Today, October 1st, marks the one-year anniversary of the Las Vegas mass shooting, where 59 innocent people were murdered, and more than 500 others were injured by shooter Stephen Paddock.
Aside from thoughts and prayers for the trauma and tragedy of these families, we can take local action TODAY to end the proliferation of guns via the gun shows at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. This is our last chance to end the CROSSROADS of THE WEST (COTW) contract with Ventura County before they are renewed. (See “Background” below regarding some highly problematic issues with this promoter.)
Let’s turn our anger into action:
Action #1 – Sign and share this petition
Continue reading “Mon – Oct. 1: 1st anniversary of the Las Vegas Massacre. We are beyond “T&P” now. This is what you can do.”
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 unconstitutional. In 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!”
An Iraqi police commando displays more than 20 assault rifles as well as maps and cordless phones smuggled across the border (NAWFAL HASHEM/AFP/Getty Images)
We’re terrified of foreign terrorists, but we’re OK with them being better armed! – Comment today thru Monday July 9th, 2018, at 11:59 PM ET
From Moms Rising: The NRA and gun manufacturers want guns everywhere, for everyone, not just here in the United States, but around the world! They are pushing hard for a rule change that would move the handling of export licenses of semiautomatic assault weapons, flame throwers and other powerful weapons from the U.S. State Department (focused on safeguarding our nation) to the U.S. Commerce Department (focused on promoting American business). This transfer of authority would open new floodgates for arms sales internationally, with serious implications for our national security.
Today, there are only 1,733 comments and A LOT are from NRA supporters! Get involved! Share this in your social media!
Action: Submit comments now to the State Department and the Commerce Department opposing this rule change:
- Read the proposed rule here.
- Write a comment here.
- View other comments here for inspiration.
- Write your own and get your friends to write in too.
Continue reading “Friday Gun action 7/6:- Stop the NRA from putting deadly weapons in the hands of terrorists and drug cartels. Deadline: July 9th – Monday!”
Yesterday 18 people died in a mass shooting. The day before, 32. The day before that, 22. We’re not aware of this carnage, because the place where they all died is so big, with so many things in the way, that you can’t see them all.
That place is here. America.
Continue reading “Fri 6/22: Mass shootings every day and other gun news.”
Between 12:00 pm and 2:00, there will be a peaceful community gathering at Plaza Park to commemorate the anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, and to educate ourselves and discuss how gun violence affects the LGBTQ+ community and other minority communities. All are welcome!
Facebook event listing here for more information.
In the spirit of “information, then action”, Indivisible Ventura, Indivisible Ojai Valley and others will be there to register voters for the November election.
#1 – Stopping gun violence starts at home. UPDATED WITH MEETING INFO!
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 25th – 26th, 2018
Oct 27th – 28th, 2018
Dec 15th – 16th, 2018
Continue reading “Mon. – 5/21: Four great anti-gun violence projects you can do right now.”
Today’s shooting in Santa Fe, TX has been the third recent shooting in a US school.
- The Texas student arrested for gunning down 10 people at his high school Friday is a 17-year old named Dimitrios Pagourtzis, according to CBS news.
- On Wednesday, an Illinois school resource officer shot and wounded a former student who fired a weapon near a graduation rehearsal at Dixon High School, authorities said. The suspected gunman faces three charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm.
- On May 11, a 14-year-old boy in In Palmdale, California, went to Highland High, his former school, and began shooting a semiautomatic rifle shortly before classes began, authorities said. He was taken into custody and is accused of attempted murder. One person was wounded.
We’re waiting for the usual calls to arm everybody… Continue reading “Friday 5/18: Every 2 weeks after Parkland, we promised to write about gun violence…just so people don’t forget…”