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”


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: https://tvsb.tv/live-streaming/ – 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:  www.speakforsafety.com


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: Assemblymember.Limon@assembly.ca.gov;

CALL State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (805) 965-0862 • Email: senator.jackson@senate.ca.gov

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. https://every.tw/2BSxBbB

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 Amazon.com that will allow you to donate .5% of every purchase to charity. You can pick your charity. Simply go to smile.amazon.com 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 sbcagv@gmail.com 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
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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: contact@feinsteinforca.com
  • 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:


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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.  (http://www.newsweek.com/american-voters-gun-control-nra-gun-industry-quinnipiac-poll-833340)

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. (http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-gun-sales-social-media-20180301-story.html )

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.


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 https://youtu.be/_hPHXszAuqg

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.
https://www.democracynow.org/2018/1/24/headlines… 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.


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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”

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

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


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: contact@feinsteinforca.com
• CALL Senator Kamala D. Harris (202) 224-3553 Sacramento: 916 448-2787 • Email: https://www.harris.senate.gov/content/contact-senator
• CALL State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (805) 965-0862 • Email: senator.jackson@senate.ca.gov
• CALL Assemblymember Limón Sacramento: (916) 319-2037 Santa Barbara: (805) 564-1649 • Email: Assemblymember.Limon@assembly.ca.gov
• CALL Congressman Salud Carbajal D.C. (202) 225-3601 Santa Barbara: (805) 730-1710 • Email: congressmancarbajal@mail.house.gov

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



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.


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 : https://www.noozhawk.com/article/179_weapons_turned_in_during_gun_buyback_in_santa_barbara_20170610

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”

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!”


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.



“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.
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