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CAGV Year-End Donation/Membership Appeal

CAGV Year-End Donation/Membership Appeal

December 2014 Dear Members and Friends of the Coalition Against Gun Violence, It is time to show your continued support for gun violence prevention by renewing your annual membership today in CAGV (Coalition Against Gun Violence, A Santa Barbara County Coalition). As the only gun violence prevention organization on California’s Central Coast for the past […]

Gun Industry Divestment Campaign

Gun Industry Divestment Campaign

Please join the Coalition Against Gun Violence (CAGV) in a Campaign to Divest the University of California system of its holdings in the gun manufacturing industry. In the wake of the May 23, 2014, tragedy in Isla Vista, California, the University of California Santa Barbara community, Campaign to Unload, and CAGV have come together to turn […]

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, […]

Public Town Hall Forum Sept. 28th • 3-5pm SBCC Fé Bland Forum

Public Town Hall Forum Sept. 28th • 3-5pm SBCC Fé Bland Forum

CAGV is sponsoring a Town Hall Community Forum to discuss a major national concern about why American culture continues to experience violence against women. The event will begin with the first showing in Santa Barbara of a powerful documentary by Jackson Katz, Ph.D., Creator and Primary Writer of “TOUGH GUISE 2: Violence, Manhood & American Culture.” The […]

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 and he felt himself under threat. Tragedies like this happen all too often, as you will read below. [Image: Investigator Lance Badger from the Santa Rosa police […]

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 […]