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Brady Campaign: Help Stop Celebratory Gunfire this New Years

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Harry Tuttle, Dec 24, 2004.

  1. Harry Tuttle

    Harry Tuttle Senior Member

    Nov 14, 2003
    Bullets Come Down: Help Stop Celebratory Gunfire this New Years

    Action Alert
    Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
    United with the Million Mom March
    1225 Eye Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20005

    Brady/MMM is joining with America's police departments to urge Americans not to engage in what police call "celebratory gunfire" -- the indiscriminate firing of weapons into the air. On New Years Eve, scores of people will place others at risk of injury or death because of celebratory gunfire. When a bullet is fired into the air, the bullet has to come down somewhere.

    This holiday season, help spread the word about the dangers of "celebratory gunfire" - the practice of firing a gun indiscriminately into the air to celebrate the beginning of the New Year.

    For activists and chapters looking for a project over the holiday week, we suggest contacting your local police and asking them if you can help spread the word about an annual firearm threat that more-and-more cities are facing.

    Brady/MMM will be issuing a press release on Tuesday, December 28, urging Americans not to engage in celebratory gunfire. The body of the press release is below.

    Your local police department would probably appreciate help from the Moms in spreading the word about this problem. It is not just about convincing potential shooters to think again - public attention on the problem can also increase peer pressure from the potential shooter's friends and relatives. Your efforts could lead to someone urging a spouse or friend to "put the gun away."

    Here's an early draft of next Tuesday's press release:

    Washington, D.C. - In dozens of American communities this New Years Eve, overexcited individuals will welcome in 2005 with an act of stupidity that may kill an innocent person in the bargain.

    The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March is joining with America's police departments to urge Americans not to engage in what police call "celebratory gunfire" - the indiscriminate unloading of weapons into the air. On New Years Eve and Independence Day each year, scores of people place others at risk of injury or death as a result of celebratory gunfire. When a bullet is fired into the air, the bullet has to come down somewhere.

    The practice of celebratory gunfire has been a problem in cities like Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix and Los Angeles and in towns along the U.S. and Mexico border. Last year, it became such a problem in Puerto Rico that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were called in for advice.

    "Every police group in America supports national and local efforts to educate citizens on the dangers of celebratory gunfire," said John Shanks, Law Enforcement Relations Director for Brady/MMM. "Every police officer in America would urge people not to do something as reckless as this."

    "The danger inherent in this activity ought to be obvious," continued Shanks. "It makes no sense whatsoever to fire a weapon into the air, not knowing where the bullet may fall. This is probably the most unsafe, crazy practice people engage in on New Years Eve."

    Four years ago, Phoenix, Arizona enacted Shannon's law, in memory of 14 year-old Shannon Smith, killed by a stray bullet in June 1999 while talking on her phone in her back yard. The law makes it a felony to fire a gun into the air within the city limits. Yet in 2003, there were still 95 cases of random gunfire successfully prosecuted in the city of Phoenix.

    How dangerous can it get? Consider one of the risks facing America's service men and women in Iraq. Last November, celebratory gunfire in Baghdad following the death of Saddam Hussein's two sons cost 31 Iraqis their lives, including two young children. Seventy-six others were wounded.
  2. Preacherman

    Preacherman Elder

    Dec 20, 2002
    Louisiana, USA
    Well, whaddaya know? For once, a Brady campaign I agree with and can support!

  3. Sergeant Bob

    Sergeant Bob Participating Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    The Swamps of Goldwater, MI
    If the Brady's were really concerned they'd be handing out kevlar umbrellas. :D
  4. El Tejon

    El Tejon Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    Lafayette, Indiana-the Ned Flanders neighbor to Il
    Direct your prayers to heaven and your gunfire to earth. :D
  5. Norton

    Norton Senior Member

    Mar 10, 2003
    So, finally the Brady Bunch finds something useful to do related to gun SAFETY and not gun prohibition.

    I think the threat is dramatically overstated (what else, coming from them) but it's good to spread the word about the stupidity of firing guns in the air.
  6. io333

    io333 Member

    May 1, 2004
    Going outside or standing by a window in New Orleans on NYE is very dangerous. I don't know what is posessing these folks.

