Friday 5/18: Every 2 weeks after Parkland, we promised to write about gun violence…just so people don’t forget…

Today’s shooting in Santa Fe, TX has been the third recent shooting in a US school.

  • The Texas student arrested for gunning down 10 people at his high school Friday is a 17-year old named Dimitrios Pagourtzis, according to CBS news.
  • On Wednesday, an Illinois school resource officer shot and wounded a former student who fired a weapon near a graduation rehearsal at Dixon High School, authorities said. The suspected gunman faces three charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm.
  • On May 11, a 14-year-old boy in In Palmdale, California, went to Highland High, his former school, and began shooting a semiautomatic rifle shortly before classes began, authorities said. He was taken into custody and is accused of attempted murder. One person was wounded.

We’re waiting for the usual calls to arm everybody…

Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in Texas

According to the Giffords Law Center, There is no minimum age to possess firearms under Texas law. Texas law prohibits intentionally or knowingly selling, renting, leasing, or giving or offering to sell, rent, lease, or give any firearm to any child younger than age 18.1 However, it is an affirmative defense to this offense that the parent or the person having legal custody of the minor had given written permission for the sale or, if the transfer was other than a sale, the parent or person having legal custody had given effective consent. Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

Action – It’s time for Gun Manufacturers to have some “skin in this game”.

The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act S.1939 would repeal sections of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which shield gun and ammunition manufacturers against civil suits for injuries caused by the criminal or unlawful uses of a firearm. Through the imposition of financial liability in civil suits, our legal system encourages businesses to reduce harm to consumers by making their products safer and disclosing the risks associated with their use. Gun and ammunition manufacturers should be subject to the same system.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to thank/urge Sen. [___] to co-sponsor S.1939 – “Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act”.

(Here in CA, we’re “thanking” Senators Feinstein and Harris for both cosponsoring this bill)

More script if you want it: It is time that gun and ammunition manufacturers were held to the same standards of accountability in a court of law as any other business when their products cause harm.

Is your senator already a sponsor? Click here to find out.

Contact:
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

Great articles:

  • America’s gun problem, explained – The public and research support gun control. Here’s how it could help — and why it doesn’t pass. (Vox)
  • Gun owners support a wide range of gun control measures, Johns Hopkins study finds (wapo)
  • 7 Current and Former NRA Members on the Specific Gun Violence Solutions They Support (the trace)

 

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