IN LOVING MEMORY: Tree of Life Synagogue Worshippers Lost To Gun Violence

The Coalition Against Gun Violence (CAGV), A Santa Barbara County Coalition extends our expressions of condolence to the families who have lost loved ones along with appreciation to the first responders whose courage may have saved others. As has too often been said, thoughts and prayers are an insufficient response to the slaughter of innocent people by Gun Violence. Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue has been assaulted with death and racial hatred. Jewish tradition provides a very powerful and brief sacred phrase at the time of death: “Baruch Dayan Ha’emet,” meaning “blessed is the true judge.”

Joyce Feinberg, 75 • Richard Gottfried, 65 • Rose Mallinger, 97 • Jerry Rabinowitz, 66 • Cecil Rosenthal, 59 • David Rosenthal, 54 • Bernice Simon, 84 • Sylvan Simon, 86 • Daniel Stein, 71 • Melvin Wax, 88 • Irving Younger, 69.
A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL WAS HELD OCT 29th at 6PM in Santa Barbara’s De La Guerra Plaza to mourn the victims of the TREE OF LIFE SYNAGOGUE shooting and to mourn all victims of Gun Violence.

Year 2016:  5.3 million Jews live in the United States, accounting for approximately 2.2 percent of the U.S. adult population.  According to hate crime statistics a breakdown of the offenses showed that approximately 54% were anti-Jewish, 24% were anti-Islamic and 4.1% were anti-Catholic.

“Jewish history cannot be told as the history of the Jews only, because they have nearly always lived within the context of other civilizations. The destiny of the Jews has paralleled the destinies of those same civilizations, except in one important respect. Somehow the Jews managed to escape the cultural death of each of the civilizations within which they dwelled and continue their cultural growth. How did they survive?” Max Dimont, author  “Jews, God and History”


Dear CAGV Supporters,
Here we are at the end of Summer and the beginning of Fall 2018, to provide you with an update on CAGV’s activities. Since our successful 4th Gun Buyback on
May 12th, CAGV’s monthly TVSB Interview Program, “Guns in Our Society,” with hosts Jacquie Inda and Toni Wellen, is ongoing and can be viewed here: – we welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback. CAGV continues to increase our social media outreach on Facebook and Twitter … please join us! And monthly OpEds written by Toni Wellen appear in The Mesa Newspaper, in English and Spanish, (editor: Alice San Andres-Calleja).
CAGV is actively involved in California gun violence prevention legislation and in the national effort to encourage and educate about the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO).  Santa Barbara has issued more GVROs than any county in California except Los Angeles.  Read about the GVRO here:


PLUS1 , a charitable granting foundation, has organized a concert with touring artists at the Santa Barbara Bowl on September 22PLUS1 is a registered 501c3 that partners with touring artists to donate funds to gun violence prevention organizations. $0.50 from every ticket sold will go to the Santa Barbara Coalition Against Gun Violence and $0.50 to Everytown For Gun Safety.  More information will soon be available.  Please mark your calendar to keep September 22 open for the upcoming concert that will benefit CAGV and gun violence prevention!


The legislature votes on bills as early as MONDAY, AUG 27th. Bills that pass will then go to the Governor for his review to pass or veto. TAKE ACTION by calling your representatives and ask them to vote affirmatively for these important bills being considered:  SB 1100 (raising the minimum age to 21 to purchase a long gun ) SB1200 (strengthens the GVRO) and AB2382 (regulates the sale of unfinished frames and other firearm precursor parts, to prevent untraceable self-assembled guns).

CALL State Assemblymember Monique Limón Sacramento: (916) 319-2037 Santa Barbara: (805) 564-1649 • Email:;

CALL State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (805) 965-0862 • Email:

DETAILS ON THESE BILLS: SB 1100 (Portantino & Bonta) Raises the minimum age to purchase a long gun from a licensed firearms dealer from 18 to 21 in order to keep rifles, shotguns, and lower receivers out of potentially dangerous hands.

