Do ALL Americans Have The Right To Carry A Loaded Firearm?

by Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair Emeritus

That is what some want and what the Supreme Court is now ruling on once AGAIN.

Background: Second Amendment, ratified in 1791, was proposed by James Madison to allow the creation of civilian forces that can counteract a tyrannical federal government.

Second Amendment 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. The history and tradition of gun regulation in the U.S. shows clearly that the Founders thought that state and local governments should be free to regulate the carrying of guns, concealed or not, in public.

Former Chief Justice Warren E. Burger stated in 1991: the Second Amendment has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word fraud, on the American public.”

Judges who interpret the nation’s laws say the Second Amendment to the Constitution does not guarantee an individual’s right to bear arms. In fact, no federal court has ever ruled that the Constitution guarantees Americans the right to own a gun.

The origins of the Second Amendment can be traced to its English origins developed in the late 16th century when Queen Elizabeth I instituted a national militia in which individuals of all classes were required by law to take part to defend the realm.

All members of the National Guard of the United States are also members of the organized militia of the United States. National Guard units are under the dual control of the state governments and the federal government, as a military force that is not part of a regular army and is subject to call for service in an emergency. Continue reading “Do ALL Americans Have The Right To Carry A Loaded Firearm?”

Ghost Guns – Getting Visible – & Banned

Ghost Guns – Getting Visible – & Banned
by Toni Wellen, CAGV, Chair Emeritus

California Governor Newsom Once Again Signs Legislation to Bolster California’s Nation-Leading Gun Safety Laws, Support Survivors of Domestic Violence • October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Governor Newsom’s Legislation is merely a first step.  Ghost guns generally are homemade from parts ordered online. They’re usually unregistered and untraceable. And until this bill, they weren’t among the firearms that could be seized by police.

“If it looks like a gun and shoots like a gun, it should be treated like a gun,” says the bill’s author, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach). “We need to close this loophole. When I found out we hadn’t already, I was shocked and horrified. This bill, AB 1057 authored by Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) allows law enforcement to seize ghost guns under gun violence restraining orders and domestic violence restraining orders, expanding an important existing gun safety law. Continue reading “Ghost Guns – Getting Visible – & Banned”



A privately constructed firearm (also called ghost gun) is a term for a (typically) homemade firearm that lacks commercial serial numbers. If you can build IKEA furniture you can build a ghost gun, an untraceable firearm that is a huge threat to public safety.

One of the most important information law enforcement needs to solve a gun crime is the serial number on the gun, which is registered with the Department of Justice when you purchase a firearm. However, the gun guys have found a way to get around that. They are making untraceable guns, called “GHOST GUNS.” Why that name? Without a serial number law enforcement cannot find or trace the owner.

It is estimated that in California 1/3 of gun crimes are committed with ghost ATF Los Angeles Field Division reported in January 2021 that 41 percent of the division’s cases involve ghost guns.

Meet the Firearm Anyone Can Build at Home. Building a ghost gun circumvents our entire system of gun safety laws and regulations. That’s precisely why criminals, drug traffickers, and gangs are increasingly relying on them. Continue reading “GHOST GUNS ARE NOT SURREAL – THEY ARE DANGEROUS KILLING MACHINES”


by Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair Emeritus

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has been associated with mental health challenges related to and caused by the disease and to mitigation activities, including the impact of physical distancing and stay-at-home orders.

Symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder have increased considerably in the United States with the onset of this deadly pandemic beginning in early 2020 as compared with early 2019.

Suicide presents major challenges to public health in the US and the world. America is a global leader in suicide rates.  Suicide is the second leading cause of death in people between the ages of 10-24, with rates rising steadily over the past two decades.  More than 60 in 100-gun deaths each year are by suicide. Handgun ownership is associated with much higher suicide risk.  Men who own handguns are eight times more likely to die of gun suicide than men who don’t own handguns, and women who own handguns are 35 times more likely than women who don’t.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults, and for every youth suicide it is estimated that 100 to 200 others attempt suicide. Young adulthood is a time when many people experience significant stress from life transitions such as gaining more independence and responsibility when moving from home and beginning college or a career.  Those stresses have  been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.  There are glimmers of resilience – the ability to bounce back from a negative experience or difficult challenge—for young adults.

Increased firearm acquisition has occurred causing increased psychological distress due to  COVID.  There is an increase in established suicide risk factors (personal loss, isolation).   The data relating suicide to COVID continues to be studied and compiled.


As Santa Barbara County’s District Attorney, I’ve heard many false claims about gun buybacks. Some include: gun buybacks are a waste of time and money; gun buybacks don’t work – the only guns that are brought in aren’t operable; gun buybacks are a way for law enforcement to trap people who possess guns unlawfully or possess a gun that has been used in a crime; and, gun buybacks are a way for do-gooders to feel good!

I offer my responses: No. No. No. And Yes!

On Saturday, August 21, 2021 Santa Barbara will be hosting its 6th Gun Buyback at the Earl Warren Showgrounds from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. The past gun buybacks are the brainchild of Toni Wellen of the Coalition Against Gun Violence and supported by the Santa Barbara Police Department. For years this life-saving event was pushed aside by myths and misconceptions like the ones above.

Another controlling factor is that some in our community have a mistaken belief that this is an anti-gun event; this was never true. This gun buyback has always been focused on gun violence prevention. Therefore, I believe gun buybacks can be one of the important actions we can take, as a community, to save lives.

My detailed responses to some of these misconceptions:

Gun Buybacks are not a waste of time, because they not only reduce the inventory of guns that can ultimately be used in crimes, but also reduce the potential that guns can be used to accidentally kill loved ones or perpetrate the heart-breaking tragedy of suicide.

In fact, data suggests that buybacks have led to a drop in the firearm suicide rates of almost 80%.

The guns that are turned in are operable or can easily become operable. In fact in the past, working assault rifles have been turned in, and we expect some additional ones will be turned in on August 21st.

The buybacks are not a trap because they are in fact anonymous.

Now, as to the last often-heard comments that gun buybacks make do-gooders feel good; that is in fact true. This is why many members of our community, including myself, both sponsor this event and/or volunteer. We do it because it can potentially save lives and demonstrates community policing at its finest. If you want to join us, please click on this link to learn more:

In conclusion, I believe the Santa Barbara County gun buyback can be a life-saving event, and who among us wouldn’t feel great doing just that!

Joyce E. Dudley
District Attorney, Santa Barbara County



by Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair Emeritus

The Coalition Against Gun Violence, the City of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Police Department are sponsoring our 6th Anonymous Gun Buyback at Earl Warren Showgrounds on Saturday, August 21, 2021 8 am until noon. Donors will receive a $100 Smart & Final Gift Card for each handgun or rifle and $200 for an assault weapon.

NOTE: Those who have guns illegally have an opportunity to turn them in anonymously.

CONSIDER: The gun buyback is an opportunity to insure a safer home for your family.

The success of Coalition Against Gun Violence 5 past gun buyback’s exceeded all expectations. Since our first Gun Buyback in 2014, we collected 1169 firearms including 12 assault weapons in exchange for Smart & Final gift cards. Would these guns have been crime guns? We know that these weapons will never be used in a homicide, suicide or accidental shooting, therefore many homes and our community are safer because they’ve been removed.

