Indivisible: Conejo’s Issue Action Team on Gun Violence Prevention works with public officials and engages in educational and community-action efforts, all dedicated to reducing gun violence locally and nationally. Without denying 2nd-Amendment rights, the team fights to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands, and to change social norms around the real dangers of guns in the home. Our efforts focus on:
- Engaging in direct contact with key legislators on gun violence prevention issues. Current bills under consideration would reverse a rule that helps stop people with serious mental impairment from purchasing firearms; reduce restrictions on the purchase of silencers; and allow concealed-carry permit holders in one state to cross state lines without following local laws;
- Participating in rallies and vigils to display our commitment to curbing gun violence;
- Monitoring news coverage of gun violence issues, and placing timely, well-researched and logical letters to the editor;
- Collaborating with other local and national GVP groups to pursue reductions in injuries and death due to preventable gun violence.
Every year more than 100,000 people are victims of gun violence in the United States – killed or injured in crimes, suicides and unintentional shootings. The U.S. has been averaging one mass shooting (four or more victims) per day for several years. Whether horrific, mass-casualty events such as Newtown, Orlando, Virginia Tech and so many others, or the seemingly endless stream of tragedies occurring in Chicago and other major cities, gun violence has become nothing short of a public health crisis in this country – one that must be addressed, but almost always isn’t.
While public opinion is strongly on the side of sensible gun safety measures, including universal background checks for gun purchasers, the NRA and other elements of the gun lobby have spent decades thwarting the public will. Backed by a vast war chest provided by gun manufacturers and dealers, the NRA exerts disproportionate influence on lawmakers via donations to politicians who do its bidding, and primary threats against (particularly Republican) legislators who do not.