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    Firearms Law and Policy has published our first diary, including a note from your founders and a glossary of resources. We are poring over the recent report from the National Research Council. It cites 2010 estimates that gun violence costs ~$174 billion per year.

    If you care about this toll, please drop by and say hello.

    Introducing a new Group: Firearms Law and Policy - Glossary of Resources

    Rethinking Gun Control is a reader's digest of the key Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm Related Violence (National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, June 2013). The report is a comprehensive review of gun violence as requested by President Obama in January this year.

    From the NRC report on p27: In 2010, incidents involving firearms injured or killed more than 105,000 Americans.(20) A recent estimate suggested that firearm violence cost the United States more than $174 billion in 2010, (Miller, 2010). However, it is essentially impossible to quantify the overall physiological, mental, emotional, social, and collateral economic effects of firearm violence since these effects extend well beyond the victim to the surrounding community and society at large. ([Institute of Medicine], 2012b)________________________

    To advocate effectively for repeal or passage of firearms legislation we must first know and understand current law and policy, and how both are implemented, where we live. There is enormous variability across the country; the relative utility/relative risk of firearms is different on a 500 acre ranch in Montana than for a 1000 square foot apartment in New York. State and local laws reflect that diversity. We will discuss firearms law and policy with an emphasis on the many historical ethics and ideals of Western Civilization, as opposed to what are currently known as "Libertarian" ideals.

    This group is also a study group; a place to learn and discuss which gun regulations are constitutional restrictions in this post-Heller environment. (A law degree is not required). With Congressional gridlock likely to impede any useful national legislation, progress will have to be made at the state and local level.
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    Please note: We are not a subgroup of the Daily Kos RKBA group and do not agree with their foundation premise, but hope they will share their insights into state and local laws that work.

    To join us send a message to the Firearms Law and Policy Group.
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    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 09:21:15 PM PDT

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