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Gun Violence Prevention
Action Team Update

July 18, 2013

All of Our Children

by NPA President Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH

There is a story of a young rabbi who delivered his entire sermon on Yom Kippur while holding his beautiful baby in his arms.  The congregation smiled at the adorable child and he grinned back, charming everyone.  At the end of his talk the rabbi stopped, looked out at the congregation and asked the following question:  “At what age do we stop cherishing our children?  How old are they when we no longer look at them as precious?”  He went on to talk about the impact of poverty, discrimination, and simple lack of caring on the teenagers, young men, and even the middle aged in the community.

As we struggle to come to terms with the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman, I find myself thinking again and again of this story.  Read More...

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From Our Allies:
What if George Zimmerman had not had a gun?

Many commentators have asked us to imagine the Zimmerman case with different facts: What if George Zimmerman was black? What if Trayvon Martin was white? What if Trayvon could tell his side of the story?

But the question we should be asking is: What if George Zimmerman didn’t have a gun?

If Zimmerman wasn’t armed, we can imagine that the encounter might have gone very differently. Or there might not have been an encounter at all. If Zimmerman wasn’t armed, would he have felt as confident getting out of his car to follow Trayvon? Or would he have followed the advice of the 911 dispatcher and let the authorities respond?

One thing seems painfully obvious: If Zimmerman didn’t have a gun, he wouldn’t have shot to death an unarmed 17-year-old, leaving behind a grieving family and a community forever scarred...   Read the full article

Written by Nina Vinik, Program Director for the Joyce Fundation’s
Gun Violence Prevention Program, published in the Chicago Sun-Times, 7/14/13

QUICK STATS: Shoot First Laws in 26 States--Learn Where

From the Academic Literature

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NPA 2013 Annual Conference
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From Capitol Hill

Senate Bill – S. 649: Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013 - Link to read the full bill, click here to view a section-by-section breakdown. 

NEW House Bill - H.R. 1565: Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013 - A House companion to the Manchin-Toomey Senate bill has been introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-1) and Rep. Peter King (NY-3). Link to read bill & related details, see co-sponsors.

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