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Brady Campaign: Help Stop Celebratory Gunfire this New Years

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  1. Harry Tuttle

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    Bullets Come Down: Help Stop Celebratory Gunfire this New Years
    12/23/2004
    http://www.jointogether.org/gv/news/alerts/reader/0,2061,575484,00.html

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

    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

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    Well, whaddaya know? For once, a Brady campaign I agree with and can support!

    :what:
     
  3. Sergeant Bob

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    If the Brady's were really concerned they'd be handing out kevlar umbrellas. :D
     
  4. El Tejon

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    Direct your prayers to heaven and your gunfire to earth. :D
     
  5. Norton

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    I see them do it in arabic countries all of the time. What is the big deal? :evil:
     
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    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:
     
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    Try as one might, considering the source, there is nothing to disagree with here.
     
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    They should worry more about drunk drivers.
     
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    "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.

    Tim
     
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    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

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    In the big city housing projects they're just testing their new Xmas toys. :rolleyes:
     
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    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

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    Overstated by a factor of thousands to one, I'm sure.
     
  19. SnWnMe

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    The NRA should try to beat them to the punch on things like this.
     
  20. Derby FALs

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    Shotguns are still OK. :neener:
     
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    I disagree. It is not their responsibility to inform the public on police issues. They are a national gun ban org. and should stick to that operation.

    They (Brady bunch) started out as a handgun ban group. When that issue lost favor with the American public, HCI morphed into Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, merging with the MMM'ers. Assault weapons became the focus of their wrath. Now that assault weapons are not viewed as a threat by the GENERAL public at large, they need a new direction in order to justify their existance. They should not morph into an advisory group on firearms safety.

    IMO, they should just fade into the sunset and never heard of again.
     
  22. Lone_Gunman

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    Sheesh, if the Brady Organization issued a statement saying the Holocaust was bad, I think there are people here who would try to claim it wasn't, just to disagree with them.
     
  23. RealGun

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    Some of them are indeed.


    Wrong on that one, partner. Expiration of the AWB doesn't change public opinion or mean you have heard the last of it.
     
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    The NRA is run by a group of boot lickers who are more concerned about keeping the dues rolling in so they can hobnob with their politican/lobbiest friends. These boot lickers just happened to obtain employment with a 'gun rights' group; could just as easily been a pro life or pro choice (pick your own pro*) group.

    Creativity is a foreign concept that would require them to set down their CC Manhattans long enough to do something innovative.
     
  25. Kingcreek

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    My first thought also. The NRA should make this announcment Monday or maybe even join the Brady Bunch and Law Enforcement, steal a little of their thunder.
     
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