They’re responding to all the flack they’re getting for dropping gun companies with a BS PR barrage . . .
Bank of America’s new policy denying loans and other services to certain gun makers came after dozens of employees lost family members or suffered other trauma related to mass shootings in the past few years.
“This comes from our teammates saying we have to help,” Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan said Wednesday at the company’s annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Employee help centers provided services to 151 workers affected by shootings in Orlando, Las Vegas and other sites of mass casualties, according to the company.
Moynihan was responding to a questioner at the meeting who criticized the new policy as “following the whim of the moment” and not looking out for the long-term interests of shareholders.
In addition to Pence or instead of him? . . .
President Trump is expected to speak at the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual meeting this week, a White House official confirmed Sunday.
The NRA’s annual meeting will take place May 3-6 in Dallas. Vice President Pence is scheduled to speak there on Friday.
Trump has delivered remarks at each of the past two annual meetings for the gun rights group.
Give a gun grabber an inch and he’ll take every gun you have . . .
Justin Trudeau fired the first shot with Bill C-71, his Liberal government’s recently tabled effort to tighten Canada’s firearms law, including enhanced background checks for obtaining a firearms licence and mandatory record-keeping for vendors.
To Conservatives and gun advocates, it all smacks too much of the long-reviled long-gun registry — a creation of Jean Chretien’s Liberal government that is credited with taking away the seats of a number of Liberal MPs, particularly in rural areas. It was abolished by Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.
But the Liberals are hoping to turn the tables with a vigorous counter-offensive. They’re accusing the Conservatives of being shills for the gun lobby and they’re zeroing in on Andrew Scheer’s not-quite-forgotten leadership campaign platform, which was deleted from his website as soon as he took the helm of the Conservative party last May.
To find the truth about guns, job one is to avoid David Hemenway . . .
In charting a course forward, it is necessary to move beyond “people’s anecdotal opinions,” says David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. He and other researchers are analyzing data and conducting studies with the ultimate goal of informing public policy.
It’s a tough task, in part because of a by now well-known piece of legislation called the Dickey Amendment, passed by Congress in 1996 with support of the National Rifle Association. This amendment prevented the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using funds “to advocate or promote gun control.” It didn’t ban federally-funded gun research, but the legislation had a chilling effect: from 1996 to 2013, CDC funding in this area dropped by 96 percent.
Against this backdrop, it can be easy to overlook an important fact: Research into gun violence has actually increased in recent years, rising from fewer than 90 annual publications in 2010 to 150 in 2014. Universities, think tanks, private philanthropy — even the state of California — have been offering support. And last Wednesday, governors from six northeastern states and Puerto Rico announced plans to launch a research consortium to study the issue.
A December 2017 policy article published in the journal Science describes a “surge” of recent scientific publications. “The scope and quality of gun-related research is growing,” write the authors, a pair of researchers from Duke and Stanford, “with clear implications for the policy debate.” This research has generated significant findings about suicide, intimate partner violence, community health, and the effect of various state-level gun laws.
On April 28, West tweeted a photo of Parkland student and gun control activist Emma Gonzalez with a caption that said “my hero Emma Gonzalez.” Following the tweet, West went on to post a selfie with the caption “inspired by Emma.” For any high schooler, being called out as a hero by one of popular culture’s biggest icons should be a momentous occasion, but Gonzalez definitely isn’t the typical high schooler.
In response to West’s tweet about her, Gonzalez also took to Twitter to share a photo of James Shaw Jr., the man who took down an active shooter at a Tennessee Waffle House on April 22. In the tweet, Gonzalez used the exact same format as West by captioning the post “my hero James Shaw Jr.,” complete with two spaces between the word “hero” and the name after it, Mic drop.
The newly-reconstituted Operation Chokepoint . . .
Banks and credit-card companies are discussing ways to identify purchases of guns in their payment systems, a move that could be a prelude to restricting such transactions, according to people familiar with the talks.
The discussions are preliminary but could be deeply controversial. Gun-rights groups have long resisted any effort to monitor which Americans own guns; there are federal laws limiting the government’s use of electronic databases of gun sales.
Name another country with pervasive civilian gun ownership that has descended into tyranny . . .
There is, of course, a clear link between the Second Amendment and freedom, insofar as it permits freedoms for individuals to purchase and bear arms in the United States. As Pew found last year, some three-quarters of gun owners say the right to civilian gun ownership is “essential” to “their own personal sense of freedom.”
But is the right to civilian gun ownership also essential to the prevention of tyranny? Is it a key ingredient to the preservation, implementation, and extension of democracy?
The short answer: No. Data compiled by ThinkProgress from the past decade shows no correlation between civilian gun ownership rates and democracy — or low civilian gun ownership rates and the rise of a tyrannical government.
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) April 30, 2018