April 25, 2014

JOIN THE MICAH PROJECT’S FAITH WALK

The Micah ProjectHistorically an important hub of African-American businesses in New Orleans, Central City today is plagued with violent crime. Faith walks are a recurring ritual within the Micah Project, and their goal is to bring healing and peace to neighborhoods and residents through prayer. Join clergy and lay leaders every other Friday at New St. Mark Baptist Church (1630 Simon Bolivar Avenue) at 6:00pm to walk through Central City and pray for an end to violence in the neighborhood. The next walk will be held on June 21.

There’s a Facebook invite for the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/165626746938767/

LOUISIANA SPEAKS OUT TO ITS U.S. SENATORS

“Do the right thing! This does not stop law abiding citizens from getting guns just the criminals.”

- Patrick K. in New Orleans, LA

 

“A federal system of background checks is the below rock bottom minimum our Congressional delegation should be voting for.”

- Rosemary J. in New Orleans, LA

NEWS COVERAGE:

STUDY: LOUISIANA HAS HIGHEST RATE OF GUN VIOLENCE IN U.S. / THE ADVOCATE

advocate-photo-laThe report was presented locally at a gun violence forum Wednesday at Wesley United Methodist Church… Judge Freddie Pitcher Jr., chancellor of Southern University Law Center, said during the forum that universal background checks are a “must” to curb gun violence. It’s not a cure all, but it’s a step in the right direction to help stem some of the violence,” he said.

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BATON ROUGE GROUP URGES SENATORS VITTER AND LANDRIEU TO SUPPORT UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS  / WVLA NBC33

For Richard Haymaker the sting of losing 16 year old Yoshi Hattori, the family’s exchange student, for to gun violence is as fresh as when it happened 20 years ago. His son, only 16 at the time, saw the whole thing.

“A loving father, I mean what can you say? I mean it’s with me everyday. The whole experience of everybody involved. And he (my son) first-hand saw it. Witnessed it,” Haymaker said.

Haymaker and others in Baton Rouge have contributed their signatures to a letter asking their senators to push for universal background checks on guns.

“Universal background checks have nothing to do with the second amendment and the right to bear arms. I think that those are two separate issues,” Freddie Pitcher of the Southern University Law Center explained.

“This will not be complicated, it’s been done in other states. We just want to make sure guns don’t go to criminals and this is the easiest, best first steps to do that,” added Holley Haymaker.

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VITTER, LANDRIEU URGED TO ACT AS STUDY SHOWS LOUISIANA HAS HIGHEST GUN VIOLENCE RATES  / THE TIMES-PICUAYNE

Local leaders from New Orleans and Baton Rouge met Wednesday to mark the release of the report and to call on Landrieu and Vitter to vote in favor of legislation currently being considered in the U.S. Senate requiring states to implement universal background checks for gun buyers…Rev. Dr. Joe Connelly, who hosted the meeting at Wesley United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, urged people to sign the group’s open letter to Vitter and Landrieu. Connelly, a gun owner and avid hunter, added the issue was about public safety and “not about infringing on anyone’s Second Amendment rights.”

“Universal background checks are essential and a must if we are going to help stop the carnage that is occurring in our neighborhoods,” Judge Freddie Pitcher, Jr., Chancellor of Southern University, said during the panel discussion. “It’s not a cure all, but it’s a step in the right direction.”

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JOIN AN URGENT APPEAL TO OUR U.S. SENATORS

Earlier this year, a poll found that 85 percent of Louisianans support mandatory background checks for all gun buyers.

Just as the Louisiana community has met in the political center and found common ground on this issue, we are asking our U.S. Senators to work with their colleagues in Washington to reduce gun violence in our state and across the country.

Please join us by adding your name to an open letter to U.S. Senators David Vitter and Mary Landrieu asking them to support universal background checks that would make it mandatory that every person who buys a gun must pass a criminal background check. Preventing criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from getting firearms should be a top priority in Congress.

Background checks work! States that have closed loopholes in their background check laws have seen a decrease in gun violence. For example, FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement data shows that the number of women shot to death by an intimate partner is 38 percent lower in states that require a background checks on all gun sales compared to states that do not. By extending background checks to all gun sales we can stop easy access firearms by dangerous people.

Every day in America, 32 people are murdered with guns. We are better than this.

CLICK HERE to join us in asking our Senators to take action to save lives!

UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS EVENT HELD

la-event-01BATON ROUGE, LA - Gun violence prevention advocates held the first-ever statewide event in Louisiana in support of universal background checks. The event, organized by Louisiana Community United Against Gun Violence, was held at Wesley United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge. Participants shared strategies for reducing gun violence throughout the state and called on Louisiana's U.S. Senators David Vitter and Mary Landrieu to vote yes for universal background checks when the measure comes to the Senate floor.

Panelists for the April 3rd event included Judge Freddie Pitcher, Jr., Chancellor of the Southern University Law Center; Holley Galland Haymaker, MD, of Stop Gun Violence Baton Rouge; Tara McGuinness, executive director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund; Pritesh Gandhi, MD, MPH, founder of Doctors Against Gun Violence; and host Rev. Dr. Joe Connelly, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church.

AMERICANS SUPPORT BACKGROUND CHECKS

Americans across all political, demographic and geographic lines overwhelmingly support universal background checks.

85 percent of Louisianans support mandatory background checks for all gun buyers. In addition, a poll conducted by Republican pollster Frank Lutz in 2012 showed that 74 percent of NRA members and 87 percent of non-NRA gun owners support requiring criminal background checks of anyone purchasing a gun.

Background checks are the only systematic way to stop domestic abusers, the dangerously mentally ill, felons and other criminals from buying firearms.