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Take 1 Minute, Right Now, Before 2 PM PDT, to Save Lives!

On Monday, June 20, the U.S. Senate will consider and vote on two common-sense gun violence prevention measures as amendments to an appropriations bill. These are important, bi-partisan first steps to keep guns out of the hands of abusers and others who pose a threat to society. One amendment, introduced by Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, and previously proposed by Senator Schumer of New York, requires background checks for all guns sales. Currently, approximately 34% of gun sales are completed without background checks. The other amendment, sponsored by Senator Feinstein of California, prohibits people from owning firearms who have been put on a “no fly” list because they have been identified as potential threats to the safety of our nation.

THE SENATE IS EXPECTED TO […]

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June 20th, 2016

June 2nd, National Gun Violence Awareness Day

On June 1st, we will gather at L.A. City Hall where the City Council will officially declare June 2nd to be Gun Violence Awareness Day in Los Angeles.

On Thursday, June 2nd, join Women Against Gun Violence and a broad-based coalition of organizations, community members and activists across the United States that believe we can all do more to save American lives from gun violence.

Do two simple things:

1. Wear something orange in memory of all gun violence victims. It can be a t-shirt, pin, tie or head-to-toe blaze orange regalia. Take a selfie, and share it online with the hashtag #wearingorange or email your selfie to wagv@wagv.org and we’ll share it for you!

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May 6th, 2016

Arguing About Guns with Uncle Fred

We all have an “Uncle Fred” or a friend who speaks with authority — repeating NRA talking points as though they were true. Below are some of the things Uncle Fred will say, but you can respond with the facts. Learn them and be prepared for your next conversation:

“President Obama is coming for our guns”

FACT: Gun rights have expanded under President Obama’s administration. You can now bring guns onto trains and into national parks. And if the President is trying to take guns away, he’s really bad at it. He’s had 7 years in office, and more guns were sold during his Presidency than any other time in recent history.

“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”

FACT: People with guns kill people. The same week […]

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January 22nd, 2016
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    Summary of the President’s Executive Orders to Address Gun Violence

Summary of the President’s Executive Orders to Address Gun Violence

The President is committed to using every tool at the Administration’s disposal to reduce gun violence. Unfortunately, many of the gaps in our country’s gun laws can only be fixed through legislation. That is why it is important for us to call, write, and email our legislators to demand that they take action to keep our families and communities safe! (more…)

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January 14th, 2016

Action Speaks Louder than Words

These elected officials say they care about gun violence, but their actions (voting records) say the opposite. WATCH the video: (more…)

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October 22nd, 2015
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    While Congress Sleeps and CA Governor Brown Hesitates, Los Angeles City Council Takes Action!

While Congress Sleeps and CA Governor Brown Hesitates, Los Angeles City Council Takes Action!

On October 6, 2015, Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Paul Krekorian introduced a motion requesting a feasibility study and report on the effects of taxing sales on ammunition and guns sold in L.A. (more…)

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October 9th, 2015

Parents Shot by Their Toddlers

These parents were all shot by their toddlers. The top two died. Sadly, when adults leave loaded, unlocked guns accessible to children, they often become the victims. (more…)

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September 28th, 2015

Angel of Peace Awards

On September 21, 2015, the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles held their Angel of Peace Awards. Our founder, Ann Reiss Lane, was presented with the Angel Award by L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer, our partner and a huge advocate for gun violence prevention. Mr. Feuer praised Ann for over 20 years of advocacy and legislation work, and called her “the most important voice in legislation and gun violence prevention in the city of Los Angeles.” Ann’s Angel award itself is a sculpture of an angel created by artist Lin Evola and made from melted down guns.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer had this to say about Ann: “The lives you’ve saved, the communities you’ve helped, the legislation you’ve championed, the alliances you’ve […]

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September 22nd, 2015
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    How To Be An Armchair Activist for Gun Reform (in only 5 minutes a week!)

How To Be An Armchair Activist for Gun Reform (in only 5 minutes a week!)

We know you care about gun violence, but just aren’t sure what to do. We get it. Bad news is screaming at you every time you turn on the TV or radio. The gun violence stories are frightening and they overwhelm you. You’ve got a job, worries, kids or pets or older parents to take care of and you’re thinking, I feel terrible about gun violence but I’m just one person, what can I do?

How about one small thing? A lot of people each doing one small thing is what moves the world. We have broken it down and made it simple for you. From the comfort of your home, in your pajamas, or even from your phone while you’re riding on a […]

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August 31st, 2015

Courage in Action

Our board members and fellow activists, the Fosters, lost their 7-year-old son, Evan, to gun violence. Both Evan and their then 1-year-old son Alec were shot by men using high capacity magazines. Over 70 bullets were fired into the park where Evan was getting his soccer trophy. Now the Fosters’ son Alec, who survived the shooting and works alongside his parents as an activist, is going off to college. This family is a true inspiration. WATCH the video: (more…)

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August 20th, 2015