People in Santa Barbara County respond enthusiastically to CAGV’s Gun Buybacks by donating funds and turning in guns.

The Gun Buyback event always proceeds smoothly. Cars are lined up 20 deep by 8:00 a.m. at Earl Warren Showgrounds. Santa Barbara police officers will use cones to form two lanes. Officers speak to each driver, removes the firearm(s) from the trunk, securing the trigger with a plastic tie after checking that the chamber is empty. A chit is placed under the windshield wiper denoting the type and how many guns. Police temporarily store the weapons in large Marborg trash containers by type. The driver then drives to the CAGV table where they fill out an anonymous survey after which the driver receives a S & F gift card and everyone in the vehicle receives a delicious cookie.

After the event, firearms are transported to the Santa Barbara Police Station. Each firearm’s serial number is searched. If the weapon is found to be stolen, it is returned to the original owner. If law enforcement discovers the weapon was used in a crime, they figure it is now off the streets and will be completely destroyed along with all the rest. For those wondering, a crime or illegal gun might be anonymously turned in at a gun buyback. For those skeptics, it is highly unlikely a crime gun would be turned in at a gun buyback.

CAGV extends praise to Santa Barbara Police department and the young cadets for believing in the efficacy of gun buybacks and organizing a smoothly run event. Their perfect planning, organization and professionalism allow the event to flow smoothly. One of CAGV’s goals is to demonstrate to the community through our collaboration with the police department that our officers are enthusiastic about working on the event and voice their appreciation about being involved in a gun buyback in Santa Barbara. Continue reading “SANTA BARBARA’S ANONYMOUS GUN BUYBACK RETURNS!”


by Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair Emeritus

In response to U.S. Federal Judge Benetiz’s ruling on June 4, 2021, to overturn California’s 32 year-old assault weapons ban and comparing it to a Swiss Army Knife, CA Attorney General Bonta said in a news release, “There is no sound basis in law, fact, or common sense for equating assault rifles with Swiss Army knives. California Governor Gavin Newson called the ruling “a direct threat to public safety.”

Most relevant is why the California legislature passed the 1989 Assault Weapons Control Act (AWCA).  The playground at Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, CA was filled with children at recess on Jan. 17, 1989, when a white man with an AR-15 Assault Weapon murdered five Asian children: 6-year-old Sokhim An; Thuy Tran, Oeun Lim, Ram Chun all age 8; and 9-year-old Rathanar Or; and severely wounding 29 others – before killing himself.

The AWCA was passed quickly after the tragic mass shooting on a schoolyard in Stockton CA.  This was a direct response by the California Legislature to the brutal shooting deaths of schoolchildren on the playground of their school: Cleveland Elementary School shooting. Continue reading “WHY AR-15 ASSAULT WEAPONS MUST BE BANNED”

Current Mental Health Challenges: STRESS, ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

Current Mental Health Challenges: STRESS, ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

by Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair Emeritus


Researchers at the University of California, Davis, found that 110,000 people in California purchased a firearm in direct response to the coronavirus. About 47,000 of the buyers were first-time gun owners. Buyers cited concerns over civil unrest, economic downturns, stress, anxiety, and depression.

Those new buyers, as well as millions of gun owners, may think that keeping a gun at home will protect their family from an intruder. Unfortunately, a gun in the house is much more likely to hurt or kill a member of the household or a friend than an intruder. 22 times more likely.

So far this year, there have been more than 250 mass shootings. Consider: 59% of Americans say random acts of violence like mass shootings committed by Americans in the U.S. pose the biggest safety threat to them, causing fear and anxiety.

And then consider, approximately 60% of Americans fear getting COVID. In both cases fear can become chronic, causing anxiety and depression.

Although COVID affects all spheres of life and though the risk factors are unique, it is an illness, and in that sense, understandable. Fear of gun violence, although real, is a random act of unnecessary violence.

Losing a loved one for any reason is tragic, as thousands of families have experienced during COVID. However, an illness is understandable. But losing a loved one to gun violence is a shocking not understandable tragedy. Continue reading “Current Mental Health Challenges: STRESS, ANXIETY & DEPRESSION”


SEEKING UNITY & HEALING IN 2021 by Toni Wellen, CAGV, Chair Emeritus

Do we live in a culture that is inherently violent? Will you ever forget the images of January 6, 2021, a lawless mob attacking our nation’s capitol, some with firearms? Now in order to inaugurate a new president, we are fortifying the nation’s capitol and state capitols. Last month I wrote, “When you have a society that loses respect for the rule of law, you lose the values on which our nation was founded.”

We saw an armed mob break into our Capitol on January 6, an image we will never forget. We must begin to question the violence that permeates our nation. Violence is not a solution. It is a problem. Violence doesn’t solve issues; but rather, it creates more division, anger and grief.

We certainly have more firearms per person than any other first world country. Why do so many Americans want guns? In the last four decades the NRA has pushed its “guns everywhere” agenda and weakened our nation’s gun carrying laws. Today, three million Americans carry loaded handguns in public every day. 47 states allow for open carrying of guns in public places, with many states allowing individuals to openly carry assault rifles at protests, into state capitol buildings, and in front of polling places. Continue reading “SEEKING UNITY & HEALING”

Biden Announces New Gun Violence Prevention Measures

Biden targets ‘ghost guns’ and ‘red flag’ laws in new gun control measures

The president wants to curb the spread of homemade firearms that lack traceable serial numbers.

“In my over 30 years in gun violence prevention, the plan outlined by President Biden to address gun violence is the most comprehensive and ambitious I’ve ever seen from a presidential administration. The executive actions the president unveiled today signal important steps forward to address the epidemic of gun violence, and that the time for waiting is over. Too many Americans have felt the horrific effects of American gun violence, and are united at record levels demanding action to prevent further gun violence.”Joshua M. Horwitz, CSGV President

“I thought Biden’s speech today had a perfect tone. It was clear, factual, and empathetic. He is addressing issues we at Brady have advocated for and in California, Nick and I have worked on – including ghost guns and our GVRO (aka red flag) law – for a long time. THANK YOU PRESIDENT BIDEN!”Amanda Wilcox, Brady Campaign

IN THE NAME OF FEAR by Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair Emeritus

We are living in the time of COVID. Should I wear a mask and social distance, or should I buy a gun? Am I safer with a gun? Perhaps getting vaccinated might be more logical, however I need to wait my turn…. what are others doing?

Gun sales surged in the Spring of 2020 amid coronavirus fears and have climbed higher during protests for racial justice.

As reported in this column last March, Americans have bought nearly 17 million guns so far in 2020, more than in any other single year, according to estimates.

By August of 2020, we had exceeded the total of gun sales in 2019. By September, we exceeded the highest total ever. The increase in gun sales appeared to be primarily driven by more purchases of handguns, though Americans were also buying more rifles and other long guns.

Gun sales across the United States first jumped in the spring of 2020, driven by fears about the coronavirus pandemic, and spiked even higher in the summer, during massive racial justice protests across the country, prompted initially by police killings of black Americans and currently by racial hatred of Asian-Americans. Although Donald Trump unfairly blames an entire ethnic group for the coronavirus pandemic crisis, it can embolden discrimination and violence. However, the treatment of Asian Americans goes way back, and is part of the systemic racism of America.

