Mon. – 5/21: Four great anti-gun violence projects you can do right now.

#1 – Stopping gun violence starts at home. UPDATED WITH MEETING INFO!

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Stop Gunshows at the Ventura County Fairgrounds!

To be delivered to Ventura County Fairgrounds Board, Barbara Quaid CEO

State agencies should not promote and profit from the proliferation of guns and ammunition. The state-owned Ventura County Fairgrounds should stop renting out its facilities to gun shows.

495 signatures. NEW goal – We need 500!

(From Indivisible Ventura: There are three shows currently scheduled by Crossroads of the West Gun Shows.)

  • Aug 25th26th, 2018
  • Oct 27th28th, 2018
  • Dec 15th16th, 2018

Background

A network of anti-gun activists has asked the Ventura County Fairgrounds board to stop hosting gun shows. We are concerned about the influence that billboard marketing and the gun shows themselves have on our communities. The majority of the fair board does not agree.

It’s time for the Ventura County Fairgrounds to stop hosting gun shows. No State agency should promote and profit from the proliferation of firearms. (Thank you Cow Palace activists!)

Background:
Five gun shows are hosted every year at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, a state-owned property run by board members appointed by the CA governor. The fairgrounds are owned and managed by a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Each show features hundreds of tables where firearms are bought, sold, and traded. The gun shows are also marketed to children — admission free for children under age 12.

Go to the Meeting!

The Ventura County Fairgrounds board will be meeting tomorrow to discuss their gunshow policy. We need as many people in attendance to demand that they adopt a “No Gunshow” policy. Meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Derby Club. We’ll be bringing our petition with 500+ signatures with us as well. Please continue to share the petition but also, bring yourself tomorrow!

To join in, click here.

Note: If you’re not in Ventura County, check out this gun show calendar here. Links to other states are at the bottom. Contact the venue and start your own petition here.

#2 – Stopping gun violence vs. the legislature. 2 minute research project.

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As you start marking in your sample or mail-in ballots, take a moment to check out these two signposts of where your legislators stand on anti-gun violence measures. Pass this on to relatives and friends in red areas.

A – Voting patterns on gun related bills

More of our children have been killed at school this year than our children serving in the military. Check out how your representatives and senators have been voting on gun-related bill here.

B – Who’s taking NRA money?

One of the extraordinary findings in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s preliminary report released on Wednesday concerns the National Rifle Association. The report states that the Kremlin used the National Rifle Association as a means of accesing and assisting Mr. Trump and his campaign

“The NRA outreach represents (Russia’s) ground game where they seek to engage sympathetic parties and organizations in the target audience by aligning along common interests.” He reminds us, “During [the] Cold War, this was via communist parties and socialist groups, now with Russian Active Measures it’s through groups like the NRA or religious connections.”

Check out who’s taking NRA handouts here.

Call to talk with your legislators. Thank the ones doing the right thing (Ventura and SB counties, that’s us!). Tell the others that kids’ lives rate more than uncontrolled gun access and this issue will be foremost in your mind when you vote.

Contact:
Rep. Julia Brownley:
(CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (
CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Not your people?: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

#3 – TELL the ATF to ban bump stocks, because it’s not obvious to them.
Deadline June 27th!

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF); is deciding whether or to ban bump stocks, which turn a semiautomatic weapon into a machine gun. These devices were used in the Las Vegas Massacre, and are still unregulated and available to anyone. Fortunately, the Giffords Organization informs us that the “ATF counts every comment submitted and takes them into account when making their decision, so every comment counts.”

We have only until June 27th at 11:59 pm EST, to get our comments in, so act now.  We can learn more and submit our comments here or directly on the government site here.

There are currently just over 35,000 comments, but this includes a lot of comments AGAINST regulating bump stocks.  Fill it up, people! This fight is no slam-dunk!. Here are some examples, check out more here.

Comment: I wish to request that you BAN bump stocks. I am a believer in the 2nd Amendment, but these devices deserve no role in our society

Comment: I am asking ATF to finalize the proposed rule clarifying that bump fire stocks, along with other conversion devices that enable semiautomatic weapons to be as weaponry of war.

Comment: Please ban the bump stock device from being manufactured, sold, and owned in the United States. Please do not grandfather in any existing unsold bump stocks. Please require the manufacturers that sold bump stock devices to buy them back.

Comment: Please ban bumpstocks and all assault weapons to the general public. There is no valid reason to allow military weapons to be in our citizens homes and the streets of our cities. Students have a right to go to school without worrying whether gunfire will break out in their classroom or in the halls of their schools and that right should usurp any gun owner’s right to own the latest powerful killing weapon to add to their collection.

Comment: On the night of October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire from a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel into the 22,000 person crowd at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500. The gunman fired more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition in 11 minutes, using semi-automatic rifles modified with dangerous firearm accessories designed to dramatically accelerate the rate of gunfire, commonly known as “bump fire stocks.” These devices are intended to circumvent the restrictions on possession of fully automatic firearms in the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the National Firearms Act of 1934 by allowing an individual to modify a semiautomatic rifle in such a manner that it operates with a similar rate of fire as a fully automatic rifle, posing a substantial risk to public safety.

In the absence of immediate action by Congress, I urge ATF to finalize its proposed rule clarifying that bump fire stocks, along with other “conversion devices” that enable semiautomatic weapons to mimic automatic fire, qualify as “machineguns” under the National Firearms Act. And then Congress must act as well—to ensure that manufacturers cannot continue to endanger public safety by designing devices that imitate machine guns and subvert the law. The continued presence of these dangerous devices puts all of our communities at risk, and both Congress and ATF must take action quickly to address this threat.

#4 – Help Beto O’Rourke beat Ted “Guns make me manly” Cruz out of his seat.

View story at Medium.com

Enough of this. Beto O’Rourke is what Texas, and our country needs right now. And even if you don’t live there, you can help him win. Sign up here.

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