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
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!
The people of this nation, working together could change the gun culture in America, its policies, gun laws and eventually the gun industry. It is not acceptable that tens of thousands of Americans lose family members annually to gun violence and thousands more people who have been wounded will always suffer pain and the terror of those moments. There is something terribly wrong in America when more people die from gun violence than all the wars ever fought in American history.
“More Americans have died from gunshots in the last 50 years than in all of the wars in American history. Since 1968, more than 1.5 million Americans have died in gun-related incidents, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By comparison, approximately 1.2 million service members have been killed in every war in U.S. history, according to estimates from the Department of Veterans Affairs and icasualties.org.” (NBC Reporter Chelsea Bailey, 10-04-17)
These mass shooting horrors happen far more in America than in other advanced countries partly because of the influence of the National Rifle Association (NRA) who say their sole priority is defending the Second Amendment. Politicians’ inaction on curbing gun violence has nothing to do with the Second Amendment and everything to do with the NRA’s checks that line their pockets. Elected leaders who put NRA donations over the lives of our children must be voted out.
CAGV GOALS IN 2019:
• Work to educate our community about the excellent gun violence prevention laws that have been passed in California – 10 were passed and signed by Governor Brown in 2018;
• Sponsor another Gun Buyback with the necessary financial backing. In 2018, CAGV held its 4th successful Gun Buyback at Earl Warren Show Grounds, in cooperation with the Santa Barbara Police Department;
• Work to remove from office elected politicians who receive NRA and gun lobby funds;
• Continue Parent Education & School Safety Project for A.S.K. and “See Something–Say Something” programs;
• Educate and promote the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO);
• Support new gun violence prevention legislation. On 12-12-18, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) introduced legislation to restrict gun ownership among Californians who have been convicted of such alcohol offenses. This critically important bill is based on research by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, headed by Dr. Garen Wintemute, which found an increased risk of future violence among firearm owners with certain alcohol-related convictions; and
• Continue “Guns in Our Society” TVSB monthly interview program with important and informed guests. We welcome your suggestions and topics for discussion.
What can you do? BECOME AN ACTIVE MEMBER: Consider: If not me, who? If not now when? Recommit and Support the Coalition Against Gun Violence in 2019. Please click on the image above or here to complete this form on our website: Mail your $25 membership fee and then consider giving an additional donation. CAGV is Santa Barbara’s only gun violence prevention organization. We are unique because we are local and work with all other gun violence organizations both statewide and nationally.