Barack Obama: Guns Are Our Shared Responsibility

(the following is from the NYT, Jan 7, 2016)

“THE epidemic of gun violence in our country is a crisis. Gun deaths and injuries constitute one of the greatest threats to public health and to the safety of the American people. Every year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns. Suicides. Domestic violence. Gang shootouts. Accidents. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost brothers and sisters, or buried their own children. We’re the only advanced nation on earth that sees this kind of mass violence with this frequency.

Congresswoman Capps’ Statement: President Obama’s Executive Actions will strengthen gun safety standards.

(WASHINGTON, January 5, 2016) Today, Rep Lois Capps (CA-24) issued the following statement after joining President Barack Obama at the White House for his announcement of executive actions to strengthen gun safety standards:
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3rd Annual National Vigil For All Victims of Gun Violence

People came together December 6th in Santa Barbara as they are doing on December 9 and all this week for the  3rd Annual National Vigil For All Victims of Gun Violence. Mere words cannot plumb the depths of the loss of a loved one to gun violence, a wound that never heals. With 30,000 plus gun deaths in America annually, it has come at last to this, that we now come together at this time each year to remember and recommit. During this national time of grief, America mourns annually for all victims of gun violence.


Too often after a tragic shooting we hear that prayers and condolences are not enough. The community of San Bernardino now joins Santa Barbara and so many others in a grief that never ends and our country continues to mourn every time a life is lost to gun violence. What is the answer to this epidemic of gun violence?

The NRA’s mantra is that America needs good guys with guns to counteract the bad guys with guns. The San Bernardino shooter was exactly that, an apparently good guy until he (and his wife) used firearms that are illegal in California to slaughter innocent people. The shooter was considered a mild quiet man who held a stable, middle-class job. His family is shocked.   And as usual there is a dark story was behind this heinous act.   The reason America has over 30,000 guns deaths very year, that’s 85+ each day, is because lots of good guys with guns also have problems. They explode and use that handy gun and suddenly become bad guys with guns. It’s happening somewhere in America as I speak.
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CAGV & Veterans For Peace VIGIL Dec 6th

The Coalition Against Gun Violence & Santa Barbara’s Veterans for Peace invite the Santa Barbara community to join together to “REMEMBER AND RECOMMIT” Memorial Vigil for San Bernardino Victims of Gun Violence & All Victims of Gun Violence

WHERE: The Santa Barbara Veterans for Peace, Chapter 54 Costs of Wars demonstration (Cabrillo Blvd. and State)
WHEN: 1:00pm, Sunday, December 6, 2015
WHO: Coalition Against Gun Violence, Veterans for Peace, Elected officials, various community organizations and THE PUBLIC

The Coalition Against Gun Violence and Veteran’s for Peace are sponsoring this event in solidarity with communities across our nation, as we join to remember the 14 victims and 21 wounded at San Bernardino, CA plus all victims of gun violence in America and to all veterans/ costs of wars demonstrations. Our focus is a re-dedication and a renewed call to action to reduce violence in this season during which we often speak about peace. Together, each in our individual lives will dedicate ourselves to holding peace in our hearts and extending outward with thought and action.

For information contact Toni Wellen at (805) 684-8434.


It’s Not Gun Control – It’s Gun Violence Prevention

The following OP-ED is written by Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair

Once again America is awash in tears mourning the loss of precious lives to gun violence. The population of Roseburg and most especially Umpqua Community College will never be the same. Such numbing grief and profound sorrow enfolds this community. For all the literally thousands of Americans who have lost loved ones to gun violence, each of these deadly horrific acts reopens wounds that never really heal. It is with profound sadness that we extend our condolences to the families and the people of Roseburg.

We know that prayers and tears are not enough. Every American needs to wake up to this scourge of gun violence because it affects us all. This year there have already been 294 mass shootings that have ended 375 lives and injured more than 1000 Americans. 30,000 Americans die annually from gun

Yet gun advocates who continually invoke what they believe is their Second Amendment rights want more guns and concealed guns. The Second Amendment states, “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” “A well-regulated” means regulations on firearms, and does not infringe upon anyone’s Second Amendment rights. We have laws regulating everything in this country, why would firearms be exempt? The Supreme Court made it clear Continue reading “It’s Not Gun Control – It’s Gun Violence Prevention”