The High Cost of Gun Violence

Santa Barbara's Coalition Against Gun Violence will sponsor a community forum moderated by Mayor Helene Schneider.

When: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu St. , Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Community Events


Moderator and Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, will be joined by a number of distinguished panelists to discuss one of the most critical issues facing our nation. CAGV’s co-sponsoring coalition members include: The League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, Democratic Women, Domestic Violence Solutions, The Glendon Association, La Casa de la Raza, Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee, and the Unitarian Society. The issue of gun violence is important to Santa Barbara as it is to many communities across the country. We will consider the high cost of gun violence not only in terms of lives lost, families shattered and victims injured but also the impact that gun violence has on the community as a whole, i.e., as tax payers in terms of the multiple government agencies involved in handling these critical incidents, such as law enforcement, the court system, public school safety, and hospital and mental health interventions.

Phone: 805-684-8434

Event posted Feb. 8, 2013
Last updated Feb. 8, 2013


Independent Discussion Guidelines

Don't these people get its our violent culture that drives this problem and not the availability of guns?

Of course if they had to ask themselves the big question of "why?" they would have to realize their long-held views of social engineering are blowing up in their faces.

Ignorance is bliss.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 3:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Right on, billclausen. Gun violence does indeed present a high cost to society, but attempting to ban guns would not significantly improve the problem. Ironically, I've read that many of the cheap guns once called 'Saturday Night Specials' are manufactured right here in SoCal - don't know if that is still true or not.

The panel might be interesting if the subtopic of gun banning were eliminated from the discussion in favor of focus on the reaons for the violence and possible methods to deal with that. But I'm not hopeful.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 8:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

In my opinion, 'The High Cost of Pharmaceutical Violence' would be more apt, more relevant to mass shootings, and more useful to the public, but that would require going up against gigantic, transnational, criminal corporations, 80% which have been convicted of felonies or are currently under a corporate integrity agreement:

'Punishing Health Care Fraud — Is the GSK Settlement Sufficient?'
New England Journal of Medicine

JohnTieber (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 9:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Good point Mr. Tieber. I would add economic violence is also rampant in our community and nation.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 10:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Just arrived via my RSS feed minutes ago:

"In the flood of commentary about the Newtown massacre and broader US gun violence, liberals tend to blame failures of gun control while conservatives blame the mentally ill and Hollywood. But they are both missing one important and overlooked explanation: the domestic consequences of a militarized superpower engaged in chronic wars around the world.

"The US spends more money on the military than the next ten countries together. It also has the highest level of domestic gun violence in the developed world. Highly militarized societies cannot compartmentalize foreign from domestic violence. They cannot prevent wars – and guns – from coming home."

Excerpt above is from:

'Might Makes Right Based Violence By the Military Promotes Violence At Home'

JohnTieber (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 12:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

We've been through this before, BC, when you state "Don't these people get its our violent culture that drives this problem and not the availability of guns?" can't you also see that the huge overabundance of guns and easy availability HAS SOME ROLE in the violence?
JL and JT, encourage you to attend this forum and state your opinions there.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 1:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

DrDan: As I've stated in previous posts, I'm open to the idea of gun *control* but what bothers me about the people who are getting the media traction with their anti-gun views is that they fail to address the core issues about *why* there is so much violence.

While the firepower capacity of weapons today might be greater, we still must wrestle with the uncomfortable fact that 20,30, 40 years ago it was very easy to obtain guns so why didn't we hear about such incidents as those making the news today? Do you want to answer that?

By the way, Tieber brings up a good point about our endless involvement in depersonalizing and killing people in faraway places, which reminds me of why I don't vote for mainstream politicians.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 2:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Here are some interesting numbers which indicate that gun violence is decreasing. Thus, take a deep cleansing breath and relax.

dionysiuspetros (anonymous profile)
March 3, 2013 at 9:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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