By artistlauralynch on July 23, 2014
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...Full Story »
By artistlauralynch on July 22, 2014
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...Full Story »
By artistlauralynch on July 15, 2014
“TOUGH GUISE 2: Violence, Manhood & American Culture” Coalition Against Gun Violence presents a documentary film and discussion about the consequences of violence in the media. Moderator: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson. Introduced...Full Story »
By Toni on July 7, 2014
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...Full Story »
By Toni on May 27, 2014
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...Full Story »
By Toni on June 12, 2014
By Toni on June 2, 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 »
By Toni on June 2, 2014
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 »
By artistlauralynch on June 2, 2014
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 »
By Toni on June 2, 2014
The Violence Policy Center’s (VPC) new comprehensive study Hispanic Victims of Lethal Firearm Violence in the United States, an in-depth focus on gun violence and Hispanics (a generalized term used to describe Latinos from all cultures), is based on data from the federal Centers for Disease Control, (CDC) as well as unpublished information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Supplementary Homicide Report.
The study found that more than 38,000 Hispanics were killed by firearms between 1999 and 2010, including 26,349 homicide victims killed with guns and 10,314 gun suicides. The report also found that Hispanic victims are more likely to be killed by a stranger than the national average.
The VPC states that the actual number of Hispanic victims is almost certainly higher than the number reported in the study, due to major shortcomings in the way public agencies collect information on Hispanic ethnicity.
In 2010, the most recent year CDC data was available, the homicide victimization rate for Hispanics in America was 5.73 per 100,000 versus 2.52 per 100,000 for whites.
Homicide is the second leading cause for death for Hispanics ages 15 to 24. For blacks it is the leading cause of death and for whites in that age group it is the fourth leading cause of death.
In California, Hispanics make up 33% of the population, versus 27.7% of the US.
The epidemic of gun violence has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and should be an urgent priority for all communities across America and especially to elected officials.
By Toni on June 2, 2014
California’s Firearm Homicide Rate Drops Below that of the Rest of the Nation
As California tightened its gun laws, its firearm mortality rate declined dramatically.
California’s firearm homicide rate peaked in 1993. Since then California’s rate declined by 64%, while the firearm homicide rate in the rest of the nation declined by only 42%.
Courtesy of Griffin Dix, Ph.D. Researcher, January 9, 2013 Brady Campaign Chapter President, Oakland/Alameda County.
By Toni on June 2, 2014
California teachers are still owners of the gun maker, Bushmaster, used in the Sandy Hook massacre, and the man who invests their money isn’t pleased about it. “It’s absolutely frustrating,” said Christopher Ailman, chief investment officer for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), when speaking to CNNMoney on the sidelines of the Milken Institute’s Global Conference in Los Angeles, “I continue to be disappointed every month it goes on.” Read More »
By Toni on June 2, 2014
Mayor Helene Schneider, a member of MAIG, forwarded this announcement, parts of which have been excerpted below.
When we started Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) in 2006, we knew that building a movement of like-minded mayors and citizens wouldn’t happen overnight. The gun lobby had a multi-decade head start, and we understood that creating a strong coalition that could compete with their resources would require time, money, and grassroots engagement.
The Coalition Against Gun Violence extends appreciation to each one of the people and entities who donated to the gun buyback. These are the folks who wanted to make this happen and believed a gun buyback would help make this a safer community. There would not have been a buyback without their support. The Santa Barbara Police Department under the auspices of Sgt. Riley Harwood played a major role in organizing a smooth and efficiently run event.
CAGV and the community of Santa Barbara wishes to thank Vons Grocery Stores in Santa Barbara for discounting gift cards worth $100 each to give people in exchange for firearms turned on at the June 14th Gun Buyback. This generous donation facilitated CAGV’s offer of $100 for a handgun, rifle or shotgun and $200 for an assault weapon. Kudos to Vons Grocery Stores for their donation towards a safer community.
