Comment on Laws to Protect Our Children from Irresponsible Firearm Manufacturers and Sellers

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COMMENT BY SAN DIEGANS FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION (SD4GVP) ON LAWS TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM IRRESPONSIBLE FIREARM MANUFACTURERS AND SELLERS

San Diego, California, July 12, 2022 – Governor Gavin Newsom signed two bills in recent weeks which allow the State, local governments, and Californians to sue irresponsible manufacturers and sellers of firearms for the harm caused by their products.

In 2005, Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shields gun manufacturers and dealers from civil suits when crimes are committed using the guns they produce. Signed yesterday, AB 1594 utilizes an exemption to the federal statute that allows gun makers or sellers to be sued for violations of state laws concerning the sale or marketing of firearms. On June 30, Governor Newsom signed AB 2571 (Bauer-Kahan, San Ramon), which prohibits a firearm industry member from advertising or marketing firearms in a manner designed, intended, or that reasonably appears to be attractive to minors.

“Gun violence is now the leading cause of death among teens and children in the U.S. These two bills act together to require the gun industry to consider the safety of our youth,” said Therese Hymer, head of legislative policy for non-profit San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention.

“This bill is a significant step toward holding irresponsible, reckless and negligent gun manufacturers, distributors and sellers accountable,” said Assemblymember Chris Ward (San Diego), who jointly authored AB1594 together with Assemblymembers Phil Ting (San Francisco) and Mike A. Gipson (Carson). “The U.S. has less than 5% of the world’s population, yet we make up nearly a third of the world’s mass shootings. I’m proud to joint author AB 1594 and support other common sense gun reforms that will help make our communities safer.”

California’s gun safety policies save lives and serve as a national model for other states to follow. California has a 37 percent lower gun death rate than the national average. As a result of the actions taken by California, the state has cut its gun death rate in half and Californians are 25 percent less likely to die in a mass shooting compared to people in other states. Other states such as Texas and Florida, with few gun regulations, have had double-digit increases in the rate of gun deaths. According to the Giffords Law Center, in 2021, California was ranked as the top state in the nation for gun safety.

About San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention (SD4GVP)

Founded in 2018, SD4GVP, 501(c)(4), is an all-volunteer coalition of citizens and organizations in the San Diego region and beyond dedicated to ending gun violence in the U.S. This is accomplished through legislative advocacy, public education, and intervention strategies in high-risk communities. For more information, visit sd4gvp.org. Follow us on Facebook at SD4GVP, on Twitter @gvpsd4, and Instagram.

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Statement After the Murder of George Floyd

Statement After the Murder of George Floyd

San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention is dedicated to the prevention of all violence in America. Violence by firearm is inextricably linked to violence in general, particularly because firearms are such efficient instruments for maiming and killing, and the amazingly easy access to firearms in this country.

Time and again, we experience heart-wrenching examples of needless violence and disproportionate force perpetrated by law enforcement and the justice system on people of color in this country.

The horrific killing of George Floyd is just one more example of this ongoing trend of systemic racial inequality and violence toward people of color — often conducted by the very institutions and people charged with keeping peace.

Murder is murder, whoever commits it. “Not one more” applies to all murders. The murder must stop.

San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention stands with those across our nation who are protesting for long overdue and lasting change. It is time to end the inequity, and ensure a society where anyone can always feel respected and safe from violence.

photo credit: Chad Davis

Michael Bloomberg Comes to Town . . .

Michael Bloomberg Comes to Town . . .

. . . and spends time with San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention (SD4GVP).

During his recent swing through Southern California, the Democratic presidential hopeful scheduled a campaign event at the home of Wendy Wheatcroft. Wendy is not only running her own campaign for San Diego City Council District 7, but she is co-founder of SD4GVP and state lead for Moms Demand Action. Michael Bloomberg co-founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns and later pledged $50 million of his own money to Everytown for Gun Safety, so for both candidates the overlap is compelling.

How many politically interested citizens can you fit in a back yard?

About a hundred, it turns out. And you still have enough room for camera crews from five local media organizations.

Speaking from a stage set up in Wendy’s back yard, Bloomberg stressed the need for sensible gun laws and talked about the work he did during his tenure as mayor of New York City. He’s pleased with the progress California has made in passing and enforcing laws that have kept the state low on the list of per-capita gun deaths.

The event drew attendees from SD4GVP and local chapters of Brady United, Moms Demand Action, Team Enough and San Diego’s Community Assistance Support Team (CAST).

It was a hurried afternoon of selfies, handshakes, hair-trigger timing and smiles for the camera (including the one with us, above). Bloomberg was unflappable, personable and on message through it all. You could say he did all the things that a typical presidential candidate does.

Except one: He didn’t ask anybody for money.

That was refreshing.

 

John White is a volunteer with San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention.

Photo credit: SD4GVP