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GunsOn a day in which yet another mass shooting is gripping the nation, a new report issued by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and other national nonprofits paints a sobering portrait of the impact of so-called “stand your ground ” laws of the kind that influenced the outcome of the George Zimmerman case and that is now the law in North Carolina.

This is from the release that accompanied the report:

The bipartisan Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, in collaboration with the National Urban League and VoteVets, issued a new report today showing that many of the 22 states with “Stand Your Ground” laws have experienced a striking increase in the number of justifiable homicides committed by private citizens in the years following their enactment.  Read More

Lunch sandwichHappy Friday, campers! With the dog days of summer going full steam, we’re sure a lot of you are staying at your computers these days rather than venturing out in the mid-day humidity. So, as a service to our desk-bound, PB&J-consuming audience, The Progressive Pulse is happy to announce the return of Lunch Links – a daily dose of quick takes that will connect you to the important, the aggravating and the entertaining. Enjoy!

We’ll begin with North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis. One of the Triangle’s most intrepid journalists, Kirk Ross over at the Carolina Mercury, has the first thorough review of the wannabe U.S. Senator’s new campaign finance report in a story entitled “Speaker’s Senate fundraising raises questions.”

And speaking of prominent state officials pondering higher office, Attorney General Roy Cooper’s new activism in opposition to the voter suppression bill passed by the General Assembly is sparking speculation that Cooper is cranking up a 2016 challenge to Pat McCrory. If it’s true, Cooper would seem likely to be a formidable candidate.

And speaking of the current Guv, Read More

From the good folks at Mayors Against illegal Guns:

No more names

June 14th is the six-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Every single day since then, another 33 Americans have been murdered with guns — and still, Congress has failed to take meaningful action to reduce gun violence

Today, Mayors Against Illegal Guns is launching “No More Names: The National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence,” a bus tour that will visit 25 states in 100 days to commemorate the thousands of Americans who have been murdered since Newtown and to urge Congress to pass common sense legislation that will prevent future tragedies. At every stop along the way, gun violence survivors, family members and community members will come together to read the names of people who have been murdered with guns and to rally for comprehensive and enforceable background checks legislation. These powerful events will remind Washington that this fight isn’t over, and that we’ll continue to demand action until Congress passes new laws to reduce gun crime and save lives.

To learn more about the bus tour and to find out how you can involved with events in your area, please visit www.NoMoreNames.org.

One of the nation’s most influential and widely respected pollsters has new and encouraging data for Senator Kay Hagan and all those who support background checks for gun purchasers. In a poll released yesterday, Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling (see the video below) reported the following:

“PPP’s newest round of polling finds that Kay Hagan and Mary Landrieu helped their cause for reelection with their recent votes in support of background checks for gun sales. Read More

McCrory11092012Governor McCrory made a fascinating (and troubling) statement in an interview with WUNC-TV’s Kelly McCullen the other day. When asked about the debate over gun control and why the state has failed to advance any new initiatives to strengthen it, the Governor said the following in response:

“I don’t know. And listen I’ve really tried to concentrate on the economy, the efficiency of government and education. And that’s where I’m focusing. I’m trying to…Tell you the truth, I’m trying to get off the liberal and conservative social issues and concentrate on the things that people are worried about most and that’s the economy.”

Uh, sorry to tell you this Governor McCrory, Read More