Governor Signs Bill to Strengthen “Unsafe Handgun” Law

Governor Signs Bill to Strengthen “Unsafe Handgun” Law

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

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

Imitation Gun Leads To Child’s Death

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

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SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, Sept 28, 2014

SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, Sept 28, 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...

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Gun Buyback a  Huge Success!

Gun Buyback a Huge Success!

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

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America's Gun Violence Culture: The New Normal?

America’s Gun Violence Culture: The New Normal?

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

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Vice President Biden’s Address to UCSB

Pediatricians Take on the NRA

Pediatricians Take on the NRA

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

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

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

Violence Policy Center Follows the Money Names the Names

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

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

19th Annual Luncheon Breaks All Records

19th Annual Luncheon Breaks All Records

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

Hispanic Gun Deaths in America more than Double Rate for Whites

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.


Data source: CDC National Center for Health Statistics, WONDER online database. Rates were calculated using census population estimates adjusted to the 2000 and 2010 US population.

Comparing Firearm Mortality Rates, California vs the Rest of the Nation 1990 – 2010

Data source: CDC National Center for Health Statistics, WONDER online database. Rates were calculated using census population estimates adjusted to the 2000 and 2010 US population.

Data source: CDC National Center for Health Statistics, WONDER online database. Rates were calculated using census population estimates adjusted to the 2000 and 2010 US population.


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. 

California Teacher’s Pension Fund owns Bushmaster

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 »

Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG)

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.

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