Gun violence prevention advocates said the sustained surge in gun sales was deeply troubling and could contribute to an increase in domestic violence, suicide and children accidentally shooting themselves or with adults’ guns.

An increase in gun purchases in just the first three months of the coronavirus pandemic was associated with an 8% increase in firearm violence.

The gun industry thrives in a culture of fear. What should we realistically fear?
Gun violence is already an urgent public health emergency in this country that takes the lives of nearly 40,000 people annually. Putting more guns in more hands is certain to exacerbate that problem.

When it comes to making the decision of whether to buy a gun—especially in a time of increased uncertainty and anxiety—individuals and families should ensure that this choice is guided by research.

Toni Wellen: FIREARMS in the TIME of COVID-19

Hi Folks! It’s been a rough year. For those individuals who rushed in response to COVID to purchase a firearm, we wish them well in all respects. One is not certain what the intent was of purchasing a gun. However, the news regarding gunowners is grim.

People who purchased a firearm during the pandemic are 70% more likely to be suicidal than other firearm owners, according to a new study. People who were motivated to purchase firearms during COVID-19 might have been driven by anxiety and general fear of the unknown that leaves them vulnerable to suicidal ideation.

This does not guarantee an increase in suicide rates, it represents an unusually large surge in risk made more troubling by the fact that firearms purchased during COVID-19 may remain in homes beyond the pandemic and cause other critical situations.

More than 2.5 million Americans became first-time gun owners during the first four months of 2020, with an estimated two million firearms purchased alone in March 2020 when the initial surge of the coronavirus pandemic began.

Researchers found that, of those who bought a firearm during the pandemic, 70% had experienced suicidal thoughts throughout their lives, 56% had experienced suicidal thoughts during the previous year, and 25% had experienced suicidal thoughts during the previous month. By contrast, individuals who did not buy guns during the pandemic were only 56%, 24%, and 12% respectively likely to have had suicidal thoughts during those time periods.

People who purchased a firearm during the pandemic also were found to be more likely to have storage habits that made the firearms less secure, such as; storing loaded weapons without being locked when there are minor children in the house.

“The increase in firearm purchases is concerning given that suicide is three times more likely in homes with firearms, and there is a hundred-fold increase in an individual’s suicide risk immediately following the purchase of a handgun, unsafe firearm storage increases that risk.”

CA MOMS DEMAND Hosts Virtual Town Hall


Please join California Moms Demand for a Virtual Town Hall with U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal; Richard Martinez, gun violence survivor; Toni Wellen, Santa Barbara Coalition Against Gun Violence; and hosted by volunteer leaders with Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Moms Demand Action. This virtual event will be held via Zoom and you can join safely from home.


Representative Salud Carbajal, the Representative of California’s 24th district, a gun sense champion, and a survivor of gun violence himself.

Toni Wellen, the Chair Emeritus of the Santa Barbara Coalition Against Gun Violence (CAGV).

Richard Martinez, a survivor of gun violence and Senior Associate at Everytown For Gun Safety.

Michelle Garner, a survivor of gun violence and volunteer lead for the LOCAL group of Moms Demand Action

Please share this link far and wide with family and friends to register for this event:

Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair Emeritus

Hello to CAGV Steering Committee, Partner Orgs, Members & Supporters:

As you know I stepped down as Chair of CAGV in December 2019, and am now officially CAGV, Chair Emeritus. CAGV continues as a viable 501c3 nonprofit. I am continuing to monitor CA State Gun Violence Prevention Legislation and write CAGV support letters. Additionally every month the Mesa Paper features my OpEd in English and Spanish.

Since February 2020, the focus of the Gun Violence Prevention community has been on COVID-19 and its effects on gun violence. CAGV’s website is still active thanks to desktop publisher Laura Lynch, who also continues to post for CAGV regularly on Social Media – CAGV Facebook GROUP:; CAGV Facebook PAGE:; TWITTER:

CAGV has hundreds of supporters, in addition to our Partner Organizations. CAGV is unique as the only nationally known grassroots nonprofit gun violence organization. To maintain this status achieved over 25 years, we need a new Chairperson. Supporters, step forward to keep this organization viable. Gun violence is taking on a wider and more deadly role this year due to political division, massive gun purchasing and COVID fears. CAGV needs renewal and members to step up to the challenge ahead of us. Keep CAGV alive.

I will remain in the background as an advisor as needed. BEST WISHES and STAY SAFE.

Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair Emeritus.



Recommit Your Support To #EndGunViolence
Join/Renew BE PART OF CAGV’s #2020VISION!

~A Personal Plea~

As a grassroots local nonprofit with over 40 Partner Organizations, we rely on active members to continue our efforts. The Coalition Against Gun Violence is in a CRISIS moment. We thank you for joining and continuing your membership in CAGV.  The year starting January 2020 is critical to the survival of this unique organization. We must have active members/supporters to continue our work. This is a reality: CAGV will not be able to continue our work in this community without your active commitment and that of other Santa Barbarans … please JOIN and bring a friend!



Message to Members from Toni Wellen:
For the past 25 years, CAGV has been a primary focus in my life. I personally could not accept that thousands of people in America are killed and wounded every year by guns. Call it a public health epidemic of a war within our nation – gun violence is not acceptable. I believe each person can make a difference by choosing to take action. Are you that person? WE ARE ALL TOUCHED BY GUN VIOLENCE. Consider:  If not me, who?… and if not now, when?

CAGV is a Santa Barbara success story: two people, Ilene Pritikin and myself, in 1994 began a grassroots nonprofit that grew into a nationally and internationally recognized and respected organization. Please review CAGV’s History & Accomplishments on our website here:

Join Us Sunday, September 29th for CAGV’S Twenty-Fourth Anniversary Celebration/Fundraiser


The Coalition Against Gun Violence will hold its 24th Anniversary Celebration/Fundraiser on Sunday, September 29, at the historic Santa Barbara Club, 1105 Chapala Street, from 2:30 until 5:30 pm. We will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, food theme tables, wine and no-host bar, plus beverages and dessert. Additionally we will have a Silent Auction and be entertained by the San Marcos High School Jazz Band.

CAGV’s 24th Anniversary “DOCTORS ‘IN THEIR LANE’ SAVING LIVES” will honor three local members of the medical profession Doctors Robert Kanard, Sara Nimmons and Jason Prystowsky who are witnesses and first responders to situations involving injuries or deaths by firearms. As members of the medical profession they have taken an oath “First Do No Harm” and uphold a special responsibility to advise their patients and the public concerning health and safety issues including the prevention of firearm-related injuries.

One of the leading threats to the health of our nation is access to firearms. The plethora and easy access to firearms has caused 40,000 deaths annually, which is literally an epidemic. 100 Americans die daily and hundreds more are wounded. The speakers at CAGV’s 24th Anniversary Celebration are among the thousands of medical personnel saving lives daily in hospitals across our nation. Tears, prayers and hopes are what the families of the wounded are experiencing in hospital waiting rooms as doctors and medical staff work with dedication and diligence to save lives of gunshot victims. Their tireless efforts are not broadcast on the nightly news. We honor our speakers and other doctors across America as unsung heroes and heroines.

