & Impunity for Gun Owners “It’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods.” — Attorney General Eric Holder addressing the annual NAACP convention, condemning Stand-Your-Ground laws Orlando Florida, July 2013.” “Shoot-first laws like those in Florida can inspire dangerous vigilantism and protect [...]