Category: State News

Literally our coolest gift ever…


Summer is special here in Wisconsin.

And just like we value these wonderful, long, warm days, spent with friends and family, we value peace and safety in our neighborhoods. Because it means so much to us, we aren’t afraid to speak up for the vision of community we believe in, for the safer Wisconsin all of our families deserve.

We know how important this is to you. That’s why all summer long we will be working relentlessly against dangerous legislative proposals like “permitless carry” that would put our families at risk. And that’s why we’re hoping you’ll show just how important a safer Wisconsin is to you.

>>>Make a donation of $25 or more to support our work this summer, and we’ll send you a lunch tote you can bring with you on every summer adventure.

Over the past few months, thousands of people like you — people from all across Wisconsin — have worked shoulder to shoulder with us: calling, emailing, even testifying to our elected leaders face-to-face to demand our freedom from gun violence.

Our movement is growing stronger every day. You have played a big part in our growth, and we want you to be proud of that.

Donate $25 or more today, and we’ll rush a WAVE lunch tote to you so you can start showing your support for a safer Wisconsin right away.

You are the heart and soul of this movement, and we could not be more grateful to you for your dedicated support of our work and your unwavering commitment to saving lives.

Thank you,

You’re Invited! RICAGV Thank You Party – Tuesday, June 27th

Dear Friend,

Please join us so we can thank YOU and all of our volunteers and legislators who have supported the efforts of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence to promote common sense gun legislation this year. This has been a great year for the Coalition, and we hope we will have some big accomplishments to celebrate by June 27th. Please join us!

This year’s “Volunteer of the Year” award will be going to Tom Wojick, and our “Partner of the Year” award will be going to the Columbus Theatre.

When: JUNE 27th 5:30-7:30 (speaking portion from 6:15 – 6:45)

Where: Save the Bay Center (Save the Bay Drive, Providence, RI 02905) 

Please RSVP to Nan Heroux 


The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence

Attend CT Open Tennis Tournament; Help CAGV


Dear Friend,

The 2017 Connecticut Open Tennis Tournament is coming up and will be held from August 18-26 at the CT Tennis Center at Yale, New Haven.

Not only can you enjoy a week of exciting tennis matches and fun activities, but you can save 25% off the ticket price and support CT Against Gun Violence at the same time!

Simply enter our code: CO17CAGV when you purchase your  tickets. You will not only receive your 25% discount, but 50% of your total net purchase will be made as a contribution to CAGV.

Don’t miss this fantastic tournament in New Haven from August 18-26.

See below for more information.

We are having a Birthday Party!

Join ICHV as we celebrate our 42ndBirthday!

Thursday, July 27th

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Old Crow River North

149 W. Kinzie

Chicago, Illinois

Tickets are $42 in advance and $50 at the door


Click here to purchase your ticket TODAY!

Appetizers * Cocktails * Raffle

Host Committee (in formation)

Deborah Crockett, Brian Cross, Colleen Daley, Susan Danzig, Brit Galvin, Amanda Glascott, John Gruber, Dave Horwich, Robert Klaus, John Kohlhepp, Carolyn and Les Kruse, Becky Levin, Nicole Levitz, Carolyn Lewis, William Marovtiz, Dion McGill, Molly McKillip, Hanna Moosa, Rob Nash, Erin O’Brien, Claire Reed, Paula Riggins, Jodi Rosen, Colleen Smith, Danielle Stipe, Denyse and Dave Stoneback, Mark Walsh

How BIG Is Minnesota?
Dear Friend,

Question: How big is Minnesota in square miles?

Answer: 86,943

Minnesota is a BIG state, and our goal is to paint every bit of it orange for gun violence prevention. You can help by buying your tickets TODAY to Paint It ORANGE!, the kick-off celebration for our expansion into Greater Minnesota.

 Thursday, July 13, 2017
International Institute of Minnesota
1694 Como Avenue, St. Paul MN 55108 — Free parking!

Don’t miss this lively celebration of everything Minnesotan and everything ORANGE. There will be fun pay-to-play Minnesota-themed games, prize raffles, silly orange “mock-tails” and edibles, a cash beer and wine bar, and hearty Minnesota finger food. We’ll also share our vision for organizing and mobilizing supporters in Greater Minnesota, and recognize Interim Board Chair Cheryl Persigehl for her exemplary leadership.
Proceeds will help Protect Minnesota expand the scope of our influence across the state.This is especially critical now because the gun lobby will fight hard to pass permitless carry and Stand Your Ground bills in 2018. We blocked them this year; please help us do it again!
Tickets are just $25 each–what a deal!–but feel free to give more. Donors of $100 or more will be listed by range of gift in the program as Blaze Orange Leadership Circle donors. Click HERE to get your tickets today! And invite your friends!

Three Life Saving Emails in One Click?


Send Three Life Saving Emails TODAY

Tell the General Assembly it’s time to protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence

Take Action

Dear Friend,

Yes, you really can send three life saving emails with one mouse click. The “Protect Rhode Island Families Act” was just voted out of the House Judiciary Committee for a vote on the House floor. This is great news, but it means we have more work than ever to do, and the next few days will be critical. The General Assembly needs to hear loud and clear that Rhode Islanders want this bill to pass.

