Please mark your calendar for September 14 to join us for the 4th annual CAGV Policy Luncheon at the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford. We’re excited to welcome as our keynote speaker Tim Daly, Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty. Mr. Daly brings a wealth of knowledge about gun violence prevention, having served as Managing Director, Guns and Crime Policy at the Center for American Progress prior to joining Rep. Esty’s office.
Mr. Daly, and other speakers to be announced, will share their perspectives on strategies for advancing the gun violence prevention agenda in Connecticut and the nation despite the unfavorable climate in Washington. We’ll share the latest CAGV initiatives and how you can help advance our mission to reduce gun death and injury in Connecticut.
Before it slips your mind, please add the CAGV Policy Luncheon to your calendar for September 14, noon to 2pm.
Director, Programs and Communications
CT Against Gun Violence
We are pleased to share our 85th Legislative Session report with you. With your help, we defeated unlicensed carry and other harmful bills, and moved gun violence prevention bills forward. Many thanks for your advocacy through phone calls, emails and visits. We couldn’t have done it without you!
We’ll be keeping a watch on the special session that starts July 18th, but don’t expect any gun bills to be taken up.
In other news, this is my final week as executive director of Texas Gun Sense. While I remain committed to gun violence prevention, I’ll be taking some time off to spend with family. I’ve really enjoyed helping to build the organization and working with supporters like you. I will miss being front and center in this fight!
The Board of Directors is currently interviewing candidates and will likely have a strong replacement hired soon. Until then, the work continues – please check out our updates below.
Thank you for all your support over the years.
My very best to you all.
||Senate Resolution on Gun Violence Awareness
Many thanks to Melody Chatelle, our lobbyist, and Senator Garcia, who helped get SR 854 passed and signed by the Lt. Governor in the final weeks of session. The resolution recognizes June 2nd as National Gun Violence Awareness Day, the rising number of gun deaths in the state, and the need for leaders to work together on solutions.
||Champions for Gun Violence Prevention
Three Texas legislators stand out for their hard work on and commitment to gun violence prevention this session. TGS delivered certificates to Rep. Rafael Anchia, Rep. Gina Hinojosa, and Rep. Poncho Nevarez. We are so grateful to them and all of the gun violence prevention champions this session.
Pew Research Study
A new Pew Research Center survey provides important information on Americans’ views on guns and gun policy.
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American Academy of Pediatrics
A new study by AAP based on data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that firearms are the number three cause of death for children aged 0-17. It’s time to get serious about a multi-faceted approach to gun violence, and TGS is advocating for this with state leaders.
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Three More Emails
Let the RI General Assembly know it’s time for action on domestic violence!
Time is running out. The clock ticking down to the end of the 2017 legislative session, and we’re counting on you to help us disarm dangerous domestic abusers. The “Protect Rhode Island Families Act” passed the House, but the Senate has so far failed to take any action on the bill. Let them know you want a vote TODAY.
We need you to send three emails, and you can do it with one click:
1. Email Senate Leadership to demand S0405, the Senate companion bill to H5510 sponsored by Senator Harold Metts, be immediately passed out of committee for a vote before the full Senate.
2. Email Rhode Island’s State Senators asking them to vote “yes” on S0405 when it reaches the Senate floor.
3. Thank the members of the Rhode Island House of Representatives who voted in favor of H5510.
Already emailed? Got an extra minute? Please call Senate President Ruggerio’s office at (401) 222-6655, and tell him: “Hello my name is _____ and I’m from _____. I want Senate Bill 405, the Protect Rhode Island Families Act, brought to the floor of the Senate for a vote. It’s time for the Senate to take action and disarm dangerous domestic abusers.” You most likely will only need to leave a message.
We are so close to victory, but we need one final push from you to push this life-saving legislation across the finish line.
Pete Bilderback, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence
The PA Senate, not content to focus on finalizing a budget this week, has decided to take up the issue of allowing teachers and other nonsecurity personnel to be armed in our public schools. No one thinks this is a good idea — not teachers, not parents, not students, and not even two joint State Government Task Forces that have studied the issue. In fact, many of the teachers who survived the Sandy Hook shooting sent a letter to our Senators expressing their deep opposition to this proposed policy.
Please email your Senator right now to ask him or her to vote NO on SB 383, a dangerous bill that will Not make our kids safer. They need to hear from you.
Let them know you’re watching and counting on them to do the right thing.