Everytown Debuts Five-Point Action Plan to #BreakThePattern of ‘Gun Violence’

(Photo: Everytown for Gun Safety)

Fresh on the heels of the midterms where Everytown for Gun Safety succeeded in populating the House with more than a handful of “gun sense” (aka anti-gun) candidates, the Michael Bloomberg-funded organization is now preparing to launch its 2019 blueprint for enacting gun control at the state and federal level.

Known as the #BreakThePattern Campaign, the agenda contains five major points which are centered around criminalizing private transfers, making it easier for the government to confiscate firearms, and opening up the gun manufacturers to frivolous lawsuits that would inevitably bankrupt the industry.

“In electing a gun sense majorities in the House of Representatives and key states, the American people sent a clear message to their elected leaders: Now is the time to break the pattern of gun violence by passing common-sense gun laws,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety in a press release.

“Everytown’s five-point action plan provides a clear roadmap for lawmakers, and the first milestone is building a better background check system to ensure that guns don’t fall into the wrong hands,” Feinblatt continued.

The Everytown Action Plan (in its words):

  • Keeping Guns Out of the Wrong Hands – A Better Background Check System. Background checks on gun sales are the foundation of any effort to reduce gun violence. Lawmakers need to close loopholes in the system, such as those that allow people to buy guns without a background check.
  • Protecting Kids and Communities – Supporting Red Flag Laws and Responsible Access to Firearms. To reduce gun suicides and keep our children safe from mass shootings, lawmakers must pursue policies like Red Flag laws, which allow family and law enforcement to intervene before deadly tragedies involving firearms take place if someone poses a threat to themselves or others. Lawmakers must also limit easy access to firearms and accessories capable of inflicting mass casualties and encourage safe and responsible storage of all guns.
  • Addressing America’s Uniquely Lethal Domestic Abuse Problem – Disarming Domestic Abusers. More than half of women murdered with guns in America are killed by an intimate partner or family member, and women are five times more likely to be killed in a domestic confrontation when a gun is present. Lawmakers must strengthen laws that help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
  • Combating Daily Gun Violence – Supporting Research, Law Enforcement and Local Solutions. The government needs to support law enforcement, researchers and local communities in their efforts to combat daily gun violence by funding new research into gun violence; community-driven, evidence-based interventions to curb city gun violence; and new tools to help law enforcement collect evidence, trace all crime guns, reduce trafficking, and solve gun crimes.
  • Holding the Gun Industry Accountable – Repealing Gun Industry Immunity to Promote Safer Guns. Lawmakers must repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shields the gun industry from accountability for business practices that directly threaten public safety and put American lives at risk while removing any cost for failing to make guns safer or for marketing weapons that have no place in the hands of civilians.

Even though Democrats now control the House, the White House and the Senate still belong to the GOP. While it’s entirely possible that Congress will debate gun control legislation in the near future, especially given that we’ve witnessed two high-profile mass shootings in the span of about a month, one in Pittsburgh, PA, and one in Thousand Oaks, CA, it’s hard to see a future where Trump and Senate Republicans embrace bills that undermine the 2A rights of law-abiding citizens.

Of course, if we’re being honest, Trump’s first two years weren’t the best for the 2A cause. While the president did appoint two pro-2A justices to the SCOTUS bench, he also via executive action ordered a retroactive ban on bump stocks. And as for the goodies we were hoping for, the removal of suppressors from the NFA (The Hearing Protection Act) and 50-state-legal carry permits (The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act), those have fallen by the wayside mainly because pro-gun politicians were on the defensive post-Las Vegas and Parkland.

Heading into 2019 we’ll need to, as always, keep our heads up and our powder dry.

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • MASTERMECH48 November 11, 2018, 8:50 pm

    This one is both humorous and just too challenging for legislators; “Keeping Guns Out of the Wrong Hands – A Better Background Check System. Background checks on gun sales are the foundation of any effort to reduce gun violence. Lawmakers need to close loopholes in the system, such as those that allow people to buy guns without a background check.” 1. Establish a single point for Background Check Clearing. 2. This is the, TOO HARD to do portion. HOW do you propose to control STREET SALES???? Here is YOUR problem arena. No background checks, no waiting period, no AGE qual, and NO FELON checks and it is all CASH. Quit concentrating on the “Good” people and get hot on the street sales arena. Think about cutting off the THUMBS of gun criminals, try shooting a hand gun that way.

  • Mike Sr. November 9, 2018, 2:32 pm

    I completely believe in the 2nd and excercise that right quite regularly. I honestly don’t have the answer but there is certainly a problem with the misuse of firearms. Cell phones kill thousands , just look it up once! Do you really think they’ll stand by and let the oxygen starved Left run their business. Obama slipped during a speech and mentioned a one world govt. about the same time he signed the UN Small Arms Treaty. With the stroke of a pen firearms confiscations can begin. Total dependency on the government is what they strive for

  • Dr Motown November 9, 2018, 1:17 pm

    Time for SCOTUS to take up some new 2A cases. Otherwise, within ten years, the GenX/GenY/new immigrant voters will completely gut the Constitution….

  • Jay November 9, 2018, 12:01 pm

    There is only One point in “Gun Violence” The constant barrage of lies about how prevalent it is, if there was so much so called, gun violence, none of us would even be able to go the store for food without class 10 body armor and backup to boot! The medias attention only spur it on because some crazy see’s their name in headlines!

