CAGV_FeuerSAVE_Date_ONEupSAVE THE DATE! SUNDAY • MAY 7, 2017 • CAGV 22nd Annual Celebration/Fundraiser. This year’s theme:  “RESIST! PROTECT CALIFORNIA’S SMART GUN LAWS” with Keynote Speaker: MIKE FEUER, Los Angeles City Attorney & Co-Founder, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence • A national leader in preventing gun violence, Feuer created the L.A. City Attorney’s Gun Violence Prevention Unit to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and kids. Nationally, Feuer joined with Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, Jr., to co-found and chair Prosecutors Against Gun Violence – an independent, non-partisan coalition devoted to prosecutorial and policy solutions to the public health and safety crisis of gun violence.

SUNDAY, MAY 7th 2:30-5pm at the Santa Barbara Club, 1105 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara


GUNS IN OUR SOCIETY: “Schools and Gun Violence”

Screen shot 2017-03-27 at 3.37.26 PMCAGV Chair, Toni Wellen and Steering Committee member, Jacqueline Inda interview elected officials and members of the community each month on issues of gun violence prevention. CAGV’s 30-minute show “GUNS IN OUR SOCIETY” views on TVSB on Demand. Our program focuses on issues of both local and national importance.


Today we will be talking about schools and gun violence from the perspective of two high school students. Our guests are: Roberta Payan, Neighborhood & Outreach Services Assistant, City of Santa Barbara, Parks & Recreation and students from Dos Pueblos High School, Nathaniel Getachew and Cindi Diaz.



Guns in Our Society

GUNS IN OUR SOCIETY: A new program by the Coalition Against Gun Violence will be inaugurated on SBTV, Channel 17, at the following times:  Saturday, January 30 at 10:00 am, Sunday, January 31 at 2:30 pm and Tuesday, February 2 at 5:00 pm

Each month CAGV will discuss a different aspect of gun violence using an interview format with guests from our community.  The first program is about the Safe Storage of Firearms in Homes and Safety in Our Schools

As of 2014, California makes someone criminally liable if they negligently store or leave any loaded firearm in their home where a child is likely to gain access to it –regardless of whether or not the child takes the gun out of the home into a public place.

The Coalition Against Violence, has been working diligently to educate our community about gun violence prevention.  We hope to make certain that every home in Santa Barbara County where a minor lives or visits is aware of this law and firearms are stored safely and legally.

A most effective way to communicate this information that could prevent a tragedy is to disseminate it as publically and widely as possible.  A Noozhawk story will be read by many.

From 2000 to 2010 there have been 54 school shootings.  From 2010 to 2015 there have been 96 school shootings, almost double.  In almost every case, when the shooter was a minor the gun came from home.

In the United States an adult has the legal right to have a firearm in the home.  However many states have passed child access prevention laws to encourage safe storage of firearms.  The purpose of these laws is to prevent accidental shootings in the home, suicides by minors and school shootings.

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among teens and young adults.
  • On average, 4 American teenagers commit suicide every day.
  • Many teens attempt suicide on impulse and there is rarely a second chance when a gun is used.
  • Suicide attempts with a gun are deadly over 85% of the time.

It is because of these preventable tragedies that California has passed the following strong prevention laws:

  • As of 2014, California makes someone criminally liable if they negligently store or leave any loaded firearm in their home where a child is likely to gain access to it –regardless of whether or not the child takes the gun out of the home into a public place.
  • A parent or guardian can also be civilly liable for damages resulting from the discharge of a firearm by that person’s child. These damages can be up to $30,000 per victim and $60,000 total.


Ensuring that this information reaches parents in all Santa Barbara’s 20 school districts is a difficult task.

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson sent a letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators informing the about the Safe Storage of Firearms and School Safety and Security.  He states, “Please consider this an urgent request to inform your school community about the law regarding safe storage of firearms.  I have attached English and Spanish versions for memoranda to parents and guardians informing them of the laws in California regarding safe storage of firearms.  I strongly encourage you to use the documents to help educate parents and guardians of their responsibilities under California law.”

