Jeffrey Brooker, Supervising DCA for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office, breaks down exactly how Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs) work, and why they can be powerfully effective at reducing gun violence, particularly in domestic violence situations. Watch his November 2021 presentation to SD4GVP here:
The theme of the 2021 Brady and Team Enough national conference was “Fed Up and Fired Up to End Gun Violence.” The virtual conference ran from November 4 through 6 and featured opening remarks by Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA).
The conference educated activists about emerging problems and solutions in the gun violence prevention movement and provided tangible actions to prevent gun violence in your community. You can watch any or all of the virtual sessions at https://www.bradyunited.org/act/national-conference-2021.
Session titles include the following:
- Opening Remarks Featuring Rep. Lucy McBath
- Lockdown: The Impact of Mass School Shootings
- Safer Lives Through Safe Gun Storage
- Guns, Extremists, and Polling Places
- Podcast Presentation: Red, Blue, & Brady
- Firearms 101, Technology, and “Microstamping”
- Plenary Session: Racial Justice and Gun Violence Prevention
- Lobbying for Gun Violence Prevention: The Art of Storytelling
- Federal Policy and Gun Reform
- 2022 Elections and Political Landscape
- Plenary Session: Combating Crime Guns
Make it easy for volunteers to contact their school districts and schools, asking for secure gun storage information to be sent to every family.
The number of homes with firearms has never been higher. Unintentional shootings of children are on the rise. Most of those shootings occur with firearms that were accessed by the victims or their acquaintances. Before the pandemic, 4.6 million American children lived in homes with unlocked loaded guns. Research shows that one in three city homes contains guns with nearly twice this rate in rural areas. Gun sales were higher than ever in 2020 and the first six months of 2021, with many first time gun owners. Secure gun storage saves lives.
Cruising around town in a stylish low rider on a Saturday afternoon? How does that prevent gun violence?
The recent Cruise for Peace was part of San Diego’s “No Shots Fired” program, which kicked off last spring when city government and law enforcement leaders called for peace and healing following a series of shootings. Dozens of low riders from clubs around San Diego joined the Cruise for Peace, escorted by the San Diego Police Department’s low-rider squad car.
No Shots Fired is a collaboration between the Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention, the Community Assistance Support Team, law enforcement and other city partners. Since March, community organizations have maintained an agreement with gangs in areas most affected by violent crime, such as Southeastern San Diego, for a six-month cease-fire.
SD4GVP attended as well. Our participation aligns with our belief that an effective way to prevent gun violence is through violence intervention programs.
You follow the SD4GVP coalition because you want to prevent gun violence in your own neighborhood and city. But did you know that gun violence prevention intersects with the goals of the United Nations?
Established in 1946, coalition member United Nations Association of the United States, San Diego Chapter (UNA-SD) promotes engagement with the United Nations by translating its global initiatives into local context.
SD4GVP has been working with UNA-SD in support of achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the 2030 Agenda. These are 17 goals agreed upon in 2015 by all 193 member states of the United Nations to build fairer, equitable and sustainable societies that intend to leave no one behind by the year 2030.
Achieving such an ambitious agenda requires engagement at all levels, but especially at the local level. Through its work with member organizations in San Diego, SD4GVP as a coalition is enacting its mission of gun violence prevention in ways that align with and support several of the UN’s SDGs.
1. Legislative advocacy
SD4GVP works to help pass laws at the city, county, state and federal levels that enforce background checks, ensure firearm safety, ban assault-style weapons and restrict access to ghost guns. The coalition also advocates funding for violence intervention and prevention (VIP) programs and policing.
That work supports these SDGs: (3) Good Health and Wellbeing, (10) Reduced Inequalities, (11) Sustainable Cities and Communities, (16) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
SD4GVP collects and publishes information on gun violence restraining orders (GVROs, or red-flag laws), and the safe storage of firearms. It distributes the information and conducts presentations geared to gun owners and non-owners alike, including to schools and other organizations.
That work supports these SDGs: (3) Good Health and Wellbeing, (4) Quality Education, (5) Gender Equality, (11) Sustainable Cities and Communities, (16) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
Among its coalition members, SD4GVP counts organizations that provide support for victims of violence against intimate partners and members of the LGBTQI+ community. SD4GVP organizations also support racial justice, especially in the fight for police oversight and accountability.
That work supports these SDGs: (3) Good Health and Wellbeing, (4) Quality Education, (5) Gender Equality, (10) Reduced Inequalities, (11) Sustainable Cities and Communities, (16) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, (17) Partnerships to Achieve the Goals.
Governments working through the United Nations can’t achieve their SDGs alone. It will take a worldwide partnership between the public and private sectors, involving individuals, non-governmental organizations, corporations and foundations. SD4GVP is pleased to have UNA-SD as a member of our coalition.