Connect the Dots
Let’s look at gun violence and connect the dots...
The total number of deaths from gun violence in the United States in 2013.
….of Americans support background checks for gun sales and 67% support a federal database to track gun sales.
The amount the gun lobby spent during the 2014 election cycle to elect candidates that refuse to support even modest new gun laws.
The number of bills this Congress has passed to reduce gun violence.
Sources: Open Secrets, Salon
Let's look at food subsidies and connect the dots...
Big Agri-Business spends hundreds of millions of dollars annually on campaign contributions and lobbying to tilt government policy in its direction.
The return on its political investment that Big Ag has earned since 1995 in the form of taxpayer subsidies for corn and soy-based sweeteners and starch -- key ingredients in many junk foods.
Increase in the likelihood of childhood obesity since the 1980s.
Sources: Open Secrets, US PIRG
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• Jun 13, 2017
Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Washington Post
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• Jun 12, 2017
Jake Harper, NPR
Two years ago, a mental health advocate named Steve McCaffrey stood at a lectern in the Indiana statehouse, testifying in favor of an addiction treatment bill. After years of rising overdose rates, lawmakers in the health committee were taking action to combat the opioid epidemic. And they often turned to McCaffrey, who leads Mental Health America of Indiana, to advise them.
The Hard Reality: Gun Control Will Not Happen Without Campaign Finance Reform
• Jun 14, 2016
By Walker Bragman, Paste Magazine
As news rolls in about the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida which left 50 people dead, and for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, now seems a good time to reflect on one of America’s biggest issues: gun violence.
In June 2011, American born Al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn released a video titled ‘Do Not Rely on Others, Take the Task Upon Yourself’, and called on Muslims to take advantage of America’s lax gun laws — specifically gun shows — and carry out lone wolf style attacks. In other words, our enemies know our dirtiest secret: or government is not protecting its people.
Guns kill roughly 30,000 people every year (33,636 in 2013, most of which were suicide), and injure over 100,000. Due to the inconsistency of regulatory schemes from state to state, and even county to county, these weapons are extremely easy to come by, and hard to monitor or control. Even in a city like Chicago, which at one point, had some of the toughest gun laws in the country, gun violence can still be rampant given the geographical proximity to areas without such protections and regulations. Guns travel easily across state and county lines.
Voices from around the country.
I’m 24 years old, recently out of college, and finally entering the work force. As an active voter, it disappoints me as an American that millionaires and billionaires are able to make my one vote seem more and more insignificant with each passing election. The size of their wallets and ability to open up massive pipelines of cash into the political process will never stop me from supporting those who have my best interest at heart. HR 20 stands up for me and millions of Americans who might not be able to write those hefty checks but find the value of casting their ballot on Election Day to be just as significant.