Another way to ensure your child’s safety and prevent tragic accidents is to ASK:

There is a national program called ASK (Asking Saves Kids) CAGV emphatically urges all parents that when their child goes to play or visit the home of a friend or family, to ASK—is there a gun in your home and how is it stored? Asking prevents tragedies.

Be part of the conversation. We would like to hear from you.  What are your thoughts and comments about Safe Storage and School Safety?  Your suggestions for future topics about gun violence prevention are welcome.

CAGV’s next program on GUNS in OUR SOCIETY will be about Laura’s Law, a mental health program that will be discussed by the Board of Supervisors in March.

Please contact us via our website: or send an email to


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Barack Obama: Guns Are Our Shared Responsibility

(the following is from the NYT, Jan 7, 2016)

“THE epidemic of gun violence in our country is a crisis. Gun deaths and injuries constitute one of the greatest threats to public health and to the safety of the American people. Every year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns. Suicides. Domestic violence. Gang shootouts. Accidents. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost brothers and sisters, or buried their own children. We’re the only advanced nation on earth that sees this kind of mass violence with this frequency.

Congresswoman Capps’ Statement: President Obama’s Executive Actions will strengthen gun safety standards.

(WASHINGTON, January 5, 2016) Today, Rep Lois Capps (CA-24) issued the following statement after joining President Barack Obama at the White House for his announcement of executive actions to strengthen gun safety standards:

“Today I was honored to join President Obama as he announced new actions his administration will take to reduce gun violence. This plan is a modest but important step to reduce gun violence and protect our communities by strengthening the gun sale background check system and providing the resources necessary for more robust enforcement of existing gun safety laws. It was a meaningful moment where the President, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, father of a UCSB victim Richard Martinez, and so many others came together to highlight that we have lost far too many of our loved ones to gun violence and our nation can and must do better.

“While these actions are important efforts to make our nation safer, the President can only do so much on his own. In order to enact the meaningful change we need, Congress must act. Our local community is far too familiar with the pain that comes from senseless gun violence. The tragedy in Isla Vista is a constant reminder of the consequences of inaction. After that experience, our community came together to say Not One More. This cannot and must not be the end of our efforts to end the gun violence epidemic. I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to keep our communities safe.”

The executive actions announced by the President today will make significant progress in the ongoing struggle to curb gun violence:

• Toughening background checks nationwide: The President’s executive actions provide new guidance on existing federal laws, clarifying that any individual in the business of selling firearms must obtain a license through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and therefore conduct background checks on prospective gun purchasers. These actions also include new measures and resources to make the background check system more efficient and effective.
• Protecting communities with bolstered enforcement: The executive actions take new steps to promote smart and effective enforcement of our gun laws – including a proposed increase in funding for more ATF agents, greater resources for tracking illegal online firearms trafficking and strengthened domestic violence outreach efforts.
• Improving mental health services: The President is proposing increased investment to expand access to mental health care. Further, the executive actions remove barriers that prevent the reporting of relevant mental health information to the background check system.
• Driving new research into gun safety: The executive actions direct the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security to conduct or sponsor research into new technology to make firearms safer.

Watch President Obama Share the Steps He’s Taking to Reduce Gun Violence:



CAGV YEAR-END Donation/Membership Appeal

Dear Members and Friends of the Coalition Against Gun Violence,

Now is time to show your support for gun violence prevention by joining or renewing your annual membership in the Coalition Against Gun Violence (CAGV). As the only Gun Violence Prevention organization on California’s Central Coast for the past 20 years, CAGV depends on the support of the community to continue its efforts toward making Santa Barbara County a safer place to live.

CAGV had a very busy 2015. We focused on educating the community about the safe storage of firearms; we rallied support for successful gun legislation; and we organized Santa Barbara’s second successful Gun Buyback, resulting in the destruction of over 200 firearms. We plan to continue our efforts in 2016.

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With some of the toughest laws in the nation, California has reduced its gun mortality rate by 56% from 1993 to 2010.

