Public Town Hall Forum Sept. 28th • 3-5pm SBCC Fé Bland Forum

Public Town Hall Forum Sept. 28th • 3-5pm SBCC Fé Bland Forum

CAGV is sponsoring a Town Hall Community Forum to discuss a major national concern about why American culture continues to experience violence against women. The event will begin with the first...

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Governor Signs Bill to Strengthen “Unsafe Handgun” Law

Governor Signs Bill to Strengthen “Unsafe Handgun” Law

 AB 1964 was a Top Priority of California Brady Campaign. Sacramento, Calif. – Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1964 on July 18th — legislation that will close a loophole that has allowed...

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Investigator Lance Badger from the Santa Rosa police department shows an AK 47 assault style weapon (left) and Andy Lopez's toy replica gun (right) at a press conference at the community center in Santa Rosa, California, on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle

Imitation Gun Leads To Child’s Death

Editor’s Note: Last year, a Northern California deputy sheriff shot and killed a 13-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun. The officer will face no charges, because the gun looked realistic...

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Gun Buyback a  Huge Success!

Gun Buyback a Huge Success!

HUGE SUCCESS AT THE FIRST-EVER SANTA BARBARA GUN BUYBACK EVENT AT EARL WARREN SHOWGROUNDS: as the sponsoring organization Coalition Against Gun Violence (CAGV), A Santa Barbara County Coalition in collaboration...

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America's Gun Violence Culture: The New Normal?

America’s Gun Violence Culture: The New Normal?

Americans cannot allow gun violence to continue to happen in towns across the country at the frequency it is occurring, and to the degree in which it’s now being considered...

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Vice President Biden’s Address to UCSB

It Took an Act of Congress to Address Violence Against Women

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which was a result of extensive grassroots efforts in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The VAWA was drafted by the office of then Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) with support from a broad coalition of advocacy groups. The Act passed Congress with bipartisan support in 1994. After being renewed with little resistance in 2000 and 2005, Congress let the Act expire in 2011. The problems centered around disagreements about expanded protections for gays and lesbians, Native Americans and illegal immigrants. Read More »

Women Under the Gun: Stalking & Gun Violence

Women Under the Gun: Stalking & Gun Violence

Below is an excerpt from a June 2014 report, “How Gun Violence Affects Women and Four Policy Solutions to Better Protect Them,” by Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons of the Center for American Progress. 

Federal law prohibits a person from possessing a gun if he has committed a felony or if he has committed a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence against a spouse, live-in girlfriend, or woman with whom he has had a child. However, federal law places no restriction on firearm possession by a person who has committed a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence against a dating partner or who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of stalking. Yet, as of 2008, more women were killed by dating partners than by spouses. Currently, federal law does not prohibit convicted stalkers or unmarried domestic abusers from buying guns. Furthermore, most states do not require background checks of private firearms sales. Offenders in these states can often avoid background checks by seeking out private sellers. Read More »

Guns, Public Health & Mental Illness

Guns, Public Health & Mental Illness

A Public Forum Review by Elizabeth Downing, M.D. 

This 90-minute public forum was presented on July 8, 2014, in Los Angeles and included short presentations by six different experts in the fields of law, emergency medicine, psychiatry/psychology, public policy and public health. The emphasis was on guns, public health and mental illness and it was noted that this particular topic especially came to the forefront, in a bipartisan manner, following the Newtown tragedy. In March 2013, a national consortium was convened to study and formulate an evidence-based approach to the issue of gun violence and mental health. In nine short months, this esteemed group was able to produce a document of both facts and recommendations on this timely topic.

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LAURA WILCOX
March 5, 1981 — January 10, 2001
Laura’s Law was named after Laura Wilcox who was shot and killed by a seriously mentally ill person in 2001. Amanda and Nick Wilcox, Laura’s parents, worked to advocate forAssembly Bill 1421 now known as Laura’s Law, which was signed into law by Governor Gray Davis in 2002.

CAGV Supports Laura’s Law for Santa Barbara County

In California there is a lack of support services for families who attempt unsuccessfully to obtain help for a mentally ill family member. This is sometimes due to limited county facilities or lack of decent housing; therefore countless chronically mentally ill patients bounce from the street to the jail to the hospital and back again, never getting better. They may go off medication, become dangerous, and revolve through the court and mental hospital doors. This is termed “the revolving door,” which does nothing to help these patients and incurs county costs for ER visits, law enforcement, jails and court time — frustrating to all concerned.

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Pediatricians Take on the NRA

Pediatricians Take on the NRA

PEDIATRICSvsNRA2(Excerpted in part from The Daily Beast May 15, 2014.)

“The NRA and the AAP have been embroiled in a very public legal feud over the rights of doctors to talk with parents about gun safety.”

For the past three decades, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – with 62,000 members – has been an outspoken voice on the issue of gun control. In 1992, the AAP issued its first policy statement supporting a handgun and assault weapons ban, making it the first public health organization to do so, and it has long recommended that doctors talk about gun safety with parents. Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, the AAP has stepped up attempts to educate parents about gun safety around children. Read More »

Violence Policy Center Follows the Money Names the Names

Violence Policy Center (VPC) 2013 report, “Blood Money: How Gun Industry Dollars Fund the NRA,” reveals exactly who bankrolls the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Faced with an ongoing decline in household gun ownership, the NRA has thrown its weight behind its gun industry benefactors. At their May 2013 annual meeting in Houston, Texas, the highest donors were honored by rising to the Golden Ring of Freedom giving-level. The current group, comprised of 10 companies and individuals, had contributed more than a million dollars and were given the ability to ring the ‘Freedom’ bell. Read More »

19th Annual Luncheon Breaks All Records

19th Annual Luncheon Breaks All Records

CAGV’s 19th Annual Luncheon was a successful celebration and completely sold out with a waiting list. The Santa Barbara Club provided a delicious luncheon with perfect service. The Silent Auction, beautifully staged, was a resounding success and we were entertained by a terrific band, the Dos Pueblos High School Combo Black Cadillac (band photo below). Read More »