Tues – 9/10: Guns meet common sense – access limitations and federal universal background checks for guns AND bullets.

See story and video of suspect stopped BEFORE people were killed here. This happened yesterday, 9/9.

Action #1 – Still in play! CA actions to limit access to guns – “YES” on AB 893 – Stop gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and SB – 61 – Firearms Transfers.

AB 893 – “22nd District Agricultural Association: firearm and ammunition sales at the Del Mar Fairgrounds” would, on and after January 1, 2021, prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds property located in the 22nd District Agricultural Association, as specified, and would thereby make a violation of that prohibition a misdemeanor. The bill would exclude from its provisions a gun buyback event held by a law enforcement agency. (Assemblymember Gloria)

Minimal script for your State Senator: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to vote “YES” on AB 893.. It’s time for stop our public property to be used for gun shows and it’s also time that funding for all political messages, from whatever media, is no longer a secret from voters.

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (SD-19)SAC (916) 651-4019, SB (805) 965-0862, OX (805)988-1940 email
Not your people?: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

Action #2 – Still in play! CA actions to limit access to guns – “YES” on SB – 61 – Firearms Transfers.

Continue reading “Tues – 9/10: Guns meet common sense – access limitations and federal universal background checks for guns AND bullets.”

Mon 9/9: Busy Day! The Brady folks have asked us to call in a “YES” on SB 61.

(from the Brady Campaign)
Dear Indivisible and friends, 

Another bill to prevent gun violence, called SB 61, is moving through the California legislature. There’s a big vote TOMORROW, and we need Californians to call their state Assemblymembers now to ensure it passes! This bill would prevent gun violence by —

  • Limiting the number of semi-automatic rifles that a person can purchase within a 30-day period. It’s already illegal in California for a person to purchase more than one handgun within a 30-day period. SB 61 would expand that common-sense public safety measure to apply to more firearms, including these rifles, which are often used in mass shootings. Data shows firearms acquired in large quantities at once are often resold on the black market and used in crimes. No one needs to purchase more than one gun a month. The purchasing limits under SB61 are a proven strategy to prevent gun violence.
  • Restricting the sale of semi-automatic weapons to people under age 21. SB 61 would eliminate the exception that 18-20 year-olds can acquire centerfire semi-automatic rifles if they have a valid hunting license. (The Gilroy shooter was 19. He bought his gun in NV at the age of 18 legally, bringing it into CA illegally. The Poway shooter was 18. The current age exception for hunting licenses may have made it possible for him to buy his gun.)

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Assemblymember [___]
to vote “YES” to SB 61!

Continue reading “Mon 9/9: Busy Day! The Brady folks have asked us to call in a “YES” on SB 61.”

Mon 8/5: Senators, get back to D.C. and vote on these gun bills!

Thoughts and prayers are not enough. We must act. Mitch McConnell – please call the Senate back to work tomorrow and let us vote on gun-safety laws.” Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) August 4, 2019

Meanwhile, after notification of the massacre in El Paso, our president continued on with his busy day of golfing and crashing weddings at his club. He has, in the last few hours, finally gotten down to business with his inimitable mix of laziness, lies and misdirection…

So, no help there, as usual. It’s up to us to get our legislators moving…

Action #1 – Call your senators and ask them to return to Washington D.C. and finish the job of passing background check bills. 

Minimal Script for Senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to Sen. [___] to return to D.C. and press for the passage of background check bills S.42 and HR 1112.

Action #2 – Call your legislators and ask them, while they’re at it, to push through assault weapon and large capacity ammo bans

Minimal Script for Representatives: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to Rep. [___] to return to D.C. and press for the passage of assault weapon and large capacity ammunition feeding device bans HR 1296 and HR 1186

Minimal Script for Senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to Sen. [___] to return to D.C. and press for the passage of assault weapon and large capacity ammunition feeding device bans S.66 and S.447. Continue reading “Mon 8/5: Senators, get back to D.C. and vote on these gun bills!”

TODAY – Third Thursdays – Our first (on March 21st) is a letter-writing party on Background Checks and more!

Get ready! THIS IS TODAY! 

We miss our postcard crew! Let’s meet at Santino’s for pizza, camaraderie, and social justice – every Third Thursday.

Up first, on March 21, we’ll focus on a letter-writing campaign imploring our Senators to do the right thing and to vote YES on the universal background checks bill S. 42.

Where: Santino’s Pizza. It’s at 4231 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, 93003
When: March 21st, 11:30am – 1:30pm.
RSVP: None. Just come – you provide your own stationary and envelope (bring an extra for a new friend!), we provide the pizza!
Questions? Email indivisibleventura@gmail.org

Continue reading “TODAY – Third Thursdays – Our first (on March 21st) is a letter-writing party on Background Checks and more!”

Third Thursdays – Our first (on March 21st) is a letter-writing party on Background Checks!

Get ready! THIS IS TOMORROW! 

We miss our postcard crew! Let’s meet at Santino’s for pizza, camaraderie, and social justice – every Third Thursday.

Up first, on March 21, we’ll focus on a letter-writing campaign imploring our Senators to do the right thing and to vote YES on the universal background checks bill S. 42.

Where: Santino’s Pizza. It’s at 4231 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, 93003
When: March 21st, 11:30am – 1:30pm.
RSVP: None. Just come – you provide your own stationary and envelope (bring an extra for a new friend!), we provide the pizza!
Questions? Email indivisibleventura@gmail.org

Continue reading “Third Thursdays – Our first (on March 21st) is a letter-writing party on Background Checks!”

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.

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

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.

Continue reading “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.”