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 for good in humanity. 

Ira Sharp inspired so many San Diegans with his dedication, his intellect and his kind, inclusive nature toward everyone he met. SD4GVP knew Ira as an invaluable partner and a well-respected leader. Individuals within the organization describe him as a tireless joy to work with, as well as a sincere, loving man who had the gift of connecting with people and befriending anyone. His work lives on. His humanity touched us all and will never be forgotten. 

On June 22, California State Senator Catherine Blakespear adjourned in memory of Ira Sharp and the powerful impact he has had on our state. As she remarked, “Ira understood the simple truth that we too often forget, which is, at the heart of every issue, of every policy and of every disagreement…are people. And people, however imperfect, have the capacity for good.”

Free Course: Reducing Gun Violence

Free Course: Reducing Gun Violence

Presented by John Hopkins University
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About this Course:


Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change is designed to provide learners with the best available science and insights from top scholars across the country as well as the skills to understand which interventions are the most effective to offer a path forward for reducing gun violence in our homes, schools, and communities.

Brady’s Bloody Hands Campaign

Brady’s Bloody Hands Campaign

The house has passed the bills, but Trump & McConnell won’t act on them.

Every day that President Trump and Mitch McConnell refuse to support common-sense gun reform, 100 people in America are killed by gun violence and hundreds more are injured. That’s blood on their hands. Learn how you can lend your voice to tell them it’s time to act. GO »


Mike Levin Town Hall

Mike Levin Town Hall

Thu, August 22, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

— Join Congressman Mike Levin for a town hall in downtown Del Mar. Admission is free but tickets are required. Check in begins approx 4:30pm and doors will open approx 5 pm.

Learn more about this event here » 

Statement in response to the shooting at Chabad Poway

Statement in response to the shooting at Chabad Poway

An alliance of Gun Violence Prevention organizations in San Diego issued this statement today in response to the tragedy at Chabad in Poway April 27, 2019:

Our hearts are heavy as we struggle to come to grips with how such a heinous crime is possible in our neighborhoods. We want to most compassionately express our love and support for the Jewish community, this peaceful congregation, and the larger community in shock that such violent act of anti-Semitism is possible.  As others have said, there is something fundamentally broken in our culture when any person in any house of worship has to fear hate, and the threat of gun violence. This is unacceptable. We know that Saturday’s cowardly act of hatred is not representative of the ocean of support the community has for the Chabad of Poway. The threat posed by ignorance and hatred is nonetheless real and threatens all faiths.  If one person in this country is unsafe in their place of prayer, so are we all. We wholeheartedly agree with what Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, himself injured in this attack, said after the attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand: “Every human being is created in the image of God. Human life is precious.”

We categorically reject anti-Semitism, just as we reject hate directed at any member of our community.

We do not accept religious persecution, blind hate, or the ability of those led by hate to wield weapons of war in our temples, churches, mosques, or any house of worship.

This must end.

As Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress said, “People of all faiths must stand together and declare that we will never tolerate such hatred.” This is not who we are, as a nation or as a city.  Our desire is to be of assistance to those impacted by this tragedy and We seek a way to assist in the healing of this particular community who is in the greatest of pain.

In solidarity,
An alliance of gun violence prevention, as well as national security organizations of San Diego, including:

  • The Truman National Security Project
  • San Diegans For The Prevention of Gun Violence
  • Team Enough San Diego
  • Brady United, and
  • March for Our Lives San Diego


End Family Fire


The End Family Fire Scholarship Competition gives students a chance to make a difference through the power of creativity and storytelling.
The competition challenges high school and college-aged students to create a video which speaks directly to adults and aims to bring awareness to the issue of family fire – a shooting involving an improperly stored or misused gun found in the home, which results in death or injury. The video will promote safe gun storage as a way to prevent future family fire tragedies.




Two (2) winning entries will be selected, one from high school and one from college, and each will receive a $5,000 scholarship to be used toward college, university, or trade school tuition, fees and/or supplies.
The winning entrants will also have the opportunity to have their video used by the Ad Council as an official End Family Fire campaign PSA, with a potential to be distributed nationally to over 1,600 television stations.



Before beginning creative production, all applicants must review the official rules, creative brief, and ensure they meet the eligibility requirements to participate in the competition. For those students who are under the age of 18, or are not yet a legal adult in the state in which they reside, they must obtain parent or guardian permission in order to participate in the scholarship competition. Students may not incorporate guns of any kind in the video, including toy or prop guns.



Video submissions are due on June 16, 2019. The winning entries will be announced in late July 2019 and will go live on August 8th, 2019. Please submit all applications via the entry submission form at .



This is your opportunity to make a difference. Thank you for helping us save lives!

For more information on the End Family Fire program or scholarship competition, please visit .

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