Be part of the change:  JOIN CAGV and become an ACTIVE volunteer!

We know that you may be receiving donation requests from many deserving organizations, CAGV hopes you will include our local, grassroots violence-prevention organization in your end-of-year gift giving.

Please renew your membership or become a new member at this time with your $25 annual membership via PAY PAL HERE. Membership entitles you to a reduced rate at our annual luncheon and to receive CAGV’s newsletter. Please make a tax-deductible donation via PAY PAL HERE. Or if you prefer you can also send a check payable to CAGV and mail to: CAGV, P.O. Box 699, Summerland, CA 93067.

We also invite you to volunteer to help us continue the vital work of CAGV by contacting us here

Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair

CAGV is a non-profit coalition comprised of over 40 partner organizations, united against gun violence and committed to creating a safer community for Santa Barbara County residents through its educational programs and advocacy for effective local, state and national policies and legislation.

3rd Annual National Vigil For All Victims of Gun Violence

People came together December 6th in Santa Barbara as they are doing on December 9 and all this week for the  3rd Annual National Vigil For All Victims of Gun Violence. Mere words cannot plumb the depths of the loss of a loved one to gun violence, a wound that never heals. With 30,000 plus gun deaths in America annually, it has come at last to this, that we now come together at this time each year to remember and recommit. During this national time of grief, America mourns annually for all victims of gun violence.


Too often after a tragic shooting we hear that prayers and condolences are not enough. The community of San Bernardino now joins Santa Barbara and so many others in a grief that never ends and our country continues to mourn every time a life is lost to gun violence. What is the answer to this epidemic of gun violence?

The NRA’s mantra is that America needs good guys with guns to counteract the bad guys with guns. The San Bernardino shooter was exactly that, an apparently good guy until he (and his wife) used firearms that are illegal in California to slaughter innocent people. The shooter was considered a mild quiet man who held a stable, middle-class job. His family is shocked.   And as usual there is a dark story was behind this heinous act.   The reason America has over 30,000 guns deaths very year, that’s 85+ each day, is because lots of good guys with guns also have problems. They explode and use that handy gun and suddenly become bad guys with guns. It’s happening somewhere in America as I speak.

How long will it take Congress to hear the voice of the majority of Americans who want sensible gun violence prevention laws? The NRA’s mantra that more guns make us safer is obviously shockingly and tragically wrong. The people who refuse to see this are elected members of Congress blocking all action to prevent gun violence in America. On December 12-3-15, just days after 14 innocent people were shot to death and 21 wounded in San Bernardino, in a party-line vote the committee Republicans killed an amendment from Democrat Rep. Mike Quigley that would have blocked firearm purchases by those on the FBI’s terrorist watch list. The voices of the people are not being heard. However, we will not give up. The parents of Newtown are not giving up. Richard Martinez and Bill Weiss, who lost their children in the Isla Vista shooting are not giving up. We the people must not give up. We must work together, make our voices louder, vote people who are supported by the NRA out of office.

It is emerging that this was possibly an act of terrorism. There have been 355 mass shootings in 2015 in the United States, meaning four people killed in a single event. We need to view every shooting as an act of terrorism because of the terror that occurs to families and communities with even one killing. This country has hopefully reaching a tipping point. Remember the movie “Network,” when Howard Beale says, “I’m mad as Hell and I won’t take this anymore.” Aren’t we there yet?

(image:  CAGV Chair Toni Wellen, December 6, 2015,  Memorial/Vigil, Santa Barbara)

Slideshow for the 2015 National Vigil For All Victims of Gun Violence. Video #1 of 2.


