LAS VEGAS MASS SHOOTING

“Who thinks people would do something like this in America?” A statement from one of the Las Vegas concertgoers.

SHOOTER KILLS 59 & INJURES 527 PEOPLE (as of 10/3/2017)

The shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, unleashed a hail of bullets from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said. The attacker was killed by police after sniper-style gunfire rained onto a country music festival

Police said more than 22,000 people were at the concert when Paddock began firing round after round, shooting from above into the concert area below leaving those on the ground as exposed targets.

WE ARE ALL TOUCHED BY GUN VIOLENCE. Make a difference JOIN CAGV — Stand Up. Speak Out. Resist!

CAN GRIEF LEAD TO CHANGE? We in Santa Barbara and the Coalition Against Gun Violence wish to extend our expressions of condolence to the families of the victims and people of Las Vegas. And at this moment we must also be aware that every parent who has lost a child or a family member to gun violence relives those wrenching moments of their loss for the rest of their lives. To the community of Las Vegas from the community of Santa Barbara, we understand your grief, your sorrow and pain. We have shared the loss of loved ones to gun violence and know the angst that remains.
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ACTION ALERT: VOTE NO! H.R. 38/S.B. 446 Contact Your Elected Officials

ACTION ALERT! Federal Forced Concealed Carry Legislation: “ARM ANYONE” H.R. 38 & S.B. 446
California has MUCH to lose if “ARM ANYONE” becomes federal law. Our state has strict safety training and permitting requirements regarding who can carry a loaded, hidden gun in public, but a federal bill, H.R. 38, would force California to recognize concealed carry standards from every other state, even from those with dramatically weaker standards or no permitting and background check requirements at all. In the Senate the companion bill is S.B. 446Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.

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NEW PSA: “EVERY THREE HOURS” A CHILD IS KILLED BY GUN VIOLENCE


It is a known fact that every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult. Here in America, one out of three homes with children has a gun, many kept unlocked or loaded. Every year thousands of kids are killed and injured as a result through homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings. STATES UNITED TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE new PSA:
“Every 3 Hours,” highlighting the impact of gun violence on kids, parents, and the medical community to encourage the frank conversations about guns that can save kids lives.

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SUCCESS! CAGV Sponsored 3rd Annual Community-Wide Gun Buyback June 10th Garnered 179 Weapons

179 Weapons Turned In During Gun Buyback Program in Santa Barbara

Organizers of Coalition Against Gun Violence June 10th Gun Buyback event say collection included 90 handguns, 88 long guns and an assault weapon … story here : https://www.noozhawk.com/article/179_weapons_turned_in_during_gun_buyback_in_santa_barbara_20170610

The June 10th Gun Buyback will take place at Earl Warren Showgrounds directed by the Santa Barbara Police Department. The City of Santa Barbara has stepped up and donated $10,000 for the 2017 gun buyback. With $3,000 donated by US Congressman Salud Carbajal, we have $13,000 banked. CAGV still needs $12,000 more. In prior years we have given out $20,000 in gift cards. That plus additional costs of advertising, space rental, insurance and putting on the event brings the total cost closer to $25,000. We hope the cities of Carpinteria and Goleta pitch in and individual donors will realize that $100 removes a handgun or a rifle from the home which might possibly save a life.

Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis stated that while buybacks might take a small percentage of the guns out of a given community, they still provide a means of taking action. When asked at a press conference in 2014 prior to CAGV’s first gun buyback, what would be considered a success, District Attorney Joyce Dudley immediately said, “One gun. That gun could be used in a suicide or an accidental death.”

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WEAR ORANGE! On Friday, June 2, 2017. National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 — just one week after performing at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade in 2013. After her death, they asked us to stand up, speak out, and Wear Orange to raise awareness about gun violence.

We wear orange for Hadiya and to honor the more than 93 lives cut short and the hundreds more injured by gun violence every day — and to demand action. Orange is what hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others from harm. Orange is a bright, bold color that demands to be seen. Orange expresses our collective hope as a nation — a hope for a future free from gun violence.

We are not headlines or statistics. We are mothers, sisters, fathers, brothers, and friends. We are teachers, dancers, athletes and activists. We are here and we are united. We demand to be seen and we demand to see change. There’s no more important time to get involved than this year, this summer, this day. Our country is at a turning point, and now more than ever, we have to fight for what we believe in.

June 2nd is National Gun Violence Awareness Day and Americans across the country will be wearing orange. It may seem like a simple statement — but when we all act together, we can’t be ignored. Our social networks, television screens, and communities will light up orange, standing together for a future free from gun violence.

More information about the national campaign to Wear Orange: https://wearorange.org