Gun safety – Gonv http://gonv.org/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 09:20:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://gonv.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-3-120x120.png Gun safety – Gonv http://gonv.org/ 32 32 Andrew Cuomo announces the launch of a new podcast, PAC and gun safety project https://gonv.org/andrew-cuomo-announces-the-launch-of-a-new-podcast-pac-and-gun-safety-project/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 19:39:00 +0000 https://gonv.org/andrew-cuomo-announces-the-launch-of-a-new-podcast-pac-and-gun-safety-project/ Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced on Wednesday that he was launching a podcast, political action committee and gun control project. “I am very concerned about the state of our country. I believe our democracy is in jeopardy and this is a critical moment in our country. Just look around us: we have […]]]>

Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced on Wednesday that he was launching a podcast, political action committee and gun control project.

“I am very concerned about the state of our country. I believe our democracy is in jeopardy and this is a critical moment in our country. Just look around us: we have real problems to solve, but we are more divided than at any time since the Civil War,” Cuomo said in a video address.

In an eight-minute video conversation-cameraCuomo spoke directly to viewers and reflected on his months of “committing to something called life” after leaving public office last August and his “new perspective” on politics.

The former governor resigned last year amid concerns over New York’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and accusations of sexual harassment.

In the new video, Cuomo announced plans to launch a weekly conversation-based podcast to “speak the whole truth, unvarnished” while sharing his perspective from his time in politics.

“I believe only you can change the course of this nation and then the politicians will follow. And the first step is to establish the facts. Not Democrat facts or Republican facts, but real facts. Unfortunately, today we are short on facts and we are short on opinions, and we have to fix that,” Cuomo said.

His new political action committee, whose name he did not share, aims “to elect the right people to power”. He said these candidates will be able to “take the heat that comes with leadership” and get results.

The former governor also heads the “Gun Safe America Project” and said more information on the initiative would be available soon.

“I don’t believe our federal government has the guts or the ability to make real progress,” Cuomo said of the gun issue.

In his analysis of the current political landscape, Cuomo hit out at the “Twitter mob” that “many politicians and journalists are afraid to challenge…lest the mob turn on them,” which he says has crippled progress at Washington.

” No one is speaking. Everyone shouts. And no one believes anyone. It is a question of partisan and personal politics rather than sound and intelligent politics. Social media has created a political Roman Coliseum, which encourages the strong, the wicked and the outrageous,” Cuomo said.

“The impassioned rhetoric of the extreme minority dominates the dialogue: cancel this, condemn those, cancel that, lock them down and do it now, now,” Cuomo said.

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Texas survey finds overwhelming support for gun safety restrictions https://gonv.org/texas-survey-finds-overwhelming-support-for-gun-safety-restrictions/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 14:47:19 +0000 https://gonv.org/texas-survey-finds-overwhelming-support-for-gun-safety-restrictions/ Support for gun controls and gun ownership is widespread across the state, a new survey from Texas finds. Eight out of 10 survey participants agreed that a restraining order for harassment or domestic violence should prohibit possession of firearms. More than three-quarters favored a criminal background check before purchase, with no exemptions for gun shows […]]]>

Support for gun controls and gun ownership is widespread across the state, a new survey from Texas finds. Eight out of 10 survey participants agreed that a restraining order for harassment or domestic violence should prohibit possession of firearms. More than three-quarters favored a criminal background check before purchase, with no exemptions for gun shows or private sales. Photo credit: Karolina Grabowska for Pexels

A new survey from Texas reveals overwhelming support for tighter controls on guns and gun ownership. It also demonstrates that support is widespread across a wide range of socio-demographic and partisan groups.

The findings come from the “Texas Trends Survey 2022 – Gun Safety” report, released today by the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs and the Texas Southern University Executive Master of Public Administration Program at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs.

“Despite Texas’ reputation as a gun-loving state, Texans in all walks of life support the state-level gun safety proposals as well as many key provisions passed by the Bipartisan federal law. Safer Communities. While debates about balancing Second Amendment rights and gun safety will continue to erupt, the survey is clear that there are areas of consensus,” said Renée Cross, Senior Executive Director from the UH Hobby School of Public Affairs.

