Gun Safety

Gun Safety

Gun Safety

The LWV Gun Safety committee is working with the LWV state effort to defeat bills that  would bring more guns into our lives. With over 33,000 gun deaths a year, the U.S. has a major health crisis.

Focus:

  • To educate the general public and lobby our state representatives about the severity of the problem and
  • To lend LWV support to some common sense legislation to create responsible gun ownership.

Co-Chairs:   Geoff Kashdan (561-329-3461, kashdang@ymail.com)

Betsy Pickup (561-395-4646, betsypickup68@gmail.com)

Meetings:  The committee meets once a month at a local restaurant for a “power lunch” on a date convenient to most members.  See League Calendar or contact Geoff for time, date and location of the next meeting.…

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Concert Across America

Concert Across America

The following is the text of a speech made by Thomas Gabor, Ph.D., at the Concert Across America event on September 24 in Lake Worth.


Some people say that the high level of gun violence in the US is the price we pay for living in a free society. Let’s look at other free societies.

  • We have about 11,000 gun homicides each year.
  • By contrast, the United Kingdom has about 40 gun homicides a year, Australia has 35, Germany about 60, Japan about 10.  When we combine other advanced countries and adjust for population differences, the US has 25 times the gun homicide rate as other advanced democracies
  • There is now more than one mass shooting per day in the US. A third of all the civilian mass
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Tom Gabor in Fortune Magazine

Thomas Gabor, LWVPBC member, is a criminologist based in Florida and author of Confronting Gun Violence in America.  Following the recent incident of mass shooting in Las Vegas, Tom had an article published in Fortune magazine.  Below is an excerpt:

The gun lobby claims to champion freedom. Yet every successive large-scale mass shooting leads to an increasing demand for security and a continuing erosion of Americans’ freedom to use public spaces without fear. Citizens need to sustain their outrage over this incident and demand restrictions on ownership of assault-style weapons.

How Did the Las Vegas Gunman Get His Hands on a Weapon of War?
Read Tom’s article in its entirety.

 

 

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Tom Gabor Speaks On Gun Violence Today

Dr. Thomas Gabor discusses his book Confronting Gun Violence in America.

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Tom Gabor

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Guns and Kids: Preventing Tragedies

Guns and Kids: Preventing Tragedies

By Rosalie Almborg

 

  • In Florida, more children die from guns than from illness.
  • In Florida a child is shot every 17 hours.
  • The U.S. has 49 times the gun homicide rate for 15-24 year-olds when compared to  22 other high income countries.
  • Handguns are banned in the United Kingdom.
  • In Canada, only 50 to 100 people have a permit to carry a gun for protection, compared to Florida where 1,800,000 people have similar permits.

 

A panel discussion brought out the above facts and statistics on Saturday, March 13, at the League-sponsored event Kids and Guns: Preventing Violence.  The well-attended event took place at the Hagen Ranch Library in Delray Beach.

 

On the panel were Tom Gabor, author and criminologist; Dave Kerner, County Commissioner; Capt. Mike …

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Gun Safety for Children

Gun Safety for Children

Facebook Live Stream Video


THEY SAID WHAT??? GUN MYTHS DEBUNKED

 

SOME MYTHS DEBUNKED:

Myth #1 GOOD GUYs vs. BAD GUYS When a child “uses” a loaded gun in play, or a teen in a suicide attempt, or a spouse in a domestic violence assault … who exactly is the bad guy with a gun and how will a good guy with a gun be the answer?

Myth #2 GUNS GIVE WOMEN PROTECTION AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE Women living in a home with guns were 7 times more likely to be killed by a spouse, intimate acquaintance, or relative. When a women attempts to use a gun in defense she is too often overpowered and loses control of the gun. (M. Franks, Professor of Law, University of Miami)

Myth

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Guns and Kids: Preventing Tragedies

Guns and Kids: Preventing Tragedies

Please come and learn how kids from toddlers to young adults are impacted by the abundance of guns in our society. The LWVPBC is presenting and event with panelists, Dr. Tom Gabor, author of CONFRONTING GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, County Commissioner Dave Kerner, Dr. Debra Robinson, PBC school board member, and Captain Michael Wallace representing the PBC Sheriff’s office.

GUNS AND KIDS; PREVENTING TRAGEDIES
Saturday, MAY 13, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00
Hagen Ranch Road Library
14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach

Contact: Geoff Kashdan at kashdang@ymail.com
(please put “LWVPBC Gun Safety’ in subject box)

Panelists:

Dr. Tom Gabor: Criminologist, author, Confronting Gun Violence in America

PBC Commissioner Dave Kerner: Former state legislator, prosecutor, police officer

PBC School Board Member Dr. Debra Robinson: Retired physician, community activist

PBC …

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Guns and Kids

By Geoff Kashdan

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You may have heard that the “only answer to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” But when a preschooler finds a loaded gun, or a depressed teen uses a handgun in a suicide attempt, is that child or teen the proverbial bad guy with a gun?

If an armed adult with a concealed weapon permit (the so-called good guy with a gun) comes upon a child with a loaded gun, what will that “good guy” do? Shoot the child?

Any argument over guns that focuses on “good guys” and “bad guys” is far too simplistic, disingenuous, and dangerous. The number of children killed by gunfire in America is a national scandal and a public health crisis of epidemic …

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Take Action NOW – Gun Safety

Take Action NOW - Gun Safety

Contact your Senator! Click to download and print the PDF.

Take Action NOW Gun Safety

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Guns and Kids

Guns and Kids

By Geoff Kashdan

There are so many gun-related issues that those who support gun “rights” and those who support gun regulations can have understandable disagreements. But one issue, guns and kids, is different. Most of the tropes presented by “gun rights” advocates supporting the reduction of gun regulation laws fall apart when considering the carnage on the young ages 2-24, especially children under 14 years of age. Consider what some experts have stated:

  • “In 2008-2009 the number of preschoolers killed in gun incidents was nearly double the number of police killed in the same time period.” (Children Defense Fund. 2012).
  • “In 2010 gun related injuries accounted for 6,570 deaths of children and young people (1-24 years of age). That includes 7 deaths per day among people
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