CAGV & Veterans For Peace VIGIL Dec 6th

The Coalition Against Gun Violence & Santa Barbara’s Veterans for Peace invite the Santa Barbara community to join together to “REMEMBER AND RECOMMIT” Memorial Vigil for San Bernardino Victims of Gun Violence & All Victims of Gun Violence

WHERE: The Santa Barbara Veterans for Peace, Chapter 54 Costs of Wars demonstration (Cabrillo Blvd. and State)
WHEN: 1:00pm, Sunday, December 6, 2015
WHO: Coalition Against Gun Violence, Veterans for Peace, Elected officials, various community organizations and THE PUBLIC

The Coalition Against Gun Violence and Veteran’s for Peace are sponsoring this event in solidarity with communities across our nation, as we join to remember the 14 victims and 21 wounded at San Bernardino, CA plus all victims of gun violence in America and to all veterans/ costs of wars demonstrations. Our 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 will dedicate ourselves to holding peace in our hearts and extending outward with thought and action.

For information contact Toni Wellen at (805) 684-8434.


It’s Not Gun Control – It’s Gun Violence Prevention

The following OP-ED is written by Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair

Once again America is awash in tears mourning the loss of precious lives to gun violence. The population of Roseburg and most especially Umpqua Community College will never be the same. Such numbing grief and profound sorrow enfolds this community. For all the literally thousands of Americans who have lost loved ones to gun violence, each of these deadly horrific acts reopens wounds that never really heal. It is with profound sadness that we extend our condolences to the families and the people of Roseburg.

We know that prayers and tears are not enough. Every American needs to wake up to this scourge of gun violence because it affects us all. This year there have already been 294 mass shootings that have ended 375 lives and injured more than 1000 Americans. 30,000 Americans die annually from gun

Yet gun advocates who continually invoke what they believe is their Second Amendment rights want more guns and concealed guns. The 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.” “A well-regulated” means regulations on firearms, and does not infringe upon anyone’s Second Amendment rights. We have laws regulating everything in this country, why would firearms be exempt? The Supreme Court made it clear that the Amendment protects only a limited right and does not mean “any gun, anywhere, anytime.” This Congress refuses year after tragic year to pass a single law that would protect Americans from gun death and

The following facts tell us that in mass shootings and gun homicides, whether the gun was legally purchased or not, the killer is frequently, until that moment a law-abiding firearm owner pulling the trigger on a lawfully held

• In the 16 deadliest mass shootings in Europe, 86% of the victims were shot by a licensed shooter;

• In at least 29 American mass gun killings, 139 people were killed by gun owners with hidden handgun permits;

• In 16 mass shootings in Australia and New Zealand, 55% of the victims were shot by licensed gun owners using legally held firearms. (Source: Philip Alpers, Sydney School of Public Health, University of 

The American people overwhelmingly support common-sense solutions to our gun violence epidemic – policies like universal background checks (88% Democrats and 79% Republicans: July 2015 Pew Poll), an assault weapons ban, a limit on ammunition clips and gun violence protective orders. Similarly, nearly 80% favor laws that would prevent the mentally ill from buying guns. But existing federal background checks prevent only a tiny slice of this population — those ruled mentally defective or involuntarily committed by a judge to a mental institution —from buying guns. Persons deemed emotionally unstable and hospitalized for at least 72 hours are prohibited from purchasing a firearm. However many states do not send this mental health information to the NICS database because they say they don’t have the funds. So these emotionally disturbed people are able to buy a gun if not in their home state, the state next door. The most helpful strategy to prevent the mentally ill from having firearms is to give family members, law enforcement and mental health professionals, who often know better than anyone else when someone’s mental state is deteriorating, an avenue to separate that person from any firearm. California’s new law “Gun Violence Restraining Order” passed six months after the Isla Vista, will do just that. Similarly, “A Pause for Safety” introduced by Congresswoman Lois Capps in the House and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer in the Senate awaits action in Congress. Blaming mental health and doing nothing is

We must demand change. And we can’t give up until we get it. Richard Martinez, who lost his son Chris at Isla Vista, was asked when he would give up fighting for better gun laws and he replied, “When I’m dead.” President Obama said after the shooting, “This is a political choice that we make, to allow this to happen every few months in America. We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our

Take action in your own community today! The Coalition Against Gun Violence (CAGV) needs committed people who want to work on gun violence prevention. Contact and join CAGV, a nonprofit grassroots organization actively working for non-violence and educating the community since 1994. Visit our website: or email