Vice President Biden’s Address to UCSB

It Took an Act of Congress to Address Violence Against Women

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which was a result of extensive grassroots efforts in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The VAWA was drafted by the office of then Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) with support from a broad coalition of advocacy groups. The Act passed Congress with […]

Women Under the Gun: Stalking & Gun Violence

Women Under the Gun: Stalking & Gun Violence

Below is an excerpt from a June 2014 report, “How Gun Violence Affects Women and Four Policy Solutions to Better Protect Them,” by Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons of the Center for American Progress.  Federal law prohibits a person from possessing a gun if he has committed a felony or if he has committed a […]

Guns, Public Health & Mental Illness

Guns, Public Health & Mental Illness

A Public Forum Review by Elizabeth Downing, M.D.  This 90-minute public forum was presented on July 8, 2014, in Los Angeles and included short presentations by six different experts in the fields of law, emergency medicine, psychiatry/psychology, public policy and public health. The emphasis was on guns, public health and mental illness and it was noted […]

LAURA WILCOX
March 5, 1981 — January 10, 2001
Laura’s Law was named after Laura Wilcox who was shot and killed by a seriously mentally ill person in 2001. Amanda and Nick Wilcox, Laura’s parents, worked to advocate forAssembly Bill 1421 now known as Laura’s Law, which was signed into law by Governor Gray Davis in 2002.

CAGV Supports Laura’s Law for Santa Barbara County

In California there is a lack of support services for families who attempt unsuccessfully to obtain help for a mentally ill family member. This is sometimes due to limited county facilities or lack of decent housing; therefore countless chronically mentally ill patients bounce from the street to the jail to the hospital and back again, […]

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 with the City of Santa Barbara Police Department can be thanked for their successful efforts in collecting 239 GUNS TURNED IN! & FOR TAKING SIGNIFICANT […]

Smart Guns Aim to Dumb Down Gun Industry

Smart Guns Aim to Dumb Down Gun Industry

Will SMART GUNS have an effect on the gun industry? Not if the National Rifle Association (NRA) can prevent it. Technology for owner-authorized or smart guns has long been hoped for and discussed. A personalized handgun could prevent children from being able to fire the weapon or stolen guns used by criminals. President Obama discussed […]

Pediatricians Take on the NRA

Pediatricians Take on the NRA

(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 […]

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 […]

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 […]