Support for proposals implementing tougher gun restrictions in Texas is widespread. Eight in 10 (80%) survey participants approved of a proposal to ban possession of weapons for anyone facing a restraining order for harassment or domestic violence. More than three-quarters (78%) of all respondents supported criminal background checks for gun buyers without an exemption for gun shows or private sales. Almost as many (74%) said judges should be empowered to remove weapons from people who pose a threat to themselves or others. More than seven in 10 Texans (71%) supported raising the age to 21 for purchasing an assault rifle, up from the current minimum age of 18.

“As the daily news reminds us, we live in politically polarized times. And yet majority support for one of the most controversial areas of public policy – ​​gun safety measures – is found across demographic and political lines,” said Mark Jones, senior research associate, University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs and Professor of Political Science. , Rice University.

In numbers

Restraint orders: Of the 80% of respondents who said “yes” to banning gun ownership for people with restraining orders for harassment or domestic violence, 90% of Democrats in the survey, 71 % of its independents and 74% of its Republicans.

Background check: A criminal background check should be required of gun buyers, with no exceptions for gun shows or private sales, said 78% of total survey respondents (90% of Democrats in the survey, 73% of its independents and 70% of its Republicans).

“Red flag” laws: Overall, 74% of respondents thought judges should be empowered to take firearms from people who pose a threat to themselves or others. That support included 89% of participating Democrats, 72% of independents and 59% of Republicans.

Minimum age: To purchase a firearm, 69% of respondents said the buyer must be at least 21 years old (current Texas law sets the minimum age at 18). That includes 87% of Democrats in the survey, 65% of independents and 52% of Republicans.

Assault Rifles: The survey also examined questions focused specifically on the purchase and possession of assault rifles. Respondents reported the following opinions.

  • Age of purchase – 71% of all respondents favored a minimum age of 21 for the purchase of an assault rifle. That includes 87% Democrats, 66% Independents and 56% Republicans. A significant gender gap was present among Republicans, with 74% Republican women supporting, compared to 39% Republican men.
  • Waiting period – 69% support a waiting period between purchasing and receiving an assault rifle. This included 85% of Democrats in the survey and 62% of independents. Among the 54% of Republicans in favor, another gender gap saw 70% of Republican women supporting a waiting period but only 35% of Republican men.
  • Sales Ban – 55% of survey participants favored a ban on the sale of assault rifles. More than eight in 10 Democrats (83%) favor a ban on the sale of assault rifles compared to 49% of independents and 29% of Republicans
  • Possession ban – 56% of Texans supported a ban on possession of assault rifles. While this proposal garners majority support overall, it shows substantial political divide, with 81% of Democrats, 46% of independents and 29% of Republicans backing such a ban.

Reported by Race and Gender: More black respondents supported the survey’s gun control proposals, followed by Latinos, then whites. Across ethnicities and races, women were more supportive of gun control than men.

Bipartisan Safer Communities Act of 2022

On June 25, the bipartisan Safer Communities Act of 2022 was signed into federal law. Of the five components assessed in the survey, survey respondents’ support ranged from 59% to 75%, including enhanced background checks (75%), school safety funding (75%) and the ban on buying firearms with straw (72%).

“In studying survey responses, we have repeatedly found confirmation that there is room for agreement, even among highly contentious Texas gun issues. This gives both parties the opportunity to listen and come together to move forward,” said Michael O. Adams, director of the Executive Masters in Public Administration program at Texas Southern University.

About the poll

For a more in-depth look at survey results by age, gender, and political affiliation, see the full “Texas Trends Survey 2022 – Gun Safety” report.

This latest survey is one component of this year’s contributions to the five-year Texas Trends project that measures changes in opinions and political preferences among Texas’ changing population. The first Texas Trends report this year looked at the state’s general election. Upcoming 2022 releases will look at economics, criminal justice, and healthcare.

Data for the “Texas Trends Survey 2022 – Gun Safety” was collected Aug. 11-29 by YouGov from 2,140 respondents representing the changing population of white, black, Latino, and Asian residents of Texas. The survey was conducted in English and Spanish, and has a confidence interval of +/-2.1.