  • ditpook November 9, 2018, 10:57 am

    1. Background check: Did you vote Democrat? Deny any access to weapons other than a spoon.

    2. Stop the government subsidy of single parent households. Everyone in jail is from a broken home.

    3. Sensible divorce/custody/alimony laws. Stop making men pay for children that are not theirs.

    4. Sealed borders. If you don’t know its wrong to break into a country, how do you know its wrong to break into a house?

    5. 100% tax on any movie or media that promotes gun violence in it. If Liam Neeson made no money on all those Taken movies, he’d be home selling potatoes in the street with his mouth shut.

  • Eric R November 9, 2018, 9:44 am

    Lets see…what about those crotch rockets that are the “assault rifles” of the motorcycle industry? Capable of such ungodly speeds that the cops won’t even pursue them. Are Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki going to be accountable for deaths of so many young Americans on those?

    Hell no they won’t.

    What about the new breed of muscle cars with 400+hp. Street legal 150mph capable. Plop your 16 year old down in that and off they go. What’s the death toll in those?

    No accountability from the auto industry because they put seat belts and airbags in….everyone’s safe now.

    Face it boys and girls……follow the money. The gun industry just doesn’t have the $$$ to buy off Washington like the big boys do.

  • William Lynn November 9, 2018, 9:31 am

    Proof there is a God is that we still have a president that is pro 2A. Any bill that goes into law still needs to get through the Senate (also pro 2A) then get signed off by President Trump. Good luck on that front.

    • Slim November 9, 2018, 10:43 am

      Apparently you haven’t seen the news at all since two face Trump became president! He claimed he is a 2A supporter to get elected and after that he’s screwed us many times.

      • John L November 9, 2018, 12:49 pm

        Good for you. Go ahead and vote Biden or Clinton or even Beto in 2020. Let’s see how that works out for you.

        • Mike V November 9, 2018, 6:55 pm

          He didn’t say that he would support them.

          Nothing wrong with having your eyes open, Trump has wavered.

          He hasn’t yet been really tested. For now he has a firewall, what happens after the next horror occurs and the Democrat house passes legislation and the very slight Republican majority senate goes along, would he go along too?

          After the bump stock ban and some of his rhetoric, I wouldn’t rule it out.

          Just because he’s better than Clinton doesn’t mean we can’t recognize his faults.

  • mike November 9, 2018, 9:28 am

    Me NOT LIKE Bizarro World!!! Me want to WAKE UP and be home again in REAL WORLD!!! You know REAL WORLD RIGHT?? That’s the one where ONLY LAW-ABIDING Citizens follow the LAWS and where the EVIL CREATURES that LOOK LIKE people but are NOT people do NOT GIVE A RAT’S ASS for the LIVES of the PREY OR WHAT LAWS are passed by the PREY. It’s just MORE FUN FOR THEM to DISOBEY MORE LAWS!!! GET IT BLOOMBERG???? With your ALARMED residence and your PRIVATE ARMY to protect you! GET IT EVERYTOWN????? IT IS ALREADY ILLEGAL TO KILL PEOPLE!!!! YOU FUCKING IDIOTS!!! YOU CANNOT PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENING BY PASSING A NEW LAW AGAINST IT. ALL YOU CAN HOPE TO DO IS BE AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS TO HOPEFULLY MINIMIZE AND STOP IT. THEN you can pass the ONE LAW that will PREVENT THAT PARTICULAR PERP, if they are STILL ALIVE, from EVER DOING IT AGAIN. THAT Law is called the FUCKING DEATH PENALTY!!!! And THEN HAVE THE BALLS TO CARRY IT OUT!!!!

  • Sean Carberry November 9, 2018, 8:06 am

    …so that will set a precedent for law suits against manufacturers of anything that can be used to harm people. Car industry. Fast food industry. We’re going to have to outlaw bad weather. Fucking idiots

  • MPALLA96 November 9, 2018, 7:32 am

    What about Hollywood and their glorification of gun violence in the movies?
    And these hypocrites making the movies with all the violence calling for us to give up our guns? Our kids are seeing these movies and think it is real or try to emulate them.
    Why are these Hollywood types not called out for promoting violence?

  • Kb31416 November 9, 2018, 7:01 am

    Which point in their plan involves kissing my ass?

    • D.J. November 9, 2018, 1:28 pm

      Good one , my friend !!!!!
      ‘Sounds just like something I’d say .
      Good show , that !

  • MikeB November 9, 2018, 3:24 am

    Over 40,000 traffic deaths last year. So what steps are being taken to make the auto industry accountable for this?

    • Matt November 9, 2018, 7:09 am

      My first thought when reading this. It’s not the manufacturers fault the item was misused. It’s not the forks fault people are fat.

      I’m all for making sure guns stay out of the hands of people who don’t need them, but what any of these “common sense” approaches seem to lack is common sense. Murder is illegal, so they think making stronger laws will keep the guns out of a criminals hand? Come on! They break the rules, so adding more rules won’t do anything. If we want to stop the mass murders, we need more good guys with guns.

      • Brandon November 9, 2018, 1:55 pm

        Or, less bad guys with guns.

        It’s a simple enough equation; commit a crime = being permanently barred from the US and being deported to California, NY, NJ. Let the people that love murder, rape, and robbery deal with them.

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