Click on this link to send three important emails: One to thank the House Judiciary for voting H5510 out of committee, a second to ask the Senate Judiciary to vote its companion bill S0405 out of committee, and a third to ask your Representative to vote yes on H5510.

We’ve made this as easy as possible for you. Just click this link, then click the “SUBMIT” button at the bottom of the page. This is not hyperbole. By disarming domestic abusers convicted of misdemeanor offenses as well as those subject to restraining orders, the “Protect Rhode Island Families Act” really will save lives and you can make a huge difference with one mouse click.


The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence

New CDC Study on Kids and Guns

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Dear Friend,

Hope this email finds you well and enjoying the summer.

Just wanted to flag a recent and very important study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics that shows that an average of 5,790 children in the United States receive emergency room treatment for gun-related injuries each year, and around 21 percent of those injuries are unintentional. The study also found that an average of 1,297 children die annually from gun-related injuries, making guns the third-leading cause of death for children in America (behind illnesses and unintentional injuries like drownings or car crashes). The number is based on data taken from 2012–2014 for children up to the age of 17.

Numerous media outlets have written about the study.

Here is the PDF version of the Pediatrics article and here are several news stories and editorials that were published in relation to the study:

Children are Dying Because of America’s Lax Gun Policies – Washington Post

Each Day Nearly 20 Kids Are Shot in America.  You’d Think We’d Do Something About That – L.A. Times

Children Are Dying Because Of Americans’ Denial About Guns – Forbes

A Dire Weekly Total for the US: 25 Children Killed by Guns – New York Times

Children Are Killing Themselves More and More With Guns – USA Today

Lastly, if you’re interested in becoming more involved, please feel free to email me – or you can just reply to this message.  Whether your interests are in research, legislation and legal issues, advocacy, communications or something else, we can use your help!

Thank you for your support and commitment to reducing gun violence~


People getting shot isn’t a “bad side effect”

I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss my op-ed in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer.

Last week’s shooting in Alexandria was a tragedy. But if you hoped it would soften the position of some of the gun extremists, you would be wrong. One congressman referred to this and other shootings as “bad side effects of someone not exercising [their] rights properly;” another has proposed a bill that would allow members of congress to be armed basically anywhere.

Will you stand with us against this offensive analysis and these wrong-headed proposals by making a contribution of $25, $50, $100 or $250 today?

Gun violence is the disease, not the side effect. We need to dedicate America’s talent, resources, genius, and sheer people power to curing this problem.

We each have a voice and a vote, and we need to use them. And this is the message we need to send: If you are not part of the solution to the problem of gun violence, you are part of the problem.

Will you be part of the solution? Can you help us change the narrative and fight back? Please make a contribution of $25, $50, $100 or $250 today.

Thank you for taking a stand against gun violence!

Shira Goodman, CeasefirePA

It’s Summer! Remember to ASK the question!

Ceasefire Oregon

Dear Friend,

Today is the first day of summer and many families have plans for vacations, family trips, and making new friends. As you plan your trip, remember to ASK the question:

Is there a gun where my child plays, lives, or vacations?

If there are guns in the home, ASK if the guns will be locked and unloaded with ammunition stored separately while your child is there. These simple precautions could prevent a tragedy.

You can find tips on how to ASK on our website.

ASK (Asking Saves Kids) is a national campaign endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. ASK urges parents to ask if there is an unlocked gun in homes before their children play there (

How prevalent are guns in Oregon? Guns are found in 40% of Oregon homes, and many of those guns are kept loaded and unlocked.(1)

Every day, 7 children or teens in the U.S. are killed by firearms and 41 are injured by gunfire.(2) The ASK Campaign gives parents a simple, easy way to help keep their children from being injured or killed by gunfire.

Have a safe summer and remember: Asking Saves Kids.

  1. “Prevalence of household firearms and firearm-storage practices in the 50 states and the District of Columbia: findings from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2002. Okora CA; Nelson DE, Mercy JA, Balluz LS, Crosby AE, Mokdad AH. Pediatrics. 2005 Sep;116(3):e370-6.



Email the House and Senate Judiciary Committees

Make 2017 the year common sense gun reform finally passes in Rhode Island!

Take Action

Dear Friend,

Did you hear the news? House Bill No. 5510, the “Protect Rhode Island Families Act” sponsored by Representatives Tanzi, Amore, Fogarty, Ruggiero, and Maldonado has been scheduled for a vote by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, June 21 at the Rise of the House (generally around 4:30 PM). This is the bill that would make Rhode Island safer by disarming domestic abusers.

This is a good sign, but it’s too early to celebrate. Know this: Your emails are working! Our voices are being heard. Let’s keep the pressure on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees by letting them know we want the Protect Rhode Island Families Act passed, AND No Guns In Schools, and a Ten Round Limit on magazine capacities as well. 

If you’ve already emailed, please forward this email to friend. If you haven’t emailed yet, what are you waiting for? This is our best chance yet to get sensible gun reform passed in Rhode Island. Your voice is critical!


Pete Bilderback, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence