Gun Control

This Again.

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Your DGB for today is to see this Grab and this Grab and this one and this one and also this one. Oh, and this one and this one and this one and also this one.

Yet again, there has been another mass shooting. Use the resources linked in the above Grabs or just buy a Moms Demand shirt here. We find it’s a good conversation-starter.

Throwback Not Even Thursday Anymore

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Your DGB for today is to see this Grab and this one and this one and also this one. Oh, and this one and this one and this one and also this one.

Yet again, there has been another mass shooting. At this point, DGB could be dedicated only to gun violence activism and still never run out of Grabs. Over and above all the resources linked above, here’s an upsetting resource to share to your social media accounts today:

https://www.vox.com/a/mass-shootings-america-sandy-hook-gun-violence

 

Violence Against Women Act

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Your DGB for today is to get your elected reps to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, as it is due to expire next month.

In the past, this bill has always had bipartisan support, and has always been reauthorized when it came up on the floor. Yet this time, the reauthorization bill has zero Republican co-sponsors and little if any GOP support. We think we know why. Since a gun is the most common weapon in domestic murders, this bill seeks to make it harder for domestic violence perpetrators to keep their guns. Well, as you can imagine, this goes over like a lead balloon with the NRA-owned GOP. Protect women, or protect murder-sticks? Hmmmm… Tough choice.

Please call your members of congress and urge them to re-authorize this critical piece of legislation. If your representatives are Republican, lean on them to co-sponsor this bill, because the health and safety of women *should* be bipartisan… right?

 

Guns Down America Billboards

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Your DGB for today is to help put up some billboards calling out Bank of America for going back on its word.

After the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida a slew of companies announced ways they were breaking ties with the gun industry or gun lobby. While a hopeful and positive drop step toward changing the gun culture here in the U.S., it will only work if the businesses actually follow through on their promises. According to Guns Down, an organization fighting gun culture at every level, after an announcement that it would stop funding military-style weapons manufacturers, Bank of America did just the opposite and loaned Remington over $40 million dollars to help it emerge from bankruptcy. Read more here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bank-of-america-remington/bank-of-americas-loan-to-remington-tests-its-firearms-pledge-idUSKBN1I70AE

 

And here: http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/07/news/companies/bank-of-america-gunmaker-remington/index.html

 

Guns Down has come up with a good way to take them to task by placing billboards throughout Bank of America’s headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here’s a description of the effort: https://gunsdownamerica.org/the-guns-down-billboard-fund/

 

And the donation page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/guns-down-billboard

 

While you are at it, check out Guns Down and see what they’re about. Join them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @gunsdownamerica.

 

A Good Guy Without a Gun

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Your DGB for today is to help the victims of the Waffle House shooting.

James Shaw Jr. is a national hero and single-handedly stopped the man who shot up a Waffle House in Tennessee. Not only did he prevent even more tragic deaths from happening, but Shaw also started a GoFundMe account to raise money for families who lost four beautiful lives in the tragedy. He has surpassed his meager goal, but we at DGB want to make sure the families of Joe R. Perez, age 20, DeEbony Groves, age 21, Taurean C. Sanderlin, age 29, and Akilah Dasilva, age 23, are well taken care of. To know more about the lives of the victims and their families, read here. To donate to their memorial fund, go here.

Shaw is honoring the victims and there’s a way you can honor and thank him in turn. Yashar Ali started a GoFundMe to start a college fund for Shaw’s four year old daughter. You can donate to that fund here.

Knowing there are people like James Shaw Jr in this world warms the cold dark recesses of our DGB heart. We need more people like him. And funny… the only thing that stopped a bad guy with a gun, was a great guy without one. That’s not the narrative the NRA has been feeding us.

 

March For Our Lives

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Your DGB for today is to find a way to support the March for Our Lives, organized by the student-led #NeverAgain movement.

You know by now how this usually goes: a bunch of innocent kids/concert-goers/parishioners die in a hail of bullets, the country recoils in horror, folks beg lawmakers to DO SOMETHING, politicians offer thoughts & prayers, and nothing happens. Lather, rinse, repeat. Not this time. The kids at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High said, “oh, HELLLLLL no” and many Americans are following their lead. The movement is organizing the March for Our Lives for March 24th in Washington, DC, and over 400 satellite marches have sprung up. When you go to the march’s website, you can donate, pick up merch, and find a march in your area.

Instead of disappearing from the news cycle, the issue of gun violence is staying visible. You can tell how effective the student-led activism has been by how vicious the response from the NRA is. They’re panicking. This is our moment, folks. Grab it.

 

Blood Money Talks

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Your DGB for today is to support companies who have changed aspects of their business in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

 

Companies that have removed discounts/deals for NRA members:

 

United Airlines

Delta Airlines

Hertz

Enterprise

Avis/Budget

TrueCar

Symantec

SimpliSafe

MetLife

Allied Van Lines

Paramount Rx

Best Western

Wyndham Hotel Group

Starkey Hearing Technologies

 

Stores that have changed their gun sale policies:

 

Walmart

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Kroger

LL Bean

 

Other Companies that have ended NRA-related affiliations:

 

First National Bank of Omaha

Republic Bank

 

Please tweet us with any additions to this list and we’ll update!

 

 

#NeverAgain and #BlackLivesMatter

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Your DGB for today is to read this article in Teen Vogue and take the message to heart.

All of us here at DGB are mothers of school-age kids. Events like Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Parkland keep us up at night, contemplating bulletproof backpacks, homeschooling, and/or moving to Australia. We’ve been so impressed by the student-led #NeverAgain movement. Anything that gives the NRA heartburn and panic attacks pleases us greatly.

But it’s also true that Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, et al are not the first kids to protest gun violence. Black teens have been working their butts off on this issue as part of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which should come as no surprise when Black teenagers have been paying for white supremacy and gun culture with their dead bodies. Their contributions didn’t light a fire in the public consciousness like the work of the Parkland kids, and it should have.

As we go forward in this moment where there seems to be a spark of hope that change may come, let’s not forget who we have to thank, listen to, and partner with. Any conversation about gun violence must wrestle with issues of racism and policing, in addition to mental illness, the gun lobby, etc.

We have hope for the future, because all these kids are the fierce leaders we need. We just wish it hadn’t come at such a high price to them.

 

Really, A Gun Raffle?

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Your DGB for this weekend is to criticize Kansas congressional candidate Tyler Tannahill’s gun raffle.

In unsurprising news, GOP candidate Tyler Tannahill kicked off his campaign on February 13th with an AR-15 giveaway contest. The following day, the Parkland shooting took place, reigniting a national conversation about gun control. If you guessed Tannahill’s campaign pulled the contest in light of events, we regret to inform you of your misplaced faith in humanity. They are full speed ahead and see no issue with their actions.

Contact him through his Facebook campaign page, @TannahillTweets, or by phone or email. If you’re comfortable with it, also feel free to sign up to win the weapon. With any luck, we may be able to derail the entire giveaway with ineligible and uninterested entries clogging up the drawing process.

 

Resistbot to the Rescue

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Your DGB for today is to fire up Resistbot and get some information about your local reps.

Resistbot is here once again to help us grab back. If you text NRA to 50409 (Resistbot) it will return a message telling you how much blood money the NRA paid to support your local representatives. If they received gun funds, it will help you generate a Tweet asking them to donate the money. If you are a luddite like some of us here at DGB and still can’t handle the Twitter, just copy and paste the message into an email, a Facebook post, a Word document or copy it down in longhand using your quill pen.

Fair warning: the results may surprise you! Remember that Shame Bell we had you ring last week? Democrats are guilty of this too.

Let’s get murder money out of our democracy!

 

Contributing our Thoughts and Prayers

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Your DGB for today is to send campaign contributions to the politicians that  have received money from the NRA, in the amount of thoughts and prayers.