Charles and Francine Freund
The Martinez Family
Pamela McLean and Frederic Hudson
Anne Smith Towbes
Jana and Jeff Young
Democratic Women of SB County
Mark & Sally Hamilton
Colin and Joan Jones
Ann Reiss Lane
League of Women Voters
Peter & Elisa Merkl
Carol & Anthony Nicoletti
Richard & Maryan Schall
Carol & Ali Shabrami
Alfred & Stephanie Shuman
Chris & Mark Silverstein
Larry & Toni Wellen
Mary Ellen Wylie
Marty & Joe Blum
Tina La Monica
Our Daily Bread
Ablitt’s Fine Cleaners & Launderers
Bavarian Performance Specialists for European Cars, Thousand Oaks
FrameStore – Custom Framing, Thousand Oaks
Fresco Café and Bakery
Garden Market Restaurant, Carpinteria
Home Improvement Center
In Bloom Orchids
Jeannine’s Restaurant & Bakery
Lure Fish House & Oyster Bar, Camarillo, Ventura, Westlake Village
Ottavio’s Italian Restaurant, Camarillo
Pascucci Italian Restaurant
Pierre Lafond/Wendy Foster
Santa Barbara Frame Shop and Gallery
Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant
Shine Blow Dry Bar
The Painted Cabernet
The Palace Grill
Trader Joe's Milpas
WONDER Gift boutique
The tragedy of children lost to their families forever has overwhelmed the souls of people nationally and internationally with near wordless grief. With the loss of a child, grief does not abate or come to closure. Many families have turned grief into action. We know from past massacres that thoughts and prayers are not enough. We demand action!
We send those closest to our hearts, our precious innocent children to where we think is a safe place –our neighborhood schools. But in the land of the free, our hearts are filled with fear because there is no safe place in a country where 300,000,000 firearms are easily accessible. The reality is that only one-third of Americans own firearms, and 300,000,000 firearms have not created a safer America. Whether these weapons are legally owned or not, does not matter. A legal upstanding gun owner is one argument or one crisis away from violence. These dangerous killing weapons are in homes, presumably protecting the family from harm.
No other country in the Western world has this kind of violence attributable to firearms. America’s culture of violence provides a crucible for permissible murderous acts. Let us not play politics with death and sorrow. Let us consider conflict resolution and what all sides can agree upon.
WE CAN AGREE ON THESE FACTS:
WE MUST AGREE TO TAKE ACTION:
More than 20 family members and victims of mass shootings met in Washington, DC with leaders in Congress and the White House calling on them to seriously address gun violence in this nation. The group released the following letter asking leaders and the American public for a meaningful dialogue and swift action:
“We are Republicans and Democrats, from “blue states” and “red states.” We live in cities, suburbs and rural areas. We are from many different walks of life. Some of us own guns. Some of us don’t. “We know that the overwhelming majority of Americans support sensible solutions that would have prevented many of our tragedies, and can prevent many more every day.”
The full text of the letter can be read and signed at http://wearebetterthanthis.org/
The Declaration of Independence states the inalienable rights of the people to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness; and that a government is necessary to ensure our Safety and Happiness. The first duty of all elected officials is the safety of the public.
WE ARE NOT SAFE. WE DEMAND ACTION!
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GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS TWO BILLS INTO LAW JULY 18th!
AB 1964 UNSAFE HANDGUN – SINGLE SHOT EXEMPTION – Dickinson
(Sacramento) California law requires that all semiautomatic handguns models sold in the state pass a series of safety tests and possess certain features to be placed on the roster of handguns approved for sale. (Read More Here: http://sbcoalition.org/2014/07/governor-signs-bill-to-strengthen-unsafe-handgun-law/)
AB 1591 FIREARMS: PROHIBITED PERSONS NOTIFICATION – Achadjian
This bill is a measure to speed up communication between the courts and the state Department of Justice when a person is deemed to be prohibited from possessing a gun. The bill requires courts to report to the state Justice Department within one business day when a person becomes barred from having a firearm, either due to certain felony or misdemeanor convictions or for mental health reasons.
MORE STATE/FEDERAL LEGISLATION ON THE TABLE:
AB 1014 GUN VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDERS – Skinner
Most guns sold in California must comply with the state's safe handgun requirements -- including having certain safety devices or meeting specified firing tests -- but the law had exempted handguns that hold a single bullet.
AB 1609 ENFORCEMENT OF INTERSTATE GUN TRAFFICKING LAWS – Alejo
(Watsonville) Federal law makes it illegal to purchase a firearm outside of California and bring it into the state unless the firearm is shipped to a licensed dealer in California to complete the transaction. Federal authorities do not have the resources to enforce this law and California has no authority governing these transactions. This bill would make California law consistent with federal law and give prosecutorial authority to law enforcement. This bill would ensure that the purchase of firearms from out of state would be fully subject to California's strong laws and would reduce firearm trafficking from out of state.