CAGV’s 2019 Anniversary Celebration/Fundraiser will also pay tribute to its Co-founder and Chair of a quarter century, Toni Wellen, for her many years dedicated to helping make Santa Barbara County a safer place to live and for her tireless effort in organizing with countless gun violence prevention organizations across the country to raise awareness of gun violence as a health and safety issue; and raising CAGV’s role as the only active gun violence prevention organization on the central coast for the past 24 years.

You can purchase an Ad in CAGV’s 24th Anniversary Program to congratulate Toni Wellen, purchase tickets, make donations here (a large portion of all the funds received from this event will go toward the 2020 Gun Buyback):



by Toni Wellen, CAGV Co-Founder & Chair

In response to a November 2018 Position Paper from the American College of Physicians (ACP) “Reducing Firearm Injuries and Deaths in the United States” the NRA – National Rifle Association tweeted to the medical profession, “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves,” the NRA tweeted. 

This is the Doctors Twitter handle:

From their Nov 2018 Abstract, for more than 20 years, the ACP has advocated for the need to address firearm-related injuries and deaths in the United States. Yet, firearm violence continues to be a public health crisis that requires the nation’s immediate attention. The policy recommendations in this paper build on, strengthen, and expand current ACP policies approved by the Board of Regents in April 2014, based on analysis of approaches that the evidence suggests will be effective in reducing deaths and injuries from firearm-related violence.

The NRA tweet motivated the creation of the twitter hashtags #ThisIsMyLane, and #ThisIsOurLane, which then were attached to a wide lane of responses. Some are listed below: Continue reading “DOCTORS ‘IN THEIR LANE’ SAVING LIVES”

CAGV 24th Anniversary Celebration/Fundraiser


The Coalition Against Gun Violence will hold its 24th Anniversary Celebration/Fundraiser on Sunday, September 29, at the historic Santa Barbara Club, 1135 Chapala Street from 2:30 until 5:30 pm. We will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, food theme tables, wine and no-host bar, plus beverages and dessert.

will honor members of the medical profession who are witnesses and first responders to situations involving injuries or deaths by firearms. As members of the medical profession they have taken an oath “First Do No Harm” and uphold a special responsibility to advise their patients and the public concerning health and safety issues including the prevention of firearm-related injuries.

CAGV’s 24th Anniversary featured speakers of the Santa Barbara medical community: Dr. Jason Prystowsky, (Emergency Medicine), Dr. Robert Kanard (Chief of Pediatric Surgery), and Dr. Sara Nimmons (Pediatrician at Sansum Clinic).

Our theme honoring local doctors saving lives, is inspired by a November 2018 Position Paper from the American College of Physicians (ACP) “Reducing Firearm Injuries and Deaths in the United States”, to which the National Rifle Association (NRA) tweeted the medical profession, “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane,” disparaging the ACP for promoting an array of gun- violence prevention regulations. Continue reading “CAGV 24th Anniversary Celebration/Fundraiser”

CAGV Anonymous Gun Buyback June 15, 2019

This year the Coalition Against Gun Violence celebrates its 24th anniversary, and we are proud to present our 5th Annual Anonymous Gun Buyback on Saturday, June 15th at Earl Warren Show Grounds, 8 am – Noon. (updated 6/10/2019)

In the past four years CAGV has held very successful Gun Buybacks and removed over 1200 firearms from our streets. It took New Zealand 26 days to ban and buyback assault weapons. The Santa Barbara City Council has granted CAGV $10,000 along with the superlative efforts of the Santa Barbara Police Department for the past two years. Los Angeles County funds and holds two gun backs annually in two locations. CAGV has documented people coming to our 4 previous gun buybacks to turn in firearms from communities all over the Central Coast. Gun Buybacks are an effective way to remove unwanted guns from our community. Why would someone have a gun that they no longer want? Perhaps they inherited the gun or no longer use or want the gun in their home. Additionally, many people’s circumstances change over time so they may now wish to remove firearm access from: children or other family members; elderly with dementia; individuals with mental illness; those at risk of suicide; volatile, hot-headed individuals (teenagers with poor judgment); and people involved in emotional conflicts (abuse, relationship break-ups).

Our state, our cities, our schools, and our communities are dealing with an epidemic of death by firearms that only gun violence prevention organization efforts can help. Gun Buybacks are an effective way to remove unwanted guns from our community. We ask you, our supporters, our members, our Partner Organizations to step forward and donate whatever amount you can to help fund this important effort. One less gun might save more than one life.


TAKE ACTION! Call Your Legislative Reps to Support These Bills:

The Coalition Against Gun Violence is asking our supporters to call and support these 6 bills below:
• SB 55 (Jackson) Individuals who have committed two offenses driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances within a three-year period will not be able to purchase a firearm for 10 years. This bill is about prevention based on research done by the California Firearm Research Center at UC Davis.
• SB 61 (Portantino) Extends existing law that limits purchases of new handguns per month, to long guns, including semiautomatic rifles.
• AB 1064 (Muratsuchi) Gun dealers must install security cameras to videotape all firearm sales to deter illegal activity.
• AB 165 (Gabriel) Requires training of law enforcement regarding the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO).
• AB 276 (Friedman) Requires a firearm to be securely stored (with a DOJ-approved firearm safety device) when left in a residence.
• AB 879 (Gipson) Requires the sale of firearm parts (unfinished frames and receivers) to be processed through a licensed firearm vendor pursuant to a background check.

TAKE ACTION! on the above bills by calling our legislative representative saying that as a constituent, you support these bills.

• Senator  Hannah-Beth Jackson is on the Public Safety Committee that will be hearing and reviewing these bills:  Phone 916-651-4019

• Assemblymember Monique Limón: Phone 916—319-2036

If you prefer to send a personal letter, CAGV has a sample letter.  Contact us at and you will receive copies of all 6 letters of support. THANK YOU!

H.R. 1236 Extreme Risk Protection Order Act


Lawmakers push bill to separate individuals threatening violence or suicide from firearms.

On Feb 14th, Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA24), Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08) introduced the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act. The bipartisan bill encourages states to allow family members or law enforcement officials to petition a judge to temporarily remove firearms from an individual in crisis. The bill will help ensure that law enforcement or family members can seek an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) or Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) from the courts, to temporarily stop someone who poses an immediate threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a gun. U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced a companion Extreme Risk Protection Order Act in the Senate. MORE INFO HERE:

Violence Policy Center’s New Report: Hispanic/Latino Firearm Victimization In California

Violence Policy Center‘s new report: “Lethal Hispanic/Latino Firearm Victimization in California” was provided for by a grant from HopeAndHealFund.Org in 2018. This comprehensive report offers the most recent data available on Latino homicide and suicide victimization in California, and the role played by firearms. With California having the largest Latino population in the country, this information is incredibly important as we continue to work towards preventing gun violence in our communities.

