Statistics from Gun Violence Archive. See chart at bottom.
(Time) “If Jaron had died from a disease, one that kills approximately 33,000 people every year, (almost 40,000 last year) our family would rest assured that massive efforts were underway to counteract such a devastating threat to public health.”
Action #1 – Sign the “Stop gun shows at our Fairgrounds” petition.
- First, sign this petition here.
- Send a message to Governor Newsom. Talking points from the Brady Campaign and link here.
Action #2 – Join in the Gun show protest this Saturday (May 4th) 1 – 3pm at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
“In these times of horrific gun violence, no state agency should be promoting and profiting from the proliferation of firearms and ammunition in our community,”- Ruth Borenstein, a leader of the San Francisco chapter of Brady United Against Gun Violence.
A coalition of community groups led by NeverAgainCA-Ventura will be at the protest, including Brady United (Brady Campaign), Veterans for Peace, Indivisible Ventura, Indivisible: Conejo, and the Ventura chapters of National Association of Students Against Gun Violence and March for Our Lives.
Bring signs. Wear orange. “NeverAgainCA” will have a limited number of orange logo t-shirts available.
This is a peaceful protest. There are all kinds of people who like to attend gun shows. Our goal is not to tell them to stop going to gun shows, to stop buying guns, or to stop owning them legally. We’re simply asking for gun shows to be held off public property as our community values and standards are no longer aligned with this trade. These same community “values” questions also affect other events at publicly-owned facilities, such as cannabis conventions.
By choosing to attend this event, you are committing to participate nonviolently and in accordance with the law, to work to de-escalate confrontations with others, and to obey the orders of authorized event marshals and of law enforcement. You also acknowledge that you are solely responsible for any injury or damage to your person or property resulting from or occurring during this event and that you release all event sponsors and organizers (and their officers, directors, employees, and agents) from any liability for that injury or damage.
Action #3 – Become aware of the scope of gun violence in America. Bookmark this reference.
It may feel like people are being killed by gun violence every day. You’d be right. It’s now one of the leading causes of death in America
Gun Violence Archives is keeping track. They maintain an online archive of gun violence incidents collected from over 2,500 law enforcement, media, government and commercial sources daily in an effort to provide near-real time data about the results of gun violence. They are an independent data collection and research group with no affiliation with any advocacy organization.
Today – May 3rd, is the 123rd day of the year.
- There have been 4,619 gun violence deaths so far
- There have been 8,614 gun violence injuries so far
- There have been 838 teens (age 12-17) killed or injured so far
- There have been 106 mass shootings so far
On Saturday, April 27th, the Chabad of Poway shooting was one of 25 where people died.