Zina Haughton’s husband got the .40-caliber handgun he used to murder Zina and two other people and wound four others last Sunday in Wisconsin by searching online on Armslist.
Armslist is one of thousands of websites that allow people to find “private sellers” and buy guns with no background check and no questions asked. The site gives buyers a clear choice: search for licensed dealers who are required to conduct checks, or search for private sellers who aren’t.
Just a year ago, New York City investigated private sellers on this same website and warned that this system could have deadly consequences. And since then, nearly 500 women have been murdered with guns by their intimate partners. But our leaders in Washington have sat back and done nothing.
New York City investigators looked at private sellers on 10 websites and found that 62% of them were willing to sell a gun to someone who said he couldn’t pass a background check. And with more than thousands of sites just like these, there are countless private sellers just a click away.
Zina’s death was a tragic reminder that avoiding a background check and getting an illegal gun is as easy as turning on a computer.
The time has come for our leaders to take the dangerous loopholes in our laws seriously. The fact that President Obama and Governor Romney haven’t come forward with a plan to improve our gun laws is a failure of leadership.
Please do your part to raise awareness about this lethal loophole and what our leaders can do to help save lives:
Thanks for speaking up,
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
From Occupy Homes MN:
“Sign this petition from Alejandra to help her family save her home:
Join the national day of action as Alejandra and David caravan to PNC’s national headquarters in Pittsburgh to deliver their loan modification documents and demand a meeting with CEO Jim Rohr: http://www.occupyhomesmn.org/june-19-21-cruz-family-caravan-national-day-of-a… ”
Please ask PNC Bank to negotiate and keep our family in our home.
My family and I have lived in our South Minneapolis home for the past 7 years, but now, because of a bank error, we fell into foreclosure and were evicted from our home, despite being willing and able to pay a mortgage.
Our family fell into foreclosure when PNC Bank failed to withdraw an online mortgage payment submitted by my father. Unable to pay more than the current month’s payment, we couldn’t afford the two months’ payment the bank demanded as punishment.
After our home fell into foreclosure, we began working with a local nonprofit that was supposed to be working out a loan modification. Despite this, in February, without warning, an agent of the bank came to our house and told us we had 48 hours to leave the property, terrifying our family and ignoring our right to a legal eviction process.
We want to keep our home and want the bank to negotiate a reasonable settlement for our mortgage based on the actual value of the property. Together with Occupy Homes MN we will defend our home from foreclosure and force the bank to do what is right. Until now, many families in the Latino community have been afraid to stand up when they are being mistreated by the banks that fraudulently foreclose on families across the country. The banks have used this fear and manipulation of a complicated legal system to profit from honest, hardworking people.
Because of the support from Occupy Homes MN, community members, and our neighbors and friends, PNC Bank executives committed to looking into our case “to help and rectify the situation.” Despite this, PNC Bank has not yet worked with us to find a solution, but instead has worked with Freddie Mac to push five eviction attempts and twenty-three arrests at our home.
On June 19th, my brother and I are going to PNC Bank’s Pittsburgh headquarters with our modification documents to meet with CEO Jim Rohr and ask him to renegotiate our family’s mortgage. We will not remain silent because we know that if more people are inspired by our example and stand up for their rights the banks will be forced to do what is right for all homeowners. Please sign this petition to support my family in our fight to keep our home!
President Barack Obama (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK — MTV says it will air a live 30-minute interview with President Barack Obama across its various networks and platforms on Friday at 5 p.m. Eastern time and on tape delay at 5 p.m. Pacific time.
Viewers are being invited to submit questions for the president on MTV’s Facebook page. MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway will interview Obama at the White House, while Andrew Jenks will be reporting from a Washington-area college campus.
MTV hopes many questions will focus on issues important to young voters, such as jobs and the cost of college.
The interview will air on five different networks, MTV.com and its mobile platform.
Spokeswoman Janice Gatti says the network has reached out to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for a similar special, but hasn’t gotten a response.
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