Guns Kill

In the six months since Sandy Hook, nearly 5,192 or more Americans have been killed by guns. How do you feel about the fact that Congress has done nothing to make our communities safer? The Coalition Against Gun Violence (CAGV) believes such inaction is unacceptable to the majority of Americans. The newly organized Newtown Alliance community group refuses to accept a do-nothing Congress. The group commemorated the six-month anniversary by going to Washington, D.C., and hand-delivered letters signed by other like-minded groups demanding action on universal background checks and accompanied by a list of Americans killed by gun violence since December 14, 2012.

The CAGV, a grassroots nonprofit working for nonviolence on the Central Coast for 18 years, is presenting a community town hall forum this coming October 17, “Safety in Our Homes, Schools, and Community.” You and your family can take action by becoming involved in two national programs: the ASK Campaign and the Student Pledge Against Gun Violence . In your home you can encourage nonviolence with the CAGV’s six “What Can I Do?” principles.

In the words of Mark Barden, father of 7-year-old Sandy Hook victim Daniel Barden: “What happened in Newtown can happen anywhere. In any instant, any dad in America could be in my shoes. No one should feel the pain. No one should feel our pain or the pain felt by the tens of thousands of people who’ve lost loved ones to senseless gun violence.”

Now is the time! Move forward and become active in this sea of change wrought through the deaths of innocents. Take action — move forward! Contact CAGV today and become an active member. Call (805) 564-6803 or email

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