33,636 points of heartbreak…one year of gun deaths in America and what you can do.

It’s hard to even conceive of what 33,636 deaths looks like… 

These blocks of guns, each little gun symbol representing a death, is for all us visual learners out there. This amazing depiction of what 33,636 gun deaths a year really looks like is brought to us thanks to Matt Maughey. (Scroll through it in one solid block here )

But change is happening.

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The public is truly done with “thoughts and prayers” as our only defense against urban warfare.

What happened in Vegas put the lie to NRA claims that good-people-with-guns in a crowd could always stop a shooting.

The NRA is grudgingly prepared to sacrifice bump stocks as truly the least they can do.

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We are at a tipping point…

Demand more. Make these 3+ calls.

Continue reading “33,636 points of heartbreak…one year of gun deaths in America and what you can do.”

Sanity-Saving good news – “Using your anger for good” – Edition

Good news in basic humanity.

Lin-Manuel’s advice works for everything, actually. This was a hard week where we wonder about our basic humanity. But then all this happens and, well, it helps a bit.

San Juan Mayor Carment Cruz does not back down.

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“This terrible and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions at people, it does not embody the spirit of the American nation.” San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz on 45’s trip to Puerto Rico

Racial slurs were shouted at a Nevada Union High School student in Grass Valley as he walked down Mill Street, according to his father on an amazing Facebook heart-to-heart to the white people in his community. Concerned local residents, including the police and the Nevada Union High principal, asked the community to do better and stand up to racism.  And this happened.

Continue reading “Sanity-Saving good news – “Using your anger for good” – Edition”

Gun violence is an American public health crisis. Vote YES to fund the CDC to research  gun violence and firearm safety for the next 5 years. (HR.1832 / S.834)

(Updated 10/5/17)

The NRA stopped the research we need to make us safer. 

In 1996, the Dickey Amendment was inserted into the omnibus spending bill that mandated that “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”

A 2005 report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) assessed existing research on gun violence and gun policy, finding that considerable gaps exist in research and data to evaluate most gun violence prevention methods and that increased federal government funding was critical for further progress.

In 2013, Obama directed the CDC to restart research but spokesperson Courtney Lenard, told the Washington Post that “It is possible for us to conduct firearm-related research within the context of our efforts to address youth violence, domestic violence, sexual violence, and suicide. But our resources are very limited.” Despite an effort in 2015 to remove it, the Dickey amenment remains.

These bills that will fund $10 million for the (Centers for Disease Control) to research gun violence prevention and firearm safety for the next five years. 

H.R. 1832

Minimal Script for Reps. who support this: I’m calling from [zip code] to thank Rep. [___] for co-sponsoring H.R.1832. (You can also email your thanks!)

Minimal Script for Reps. who don’t yet: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Rep. [___] to vote YES on H.R.1832.

(Check your Congressperson here.  Brownley and Carbajal are already co-sponsors)

THANK Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779, https://juliabrownley.house.gov/contact/email-me

OR THANK Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348, https://carbajal.house.gov/contact/email

Not your Rep.?http://www.phoneyourrep.com

S.834

Minimal Script for Senators who support this: I’m calling from [zip code] to thank  Sen [___] for co-sponsoring S.834.  (You can also email your thanks!)

Minimal Script for Senators who don’t yet: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask  Sen [___] to vote YES on S.834. 

(Check your Senator here.  Feinstein and Harris are already co-sponsors)

THANK Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430 https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

AND THANK 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 https://www.harris.senate.gov/content/contact-senator

Not your Senator?http://www.phoneyourrep.com

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These and other concepts should be studied in great depth for efficacy in reducing gun violence. Continue reading “Gun violence is an American public health crisis. Vote YES to fund the CDC to research  gun violence and firearm safety for the next 5 years. (HR.1832 / S.834)”

S.H.A.R.E. is not what they taught you to do in school. “NO” on HR. 3668!

The SHARE Act was supposed to be about making it easier to hunt wildlife. The gun provisions inserted in the bill at the direction of the NRA to deregulate silencers and armor-piercing ammunition make it easier to hunt people,”  Rep. Raúl Grijalva, (D-AZ)

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to urge Rep. [___] to vote against HR 3668, the SHARE Act.

More script if you want it: The deregulation of gun silencers is dangerous to public safety and security. We must not roll back sensible gun laws that provide a safer community for all.

Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

Other Rep Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

More Info: 

Here’s why this bill exists…Follow the money.

Opens up a huge new market, for both silencers and guns. Continue reading “S.H.A.R.E. is not what they taught you to do in school. “NO” on HR. 3668!”

Silencers = More Deaths. “NO” on the Share Act (HR 3668) – 9/28

Minimal Script: I am  calling from [zip code] to urge Rep. [___] to vote “NO” on the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act (HR 3668).

More script if you want it: This bill deregulates silencers and contains a host of other alarming provisions for weakening federal gun laws. Deregulating silencers is not about protecting sportsmen’s hearing; it’s about increasing profits for gun manufacturers and making us more unsafe.

Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

Other Rep Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

More Info:  Continue reading “Silencers = More Deaths. “NO” on the Share Act (HR 3668) – 9/28″

Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News! – The “Holding Hands” Edition

As soon as I read this story…I knew that I wasn’t alone in thinking how inspirational this was. Alison & Stephanie connected it to this amazing essay from Rebecca Solnit comparing the conservative ideology of isolation to the reality of our communion with each other and the world:
“The modern right may wish that every man were an island, entire of himself, but no one is wholly independent. You can’t survive without taking air into your lungs, you didn’t give birth to or raise yourself, you won’t bury yourself, and in between you won’t produce most of the goods and services you depend on to live. Your gut is full of microorganisms, without which you could not digest all the plants and animals, likely grown by other people, on which you rely to survive. We are nodes on intricate systems, synapses snapping on a great collective brain; we are in it together, for better or worse.” 

So in honor of these awesome people who held hands to help strangers, let’s start with news from states where aid and respect was extended to others… Continue reading “Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News! – The “Holding Hands” Edition”

If you Commit a Hate Crime, then you Shouldn’t Own a Gun. Disarm Hate!

Although 30 states have misdemeanor-level hate crimes on the books, only six prohibit gun ownership for those convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes. The Disarm Hate Act will close this loophole and prevent anyone convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from purchasing a gun. These people have proven that they can’t control their anger. Don’t arm them too.

Script:  I’m calling from [zip] to ask you to support the Disarm Hate Act (S. 1324/H.R. 2841).  We need to take action to keep guns out of the wrong hands and prevent more acts of violence.

 (Call your District Representative)
Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

More Info: Continue reading “If you Commit a Hate Crime, then you Shouldn’t Own a Gun. Disarm Hate!”