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Crossfire has adhered to ‘incredibly strict’ gun safety rules https://gonv.org/crossfire-has-adhered-to-incredibly-strict-gun-safety-rules/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 08:14:36 +0000 https://gonv.org/crossfire-has-adhered-to-incredibly-strict-gun-safety-rules/ BBC One’s new drama Crossfire is a jaw-dropping watch, starring Keeley Hawes as a woman whose sunny holiday turns into a nightmare when gunmen suddenly open fire at the resort where she and her family are staying . The trailer hinted that the high-stakes series would feature a lot of action, and Crossfire writer and […]]]>

BBC One’s new drama Crossfire is a jaw-dropping watch, starring Keeley Hawes as a woman whose sunny holiday turns into a nightmare when gunmen suddenly open fire at the resort where she and her family are staying .

The trailer hinted that the high-stakes series would feature a lot of action, and Crossfire writer and creator Louise Doughty said that meant the team had to abide by “incredibly strict” rules.

Speaking to RadioTimes.com and other media, Doughty explained: “The safety rules are, understandably, incredibly strict. I mean, we had the best gunsmith in the Canary Islands, he was on set at any time and would open a gun before he handed it to an actor, showing the actor that the barrels were empty and in fact the guns we were using were jammed.

“I mean, they couldn’t physically shoot anything. But even so, the actors have to act like they’re in danger with a gun. And I don’t think we can really understate what that has to be. .”

She added, “Keeley had to do a lot of running around the halls with a really heavy shotgun. And, you know, it wasn’t, like, a gun that she was dealing with, and it was hot, and it was exhausting.”

Doughty also explained the challenges of having children on set and how gun safety rules were there to protect them.

“I can’t tell you how far we got,” she added, “and obviously we had child actors on set, so we had to keep them from seeing the guns, and certainly never to see one pointed at them.

“The safety rules were so strict, but there comes a time when actors have to act, and that’s a very serious thing. I mean, you know, those actors must have felt like their lives were in danger. And that is a serious thing to do to people.”

Additional reporting by Morgan Jeffery.

Crossfire continues Wednesday 21 September 2022 at 9pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Check out more of our drama coverage or visit our TV guide to see what’s on tonight.

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The economy, inflation and gun safety top the political agenda | New https://gonv.org/the-economy-inflation-and-gun-safety-top-the-political-agenda-new/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://gonv.org/the-economy-inflation-and-gun-safety-top-the-political-agenda-new/ Colorado Latinos continue to struggle financially and rank the economy, inflation and the rising cost of living among their top concerns, according to the second annual Colorado Latino Policy Agenda released Wednesday. Gun violence and abortion rights are also on the minds of Latino voters ahead of the fall 2022 election, says a political platform […]]]>

Colorado Latinos continue to struggle financially and rank the economy, inflation and the rising cost of living among their top concerns, according to the second annual Colorado Latino Policy Agenda released Wednesday.

Gun violence and abortion rights are also on the minds of Latino voters ahead of the fall 2022 election, says a political platform press release issued by Glenwood Springs nonprofit Voces Unidas. de las Montanas.

The Political Agenda is an annual, nonpartisan report that provides information to elected officials, community leaders, the media, and others interested in the demographic makeup and opinions of Latinos in Colorado on political, political, and other issues relevant to the country. ‘state, the statement said.

Among the main conclusions of this year:

• Half (50%) of Latinos in Colorado report that their economic situation has deteriorated over the past 12 months.

• A third (33%) say they left their job in the past 12 months due to poor working conditions

• Almost a quarter (23%) saw their workload or hours increased without a raise or promotion.

• An alarming 83% fear their child will be the victim of a mass shooting.

The political platform is based on the largest nonpartisan survey of registered Latino voters conducted in Colorado and is commissioned by Voces Unidas de las Montañas, Voces Unidas Action Fund, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, and COLOR Action fund. Protégete de Conservation Colorado was also a partner in the 2022 report.

“Colorado Latino’s 2022 policy agenda makes it clear that the challenges facing Latinos in jobs, housing, and the economy are serious — and require significant action by officials at the local, state, and federal levels. “, said Alex Sánchez, president. and CEO of Voces Unidas de las Montañas.

“With new data revealing new priorities for Latinos, this year’s report also allows us to expand our research base from 2021 as we work with elected officials and community leaders to recommend and explore solutions to the future,” added Sánchez.

Intended for use by lawmakers and other officials over the coming year, the political platform was informed by a statewide poll of 1,504 registered Latino voters conducted online and by telephone from the July 5 to August 5.

