FRONT AND CENTER WITH MICHAEL LITTENBERG: GUN CONTROL FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

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Posted on February 07, 2013

No one likes to pay taxes, but it’s a necessity in a civilized society. And it can occupy its own particular place in the furious debate over gun over gun control regulations. How? What if, instead of directing all of our energy into the banning of various assaults weapons and the respective ammunition, we focus our efforts on implementing a surcharge on these instruments of violence! So, instead of an outright ban on assault weapons and the accompanying bullets, we just levy a hefty tax.
The tax would be gradient, depending on the type of assault weapons and the accompanying bullets. The more lethal a firearm is judged, the greater the tax. The deadlier the ammo, the higher the tax. To further discourage their purchase, we could require a yearly renewal tax. In addition, we could eliminate the tax surcharge on rifles and six shooter handguns whose use is judged to be appropriate for hunting, target practice and self-defence. The tax generated by this surcharge would be used for educational purposes and paying for the national debt. Strict compliance and enforcement of this tax surcharge is absolutely essential for its success. All merchandise sold or traded at gun shows must adhere to any new surcharge. This is a tax that makes more than just sense. It can help move the present dialogue in an entirely new direction.

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AFTER THE BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BUT BEFORE IT WAS PUBLISHED, VERONIQUE POZNER, THE MOTHER OF ADAM POZNER, SUGGESTED ON ANDERSON COOPER’S CNN SLOT THAT MAYBE WE SHOULD HAVE A BIG TAX ON AMMUNITION.

New Research Shows Strong Link Between Domestic Violence and Mental Health Problems

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Posted on January 13, 2013

KING’S COLLEGE LONDON (UK) — “Mental health professionals need to be
aware of the link between domestic violence and mental health problems, and
ensure that their patients are safe from domestic violence and are treated for the
mental health impact of such abuse,” says Louise Howard, head of the section of
women’s mental health at King’s Institute of Psychiatry.

In this recent study, published last week in PLoS One, researchers at King’s
College London and the University of Bristol reviewed data from 41 studies
worldwide and concluded that people diagnosed with mental illness are more
likely than others to be victims of domestic violence.

“In this study, we found that both men and women with mental health problems
are at an increased risk of domestic violence,” says Howard. “The evidence
suggests that there are two things happening: domestic violence can often lead
to victims developing mental health problems, and people with mental health
problems are more likely to experience domestic violence.”

Previous studies that have made the link between domestic violence and mental
health problems have mainly focused on depression, but this is the first study to
look at a wide range of mental health problems in both men and women.

Howard says.

The study is part of PROVIDE, a five-year research program on domestic
violence funded by the National Institute of Health Research.

Source: King’s College London

FRONT AND CENTER with Michael Littenberg, GWEN Co-founder and CEO

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Posted on January 12, 2013

Today is a very special day.  It is commemorated by the fact that we have officially launched our Global Women’s Empowerment Network (GWEN).

While life can be traumatic, we must never hide from it. It is in this spirit that we
created GWEN as a place where women (and men) can give voice to heretofore-
unexpressed emotions around the central topic of abuse. For example, people
suffering from all different types of abuse have the opportunity to share their
personal stories through GWEN in our “Tell Us Your Story” campaign and, in
the process, come to understand that sharing their story is not only okay, but a
necessary part of the healing process.

Our goal is for GWEN to serve as a pivotal platform for discussing all forms of
abuse, both domestically and around the world. We are in a unique position to
take on this role as we offer an efficient and engaging platform for disseminating
information on ways to combat the effects of abuse, not only lessening the
impact of abuse , but implementing ways to prevent abuse altogether.

Working in tandem with the latest technology, GWEN will offer a series of
supporting platforms including GWEN applications; the first being GWEN
ALERT, which enables anyone to program a text message (with a GPS location
assist) that could be sent to five pre-determined contacts in times of need.

We also provide innovative technologies like the one offered by WEVIDEO,
enabling users to download their own story for our “Tell Us Your Story” campaign
directly onto our site.

Additionally, our upcoming GWEN AT SCHOOL will address such issues as
bullying and, in the very near future, we will debut GWEN’S online store offering
an assortment of books, art, clothes and downloadable music.

Looking further out to the spring, our Internet television show hosted by our COO
Tess Cacciatore will cover a wide variety of topics that will be of interest to our
audience.

Our plans also include tapping two under-served and under-valued audiences –
our seniors and our youth — by incorporating their knowledge and expertise.

In closing, I want to emphasize another one of my passions, that of elevating
one’s self-worth and confidence. Keeping true to this, we welcome those
advertisers and sponsors who share our common interests and goals.

Remember, with GWEN as a friend, you needn’t ever be all alone.

In Unity,

Michael