For Latinos in California, especially young Latinos, gun violence is an ongoing crisis. Read the study to learn more: … pdf file here:

SUPPORT HR.8 & HR.1112 Require Background Checks on All Gun Sales

96 PEOPLE KILLED EACH DAY WITH A GUN. US Congress must take action to save lives. That’s why House Democrats introduced #HR8 (require universal background checks for the sale of firearms) & #HR1112 (legislation that would address the dangerous “Charleston Loophole,” which currently allows some people prohibited from owning guns to purchase them before a background check is completed) Call your Member of Congress today, and demand they vote YES on #HR8 and #HR1112. Find out which Members of Congress have NOT yet cosponsored the background check bills that 97% of Americans support. Congress has NOT passed a single gun control bill in 25 yrs. Tell them to take action to #EndGunViolence or we will #VoteThemOut. Here is a list of House Democrats who have NOT yet cosponsored HR8 or HR1112 to require background checks on all gun sales. Please give them a call!
• Bishop Jr., Sanford D., Georgia 2nd (202) 225-3631
• Golden, Jared, Maine 2nd (202) 225-6306
• Peterson, Collin C., Minnesota 7th (202) 225-2165
• Torres Small, Xochitl, New Mexico 2nd (202) 225-2365
• Brindisi, Anthony, New York 22nd (202) 225-3665
• Horn, Kendra, Oklahoma 5th (202) 225-2132
• Gonzalez, Vicente, Texas 15th (202) 225-2531
• Cuellar, Henry Texas 28th (202) 225-1640
• McAdams, Ben, Utah 4th (202) 225-3011
• Kind, Ron, Wisconsin 3rd (202) 225-5506

CAGV YEAR-END APPEAL: Recommit Your Support In 2019 To #EndGunViolence

To our Supporters/Members: The Coalition Against Gun Violence is a unique gun violence prevention organization because we are a local grassroots nonprofit supported almost entirely by you our supporters. At this time of year we ask that you renew your $25 membership, adding a donation of any amount. Most important is our critical need for active volunteers to continue our work in this community. Now is the time to #HonorWithAction to #EndGunViolence. Along with your membership and donation, please send a note saying you want to make a difference and put your concern about gun violence into action. THANK YOU! Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair

December 2018

Dear Friends and Supporters,

The Coalition Against Gun Violence, founded in 1994, is a local grassroots nonprofit with over 40 partner organizations dedicated to educating our community about the tragedy of gun violence, which has reached epidemic proportions, killing almost 38,000 Americans annually. Our organization exists entirely from donations. All of our events and efforts come from donated dollars. New information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that gun deaths are increasing. In 2017, nearly 40,000 people were shot to death in the U.S., a record number of annual firearm-related fatalities, and a return to a gun-death-rate not seen in more than 20 years. Gunshot deaths equated to nearly 109 deaths each day. Of those deaths 60% were suicides. Gun deaths have now risen for a third straight year, after more than a decade with little statistical fluctuation. Why? No meaningful gun violence prevention legislation at the national level. CAGV, along with others across the country can help change those statistics to provide communities with a safer place to live, work and play.

Your donation is essential because WE ARE ALL TOUCHED BY GUN VIOLENCE. Join CAGV today! Your donations will help CAGV’s ongoing efforts to make an impact through education and legislation. As a gun violence prevention majority enters the House of Representatives in January 2019, we now have an important opportunity to make America safer in the coming year. Our success depends on YOU! Continue reading “CAGV YEAR-END APPEAL: Recommit Your Support In 2019 To #EndGunViolence”


Coalition Against Gun Violence &
Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara
SUNDAY, DEC. 9th • 5:30-6:30 pm
Unitarian Society Sanctuary, 1535 Santa Barbara St

December 14, 2018 marks the 6th anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shootings. Since that tragic day in Newtown, half a million Americans have been killed or injured by guns. This year, 38,000+ lives were lost to gun violence. The Santa Barbara community is joining with the Newtown Alliance in a national vigil to remember and honor the lives lost to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America, and specifically to honor the victims and families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School, Goleta Post Office, Isla Vista, the Han Family, and the 38,000+ victims lost in mass killings this year including 11 at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, and 12 in Thousand Oaks. Together, we will renew our vow to #HonorWithAction to #EndGunViolence.

Multiple events will take place nationwide during the month of December, coinciding with a national vigil service of mourning and remembrance at Saint Marks Episcopal Church, Wash. DC. Wednesday, December 5th, coordinated by the Newtown Foundation in partnership with Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, and multiple gun violence organizations across the nation.

SUNDAY, DEC 9th in recognition of the 2018 Annual National Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence, the Coalition Against Gun Violence, Rev. Julia Hamilton and the Unitarian Society are hosting an Interfaith Vigil including Santa Barbara faith leaders of multiple traditions in the sanctuary to honor victims and families of gun violence. Clergy from seven diverse faiths will say prayers in their tradition. Photos and music will embellish the ceremony. A BELL will be tolled as every loss is remembered. The focus is a re-dedication and a renewed call to action to reduce violence in this season during which we often speak about peace. Together, each in our individual lives, we will dedicate ourselves to holding peace in our hearts, and extending outward our spirituality with thought and action. Both a Santa Barbara City Proclamation and a County Resolution will be presented and read at the Vigil. Write-In postcards – “#HonorWithAction” – will be available for attendees to urge Congress to support gun violence prevention legislation. All those gathered will be invited to participate in CAGV’s traditional Bell Ceremony “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Any member of the audience who has lost a family member or a friend to gun violence is welcomed and encouraged to come up, say the name of their loved one and toll the bell as we remember all victims of gun violence in respectful silence.

Members of the Santa Barbara faith community will also be memorializing this event in their various congregations during the week of Dec 9th – 14th. Throughout December, hundreds of communities nationwide will participate to shed a light on the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our communities as we are all affected by gun violence.

IN LOVING MEMORY: Tree of Life Synagogue Worshippers Lost To Gun Violence

The Coalition Against Gun Violence (CAGV), A Santa Barbara County Coalition extends our expressions of condolence to the families who have lost loved ones along with appreciation to the first responders whose courage may have saved others. As has too often been said, thoughts and prayers are an insufficient response to the slaughter of innocent people by Gun Violence. Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue has been assaulted with death and racial hatred. Jewish tradition provides a very powerful and brief sacred phrase at the time of death: “Baruch Dayan Ha’emet,” meaning “blessed is the true judge.”

Joyce Feinberg, 75 • Richard Gottfried, 65 • Rose Mallinger, 97 • Jerry Rabinowitz, 66 • Cecil Rosenthal, 59 • David Rosenthal, 54 • Bernice Simon, 84 • Sylvan Simon, 86 • Daniel Stein, 71 • Melvin Wax, 88 • Irving Younger, 69.
A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL WAS HELD OCT 29th at 6PM in Santa Barbara’s De La Guerra Plaza to mourn the victims of the TREE OF LIFE SYNAGOGUE shooting and to mourn all victims of Gun Violence.

Year 2016:  5.3 million Jews live in the United States, accounting for approximately 2.2 percent of the U.S. adult population.  According to hate crime statistics a breakdown of the offenses showed that approximately 54% were anti-Jewish, 24% were anti-Islamic and 4.1% were anti-Catholic.

