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