AB 2305 WEAPONS. – Ridley-Thomas
(Los Angeles) It is generally illegal to carry a concealed firearm "upon" a person unless the person has a valid permit to do so. This bill would replace the word "upon" with the words "on or about". This makes it clear that carrying a firearm in a handbag or backpack without a permit would also be illegal.
SB 293 OWNER AUTHORIZED HANDGUNS – DeSaulnier
(Concord) This bill would require that two years after at least two owner-authorized handguns are certified for sale in California, new models of handguns must have owner-authorized technology so that the gun can only be fired by authorized users. This personalization technology must be a permanent programmable biometric or other feature that is part of the gun’s original design and manufacture.
SB 505 PEACE OFFICERS: WELFARE CHECKS – Jackson
(Santa Barbara) This bill would require a peace officer who is asked to check on the welfare or well-being of an individual based upon a concern that the individual is a potential danger to self or others, to first conduct a search of the Department of Justice Automated Firearms System to determine whether the person is the registered owner of any firearm.
SB 580 FIREARMS SAFETY AND ENFORCEMENT SPECIAL FUND – Jackson
(Santa Barbara) This bill would appropriate money from the Firearms Safety and Enforcement Special Fund to redesign and modernize the Department of Justice's firearm data systems and provide training to local law enforcement agencies on the use of the Automated Firearms System. This bill would provide funds for contracting with local law enforcement agencies to disarm individuals under the Armed and Prohibited Persons System (APPS) program.
SB 53 AMMUNITION PURCHASE REGULATION – De Leon
(Los Angeles) This bill will regulate the sale of ammunition in California by requiring sellers of ammunition to be licensed by the state and also require ammunition purchasers to complete a background check.
SB 808 FIREARMS: IDENTIFYING INFORMATION – De Leon
(Los Angeles) This bill would require a person who manufactures or assembles a firearm to apply to the department for a unique serial number or other identifying mark permanently engraved. Prior to issuing the serial number the applicant would have to pass a background check. This information would be kept on record.
FEDERAL LEGISLATION ON THE TABLE:
HR 4806 PAUSE FOR SAFETY ACT – Congresswoman Lois Capps
(Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties)
S. 2445 PAUSE FOR SAFETY ACT – Senator Barbara Boxer
(CA with co-sponsors, Senators Dianne Feinstein (CA) and Richard Blumenthal (CT))
How did Florida’s gun death rate suddenly become almost 50% higher than California’s? The question is particularly relevant to the 2012 election. After 1999, when Republicans won control of Florida’s Legislature and the Governor’s office, they passed 38 gun-friendly laws, culminating in Stand Your Ground (SYG). This notorious 2005 law allows people to use lethal force in self-defense in public places even when they could avoid it. After SYG, between 2005 and 2009 (the latest CDC data) Florida’s firearm homicide rate shot up 21%.
In contrast, California—a Democratic state—had been strengthening its gun laws since the early 1990’s. As the regulations took effect its gun homicide rate declined dramatically—by 53% from the 1993 California (and national) peak, far more than the decline in the rest of the nation.
Since the 2005 SYG law, remarkably, Florida’s firearm homicide rate soared higher than California’s, even though California is a more urban state with greater inner-city gang and gun violence problems.After SYG more Floridians brought guns into their homes. Not coincidentally, from 2005 to 2009 Florida’s gun suicide rate jumped 20%, driving its total suicide rate up 16%. (Suicide attempts with firearms are much more likely to be lethal than are attempts by other means.)
Florida’s total firearm mortality rate also increased—by 20% from 2005 to 2009. (In 2005, 1,824 Floridians died by gunfire; in 2009, 2,306 died.) By 2009 Florida’s firearm mortality rate was almost 50% higher than California’s, because that state’s firearm mortality rate had continued to drop. California’s gun policies helped cut gun deaths without infringing on Constitutional rights.Source: Griffin Dix, President, Oakland/Alameda County, Brady Chapter
John Izeal Smith, 35, is accused of shooting and killing three people in a possible tenant-landlord dispute. Smith, barricaded inside a home, fired heavily at police officers with a rifle. Bullets struck two police cars. Police had responded to multiple calls of gunfire and someone shooting indiscriminately at people passing by. One man who rushed in to help was killed. Police came under heavy attack as they approached one of the victims outside. Smith called police and a dispatcher and crisis negotiator finally persuaded Smith to leave the home unarmed and surrender to authorities. Smith is suspected of killing a woman inside the home and killing two persons outside the home. Two additional people suffered minor to moderate injuries. The victim’s names have not been released as of this posting.