“Jewish history cannot be told as the history of the Jews only, because they have nearly always lived within the context of other civilizations. The destiny of the Jews has paralleled the destinies of those same civilizations, except in one important respect. Somehow the Jews managed to escape the cultural death of each of the civilizations within which they dwelled and continue their cultural growth. How did they survive?” Max Dimont, author  “Jews, God and History”


TAKE ACTION! CALL GOVERNOR BROWN (916) 445-2841. Urge him to sign these gun safety bills into law today. When it comes to bills about gun safety, the Governor weighs his decision heavily on popular vote. Help CAGV see all of our hard work come to fruition. All bills must be signed by September 30.

SB 1100  (Portantino) Raises the minimum age to purchase a long gun from a licensed firearms dealer from 18 to 21. Semi-automatic long guns now seem to be the top choice for school shooters. If you have to wait until 21 to purchase a handgun, the same should be true for a long gun.
SB 1177  (Portantino) Limits long gun purchases to one gun within a 30-day period.
SB 1200
  (Skinner) Strengthens Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) law.
AB 3        (Bonta) Raises minimum age for long gun purchase to 21.
AB 2222  (Quirk) Tracing – requires within 7 calendar days, by all law enforcement agencies.
AB 2382  (Gipson) Regulates firearm parts purchased on the Internet & home assembled (ghost guns).
AB 2888  (Ting) Expand Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) petitioners.



Dear CAGV Supporters,
Here we are at the end of Summer and the beginning of Fall 2018, to provide you with an update on CAGV’s activities. Since our successful 4th Gun Buyback on
May 12th, CAGV’s monthly TVSB Interview Program, “Guns in Our Society,” with hosts Jacquie Inda and Toni Wellen, is ongoing and can be viewed here: – we welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback. CAGV continues to increase our social media outreach on Facebook and Twitter … please join us! And monthly OpEds written by Toni Wellen appear in The Mesa Newspaper, in English and Spanish, (editor: Alice San Andres-Calleja).
CAGV is actively involved in California gun violence prevention legislation and in the national effort to encourage and educate about the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO).  Santa Barbara has issued more GVROs than any county in California except Los Angeles.  Read about the GVRO here:


PLUS1 , a charitable granting foundation, has organized a concert with touring artists at the Santa Barbara Bowl on September 22PLUS1 is a registered 501c3 that partners with touring artists to donate funds to gun violence prevention organizations. $0.50 from every ticket sold will go to the Santa Barbara Coalition Against Gun Violence and $0.50 to Everytown For Gun Safety.  More information will soon be available.  Please mark your calendar to keep September 22 open for the upcoming concert that will benefit CAGV and gun violence prevention!


The legislature votes on bills as early as MONDAY, AUG 27th. Bills that pass will then go to the Governor for his review to pass or veto. TAKE ACTION by calling your representatives and ask them to vote affirmatively for these important bills being considered:  SB 1100 (raising the minimum age to 21 to purchase a long gun ) SB1200 (strengthens the GVRO) and AB2382 (regulates the sale of unfinished frames and other firearm precursor parts, to prevent untraceable self-assembled guns).

CALL State Assemblymember Monique Limón Sacramento: (916) 319-2037 Santa Barbara: (805) 564-1649 • Email:;

CALL State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (805) 965-0862 • Email:

DETAILS ON THESE BILLS: SB 1100 (Portantino & Bonta) Raises the minimum age to purchase a long gun from a licensed firearms dealer from 18 to 21 in order to keep rifles, shotguns, and lower receivers out of potentially dangerous hands.

SB 1200 (Skinner) Improves the process for obtaining a Gun Violence Restraining Order, including waiving the filing and service fees, and ensures that all firearms and magazines are relinquished when an order is issued so that people at risk of harm to self or others are disarmed.
AB 2382 (Gipson) Regulates the sale of unfinished frames and receivers and other firearm precursor parts, including a requirement to conduct a background check by cross-checking state databases, to prevent purchase by persons prohibited from possessing firearms and to prevent untraceable self-assembled guns.

CAGV‘s coalition partner, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV) said in a recent press release regarding 3D Printable Guns: “Invisible to metal detectors, these plastic guns could easily be smuggled onto airplanes, and into concerts, festivals and government buildings. No one is safer if criminals can print untraceable guns on demand.” — Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer & Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “urging the State Department to reverse its dangerous decision allowing Defense Distributed to post online schematic designs that enable 3D printing of virtually untraceable guns, and to take all necessary steps to prevent the further online dissemination of any designs by any party.”

CALL CONGRESS (202) 224-3121
Ask Secretary #Pompeo to #StopDownloadableGuns


#BooksNotBullets! DON’T ARM OUR TEACHERS! URGE CONGRESS TO BLOCK U.S. Department of Education‘s dangerous proposal to allow schools to buy guns for teachers with federal money.

As always, we invite our supporters to become active members to help educate and prevent gun violence in our community.  Thank you for your support.  We welcome your comments and suggestions.

P.S. If you make purchases on Amazon, you can donate to CAGV. Amazon Smile is a new service provided by that will allow you to donate .5% of every purchase to charity. You can pick your charity. Simply go to and choose CAGV as your charity choice! THANK YOU!

Congressman Salud Carbajal: 4th Anniversary Isla Vista Shooting May 23, 2018

A Message from Rep. Salud Carbajal on the 4th Anniversary of the Isla Vista Shooting, May 23, 2018:

Four years ago today, Isla Vista was rattled by an act of tragic and senseless gun violence, when a gunman took the lives of six UC Santa Barbara students, and injured fourteen others.

Since the Isla Vista shooting, Congress has held 37 moments of silence for the victims of gun violence, but we cannot continue to respond with more silence. We must honor these victims and their loved ones with action to make sure that our children are safe in their schools.

The anniversary of the deadly tragedy in Isla Vista is yet another painful reminder of the stunning inaction by this Republican Leadership in Congress to address our gun violence epidemic. Continue reading “Congressman Salud Carbajal: 4th Anniversary Isla Vista Shooting May 23, 2018”

You Are Cordially Invited To Attend CAGV’s Anniversary Fundraiser April 29, 2018


For more information, please EMAIL or CALL 805.564.6803

Greetings to CAGV Supporters:

Now is the time to RSVP and join CAGV on Sunday, April 29th for our 23rd Anniversary Celebration. This is the year of youth empowerment across the country. Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School through their loss and grief have shown our nation a new path to gun violence prevention. San Marcos High School student Isabel “Izzy” Huerta who spoke at the March 24th #MarchForOurLives SB, will be one of our guest speakers along with several well-known elected officials. Also joining us will be Gloria Heck, whose son Cisco attends Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The Fund for Santa Barbara and other longtime CAGV Supporters have donated scholarship funds for students to attend this event. In Honoring the youth of today, CAGV has organized a student art show by La Cumbre Junior High ASES After-School Program. Music will be provided by the talented San Marcos High School Jazz Band, who recently won 1st place at the Santa Barbara Jazz Festival.


CONTACT: Toni Wellen (805) 684.8434
Continue reading “You Are Cordially Invited To Attend CAGV’s Anniversary Fundraiser April 29, 2018”

SAVE THE DATE! SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018 CAGV 23rd Annual Celebration/Fundraiser

CAGV is honored to host an amazing woman, Amy Barnhorst, MD, as keynote speaker for our 23rd Annual Celebration/Fundraiser on Sunday, April 29th at the Santa Barbara Club. Dr. Barnhorst is a highly sought-after speaker and expert on the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) and nationally known for her work in public health systems, firearms law, suicide prevention and mental illness. We welcome her as our honored guest speaker.

