Bad News/Good News: More gun deaths…and a smart new book to inform and influence the debate.
First the Bad News
Just over these past few days…
Headline: Five Dead; Teen Accused in Killing Spree
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - It was a “horrific” crime scene that confronted deputies Saturday night: Pastor Greg Griego, his wife, Sarah, and their three youngest children lay dead — fatally shot multiple times with an assault rifle and other weapons — at their South Valley home.... Authorities believe the 15-year-old New Mexico teen accused of shooting his parents and three younger siblings to death over the weekend planned to drive to a nearby Walmart, kill more people there and eventually die in a shootout with police, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
HOUSTON — Luis Resendiz hid quietly in a small room with dozens of classmates after gunshots erupted in a courtyard on his college campus north of Houston. There his mind quickly drifted to last month’s Connecticut elementary school massacre that left 20 children dead, wondering if another gunman was on a rampage on the other side of the door. Report by the Associated Press.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas police lieutenant, his wife and son are dead after an apparent double murder, suicide and arson at their home in Boulder City, authorities said Monday.
Now Some Good News
A book of collected essays on how to reduce gun violence, written by some of our best and brightest, is set to be released next week. In the Foreward to “Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis,” New York City Mayor Michel Bloomberg writes: "The rate of firearms homicides in America is twenty times higher than it is in other economically advanced nations. We have got to change that."
The Johns Hopkins University convened more than 20 of the world’s leading experts on gun violence and policy to summarize relevant research and recommend policies that are both constitutional and have broad public support. Collected for the first time in one volume, this reliable, empirical research and legal analysis will help lawmakers, opinion leaders, and concerned citizens identify policy changes to address mass shootings, along with the less-publicized gun violence that takes an average of 80 lives every day.
"Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis" by Daniel W. Webster, Editor, Jon S. Vernick, Editor, Michael R. Bloomberg, Foreward. You can pre-order this book - due out next week - from The Village Bookstore, 10 Washington Avenue, Pleasantville, NY, (914) 769-8322. Support your local bookstore.
Please contact the White House to express your support for the new gun control measures. Here’s the link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/preventing-gun-violence#share
Please read my previous posts on gun control: Repairing the World: The Truth About Ending Gun Violence Now (December 20); There is No God: Continuing Thoughts on Gun Control (December 27); Sabbath to Stop Gun Violence (January 3); Christina’s Letter: More Thoughts on Gun Violence (January 10); and President Ronald Reagan on Gun Control (January 17)
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