White House Announces New Actions to Reduce Gun Violence
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We’re relieved to tell you that the Biden-Harris Administration announced on January 25 a series of new executive actions to help promote the safe storage of firearms. The actions implement President Biden’s Executive Order of March 2023, which promoted safe gun storage as a way of reducing gun violence and making our communities safer. It’s great-big news because safe storage of firearms can physically prevent young people from accessing firearms. Guns that are not safely stored are closely associated with school shootings, youth suicide, unintentional shootings and theft of firearms. Our th ..read more
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Tipping Point: My Sandy Hook Quilt
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3M ago
On the morning of December 14, 2012, we were preparing our annual Hanukkah party for thirty neighbors and our family. Standing at the head of our dining room table, I placed the menorah on the blue cloth with the box of candles, the matches and my husband Art’s well-worn Sabbath and Festival Prayer Book.  The Today Show was on TV but I did not pay attention until I heard the loud announcement:  “Special Report: 26 children and staff were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut.” It was heart-stopping news to hear – hours before a party attended by elev ..read more
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The Empty Spaces that Gun Violence Creates
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3M ago
This period of late October to early November is a particularly harrowing time of mass shooting memories. There have been lessons learned, loopholes closed, gun safety measures taken and opportunities missed. Think of 2017, at Sutherland Springs Church in Texas. Think of 2018, at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Think of 2023, in Lewiston, Maine. I’m sharing comments from a column by Kate Woodsome, who lived in Portland, Maine. Her take is “Gun rights advocates will focus on mental illness. Gun-control advoc ..read more
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GVP Interview with Therese Hymer
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Our own Therese Hymer (shown below at San Diego Board of Supervisors meeting) was interviewed this week on local station KNSJ, 89.1 FM. The hour-long interview covered the wide-ranging package of gun-safety bills passed recently by the California Legislature and signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. To learn more about the new laws and how they help prevent gun violence, listen to the interview: https://sd4gvp.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/Womens-Radio-Hour-10.17.23.mp3   photo credit (top): Office of Governor Gavin Newsom ..read more
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“There would have been nearly 140,000 fewer firearm-related deaths”
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6M ago
On August 15, California Attorney General Rob Bonta released the first-ever data report from the Office of Gun Violence Prevention (OGVP). The report summarizes gun violence data in California and throughout the U.S. and has the potential to guide policy and strategy discussions related to reducing gun violence. No mean feat Releasing the report is a pretty big deal, even for a state like California, which prides itself on common-sense gun legislation. After all, it was only a year ago, in September 2022, that AG Bonta established the OGVP with the mission of reducing and preventing gun viole ..read more
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June 2 Gun Violence Awareness Day [video]
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7M ago
June 2, 2023 is proclaimed Gun Violence Awareness Day in San Diego County ..read more
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In-Person Events, January-June 2023
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7M ago
The first half of 2023 has been productive, as we’ve begun shaking off the three years of hesitation brought to us by COVID-19. SD4GVP has strengthened its ties to youth groups, especially in schools. The present affects young people disproportionately and the future of the movement lies with their determination to end gun violence. As our photo album shows, whether we were marching with a congresswoman under threatening skies . . . . . . participating in a Walk-and-Knock with the San Diego Police Department after a shooting in Lincoln Park . . . . . . helping middle-school stud ..read more
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Here’s What 2 County Supervisors Said “No” To
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7M ago
TL;DR: Important races for county supervisors are in progress right now, with more in 2024. If gun-violence prevention is important to you, then get ready to vote! On Tuesday, July 18, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors heard the Final Report on the Community Needs Assessment about Gun Violence Reduction in the county. The assessment, performed by the independent organization HARC in 2022-23, included an analysis of secondary data, countywide community and professional surveys. It also included listening sessions to collect the first-hand experiences and beliefs of residents, and a rev ..read more
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Tipping Point — One Mother’s Poem
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8M ago
Untitled By Kristen Fogle I love picking out your clothes for preschool –Batman or Elmo shirts, short sleeves, cuffs, tidy stripes, retro paisley– but lately I can’t decide… Better to dress you in bright colors so the teacher will easily spot you or muted ones so an active shooter can’t?   Kristen Fogle has been the executive director of San Diego Writers, Ink since 2013. She is also a theater director, producer and teaching artist, as well as a writing instructor and a former magazine editor. Her poem, “Untitled,” appeared in A Year in Ink, Anthology Volume 16 in 2023. ©2023 Kristen Fogl ..read more
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In Memory of a GVP Leader: Ira Sharp
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8M ago
June is known as Gun Violence Prevention Month across the nation. As June comes to a close, we reflect on the life-saving impact of those who dedicate their hearts, minds and energy to the prevention of gun violence. This month we lost a true leader in GVP and a force for good in humanity.  Ira Sharp inspired so many San Diegans with his dedication, his intellect and his kind, inclusive nature toward everyone he met. SD4GVP knew Ira as an invaluable partner and a well-respected leader. Individuals within the organization describe him as a tireless joy to work with, as well as a sincere ..read more
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