For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael L. Peery
REVEREND JESSE L. JACKSON, SR. AND RAINBOW PUSH COALITION
RESPOND TO NRA CHIEF’S LACK OF REMORSE AND CALL FOR
NATIONWIDE MOBILIZATION OF IMMEDIATE BAN ON ASSAULT
Chicago, IL (Friday, December 21, 2012) — Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and Rainbow PUSH
Coalition state it appears that National Rifle Assn. (NRA) Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre,
feels no remorse for those affected by the Newtown shooting. The NRA chief blamed music,
video games, movies and everything else, beside guns, for shootings, most recently, in Newtown.
LaPierre contested the impact of laws on the deliberate access to guns by individuals and did not
address the fact that 40% of guns are unchecked and unregulated because they are purchased on
the Internet or at gun shows.
The only solution from the NRA is more guns. In its eyes guns + guns = less violence. NRA
skillfully evaded the issue of access and the idea to revive the ban on assault weapons. Even
though military assault weapons have the power to engage in massacres, assassinations, bring
down planes, and destroy infrastructures. NRA members are even against assault weapons,
police chiefs are against them also (25% of police killed are by assault weapons).
Armed police in schools are no defense against the power of assault weapons. In situations that
have armed guards, they are the first shot in dangerous situations. This “solution” presents more
potential hazards than positive outcomes.
At the center of this toxic killing machine are the NRA gun manufacturers. Rainbow PUSH
calls for action against the NRA. Rev. Jackson adds, that “there need to be more marches on
gun shops as they are the epicenter of the NRA. There are 58,000 gun shops in the US, not
including gun shows (40% of the guns sold are without background checks). There are more gun
shops than there are Starbucks and McDonald's around the world. It is more accessible to get a
gun than it is a cup of coffee. We are the most heavily armed nation in the world with the most
homicides, injuries, massacres”.
Jackson and Rainbow Push continue to offer prayer and condolences during a moment of
silence for the families of the unconscionable number of children shot dead and wounded in the
Newtown, Connecticut school shooting. We must protect our children and communities in a way
that works, that is to remove the easy access to assault weapons.
Rainbow PUSH continues to further the battle to ban assault weapons:
40-45% of households in the U.S. contain a gun. This translates into a loaded gun
in one in every ten households with children, and a gun that’s left unlocked and just “hidden
away” in one in every eight family homes.
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, "A well regulated militia,
being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall
not be infringed."
As of January, 2011, 39 states have laws permitting individuals with gun licenses
to carry concealed guns in the streets.
The Federal Gun Free School Zone Act of 1995 states that people with guns
cannot walk within 1,000 feet of any school (kindergarten to 12th grade).
Only nine states have trigger-lock laws, where gun sellers are required to sell
integrated or internal trigger locks with handguns.
Federal law requires federally licensed dealers to report guns that they know have
been lost or stolen to law enforcement.
.70 to 80 million Americans own guns.
There are no federal laws that prevent minor access to guns.
Most guns used in crimes are stolen, either from homes or gun dealers.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition–Keeping Hope Alive
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending
and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The
organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. For more information
about the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, please visit http://www.rainbowpush.org or call