High profile shootings in the USA……
New York City Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, June 30, 2017, 1 person killed, 5 wounded…
Little Rock, Arkansas, June 30, 2017, 25 people wounded…
Alexandria, Virginia baseball field, June 14, 2017. 4 people wounded…
San Francisco UPS warehouse, June 14, 2017. 3 people killed, 2 wounded…
Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale Airport, Florida, January 6, 2017. 5 people killed, 6 wounded…
On an average day in the United States, 99 people killed by guns, 232 wounded….
Since 1968, more U.S. civilians have been killed by guns than all the U.S. soldiers killed in all the wars in which the United States has ever been involved…
Townville, South Carolina, September 28, 2016. 2 people killed, including shooter’s father and 6 year boy, 2 others wounded by 14 year old boy…
Burlington, Washington, September 28, 2016. 5 people killed at department store makeup counter…
Fort Myers, Florida, July 25, 2016, 2 people killed, 17 wounded…
Sniper Attacks, Dallas, Texas, July 7, 2016, 5 people killed, 7 wounded…
Pulse Nightclub, Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016, 49 people killed, 58 wounded…
Excel Industries, Hesston, Kansas, February 25, 2016, 3 people killed, 14 wounded…
Kalamazoo, Michigan, February 20, 2016, 6 killed, 2 people wounded…
On an average day in the United States in 2015, 99 people killed by guns, 232 wounded….
Since 1968, more U.S. civilians have been killed by guns than all the U.S. soldiers killed in all the wars in which the United States has ever been involved…
Inland Regional Center, San Bernardino, California, December 2, 2015, 14 people killed, 21 wounded…
Planned Parenthood, Colorado Springs, November 27, 2015, 3 people killed, 9 wounded…
Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Oregon, October 1, 2015, 9 people killed, 9 wounded…
Marine Corps Recruitment Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee, July 16, 2015, 5 people killed, 2 wounded…
Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, South Carolina, June 17, 2015, 9 people killed, 1 wounded…
On an average day in the United States in 2014, 92 people killed by guns, 222 wounded…
Since 1968, more U.S. civilians have been killed by guns than all the U.S. soldiers killed in all the wars in which the United States has ever been involved…
Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Marysville, Washington, October 24, 2014, 5 people killed, 1 wounded…
University of California, Santa Barbara student mass murder, Isla Vista, California, May 23, 2014, 6 people killed, 13 wounded…
Fort Hood, Texas, April 3, 2014, 3 people killed, 12 wounded…
Rancheria Tribal Office and Community Center, Alturas, California, February 20, 2014, 4 people killed, 2 wounded…
On an average day in the United States in 2013, 92 people killed by guns, 231 wounded…
Since 1968, more U.S. civilians have been killed by guns than all the U.S. soldiers killed in all the wars in which the United States has ever been involved…
Washington Navy Yard, Washington D.C., September 16, 2013, 12 killed, 8 wounded…
Hialeah Apartment Building, Hialea, Florida, July 26, 2013, 7 killed…
Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, California, June 7, 2013, 6 killed, 3 wounded…
Pinewood Village Apartment, Federal Way, Washington, April 21, 2013, 5 killed…
On an average day in the United States, 92 killed, over 180 wounded…
In an average year in the United States, over 30,000 killed, over 60,000 wounded…
Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut, December 14, 2012, 20 children and 7 adults killed, 2 wounded…
Accent Signage Systems, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 27, 2012, 7 killed, 1 wounded…
Sikh Temple, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, August 5, 2012, 7 killed, 3 wounded…
Century Movie Theater, Aurora, Colorado, July 20, 2012, 12 killed, 58 wounded…
Café Racer, Seattle, Washington, May 20, 2012, 6 killed, 1 wounded…
Oikos University, Oakland, California, April 2, 2012, 7 killed, 3 wounded…
"Pious condolences will no longer suffice…"
"Quarter measures and half measures will no longer suffice…"
"The time has now come that we must enact stringent gun control legislation…"
"…gun control legislation comparable to the legislation in force in virtually every civilized country in the world."