    Wouldn't it be nice if Brady/HandgunControl continued to morph into an organization genuinely trying to teach safe firearms handling and use. Maybe they could get together with the NRA and help them make Eddie Eagle videos for adults. Use some hot chick instead of the birdman though.
  7. Zonamo

    Zonamo Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    The Old Pueblo, Arizona
    I remain suspicious of the Brady Campaign's motives and agenda in latching on to this issue.

    For a bit of perspective on Shannon's Law, some analyis from Alan Korwin, author of the Arizona Gun Owner's Guide:

    Korwin on Shannon's Law
  8. rick_reno

    rick_reno member

    Dec 25, 2002
    This might be a bit overstated - I'd argue that driving while intoxicated is the most unsafe, crazy practice people engage in on New Years Eve. I'm sure there are more injuries and deaths from DUI driving than bullets falling from the sky.
  9. beerslurpy

    beerslurpy member

    Nov 8, 2004
    Spring Hill, Florida
    I dont think that there is anything wrong with firing blanks. I would hate to be prosecuted for firing off blanks.

    If you see tracers, there is obviously naughtyness transpiring (cough chinatown).

    Most dangerous? What about the consumption of alcohol and the operation of dangerous things like guns and cars? If anything, they should warn people not to drink heavily so they dont engage in stupid lapses of judgment like firing guns into the air or driving to the store.
  10. El Rojo

    El Rojo Senior Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    The People's Republik of **********
    I see them do it in arabic countries all of the time. What is the big deal? :evil:
  11. Valkman

    Valkman Mentor

    Jul 31, 2003
    North Las Vegas, NV
    I'm more worried about the hordes of drunk drivers just in this town. The chances of getting hit by a bullet are miniscule but the chance of getting hit by a drunk are much bigger. Add that to the fact there's snipers on the Strip and no thanks, I'll stay home. :cool:
  12. RealGun

    RealGun Mentor

    Mar 21, 2004
    Upstate SC
    Try as one might, considering the source, there is nothing to disagree with here.
  13. LAR-15

    LAR-15 Senior Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    They should worry more about drunk drivers.
  14. TimRB

    TimRB Active Member

    Jan 27, 2004
    "Try as one might, considering the source, there is nothing to disagree with here."

    Don't be misled. We all agree that shooting rifles and pistols into the air in celebration is a stupid idea, but that's not the point. The Brady Bunch is simply using this as an opportunity to say something negative about firearms; they do it every year. They want the public-at-large to think of firearms owners as nothing more than a bunch of thoughtless, drunken knuckle-draggers.

  15. why_me

    why_me member

    Dec 3, 2004
    I think it is a good use of there PR machine

    Firing bullets into the air is just plain stupid.
    Every year MADD tries to portay all drinkers as knuckle dragging chimps.
    I think they are actually trying to do something good on this. Hey its a free public service message
  16. dinosaur

    dinosaur Participating Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    NE Pa
    In the big city housing projects they're just testing their new Xmas toys. :rolleyes:
  17. Phil Ca

    Phil Ca Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Central Valley, PRK
    We lived for 25 years on a mountain overlooking Napa Valley. It was a rural area and we were part of a small village of maybe 3000 people.

    When our kids were in their teens and still at home I would take a .38 revolver and an AR15 out on the back porch about midnight. first I would call the sheriffs non-emergency dispatcher and give them my name and PD call sign and inform them we would be firing blanks for a few minutes at midnight. We never had a problem and no deputy would show up to see what was going on. Each of the two kids was allowed to fire a cylider of blanks and several blanks from the AR. They enjoyed celebrating NYE that way.

    Some years later other people that had moved on the hill would fire shotguns and rifles on NYE and we decided it was unsafe to be outside during NYE.

    There are some areas of California where a gun shot will trigger a locating device that locates the location by a triangulation method. East Palo Alto is one I know of for sure. There has been problems in that area for years.

    Every year someone kids killed or injured when some idiot discharges a firearm in the air on NYE. Now we live in an area where even a blank would cause a major commotion. I kind of miss the "Mad Minute" at midnight on NYE of 1965 in Vietnam!
  18. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    Overstated by a factor of thousands to one, I'm sure.
  19. SnWnMe

    SnWnMe Participating Member

    Jul 13, 2003
    Inland Empire
    The NRA should try to beat them to the punch on things like this.
  20. Derby FALs

    Derby FALs Member In Memoriam

    Jul 29, 2004
    Louisville, KY
    Shotguns are still OK. :neener:

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