California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO): A Model For National Legislation!

On May 23, 2014, a mentally ill man killed six students and wounded 13 in Isla Vista, UC Santa Barbara. The shooter had exhibited signs of violence, yet no legal mechanism was available to his parents or law enforcement to take preventative action. In response, the California legislature passed the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO), a law which does something meaningful about mental health. The GVRO allows family members or law enforcement to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat. Since January 2016, when the law went into effect Santa Barbara County leads the state in issuing GVROs. These orders remove guns and ammunition for 21-days and then up to one year, giving an at-risk person the opportunity to stabilize and seek help while preventing them from harming themselves or others with a gun.

On the 3rd Anniversary of the Isla Vista tragedy, May 23, 2017, Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA-24) introduced The Gun Violence Restraining Order Act at the national level, on the House Floor. Last week, Congressman Carbajal and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urged President Trump for his support to pass their bipartisan Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) Act, H.R. 2598 and Feinstein’s companion legislation S. 1212 in the Senate. Continue reading “California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO): A Model For National Legislation!”

Nationwide Student Marches Demand Action On Gun Violence

#MarchForOurLives Santa Barbara 3/24/2018, CAGV Chair Toni Wellen distrib
uting information and action alert items for current legislation:






  • 2009: BACKGROUND CHECK Expansion Act
  • 2095 & H.R. 5087: Limiting ASSAULT WEAPONS & Large Capacity Magazines
  • H.R. 4240: Public Safety and Second Amendment Right Protection Act
  • 1945 & H.R. 4052: Keep Americans Safe Act (Limit 10 rounds of ammunition)
  • 1212 & H.R. 2598: Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO)
  • 1324 & H.R. 284: Disarm Hate Act
  • 1923 & H.R. 3464: Background Check Completion Act (re: gun sellers)



  • CALL Senator Dianne Feinstein (202) 224-3841 • Email:
  • CALL Senator Kamala D. Harris (202) 224-3553 Sacramento: 916 448-2787
    • Email:
  • CALL Congressman Salud Carbajal D.C. (202) 225-3601 Santa Barb: (805) 730-1710
    • Email:


Continue reading “Nationwide Student Marches Demand Action On Gun Violence”

NRA Gun Industry Backlash & Boycotts

Renewed calls for gun control reforms followed the mass shooting in Parkland, with many of the teenage survivors emerging as vocal activists.  A majority of Americans support a backlash the gun industry has faced since this tragedy. A Quinnipiac University Poll published on March 6, 2018, found that 61 percent support a national ban on selling assault weapons. That finding was consistent with banning the sale of high-capacity magazines—clips that hold more than 10 rounds—which 63 percent of respondents supported.

The overwhelming majority of respondents, 89 percent backed so-called “red flag laws” (similar to the GVRO) which would allow law enforcement or family members to petition a judge to remove firearms from an individual who may pose a risk to themselves or others. Ninety-one percent support a regulation banning gun ownership by someone with a restraining order against them for stalking or domestic violence. Pollsters interviewed 1,122 voters from March 3 – 5. The poll has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.  (

Since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., a slew of corporations have rushed to cut ties with the NRA. Three major U.S. retailers voluntarily restricted gun sales, making a policy statement regarding their image with consumers. Walmart Inc., the nation’s largest retailer, followed the lead of Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. and tightened restrictions on gun sales this week, including banning sales to customers under 21.

Kroger Co. followed suit, saying it was curbing firearm sales at its Fred Meyer general-merchandise stores. Kroger is also the parent of the Ralphs grocery chain. A number of companies, including Delta Air Lines Inc. and Hertz Corp., also have ended discount programs available to the 5 million members of the National Rifle Assn. ( )

Leaders in arranging borrowing for gun companies since the Sandy Hook Dec 2012 shooting include Wells Fargo & Co. as the preferred financier for the U.S. gun industry. The bank has helped two of the biggest U.S. firearm and ammunition companies to access $431.1 million in loans and bonds since Dec 2012.


CAGV: Parkland School Shooting #ENOUGH! — TAKE ACTION!

Today there are 17 grieving families who have lost a child they most cherished to gun violence. Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland, Florida joins the long list of schools that have experienced gun violence.  Currently we know that 15 other students were wounded. We mourn and extend our expressions of condolence to the families, the students, teachers and the community of Parkland, Florida.  And at this moment we must also be aware that every parent in America who has lost a child or a family member to gun violence relives those wrenching moments of their loss for the rest of their lives.  Knowing you will never see your child live a full life, knowing you will never to feel the arms of your loved one around you.

Continue reading “CAGV: Parkland School Shooting #ENOUGH! — TAKE ACTION!”

Rep. Carbajal Urges Congress: Support Federal Gun Violence Restraining Order.

On Thursday, February 15th, after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Rep. Carbajal (CA-24) spoke on the House Floor urging Congress to pass HR. 2598, the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO), which would allow family members or law enforcement officials to go to a court to seek a “gun violence prevention order,” to temporarily stop someone who poses a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a gun. Washington, DC – Today, in response to the tragic shooting killing seventeen students and educators at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Representatives Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), and Don Beyer (VA-08) urged passage of H.R. 2598, the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act (GVRO). The bill would allow family members or law enforcement officials to petition a judge to temporarily remove firearms from an individual in crisis. Rep. Carbajal spoke on the House Floor today in support of H.R. 2598, watch here

Continue reading “Rep. Carbajal Urges Congress: Support Federal Gun Violence Restraining Order.”


In Kentucky, two high school students were killed and 18 more were wounded after a 15-year-old boy walked into Marshall County High School with a handgun just before 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday morning and began shooting his fellow students in the common area. The victims are Bailey Nicole Holt and Preston Ryan Cope, both 15 years old. Five other students are still hospitalized in critical condition. “WE ARE ALL AFFECTED BY GUN VIOLENCE WHEREVER AND WHENEVER IT HAPPENS. Tragically once again parents, families and a community are grappling with the horrors of gun violence. Today a 15-year old shooter at Marshall County High School has allegedly killed two 15-year-old students and injured 20 others. Their families, and the entire community in Benton, Kentucky, will never be the same. All parents who have lost children to gun violence once again are feeling their own pain along with aching hearts for these families whose hearts are also aching.” — Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair. (This was just one of at least 11 shootings on school property recorded since Jan. 1, 2018 in America, and roughly the 50th of the academic year.) Kentucky has been given an F by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Kentucky is a major exporter of crime guns and does not require a permit to carry a concealed weapons. This state scores 42 out of 50 as having the weakest gun violence prevention laws in the nation.… More details here:

Gabrielle Giffords on the Mass School Shooting in Kentucky

California Legislation Passed in 2017

2017 Legislation Passed in California

California continues to lead the nation in gun violence prevention legislation!
SB 536 – GVRO (GunViolenceRestrainingOrder) Research.
AB 7 – Long Gun Open Carry.
AB 785 – Disarm Hate Act.
AB 1525 – Firearm Information Act.
AB 424 – No Concealed Carry on K–12 School Grounds.


Continue reading “California Legislation Passed in 2017”

Imagine A World Without Gun Violence Recommit To CAGV In 2018!