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Garber Public Schools Has Gun Safety Program, Armed Staff Member | New https://gonv.org/garber-public-schools-has-gun-safety-program-armed-staff-member-new/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 21:50:00 +0000 https://gonv.org/garber-public-schools-has-gun-safety-program-armed-staff-member-new/ GARBEROk so. – Dusty Torrey has a history with Garber Public Schools. He was a girls’ and boys’ basketball coach, teacher and principal from 2004 to 2010. He returned to Garber in April 2021 to become a superintendent. He joined his teachers on a professional development day on MondaySeptember 12, 2022, to learn the “Leader […]]]>

GARBEROk so. – Dusty Torrey has a history with Garber Public Schools.

He was a girls’ and boys’ basketball coach, teacher and principal from 2004 to 2010. He returned to Garber in April 2021 to become a superintendent.

He joined his teachers on a professional development day on MondaySeptember 12, 2022, to learn the “Leader in Me” program at the Autry Technology Center. The goal of the program is to develop student leaders.

“We all want to help kids,” Torrey said.

Garber also wants to protect his students. As of July 132022, school board meeting, members voted to implement a school gun safety program. Currently, there is an unidentified staff member on campus who is armed with a concealed weapon, Torrey said.

This staff member has 52 hours of armed security officer training and 20 hours on the range. The program requires the staff member to go to the range three times a year and achieve at least an 80% score. School officials are also trying to qualify several other staff members.

Under existing Oklahoma law, school districts can individually decide to arm teachers or other staff. The law allows school boards to decide which personnel can transport, but those chosen must undergo certified law enforcement or armed security officer training. School boards set the policy on whether a firearm may be carried and how it should be secured.

Torrey knew about the program from his old position at the Locust Grove Public Schools.

Garber has an enrollment this year of 428 K-12 students.

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Democratic candidate for Oregon governor Tina Kotek makes the case for gun safety at Portland forum https://gonv.org/democratic-candidate-for-oregon-governor-tina-kotek-makes-the-case-for-gun-safety-at-portland-forum/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 15:31:03 +0000 https://gonv.org/democratic-candidate-for-oregon-governor-tina-kotek-makes-the-case-for-gun-safety-at-portland-forum/ PORTLAND — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tina Kotek has pushed for a debate just on gun laws since a gunman murdered 19 young children in Texas this spring. Following a grocery store shooting in one of Oregon’s largest cities on Wednesday, Kotek had backed out of bringing his two rivals into the gubernatorial race to debate […]]]>

PORTLAND — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tina Kotek has pushed for a debate just on gun laws since a gunman murdered 19 young children in Texas this spring.

Following a grocery store shooting in one of Oregon’s largest cities on Wednesday, Kotek had backed out of bringing his two rivals into the gubernatorial race to debate gun policy. Instead, she joined gun control advocates, including the leader of a national gun safety group, at a north Portland performance hall to talk gun control alone. fire.

Wednesday’s event comes as each gubernatorial candidate steps up their campaign and tries to make their case to voters. Christine Drazan, the Republican candidate, brought Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to Portland on Tuesday to help make his case for a conservative approach to law enforcement and homelessness, and unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson hosts the state meeting with voters at county fairs.

Gun politics is one area where Kotek can draw a clear distinction between her and Johnson, a gun owner who served as a Democrat in the state Legislature for 20 years before quitting the party. to run for governor. After several mass shootings, including one less than 170 miles from the Portland forum, Kotek is counting on voter frustration over gun violence to help him overtake his opponents.

“Gun violence is becoming the defining issue in the race for Oregon governors,” said Shannon Watts, founder of gun safety advocacy group Moms Demand Action.

Voters have repeatedly signaled in polls that gun policy is an important issue, but not the most important one. An August survey by Portland-based DHM Research found nearly 80% of respondents said it was a “very important” issue, although only 7% said the position of a candidate on gun laws would be the most important issue in deciding who to vote for.

A shooting at a Safeway in Bend late last month gave new impetus to conversations about gun safety, Kotek told the Capital Chronicle after the forum. A 20-year-old man fired bullets into the East Bend grocery store on August 28, killing 84-year-old shopper Glenn Bennett and 66-year-old employee Donald Surrett Jr. The shooter committed suicide.

