Tues – 2/5: Call today about HR 8 – Bipartisan Background Checks Act!

Action #1: Call your representative to thank or spank!

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Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Rep. [___] for cosponsoring H.R.8 – the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019.

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Wed – 1/9: On the 8th day of hope, on the 8th anniversary of tragedy, the House introduces H.R.8 – The Universal Background Checks Act.

Action – Thank our legislators for supporting H.R. 8.

Yesterday (1/8), on the eighth anniversary of the shooting that killed 6 and injured 12  people, including former Rep. Gabby Gifford, House Democrats introduced H.R. 8 – The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019.

 This bill would require all gun sellers, including private vendors, to conduct background checks on potential buyers.  11 states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington and the District of Columbia  already require universal background checks for all sales and transfers of any kind of firearm. Continue reading “Wed – 1/9: On the 8th day of hope, on the 8th anniversary of tragedy, the House introduces H.R.8 – The Universal Background Checks Act.”

Tues – Dec. 4: Update on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting. It’s going to be a busy day…

There are two extremely important issues being addressed tomorrow at the Ventura County Board of Supervisors Meeting, at the Hall of Administration at 800 S. Victoria Ave.

Gun Shows at the Fairgrounds – 1:30 pm.

An addendum agenda has been added which includes an recommendation for the Board to request the Ventura Country Fairgrounds cease contracting for new gun shows at the request of Board member Steve Bennet.

His letter is here.

Rally & Press Conference for Sheriff – ICE collaboration – 2:30

The location is currently planned for the entrance of the County Administration building. Get there a little early. If it’s moved, there will be signs redirecting you. Continue reading “Tues – Dec. 4: Update on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting. It’s going to be a busy day…”

Fri 9/14: Gun action Friday – Tradition!

Action – Call your senators and thank them for protesting against Kavanaugh’s pro-gun rulings.

Brett Kavanaugh authored a dissent in a case that upheld a semi-automatic weapons ban, arguing that the assault weapons ban was unconstitutionalIn an excerpt from Judge Kavanaugh’s dissented in Heller v. D.C. (2011) “In Heller, the Supreme Court held that handguns – the vast majority of which today are semi-automatic – are constitutionally protected because they have not traditionally been banned and are in common use by law-abiding citizens. There is no meaningful or persuasive constitutional distinction between semi-automatic handguns and semiautomatic rifles. Semi-automatic rifles, like semi-automatic handguns, have not traditionally been banned and are in common use by law-abiding citizens for self-defense in the home, hunting, and other lawful uses.”

Maybe he missed the fact that a 10-year ban on assault weapons had been enacted, starting from 1994 through 2004 under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. Even though that ban had some huge loopholes that limited its effectiveness, like grandfathering in semi-automatic weapons and large capacity magazines made before 1994, statistics show that a total of 16 mass shootings took place during the ban in the U.S., with an average of 20.9 people shot in mass shootings each year, as compared with 154 mass shootings this year alone with 11,000 deaths due to gun violence. We’re on track to match 2017, with its total of 346 mass shootings. Continue reading “Fri 9/14: Gun action Friday – Tradition!”

Mon 7/30: “Ghost” guns, untraceable, undetectable, being made in a garage near you. Thanks, GOP! 5 actions to take now! This starts Aug. 1st.

Remember who allowed this to happen…

  • The day that metal detectors became useless.
  • The day that laws and restraining orders preventing the underage, the violent and the criminal from obtaining weapons became null and void.
  • The day the ability to trace weapons back to their source became moot.

…then do the 5 actions at the bottom.

This didn’t start yesterday: Five years ago, Cody Wilson, of Defense Distributed, published designs online for the “Liberator,” the world’s first 3D-printed handgun. The US Dept. of State office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance sued to block publication, arguing that they posed a national security risk and violated the Internation Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The government won the initial trial as well as the subsequent appeal.

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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

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Fri. – 5/4: The NRA is busy this weekend. We should be too…

Actions for this weekend!

Write a postcard to Ed!

Despite serious backlash, Dick’s Sporting Goods has not only stopped selling assault rifles, they destroyed the ones they still had in stock instead of returning them for a refund. And now, they’ve actually hired lobbyists to talk about gun control to lawmakers!

Send a thank-you postcard to Mr. Edward Stack: Dick’s Sporting Goods, 345 Court Street, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania 15108 or (724) 273-3400 (Use Option 1, Dial by Name Directory) or Edward.Stack@dcsg.com or tweet @DICKS  We can also call our closest store manager with thanks as well.  We need to support the businesses that are taking action when our lawmakers refuse to do so.

Actions for next weekend! – Start planning now!

Joining the Parkland 17 Moms/Wives for a National “Shop-In”, Sat, May 12th!

Reward Dick’s and Walmart for doing the right thing and show other retailers how it’s done. Walmart made firearm policy changes following the Parkland shooting by raising their minimum age requirement for purchasing ammunition and firearms. In 2015, Walmart stopped carrying assault-style rifles. Continue reading “Fri. – 5/4: The NRA is busy this weekend. We should be too…”