Saturday, February 20, 2016

Gun Safety Update

Jeb Bush just tweeted a gun pic and the Twitterverse obliterated him for it. A short while ago, a desperate Jeb decided to go all out, crazy-pants style and posted this mindless thing on Twitter:
There you go, America. His name is on a gun! Kinda a lame font if you ask me (for a gun, that is). Well, the Twitterverse response has been awesome and overwhelming.


Hate and Guns: A terrifying combination

February 24, 2016, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET
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Welcoming remarks:
Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President for External Affairs, Center for American Progress

Featured panelists:
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Congressman, 1st District of Rhode Island
Mark Potok, Senior Fellow, Southern Poverty Law Center
Steven Hawkins, Civil and Human Rights Advocate

Moderated by:
Chelsea Parsons,Vice President of Guns and Crime Policy, Center for American Progress

On the evening of June 17, 2015, a young white man named Dylann Roof opened fire on a Bible study group at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine congregants and injuring one additional person. It quickly became clear that this was not another random episode of mass violence, which sadly occurs too often in the United States: Roof is a white supremacist and targeted the historic black church out of racially motivated malice. The impact of hate-motivated individuals and violent extremists that terrorize communities with guns is not limited to high-profile cases involving multiple fatalities. Extremists and hate criminals often use guns as a tool to threaten and intimidate, and in doing so, they inflict serious harm even without pulling the trigger. Hate crimes and acts of violent extremism have a pernicious impact on the targeted communities—not just on the most proximate victims of a particular crime but on the broader community of which the victims are members. The use of guns by these perpetrators—a trend that appears to be on the rise—escalates and heightens this message of hate and compounds the harm done to victimized communities by introducing a uniquely lethal instrumentality. The threat of a gun in the hands of a dangerous extremist sends a clear message that not only does the person harbor feelings of bias or hate against the targeted group but also that they are willing to kill in service of this ideology.

Please join the Center for American Progress for a conversation with leading experts on the growing use of guns as the weapon of choice for hate criminals and violent extremists; the impact of these crimes on affected communities; and new ideas for policy solutions to help keep communities safe from violent extremists armed with guns.

February 24, 2016, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET

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