For a List of 2018 Events & Membership
Click Below:


NATIONAL VIGIL • THURS., DEC. 14th #HonorWithAction Victims Of Gun Violence

DECEMBER 12, 2017

Dear CAGV Friends and Supporters:

Under these fiery smoke-filled skies, we send our hopes for you and your family and friends’ safety and well-being. Due to the Thomas Fire and current crisis where immediate attention is focused on family, friends and firefighters working diligently to save our community, CAGV and the Unitarian Society are postponing the scheduled Thursday, December 14th Interfaith Vigil in the Unitarian Society Sanctuary.

Instead, in recognition of the 5th Annual National Vigil for Gun Violence on December 14th and along with communities across the country, we request that you act in solidarity with the Newtown Alliance National Vigil to honor the 20 children and 6 adults lost to gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary 5 years ago, to the families and lives lost in our own community at the Goleta Post Office and in Isla Vista, and to the 38,000 lives lost in America this year, by lighting a candle on December 14th using words of your faith to remember and honor those who have died in this ongoing public health epidemic of gun violence.

At this time it is also essential we #HonorWithAction those lives lost in our ongoing efforts to #EndGunViolence by calling California Senators Feinstein and Harris to strongly request they oppose H.R. 38, the National Conceal Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (CCR).

Continue reading “NATIONAL VIGIL • THURS., DEC. 14th #HonorWithAction Victims Of Gun Violence”

THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW! #HonorWithAction

(202) 224-3121

1) H.R. 1565 & S. 2009: Universal Background Checks
2) S. 150: Comprehensive Assault Weapon Ban
3) H.R. 3947: Ban on Bumper Stocks
4) H.R. 4052: Ban on Large Capacity Magazines
5) H.R. 2598: Gun Violence Restraining Order



• CALL Senator Dianne Feinstein (202) 224-3841 • Email:
• CALL Senator Kamala D. Harris (202) 224-3553 Sacramento: 916 448-2787 • Email:
• CALL State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (805) 965-0862 • Email:
• CALL Assemblymember Limón Sacramento: (916) 319-2037 Santa Barbara: (805) 564-1649 • Email:
• CALL Congressman Salud Carbajal D.C. (202) 225-3601 Santa Barbara: (805) 730-1710 • Email:

CAGV thanks you for your continued support and dedication to an America free of gun violence.


Gun Violence Decimates Sutherland Springs, TX 26 People Dead and 20 Wounded

There are no words to express the feelings of shock, grief and loss when someone you cherished is suddenly and meaninglessly wrenched from you forever. Violently taken from life by a gun.

Yet, once again we read of families and a community who have had a loved one torn from them in seconds by gun violence. Too many times have we heard and said our condolences, our heartfelt feelings of compassion, thoughts and prayers. However, can you even imagine the pain of this loss?

Tragically, there are now far too many families and communities who have known such grief. Here in our own community of we have felt the sudden shock that we should never forget, Goleta, Isla Vista, the Han Family and we haven’t had time to breathe from the losses in Las Vegas. Continue reading “Gun Violence Decimates Sutherland Springs, TX 26 People Dead and 20 Wounded”



The American gun control debate has stretched beyond the country’s borders, with comedians from the Netherlands adding to the debate. A video produced for a comedian’s show there has gone viral, and could actually provide some good arguments for the conversation here at home. Arjen Lubach created an NRA – “Nonsensical Rifle Addiction” – PSA that explains exactly how ludicrous the country’s gun laws seem to people overseas.  The video, by Arjen Lubach of Zondag met Lubach (“Sunday with Lubach”) can be seen here: DUTCH NRA SPOOF

Message From U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal On Las Vegas Mass Shooting

A MESSAGE FROM Salud Carbajal, U.S. Congressman: “Like all of you, my thoughts and prayers are with the individuals and families, including members of our own community, who were affected by the deadly tragedy in Las Vegas. Too many innocent lives were ended too soon and my heart goes out to the victims and their loved ones.

“But I also realize that while thoughts and prayers may offer comfort, they don’t provide the solutions we need to put a stop to gun violence in our country. We must come together as a nation and work to find common sense solutions to end all gun violence.

“The time to act is now, and I will continue the fight to find common sense solutions to curb the gun violence epidemic our country is facing. Thank you for standing with me.”

Sincerely, U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal


“Who thinks people would do something like this in America?” A statement from one of the Las Vegas concertgoers.

SHOOTER KILLS 59 & INJURES 527 PEOPLE (as of 10/3/2017)

The shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, unleashed a hail of bullets from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said. The attacker was killed by police after sniper-style gunfire rained onto a country music festival

Police said more than 22,000 people were at the concert when Paddock began firing round after round, shooting from above into the concert area below leaving those on the ground as exposed targets.

WE ARE ALL TOUCHED BY GUN VIOLENCE. Make a difference JOIN CAGV — Stand Up. Speak Out. Resist!

CAN GRIEF LEAD TO CHANGE? We in Santa Barbara and the Coalition Against Gun Violence wish to extend our expressions of condolence to the families of the victims and people of Las Vegas. And at this moment we must also be aware that every parent who has lost a child or a family member to gun violence relives those wrenching moments of their loss for the rest of their lives. To the community of Las Vegas from the community of Santa Barbara, we understand your grief, your sorrow and pain. We have shared the loss of loved ones to gun violence and know the angst that remains.
Continue reading “LAS VEGAS MASS SHOOTING”


It is a known fact that every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult. Here in America, one out of three homes with children has a gun, many kept unlocked or loaded. Every year thousands of kids are killed and injured as a result through homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings. STATES UNITED TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE new PSA:
“Every 3 Hours,” highlighting the impact of gun violence on kids, parents, and the medical community to encourage the frank conversations about guns that can save kids lives.


Mike Feuer, Speaks at CAGV’s May 7th Annual Fundraiser


SUCCESS! CAGV Sponsored 3rd Annual Community-Wide Gun Buyback June 10th Garnered 179 Weapons

179 Weapons Turned In During Gun Buyback Program in Santa Barbara

Organizers of Coalition Against Gun Violence June 10th Gun Buyback event say collection included 90 handguns, 88 long guns and an assault weapon … story here :

The June 10th Gun Buyback will take place at Earl Warren Showgrounds directed by the Santa Barbara Police Department. The City of Santa Barbara has stepped up and donated $10,000 for the 2017 gun buyback. With $3,000 donated by US Congressman Salud Carbajal, we have $13,000 banked. CAGV still needs $12,000 more. In prior years we have given out $20,000 in gift cards. That plus additional costs of advertising, space rental, insurance and putting on the event brings the total cost closer to $25,000. We hope the cities of Carpinteria and Goleta pitch in and individual donors will realize that $100 removes a handgun or a rifle from the home which might possibly save a life.

Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis stated that while buybacks might take a small percentage of the guns out of a given community, they still provide a means of taking action. When asked at a press conference in 2014 prior to CAGV’s first gun buyback, what would be considered a success, District Attorney Joyce Dudley immediately said, “One gun. That gun could be used in a suicide or an accidental death.”

Continue reading “SUCCESS! CAGV Sponsored 3rd Annual Community-Wide Gun Buyback June 10th Garnered 179 Weapons”

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