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“We are living in a cultural and political moment where it feels impossible and irresponsible not to consider how our writing may be of use.” –Jennifer Grotz

Tipping Point: Santana High School

Tipping Point: Santana High School

I live in Santee, California, where on March 5, 2001, a 15-year-old student took an eight-shot, .22-caliber revolver to class at Santana High School. The student opened fire, killing two students and wounding 13 others. Santana showed me that this kind of thing can...

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White House Announces New Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

White House Announces New Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

We're relieved to tell you that the Biden-Harris Administration announced on January 25 a series of new executive actions to help promote the safe storage of firearms. The actions implement President Biden’s Executive Order of March 2023, which promoted safe gun...

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Tipping Point: My Sandy Hook Quilt

Tipping Point: My Sandy Hook Quilt

On the morning of December 14, 2012, we were preparing our annual Hanukkah party for thirty neighbors and our family. Standing at the head of our dining room table, I placed the menorah on the blue cloth with the box of candles, the matches and my husband Art’s...

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The Empty Spaces that Gun Violence Creates

The Empty Spaces that Gun Violence Creates

This period of late October to early November is a particularly harrowing time of mass shooting memories. There have been lessons learned, loopholes closed, gun safety measures taken and opportunities missed. Think of 2017, at Sutherland Springs Church in Texas. Think...

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GVP Interview with Therese Hymer

GVP Interview with Therese Hymer

Our own Therese Hymer (shown below at San Diego Board of Supervisors meeting) was interviewed this week on local station KNSJ, 89.1 FM. The hour-long interview covered the wide-ranging package of gun-safety bills passed recently by the California Legislature and...

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Here’s What 2 County Supervisors Said “No” To

Here’s What 2 County Supervisors Said “No” To

TL;DR: Important races for county supervisors are in progress right now, with more in 2024. If gun-violence prevention is important to you, then get ready to vote! On Tuesday, July 18, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors heard the Final Report on the Community...

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Tipping Point: One Mother’s Poem

Tipping Point: One Mother’s Poem

Untitled By Kristen Fogle I love picking out your clothes for preschool--Batman or Elmo shirts,short sleeves, cuffs,tidy stripes, retro paisley--but lately I can't decide...Better to dress you in bright colors so the teacher will easily spot youor muted ones so an...

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In Memory of a GVP Leader: Ira Sharp

In Memory of a GVP Leader: Ira Sharp

June is known as Gun Violence Prevention Month across the nation. As June comes to a close, we reflect on the life-saving impact of those who dedicate their hearts, minds and energy to the prevention of gun violence. This month we lost a true leader in GVP and a force...

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National Safer Communities Summit

National Safer Communities Summit

It’s not often that you have the chance to attend a national summit on gun-violence prevention (GVP) with the President also in attendance. Of course, it’s a sad commentary that we need a national summit on GVP in the first place. But if we do, it’s heartening to...

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Cycling and Gun Violence Prevention

Cycling and Gun Violence Prevention

Or, The Long Haul (San Luis Obispo to the Mexican Border) and the Longer Haul (ending gun violence in America)Our own John White rode his bike down the Pacific Coast and wrote this travelogue. Tap or click on the pages below to follow along. Day 1: San Luis Obispo to...

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