The Coalition Against Gun Violence has been honored to bring to Santa Barbara for our annual event excellent speakers who have brought their expertise on a variety of issues all related to the problems of gun violence in America:
“New Decade New Challenges” at CAGV’s 15th Anniversary Celebration our speaker was Josh Horwitz, Executive Director of two nonprofits—Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence. Mr. Horwitz implemented an advocacy campaign that led to California’s microstamping law. He spoke about his book, “Guns, Democracy and the Insurrectionist Idea” demonstrating how reasonable gun regulation is essential to the survival of democracy and liberty.
CAGV’s 14th Annual Luncheon highlighted this year’s theme – Youth Empowerment for Safety, the Y.E.S. Fair, held on the previous day. Key organizations and young people involved in the Y.E.S. Fair entertained and shared commentary about this exciting new venture.
“Bullets or Crayons” with Assemblymember Kevin de Leon (45th District of Los Angeles) whose bill AB 2062 seeks to combat the easy accessibility to handgun ammunition that fuels gun violence and criminal activity. Special Introductory Speaker, Michael Mehas, author of the novel, “Stolen Boy” the drama of Jesse James Hollywood about a 15-year old boy who was murdered in Santa Barbara. Hollywood and his friends are currently serving prison time for this offense.
“For Whom the Bell Tolls” featured Mary Leigh and Charles Blek, founding members of the Bell Campaign which was the fiscal sponsor of the Million Mom March held in Washington DC on Mother’s Day 2000. The group merged with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in 2001 with Charles as the initial president of the California Brady Chapters. Mary Leigh has addressed the United Nations on two occasions regarding the regulation, sale and transfer of global arms.
Jackson Katz, founder and director of MVP Strategies, an organization that provides gender violence prevention training and materials to U.S. colleges, high schools, law enforcement agencies, U.S. military services, community organizations and businesses. Author of the award-winning video, “Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity “ and “The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help” a book published in April of 2006.
Assemblymember Paul Koretz represents the 42nd District and includes many well-known areas of Los Angeles. A major leader in the gun control movement and author of AB 50, which bans the sale of .50 caliber rifles in California and was recently signed into law.
Andres Soto,Policy Director CA Trauma Foundation and Pacific Center for Violence Prevention and California state gun control lobbyist, assisted localities in passing local ordinances to ban residential gun dealers, Junk Guns and gun shows.
Tom Diaz, Senior Policy Analyst at the Violence Policy Center Author, journalist, expert on terrorism, assault weapons, sniper rifles and a former NRA member.
Philip Alpers, editor of Gun Policy News and Founding member of (IANSA) International Action Network on Small Arms, speaks on domestic gun regulations at the United Nations and other international forums.
Andrew McGuire, heads the CA Trauma Foundation, and was Executive Director of the Million Mom March, and Mary Leigh Blek, President of the Million Mom March.
Assemblymember Jack Scott from the 44th District representing 10 communities around Pasadena, has been a champion of sensible gun legislation and authored many important bills.
Dr. Ed Donnerstein, Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences at UC Santa Barbara and director of a four-university study, $3.3 billion dollar, 3-year study on violence in the media; shared his data on how children are affected by television and games.
Patricia Saber, M.D., Co-founder Physicians for a Violent Free Society, focused on domestic violence as a public health issue and the issues of dealing with gun violence as an emergency room physician.
Los Gatos Police Chief Larry Todd hid 6 to 8 firearms of all sizes on his body to demonstrate the ease of concealing a weapon.
Robert E. McAfee, M.D., President of the A.M.A., inspired our newly formed group focusing on gun violence as a healthcare crisis.