If you’ve been looking for a way — any way — to turn your outrage over recent news into action, this is your chance.

The County of San Diego wants to know how you feel about gun violence. The Gun Violence Reduction Community Survey is a needs assessment of local residents and agency representatives. Its goal is to gather information about violence, or the threat of violence, involving firearms.

“There must be something I can do.”

Between now and February 15, there is.

The survey is part of a larger grassroots engagement effort launched by the County of San Diego’s Public Safety Group.

Gun violence includes community incidents, domestic situations, suicide or accidental harm, like the kind you’ve been seeing in the headlines lately. The goal of the survey is to obtain feedback that will help inform the development of a comprehensive approach to gun violence reduction and disruption. The Public Safety Group wants to know about your:

  • attitudes and perceptions around the causes of gun violence
  • ownership practices
  • knowledge of available resources
  • personal experience

A Gun Violence Reduction Advisory Group was formed in September 2022 to research existing and emerging programs. Information gathered from the community will go to the County Board of Supervisors along with recommendations for strategies to reduce gun violence in our region.

Spend 15 minutes on reducing gun violence. Take the survey.

Naturally, we wholeheartedly support the Gun Violence Reduction Community Survey. We’ve taken it and we encourage everyone in the county of San Diego to take it.

Your survey responses are anonymous. The questionnaire takes only a few minutes to complete and is available online through 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 15.

Take the survey and learn more about the county’s project to reduce gun violence.

Debbie Loomis is the mother of two adult children. She is a project manager and public health advocate serving underrepresented communities in San Diego County.

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