SB 1200 (Skinner) Improves the process for obtaining a Gun Violence Restraining Order, including waiving the filing and service fees, and ensures that all firearms and magazines are relinquished when an order is issued so that people at risk of harm to self or others are disarmed.
AB 2382 (Gipson) Regulates the sale of unfinished frames and receivers and other firearm precursor parts, including a requirement to conduct a background check by cross-checking state databases, to prevent purchase by persons prohibited from possessing firearms and to prevent untraceable self-assembled guns.

CAGV‘s coalition partner, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV) said in a recent press release regarding 3D Printable Guns: “Invisible to metal detectors, these plastic guns could easily be smuggled onto airplanes, and into concerts, festivals and government buildings. No one is safer if criminals can print untraceable guns on demand.” — Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer & Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “urging the State Department to reverse its dangerous decision allowing Defense Distributed to post online schematic designs that enable 3D printing of virtually untraceable guns, and to take all necessary steps to prevent the further online dissemination of any designs by any party.”

CALL CONGRESS (202) 224-3121
Ask Secretary #Pompeo to #StopDownloadableGuns


#BooksNotBullets! DON’T ARM OUR TEACHERS! URGE CONGRESS TO BLOCK U.S. Department of Education‘s dangerous proposal to allow schools to buy guns for teachers with federal money.

As always, we invite our supporters to become active members to help educate and prevent gun violence in our community.  Thank you for your support.  We welcome your comments and suggestions.

P.S. If you make purchases on Amazon, you can donate to CAGV. Amazon Smile is a new service provided by that will allow you to donate .5% of every purchase to charity. You can pick your charity. Simply go to and choose CAGV as your charity choice! THANK YOU!

Congressman Salud Carbajal: 4th Anniversary Isla Vista Shooting May 23, 2018

A Message from Rep. Salud Carbajal on the 4th Anniversary of the Isla Vista Shooting, May 23, 2018:

Four years ago today, Isla Vista was rattled by an act of tragic and senseless gun violence, when a gunman took the lives of six UC Santa Barbara students, and injured fourteen others.

Since the Isla Vista shooting, Congress has held 37 moments of silence for the victims of gun violence, but we cannot continue to respond with more silence. We must honor these victims and their loved ones with action to make sure that our children are safe in their schools.

The anniversary of the deadly tragedy in Isla Vista is yet another painful reminder of the stunning inaction by this Republican Leadership in Congress to address our gun violence epidemic. Continue reading “Congressman Salud Carbajal: 4th Anniversary Isla Vista Shooting May 23, 2018”

You Are Cordially Invited To Attend CAGV’s Anniversary Fundraiser April 29, 2018


For more information, please EMAIL or CALL 805.564.6803

Greetings to CAGV Supporters:

Now is the time to RSVP and join CAGV on Sunday, April 29th for our 23rd Anniversary Celebration. This is the year of youth empowerment across the country. Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School through their loss and grief have shown our nation a new path to gun violence prevention. San Marcos High School student Isabel “Izzy” Huerta who spoke at the March 24th #MarchForOurLives SB, will be one of our guest speakers along with several well-known elected officials. Also joining us will be Gloria Heck, whose son Cisco attends Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The Fund for Santa Barbara and other longtime CAGV Supporters have donated scholarship funds for students to attend this event. In Honoring the youth of today, CAGV has organized a student art show by La Cumbre Junior High ASES After-School Program. Music will be provided by the talented San Marcos High School Jazz Band, who recently won 1st place at the Santa Barbara Jazz Festival.


CONTACT: Toni Wellen (805) 684.8434
Continue reading “You Are Cordially Invited To Attend CAGV’s Anniversary Fundraiser April 29, 2018”

SAVE THE DATE! SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018 CAGV 23rd Annual Celebration/Fundraiser

CAGV is honored to host an amazing woman, Amy Barnhorst, MD, as keynote speaker for our 23rd Annual Celebration/Fundraiser on Sunday, April 29th at the Santa Barbara Club. Dr. Barnhorst is a highly sought-after speaker and expert on the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) and nationally known for her work in public health systems, firearms law, suicide prevention and mental illness. We welcome her as our honored guest speaker.