Two men were killed and 18 other people wounded, including two 15-year-old boys, in shootings in Chicago. Damion Bryant, a 32-year-old man was shot and pronounced dead. The other homicide, Addarium Thompson, 27, was killed and his mother, a 50-year-old woman was shot in the chest and is in serious condition. The other incidents throughout the day and evening appear to be random drive-by shootings, some serious. All were hospitalized.
Jerad and Amanda Miller randomly killed two police officers who were eating in a pizza restaurant. The Millers considered law enforcement as oppressors. They placed a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag and a Nazi swastika on one officer and left a note saying, “This is the beginning of the revolution,” on the other officer’s body, according to authorities. The Millers ran to a nearby Walmart, where they killed a bystander Joseph Wilcox, 31,who hoped to confront the suspects. Wilcox was carrying a concealed weapon and moved toward Jerad Miller. Amanda Miller shot Wilcox who was trying to protect others The Millers barricaded themselves inside Walmart during a firefight with responding officers. Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said police fatally wounded Jerad. A Walmart video shows the Millers holding firearms, which they pointed at each other. Finally Amanda Miller turned the gun on herself. There were there red flags: Miller threatened to shoot staff at Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles after his suspended driver’s license was taken from him during a traffic stop. Detectives did not perceive the “potential for an ongoing threat.” Two other threats regarding domestic violence and an alleged sexual assault of neighbor were dismissed. “Because an individual may online espouse ideology that is anti-government or anti-police does not make them translate into a murderer,” an investigating officer said. “What happened to change these two people into murderers, we don’t know.” Authorities said three weapons were recovered from the suspects: a Smith & Wesson M&P 9 mm handgun, a Ruger .38-caliber revolver and a Winchester 1300 12 gauge shotgun with a pistol grip. The weapons were not registered, as required by law. More details about the killers emerged. Kellie Fielder said Amanda Miller was her best friend. The Millers stayed with her for about two weeks before the shooting. She saw them leave on that fateful day, armed to the teeth. “There were two duffel bags in a cart. They had two duffel bags on their back,” Fielder said. “She just hugged me and said, ‘I love you, thank you for everything.’” Fielder said she never thought they were planning the carnage. “I was stupid, I guess,” Fielder said. “I got five deaths on my shoulders. I should have called the cops,” she said, crying. “I’m so so, so sorry — to everybody. I’m sorry.”
In yet another horrific domestic violence tragedy involving firearms, Lee Haskell, dressed as a delivery man, went to his ex-wife Melanie’s relatives’ home and asked Cassidy, age 15 for her parents, he told her his name and the girl recognized him as her ex-uncle. Cassidy tried to close the door on him, but he kicked it in. Inside were two boys, 13 and 4, and two girls, 7 and 9. He tied up the five children and awaited the arrival of the parents, Stephen Stay, 39, and Katie Stay, 33, who arrived shortly and were also tied up. Haskell asked them for the whereabouts of his ex-wife. When he received no satisfactory answer, Haskell shot each member of the family in the back of the head. Authorities identified the dead as Stephen Stay, 39, and Katie Stay, 33, their two boys, ages 4 and 14; and two girls, ages 7 and 9. Cassidy played dead and despite her injuries called 911 telling authorities the shooter was en route to the home of other relatives.
Haskell was jailed in 2008 in Utah on charges of assault and domestic violence that were later dismissed. In October 2013, Katie Haskell filed a protective order against him. It was dismissed after the couple filed for divorce that was finalized Feb. 14, 2014. Her sister, Katie went to Utah last fall to help Melanie escape the relationship and start a new life in Texas.
A 3-hour standoff ensued when deputies cornered Haskell in a nearby neighborhood. He is in custody, charged with murder. Cassidy who suffered a bullet fracture to her skull has been discharged from the hospital and is with her grandparents.