Kotek said he received an email from a parent whose son was in the Safeway, not far from the shooter, and others from concerned residents.

“It really means we need to do more,” Kotek said. “As young people between the ages of 18 and 21 can buy this type of weapon, this must be the next step.”

Johnson also recently called for raising the age to purchase semi-automatic weapons from 18 to 21.

“I will not disarm law-abiding citizens, but I will do more to keep guns away from criminals, lunatics and children,” Johnson said in a recent email to supporters. Johnson owns a submachine gun, according to reports.

Kotek said she doubts Johnson will follow through on gun control promises.

“It’s a political convenience,” Kotek said. “His voting record is very clear. I’m sorry, I wouldn’t trust him to follow up on this.

Both Johnson and Drazan received “A” grades from the National Rifle Association and both voted against gun control measures during their years in the Legislature. Johnson, who spent 20 years in the Legislature, voted against laws that expanded background checks and barred those convicted of domestic violence from getting guns. Drazan, the House Republican leader from 2019 to 2021, voted against legislation requiring safe gun storage.

Drazan argued that Oregon doesn’t need tougher gun laws. She pledged to veto additional regulations, though she did not outline any existing laws she would seek to repeal.

“Oregon’s current books laws in this particular category do a good job of safeguarding safety in our state right now,” she said during a debate in July.

A measure on the November ballot would require gun buyers to complete safety training and pass a background check before buying a gun. Background checks are already required, but a federal loophole allows people to buy guns without completing the check if it takes more than three days to get the results.

The ballot measure would also ban ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, although this restriction does not apply to police or law enforcement. Gun owners who already have large magazines could continue to use them on ranges or on their own property.

Kotek supports this measure. The faith group behind it also plans to work with lawmakers next spring to ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons — something Kotek said she doesn’t think she can do at the state level. Instead, she said, she would lobby Congress.

“I’m very pragmatic in that I believe this is something the federal government needs to do,” she said. “We’ve had bans, and the challenge is that if a state bans it, the ability to cross the border is too simple.”

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Oregon’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tina Kotek makes the case for gun safety at Portland forum – Oregon Capital Chronicle https://gonv.org/oregons-democratic-gubernatorial-candidate-tina-kotek-makes-the-case-for-gun-safety-at-portland-forum-oregon-capital-chronicle/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 00:18:57 +0000 https://gonv.org/oregons-democratic-gubernatorial-candidate-tina-kotek-makes-the-case-for-gun-safety-at-portland-forum-oregon-capital-chronicle/ PORTLAND — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tina Kotek has pushed for a debate just on gun laws since a gunman murdered 19 young children in Texas this spring. Following a grocery store shooting in one of Oregon’s largest cities on Wednesday, Kotek had backed out of bringing his two rivals into the gubernatorial race to debate […]]]>

PORTLAND — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tina Kotek has pushed for a debate just on gun laws since a gunman murdered 19 young children in Texas this spring.

Following a grocery store shooting in one of Oregon’s largest cities on Wednesday, Kotek had backed out of bringing his two rivals into the gubernatorial race to debate gun policy. Instead, she joined gun control advocates, including the leader of a national gun safety group, at a north Portland performance hall to talk gun control alone. fire.

Wednesday’s event comes as each gubernatorial candidate steps up their campaign and tries to make their case to voters. Christine Drazan, the Republican candidate, brought Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to Portland on Tuesday to help do his business for a conservative approach to law enforcement and homelessness, and unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson hosts the state meeting with voters at county fairs.

Gun politics is one area where Kotek can draw a clear distinction between her and Johnson, a gun owner who served as a Democrat in the state Legislature for 20 years before quitting the party. to run for governor. After several mass shootings, including one less than 170 miles from the Portland forum, Kotek is counting on voter frustration over gun violence to help him overtake his opponents.

“Gun violence is becoming the defining issue in the race for Oregon governors,” said Shannon Watts, founder of gun safety advocacy group Moms Demand Action.

Voters have repeatedly signaled in polls that gun policy is an important issue, but not the most important one. An August survey by Portland-based DHM Research found nearly 80% of respondents said it was a “very important” issue, although only 7% said the position of a candidate on gun laws would be the most important issue in deciding who to vote for.