Senator Thomas Dodd, June 11, 1968

"Pious condolences will no longer suffice…"
"Quarter measures and half measures will no longer suffice…"
"The time has now come that we must enact stringent gun control legislation…"
"…gun control legislation comparable to the legislation in force in virtually every civilized country in the world."

Senator Thomas Dodd, June 11, 1968

A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence
September 2, 2017

I’d like to invite all Americans Against Gun Violence supporters and other gun violence prevention activists to our first annual dinner on the evening of Sunday, October 22, in Sacramento, California. The dinner will mark the milestone of the first year that Americans Against Gun Violence has been in full operation, and it will be an important opportunity for us to get together to reflect on what we’ve accomplished so far and to plan for how we’ll address the formidable challenges that lie ahead.

We’re honored to have a truly outstanding keynote speaker, Joshua Sugarmann, lined up for the dinner. Josh is the executive director of the Violence Policy Center based in Washington DC. The Violence Policy Center has long been one of our country’s most credible sources of information on the many facets of gun violence. Josh has worked for more than three decades in the arena of gun violence prevention. He’s written innumerable articles and reports on the subject, and he’s the author of two books, NRA: Money, Firepower & Fear, and Every Handgun is Aimed at You: The Case for Banning Handguns.

Josh Sugarmann recognizes the importance of the emergence of Americans Against Gun Violence as a credible organization that openly advocates the adoption of definitive gun control laws in the United States comparable to the laws that have long been in place in every other high income democratic country of the world. In Every Handgun is Aimed at You, Josh wrote in 2001:

America's gun lobby would be on the run, if only the gun control advocates would bother to chase them. Instead, trapped by their perception of the politically achievable, gun control advocates are always on the defensive.

Based on my own experience in working on the gun violence issue, I couldn’t agree more with Josh's assessment, and its one of the reason why we founded Americans Against Gun Violence last year. Josh will expand on this theme at the October 22 dinner in his keynote address, Gun Violence in America: A Preventable Epidemic, and there will be a question and answer session after his talk.

We’ll be holding the annual dinner jointly with the Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility which shares our commitment to stop the epidemic of gun violence through the enactment of stringent gun control laws comparable to the laws in other developed countries. PSR/Sacramento president Dr. Harry Wang will also speak at the dinner about the other important work that PSR is doing at both the local and national levels, including work to rid the world of nuclear weapons; to replace war and the threat of war with rational means of preventing terrorism and resolving international conflicts; and to protect the environment and reverse the human contribution to global warming.

The October 22nd dinner will be held in the California Banquet Room of the DoubleTree by Hilton, 2001 Point West Way, in Sacramento. The cost of the dinner is $45 per person ($25 for students). Entrée options include breaded Parmesan breast of chicken with a mustard caper sauce; broiled salmon with lemon dill sauce; and chef’s vegetarian selection in season. Social hour and check-in will be from 5:00-6:00 PM. Dinner will be from 6:00-7:00 PM: and the main program will begin right after dinner. We’ll have a live jazz combo performing jazz standards during the social hour and dinner, and there will be a dance floor in front of the band, so bring your dancing shoes if you’re so inclined.

Click on this link to make your reservations for the dinner. Of course, any donation that you’d like to make in addition to (or, if you can’t make it to the dinner, in lieu of) dinner reservations would be greatly appreciated. Americans Against Gun Violence is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Donations above the cost of the dinner are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by state and federal tax laws.

Some PSR and Americans Against Gun Violence members have also expressed interest in organizing action oriented workshops from 3:30-5:00 PM before the dinner on October 22 and/or a lobby day at the California State Capitol the following Monday. If you’re interested in participating in a workshop or in lobbying at the State Capitol on Monday, please contact us by email or by phone. Also, please let us know if there’s a specific question that you’d like to submit in advance for Josh Sugarmann to answer following his keynote speech.

Thanks for your support of Americans Against Gun Violence. I hope to see you at our first annual dinner on October 22.

 

Sincerely,

Bill-sig

Bill Durston, MD
President, Americans Against Gun Violence

Note: Dr. Durston is a board certified emergency physician, a former expert marksman in the U.S. Marine Corps, and a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, decorated for courage under fire.