 

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We clearly can’t compete with the NRA’s contributions, but surely politicians like Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz must be running low on thoughts and prayers, so why not just send them some. You can follow our above sample letter, or make up your own. Be sure to add in the amount of donations they have received from the NRA which you can find here: https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=d000000082

We are tired of being held hostage by the NRA and our inept government. Hopefully these thoughts and prayers will give politicians the moral support they need to finally do the right thing, enact smart gun regulations and start protecting the children of this country. And if they don’t, we will be donating actual dollars to the people running against them in the coming elections.

 

 

Disarm Your Mutual Funds

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Your DGB for today is to check your mutual funds (should you own any) for their investment in gun manufacturing. 

Simply enter the name of the fund or its ticker symbol, and the site will tell you how many stocks in that fund are gun-related, and what percentage of the fund they comprise. A link to the fund’s SEC filings will tell you even more. Go a step further and enter the amount of money you have invested in the fund, and the site will calculate how much of your money is invested in gun or ammo manufacturing. Armed with this data, you can make an informed decision about how and where to invest your family’s dough.

This country’s sick obsession with guns has got to stop, and we must address it from every angle. Those of us in a position to do so need to invest wisely and ethically.

 

#DGB #TBT Guns

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Your DGB for this Throwback Thursday is to see this Grab and this one and this one and also this one. Oh, and this one and this one and this one.

There have been eighteen school shootings in US schools in the seven weeks of 2018, eight of them resulting in injury or death. DGB has written about gun control activism many times, with blood donation thrown in for good measure because it’s not a matter of “if”, but rather when and where this will happen again. This is the worst kind of Throwback: a preventable nightmare that just keeps repeating itself in a macabre loop of thoughts and prayers and dead children.

DGB staff are all moms. Moms who woke up today and sent our children to school without knowing with absolute certainty if we’d see them again. We no longer know how to even write about this; our hearts and minds frozen in fear and desperation.

 

NRA Donation Recipients

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Your DGB for today is to find out if your representatives are in the pocket of the NRA.

 

Who’s pulling the finance strings of your elected officials? MoveOn now maintains a state-by-state list of NRA campaign donations here:

https://front.moveon.org/has-your-member-of-congress-received-campaign-support-from-the-nra/#.WgRUsYZryt8

Once you’ve identified the sellouts, feel free to shame them by phone, email, carrier pigeon, in-person visit, or tweet, for bowing to money over ethics. DGB staff enjoy the irony of telling them to “choose life,” which we will spend our weekend doing.

 

Betsy Riot

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Your DGB for today is to riot, the Betsy way.

Are you fed up with a culture that values guns over human lives? Are you still clucking your tongue and shaking your head, and generally just wondering what has this world come to? Well, stop. The time for that is very much past. It’s time to get mad. It’s time to get so angry that people start paying attention. It’s time to call out the NRA, the gun manufacturers, the gun toters, and the paranoid throngs that love them. These subhumans are willing to let BABIES be gunned down in the name of profit.

The Betsy Riot is a non-violent “neosuffragist punk patriot” group that is taking the anti-gun stance to the next level. They have action ideas, printables, blog posts, and all kinds of images and memes to stir up some subversion. Check them out here: https://betsyriot.com. Like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/betsyriot/, follow them on Twitter: @betsyriot.

Grab your petticoats, your signs, your stickers, and your shame bells and join the revolution!

 

Politicize My Death

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Your DGB for today is to visit www.PoliticizeMyDeath.com, read what it has to say, and sign the pledge asking your loved ones to - in the event of your death by gun violence - “politicize” the hell out of it.

Okay, Grabbers, we know this one is kinda dark. Over here at DGB, we are feeling *pretty* dark. On Sunday, a white man with a grudge and an assault rifle opened fire on churchgoers in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people, including 14 children, and wounding 20 more. It was the deadliest church shooting in US history, the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history, the fifth deadliest mass shooting in US history over all, and it occurred just a month after the massacre in Las Vegas, in which 58 people were killed. There’s an appalling sameness to the way the responses go down in these now-commonplace events: first, there are “thoughts and prayers” for the victims and the victims’ families. Then the vast majority of Americans renew their pleas to our leaders to do something to stem the tide of gun violence. Those policy-makers who are in the pocket of the NRA hold up their hands and say, “now is not the time to talk about legislation” and “it’s too soon!” and “let’s not politicize the victims’ deaths.”

The folks behind this website want to make it easy for you to make a statement: “Pretty please, if I ever die in a hail of bullets while waiting in line for my caramel macchiato, feel free to use my death to start talking about common-sense gun laws. I DON’T MIND. Really.” Sign the pledge, share it on social media using the hashtag #politicizemydeath, and learn other ways to help stop gun violence from taking over our country.

Also, if you are in one of the 33 states that is having elections today, VOTE! Check out the records and platforms of the candidates on your ballot and vote for the ones who support gun control measures.

 

Just the Facts

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Your DGB for today is to load up on some information so you’re ready for a gun debate.

In the wake of the weekend shooting in Las Vegas or as we in the United States have begun calling it, Groundhog Day, opportunities to discuss gun control will be all around you. We want you to be ready to join this exchange in a meaningful way. And before you say “But DGB, no one ever changes their mind in an Internet debate!” let us warn you that the staff at DGB actually met on a debate forum and during our various tenures participating have seen and experienced many opinions shift and evolve. But you need to bring the facts and the sources if you want to defeat the lies that circulate rampantly about gun regulation.

So today we would like you to check out Armed With Reason here: http://www.armedwithreason.com because they have pulled together some powerful arguments and information to help you win your next gun debate. They have assembled a source list that will have even the most articulate ammosexual begging for mercy: http://www.armedwithreason.com/gun-study-database/.

Grab back and arm yourself with the facts.

 

Donate Blood

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Your DGB for today is to donate blood or, if you’re unable, help someone else do the same.

On Monday, Americans woke up to the horrible news that the worst mass shooting in US history had occurred overnight in Las Vegas, NV. The death toll of that shooting now stands at 58, and the injured at 527. As early as two am, folks started lining up at blood donation centers in LV to do their part for the injured at overwhelmed area hospitals.

If you live in Las Vegas, the need is obvious and immediate. But tragedy, whether it be a senseless act of violence or a natural disaster, can strike any community at any time, and blood is always a precious commodity. To find out where to donate in your area, go here and enter your city and state. If you can’t donate for some reason, consider giving someone who can a ride or making a monetary donation to your local blood bank.

When things like this happen, it is easy to feel like there’s nothing we can do. But there ARE ways we can help. A donation today might save a life tomorrow.

 

Postcards for Gun Safety

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Your DGB for today is to join Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in sending or personally delivering a postcard to your Congress Member telling them you oppose the NRA’s “Concealed Carry Reciprocity” Legislation.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is being pushed by the NRA and forces states to recognize other states’ concealed carry permits. This will put more firearms into cities and states that have strict gun laws and “remove local governments’ ability to maintain sensible gun standards and keep a proper vetting process in place.”


Today we want you to send a postcard or hand deliver one to your Congress Member and let them know you will not support this bill and you don’t want the NRA influencing our nation’s laws and policies. You can search for a local event here: http://act.everytown.org/event/ccr-postcard-delivery/ and you can even use DGB’s official post card.

 

National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Your DGB for today is to prepare to observe National Gun Violence Awareness Day tomorrow, June 2nd.

In the United States, gun violence kills nearly 100 people every single day, which is beyond unacceptable and certainly preventable. Tomorrow, we reject the culture of gun violence and every tragedy that comes with it.

You’ll observe the day in at least one of the following ways:

Wear the color orange and share your photos on social media using the hashtag #WearOrange, or post them directly to this site by scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Attend a local event near you.

Connect with event sponsors Moms Demand Action, @MomsDemand and Everytown, @Everytown.

We leave you with this Bob Dylan quote, which comes to mind with each senseless loss and lack of subsequent action to prevent further gun violence:

 

Yes, and how many times must a man look up

Before he can see the sky

Yes, and how many ears must one man have

Before he can hear people cry

Yes, and how many deaths will it take till he knows

That too many people have died

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

The answer is blowin’ in the wind