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SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH by Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair Emeritus The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has been associated with mental health challenges related to and caused by the disease and to mitigation activities, including the impact of physical distancing and stay-at-home orders. Symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder have increased considerably in […]

GUN BUYBACKS CAN BE LIFE-SAVING!

As Santa Barbara County’s District Attorney, I’ve heard many false claims about gun buybacks. Some include: gun buybacks are a waste of time and money; gun buybacks don’t work – the only guns that are brought in aren’t operable; gun buybacks are a way for law enforcement to trap people who possess guns unlawfully or […]

SANTA BARBARA'S ANONYMOUS GUN BUYBACK RETURNS!

SANTA BARBARA’S ANONYMOUS GUN BUYBACK RETURNS!

WE ARE BACK !! SANTA BARBARA’S ANONYMOUS GUN BUYBACK RETURNS by Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair Emeritus The Coalition Against Gun Violence, the City of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Police Department are sponsoring our 6th Anonymous Gun Buyback at Earl Warren Showgrounds on Saturday, August 21, 2021 8 am until noon. Donors will receive […]

WHY AR-15 ASSAULT WEAPONS MUST BE BANNED

WHY AR-15 ASSAULT WEAPONS MUST BE BANNED

WHY AR-15 ASSAULT WEAPONS MUST BE BANNED by Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair Emeritus In response to U.S. Federal Judge Benetiz’s ruling on June 4, 2021, to overturn California’s 32 year-old assault weapons ban and comparing it to a Swiss Army Knife, CA Attorney General Bonta said in a news release, “There is no sound basis […]

Current Mental Health Challenges:  STRESS, ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

Current Mental Health Challenges: STRESS, ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

Current Mental Health Challenges: STRESS, ANXIETY & DEPRESSION by Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair Emeritus   Researchers at the University of California, Davis, found that 110,000 people in California purchased a firearm in direct response to the coronavirus. About 47,000 of the buyers were first-time gun owners. Buyers cited concerns over civil unrest, economic downturns, stress, anxiety, and depression. […]

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