A shooting at a Safeway in Bend late last month gave new impetus to conversations about gun safety, Kotek told the Capital Chronicle after the forum. A 20-year-old man fired bullets into the East Bend grocery store on August 28, killing 84-year-old shopper Glenn Bennett and 66-year-old employee Donald Surrett Jr. The shooter committed suicide.

Kotek said he received an email from a parent whose son was in the Safeway, not far from the shooter, and others from concerned residents.

“It really means we need to do more,” Kotek said. “As young people between the ages of 18 and 21 can buy this type of weapon, this must be the next step.”

Johnson also recently called for raising the age to purchase semi-automatic weapons from 18 to 21.

“I will not disarm law-abiding citizens, but I will do more to keep guns away from criminals, lunatics and children,” Johnson said in a recent email to supporters. Johnson owns a submachine gun, according to reports.

Kotek said she doubts Johnson will follow through on gun control promises.

“It’s a political convenience,” Kotek said. “His voting record is very clear. I’m sorry, I wouldn’t trust him to follow up on this.

Both Johnson and Drazan received “A” grades from the National Rifle Association and both voted against gun control measures during their years in the Legislature. Johnson, who spent 20 years in the Legislature, voted against laws that expanded background checks and barred those convicted of domestic violence from getting guns. Drazan, the House Republican leader from 2019 to 2021, voted against legislation requiring safe gun storage.

Drazan argued that Oregon doesn’t need tougher gun laws. She pledged to veto additional regulations, though she did not outline any existing laws she would seek to repeal.

“Oregon’s current books laws in this particular category do a good job of safeguarding safety in our state right now,” she said during a debate in July.

A measure on the November ballot would require gun buyers to complete safety training and pass a background check before buying a gun. Background checks are already required, but a federal loophole allows people to buy guns without completing the check if it takes more than three days to get the results.

The ballot measure would also ban ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, although this restriction does not apply to police or law enforcement. Gun owners who already have large magazines could continue to use them on ranges or on their own property.

Kotek supports this measure. The faith group behind it also plans to work with lawmakers next spring to ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons — something Kotek said she doesn’t think she can do at the state level. Instead, she said, she would lobby Congress.

“I’m very pragmatic in that I believe this is something the federal government needs to do,” she said. “We’ve had bans, and the challenge is that if a state bans it, the ability to cross the border is too simple.”

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Activists push for gun safety in the United States https://gonv.org/activists-push-for-gun-safety-in-the-united-states/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 17:06:51 +0000 https://gonv.org/activists-push-for-gun-safety-in-the-united-states/ Brett_Hondow /Pixabay As President Joe Biden prepares legislation to ban assault weapons, ESG activists are making a new push for gun safety in the United States through the shareholder franchise. Another push for gun safety in the United States This week, New York City Comptroller Brad Lander – alongside city and state politicians, the California […]]]>
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As President Joe Biden prepares legislation to ban assault weapons, ESG activists are making a new push for gun safety in the United States through the shareholder franchise.

Another push for gun safety in the United States

This week, New York City Comptroller Brad Lander – alongside city and state politicians, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) and Amalgamated Bank, among others – spear a new campaign.

The new campaign asked credit card companies Mastercard, Visa and American Express to create a new merchant category code for gun and ammunition stores, allowing these institutions to better track suspicious activity by identifying purchases. related to firearms.

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And on September 12, shareholders of Smith & Wesson, one of the two largest publicly traded arms manufacturers, vote on a shareholder proposal requesting a human rights policy.

It will likely be unclear whether this will pass – proposals for corporate human rights reporting received 36% support in 2019, were withdrawn in 2020 and received 44% last September.

While a report on the company’s impact on gun violence received 52% support following the Parkland school shooting in February 2018, according to Insightia’s Vote module.

The goal, says Judy Byron of the Intercommunity Center for Peace and Justice, which filed the Smith & Wesson proposal, is “to get businesses to play a role in gun violence reduction by taking responsibility for assess the safety of their products and their marketing practices; and to track and monitor the adverse effects of their products.”

She can draw confidence from CommonSpirit’s efforts at Sturm-Ruger, where proposals calling for greater disclosure received nearly 69% support in 2018 and earlier this year.

The focus on manufacturers is partly due to the successful movement of investors into other sectors. Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) famous commitments to retailers.

Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart, which led to the pair removing guns from their shelves between 2018 and 2019.

“Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart have taken bold steps to do their part in implementing gun violence prevention and gun safety strategies,” CommonSpirit’s Laura Krausa told me via email. “Their commitments are examples for other firearms retailers, distributors and manufacturers.”

“We definitely need an Ed Stack of Dick’s Sporting Goods in the gun manufacturing industry to take a positive stance on the need for the industry to offer solutions to the increase in gun violence “added Byron, referring to the former CEO who made big changes at the retailer. gun policies in 2018 and subsequently lobbied politicians.

The ICCR has also written to logistics companies fedex and UPS identify measures to prevent the sale of “ghost guns” – firearms that can be assembled at home. Earlier this year, the Biden administration launched a handful of rules to make ghost guns more traceable and criminalize unlicensed manufacturers.

ICCR members have also engaged with banks and credit card companies, but last week’s campaign – involving shareholder proposals at American Express and Mastercard and letters to those companies and Visa – seeks to innovate.

A shareholder proposal on phantom gun measures at Mastercard only received 10% support in June and calls for new merchant category codes can also be seen as ‘too prescriptive’, a term that shareholders have used to describe some ESG proposals this proxy season.

However, the NYC-led campaign can hope to build on other recent successes that social activists have won at credit card providers. Over the past year, Pershing Square Capital Management’s Bill Ackman has pressed Visa and Mastercard to ban pornography companies with lax controls over illegal content on their networks, even offering to help fund lawsuits against companies.

The activist investor does not own shares in either company, however, and the main leverage has been public pressure and reporting, rather than shareholder candor.

This distinction may not bother the leaders of this campaign. The combination of public pressure, regulation and winning over a large portion of a company’s owners is a deliberate strategy and one to which public pension funds are particularly well suited.

With New York State having lost a Supreme Court case over its concealed carry laws earlier this summer, there is renewed political urgency to tackle gun safety by other means. And if that leads to results through negotiations with credit card companies rather than a shareholder vote, politicians and fund managers won’t know the difference.

— Josh Black, Managing Editor, Diligent, formerly Insightia

A record year for human capital

Human rights proposals are proving popular among investors, a trend that will continue as shareholders strengthen their policies for the coming season.

Human capital attracted considerable attention at the start of COVID-19, with several issuers facing backlash for not taking proper care of their workers during the pandemic.

Such controversies have driven companies at all levels to demonstrate how they are taking proper precautions to keep workers safe.

So far this year, a record 15 human capital shareholder proposals have been voted on at US-listed companies, winning an average support of 33.7%.

This is a significant increase from 2018, when only three such proposals received a meager average support of 15.6%.

2022 was also a banner year for majority human capital wins. Three proposals requesting human rights reports received more than 50% support, while a proposal requesting Sturm Ruger to conduct a third-party human rights impact assessment received a 68.5% support, the highest level for any such proposal in history.

“There is growing recognition of the role that companies can and must play in respecting human rights,” said Kimberley Lewis, head of active ownership at Schroders, in a recent interview.

“Companies involved in human rights controversies could face higher operational and financial risks and could suffer reputational damage.”

Today, three years into the pandemic, investors remain just as focused on managing human capital. In response to what Norges Bank described as the “rapid” evolution of these commitments, the $1.4 trillion fund manager unveiled new expectations regarding workers’ rights.

Going forward, issuers will be required to report human capital publicly in accordance with the best international standards, such as the recommendations of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

Norges also expects issuers to disclose “essential information” about their workforce, such as the number of workers, employee turnover, diversity data and relevant industry-specific metrics. Companies that do not meet these expectations may be subject to an additional vote or commitment.

Norges is not the only investor to intensify its efforts on human capital. Lord Abbett & Co. and Vanguard Australia have also refined their human capital policies ahead of the 2023 proxy season.

Companies are waking up to the growing pressure and taking action. In July, Meta released its inaugural human rights report after years of pressure from investors to improve its human rights reporting.

Nvidia and Thomson Reuters have also agreed to publish human rights policies and assessments, following engagement with members of the Interfaith Center for Corporate Accountability (ICCR).

“In a highly interconnected global economy, companies are increasingly under scrutiny for how they address human rights issues that may arise from their business practices,” BlackRock Investment Stewardship (BIS) said in a statement. paper describing its approach to human capital.

