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!”

Friday Gun action 7/6:- Stop the NRA from putting deadly weapons in the hands of terrorists and drug cartels. Deadline: July 9th – Monday!

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!”

Fri 6/22: Mass shootings every day and other gun news.

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.”

Fri 6/8: Come to Plaza Park tomorrow for “A Gathering to Disarm Hate”!

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.

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!


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

Continue reading “Mon. – 5/21: Four great anti-gun violence projects you can do right now.”

Friday 5/18: Every 2 weeks after Parkland, we promised to write about gun violence…just so people don’t forget…

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…”

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 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…”

March For Our Lives – Ventura! – Part 2

Besides information, great speechs and marching (See Part 1), there was a lot of information being shared at the park. For those who weren’t able to attend, or didn’t have a chance to see it, we’ve attached it below.

California  – New gun laws for 2018. (Sacbee)
California gun laws (Giffords)

Parents (and grandparents) Promise to Kids 

kid pic

The goal of Parents Promise to Kids (PPTK) is to get parents to vote for candidates who believe that the safety of our children is much more important than the right to own guns. We urge parents, grandparents and other concerned adults to sign a contract, found below and then post it on social media with the included instructions.  The contract is a promise to kids that they will never leave their homes in fear of being attacked by people with assault weapons.

The Parkland student’s presription for gun safety

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Friday 3/23 – A “NO” that counts double! – an inappropriate nominee AND a NRA favorite!


We’ve talked about Howard Nielson before…one more of the seemingly endless supply of  reactionary hard-right candidates the Trump administration has loaded up, ready to take over lifetime appointments in our court system.

Pay attention to what he’s done. Not what he says…

  • Anti-LGBTQ+: Nielson defended the anti-LGBTQ Proposition 8 in California by arguing that the federal judge hearing the case should be disqualified for being gay. His bigoted motion to disqualify the judge was denied. During the court case, he put forth the arguments that same-sex attraction was a choice and that LGBTQ individuals were not discriminated against. He also wrote an amicus brief against Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
  • Politicized the DoJ: In 2002, Nielson participated in the illegal politicization of the hiring process for civil servants at the Justice Department by screening out left-leaning candidates for openings. In a report regarding this, he inspector general added, “the problem was not necessarily with the law. The problem was with the application of the law by the people in the Department of Justice, which is very troubling that the Department of Justice would not adhere to the law.”
  • Pro-Torture: Nielson’s involvement with issues of torture and executive power must be fully disclosed. He worked under Steven Bradbury (the architect of the Bush-era torture regime and a recently-confirmed Trump administration lawyer) during the George W. Bush administration, and assisted Bradbury in crafting the legal rationale to justify torture of detainees. Nielson’s argument that the US could torture people as long as they weren’t physically in the US caused Betty Van Schaack, former Deputy to the Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes, to say that his

    “erroneous legal reasoning and conclusions” were so flawed that the memo should be “add[ed] . . . to the Legal Scrapheap.”  Continue reading “Friday 3/23 – A “NO” that counts double! – an inappropriate nominee AND a NRA favorite!”

3/14 – National School Walkout Day

Photo above from Ventura High School’s Walkout

Information about today’s local Ventura County student marches here.
These protests are for students, so for those who wish to observe, please keep to public property like sidewalks outside the school boundaries and keep the sidewalks clear for marching students. Do not enter school grounds without permission per the school’s visitor policies.

From Cabrillo Middle School
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Everyone is welcome to join us later today at our “Stop School Shootings! Say Enough” rally, from 4:00-6:00 pm, at the Ventura County Government Center. More information here.

Meanwhile, all across the country, kids are marching. Fingers crossed that this amazing concerted action by our children will make our legislators brave enough to do the right thing.

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