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Ghostly Guns
Rose Ann and Ira Sharp | Crest Road

Two major legislative accomplishments to reduce gun violence occurred in California this year.

The sale of firearms and ammunition on the Del Mar Fairgrounds is prohibited as of January 1, 2021 under a new law, AB 893. When the NRA sued to force the Fair Board to permit gun shows, a Federal District Court judge ordered the Fair Board to allow gun shows until this case is resolved. The case is being mediated now and this may mean there are some gun shows in Del Mar through 2020. We believe this law, authored by Todd Gloria and signed by Governor Newsom in October, will lead to other state-owned Fairgrounds ending gun shows. The Cow Palace will be next. Throughout the legislative process of AB 893, Todd Gloria, Tasha Boerner-Horvath, Lorena Gonzalez, Toni Atkins and Governor Newsom said: this is what the community wants. Our gratitude to our leaders and communities who understood the risks incurred and the crimes facilitated by gun shows and took action.

On Saturday, December 14 at 10 AM, NeverAgainCA will demonstrate at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to oppose the court-ordered gun show that weekend. Our purpose is to save lives by prominently disputing the gun industry promotion of guns as the ideal holiday gift to provide home security. The volume of guns and, recently ghost gun parts, sold at the December show has always been the greatest of the five annual Del Mar gun shows. The truth is that if a gun is in the home, a woman’s risk of intimate partner homicide by gun increases by 500% and the risk of suicide increases by 300% to 500% when a gun is in the home. We ask that everyone help dispel this NRA lie and join our protest.

We know first-hand that guns in the home do not make you secure. The San Diego Sheriff Department and police around the country say that the best home protection is a dog and a front door video camera that will provide evidence police can use to catch the person attempting the break-in who was deterred by the barking dog. In fact, as of 2018, no break-in in San Diego county occurred when a dog was present in the home except for one incident in Rancho Santa Fe where the burglars had access to the dog outside the house and were able to feed him.
Another important accomplishment this year was passage of enhanced safe storage of firearms and ammunition laws at the state and local levels, including in Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas. In California, fifty percent of gun deaths are suicides; this is lower than in most other states in part because of our safe storage laws which have been perfected by the legislature over the last few years.

Suicide is an impulsive act, often occurring within an hour of the first suicidal thoughts. Particularly around the holidays, if you know someone who is lonely, depressed or in ill health, your courage in asking that person if they have suicidal thoughts and if there is a gun in the house may be the most important gift you ever give. There are resources available to help, including suicide prevention hot lines. If there are guns in the home and the person is of diminished physical or mental capacity, or suffering from PTSD, ask the Sheriff for their assistance in securing the temporary removal of the weapons from the home. You will find that Captain Taft and his staff at the North Coastal Sheriff Substation are empathetic and well trained in dealing discretely with these situations. California is one of the leading states in using the civil process of Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVRO) to prevent suicides. You cannot give back a life lost to gun violence; you can give back a gun.

We hope this holiday will be free of gun violence and we know that your efforts will help make that possible.


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