“We appreciate when companies implement processes to identify, manage and prevent adverse human rights impacts that could expose them to significant risk, and provide robust information about these practices.”

— Rebecca Sherratt, Publications Editor, Diligent, formerly Insightia

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Uvalde families travel to Austin to advocate for gun safety https://gonv.org/uvalde-families-travel-to-austin-to-advocate-for-gun-safety/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 15:48:09 +0000 https://gonv.org/uvalde-families-travel-to-austin-to-advocate-for-gun-safety/ On the steps of the Capitol on Saturday, a rally was held to advocate for gun safety. The crowd was not made up of activists or politicians, but rather grieving parents who don’t want to let their children down. Standing in the hot summer sun, family members took turns sharing the stories of the loved […]]]>

On the steps of the Capitol on Saturday, a rally was held to advocate for gun safety. The crowd was not made up of activists or politicians, but rather grieving parents who don’t want to let their children down.

Standing in the hot summer sun, family members took turns sharing the stories of the loved ones they so tragically lost in Texas’ deadliest shooting. Where 19 children and 2 teachers were shot and killed on May 24.

Uvalde’s parents and community members made the three-hour trip to Austin to rally outside Governor Greg Abbott’s office on Capitol Hill and demand that Abbott call a special session of the Texas Legislature to raise gun buying age 18 to 21 like in Florida. , California and New York did, as reported by The Houston Chronicle.

“Governor. Abbott, how much blood is going to stain your hands,” said Javier Cazares, who lost his daughter Jackie, a fourth grader who was among the victims of the Robb Elementary School shooting.

Abbott, who was not in Austin during the rally, has so far rejected calls for a special session and has not publicly supported raising the age to buy guns in Texas – although the Texas has seen eight mass shootings in the past 13 years.

Texas lawmakers have only softened state gun laws during the last two legislative sessions, in particular by adopting portage without a license in 2021, less than two years later mass shootings in El Paso and Odessa claimed the lives of 30 people.

The overarching question surrounding Texas lawmakers and gun policy advocates is: How can the state prevent another mass shooting?

Abbott’s response was to appoint committees to take charge of school safety and mental health initiatives. For the families of Uvalde, this is not enough. They fear it is only a matter of time before the next shooting.

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“Focus more on gun safety than restrictions” https://gonv.org/focus-more-on-gun-safety-than-restrictions/ Wed, 24 Aug 2022 01:12:00 +0000 https://gonv.org/focus-more-on-gun-safety-than-restrictions/ RAPID CITY, SD (KOTA) – In 2020, gun deaths reached their highest level in at least 40 years, according to the Gifford Legal Center to Prevent Gun Violenceand with this recent increase in gun violence, Americans have a nuanced look at the hotly debated topic. South Dakota is currently ranked the 9th highest rate of […]]]>

RAPID CITY, SD (KOTA) – In 2020, gun deaths reached their highest level in at least 40 years, according to the Gifford Legal Center to Prevent Gun Violenceand with this recent increase in gun violence, Americans have a nuanced look at the hotly debated topic.

South Dakota is currently ranked the 9th highest rate of gun ownership in the nation according to the Pew Research Center, and yet, with a lot of vocal gun control backlash, some people would support tougher gun laws. Most support when it comes to talking about gun laws would be gun safety.

“These rights have obligations, and those obligations are to be responsible with your gun. Which I believe most gun owners are,” said South Dakota resident Jeff Holbrook. “If you apply the laws that are already on the books, you would solve a lot of problems.”

This comes after a poll conducted between July 28 and August 1 of 1,373 adults by the Harris School of Public Policy and the University of Chicago. Associated Press-NORC Public Affairs Research Center. This poll found that 71% of Americans polled wanted tougher gun laws. He also found that about half of Republicans and a majority of Democrats, including a large majority of gun-owning households, wanted some sort of tough gun law.

Some think that making new laws is not the solution. They say they would prefer to see the laws already in place enforced to help reduce gun violence.

“I think we already have a lot of laws and I think we have to enforce the laws we have. I don’t think criminals are going to obey any new laws anyway,” said Mark Blote, owner of a gun shop in Rapid City.

According to the poll, 60% of people said gun violence is very important in ensuring people can own firearms for personal protection and worldpopulationreview.com shows that 55% of South Dakotans are likely to own a firearm.

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