Quote: Ivy Schamis, teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the massacre. “Valentine’s Day should be a day of love and laughter, but on February 14, 2018, it was the opposite for me and my students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Today marks four years since a former student ambushed our building with an AR-15.”
Valentine’s Day was the 4th anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that claimed the lives of 14 students and 3 educators. (President Biden’s statement here) In their names and in the names of others whose lives were cut short by our country’s shameful epidemic of gun violence, we have a responsibility to demand change.
- Action #1: LOCAL – AB-1769 prohibits gun shows at the Ventura County Fair and Event Center.
- Action #2: STATE – SB.915 prohibits gun shows at all CA state-owned property.
- Action #3: FEDERAL – Pass national background check laws and close the “Charleston Loophole.“
- Action #4: FEDERAL – For those who didn’t come home from school that Valentine’s Day, and all those before and since…it’s time to pass H.R.1808/S.736 – Assault Weapons Ban of 2021
Update: Remington Arms agreed Tuesday (2/15) to pay the families of five adults and four children killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School $73 million. This is the first time a gun manufacturer has been held liable for a mass shooting in the U.S.
Action #1: LOCAL – AB-1769 prohibits gun shows at the Ventura County Fair and Event Center.
Why ban gun shows?: Sen. Dave Min, D-Irvine: “Gun shows are designed for one purpose — to sell and distribute guns in our community and every time a gun is sold, it increases the chances of another act of violence.” He added that gun shows are “a common venue for straw purchases” of weapons that later end up in the wrong hands. Ghost guns, the term for untraceable partially assembled weapons sold as kits, are also a big seller at gun shows and the ready-to-assemble kits have become one of the biggest sellers at the events. “The state of California should not be profiting off the sale of guns. This is blood money.” We agree.
(Ventura County Star) “Assemblymember Steve Bennett, D-Ventura, and State Sen. Monique Limon, D-Santa Barbara, introduced AB-1769 (Firearms: prohibited places) Wednesday targeting the long-running battle over the fairgrounds shows held several times a year by Utah-based Crossroads of the West. If successful, the ban would likely take effect on Jan. 1, 2023.” This bill specifically prohibits gun shows at the Ventura County Fair and Event Center.
Continue reading “Call your legislators! “Yes” to actions on local, state and federal gun legislation.” →
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
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
(From thetrace.org) Continue reading “March For Our Lives – Ventura! – Part 2” →
It was an amazing day yesterday, completely organized by four Ventura High School students. See this VC Star article for more videos and pics, as well as our Facebook page, and this link to great photos from Ray Smith of Indivisible Ojai Valley.
Our local congresswoman, Julia Brownley, made some great speeches. (Thanks to Paul Taylor for this great video!)
Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., students and future leaders from our own Ventura County Youth Collective took a moment from the MFOL events there to gather in front of this inspirational portrait. They toured the Capitol with staff from Congresswoman Julia Brownley’s office, visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture and will be meeting with our legislators. Follow their adventures on Facebook and Twitter. Continue reading “March For Our Lives – Ventura! – Part 1” →