Looking for New Members for the Lock it Up! Program

Looking for New Members for the Lock it Up! Program

The Lock It Up Team (Shirley Aronson, Janet Chaikin, Rosalie Almborg, Arlene Ustin, Betsy Pickup and Kristen Murtaugh) is excited to report on a busy and effective start to 2020. We are grateful to The National Coalition of Jewish Women for their donation of $150 and to NOW for their donation of $50 toward the printing of information cards.  We had generous graphic design assistance from Cristina Meija for the changes we wanted to make to the card templates we had received from the Broward LWV. As of mid-January, we had given away our stash of gun locks and were pleased to be able to pick up 800 more at the Veterans Administration in WPB. Community involvement and partnering are important to this initiative. Team members attended five tabling events in January, where we distributed gun locks and information handouts. Several more events are scheduled for February. The leaders of

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Gun Lock Project

Gun Lock Project

The Gun Lock Project of the Gun Safety Group aims to educate the public as to the importance of proper gun storage.  We plan to print information cards in English, Spanish, and Creole explaining the need for common-sense handling of guns.  In order to publicize our project, we will be contacting Pediatricians, Mental Health Counselors, and Police and Sheriff Departments and ask them to partner with us on this project.  We also plan to attend various community events to promote our project to give out gun locks and information cards.  We have established a partnership with the Veterans Administration which will supply us with gun locks.

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Concert and National Night Out

Concert and National Night Out

LWVPBC GUN SAFETY CONCERT SPONSOR  and OCTOBER 4th NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Marsha Vinson, LWVPBC Gun Safety Chair/Reporter The 2019 Concert Across America, an annual nationwide event spanning 200+ cities, links communities across the country to remember those who lost their lives due to gun violence and to call for much-needed gun legislation.  LWVPBC Gun Safety and Voter Services partnered and tabled at the inspiring Concert at West Boca High School on September 8th. Organizer Mimi Zelman of Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor planned this day of fine music, song, and remembrance with the hope that by working together – we can make a difference and save lives.  Our own Tom Gabor, criminologist/author, was a key speaker along with Mayor of Boynton Beach Steven Grant and Rabbi Barry Silver.  Latin Grammy-nominated duo Periko & Jessi León performed uplifting songs.  Leaguers – mark your calendars now for next year’s concert!   LWVPBC Gun Safety, Voter

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LWVPBC Gun Safety Meets with Sheriff Bradshaw

LWVPBC Gun Safety Meets with Sheriff Bradshaw

Reported by Marsha Vinson At the May 28, 2019 meeting at PBSO Headquarters, Sheriff of Palm Beach County Ric Bradshaw enthusiastically related to LWVPBC representatives, Arlene Ustin, Martha Smith, and Marsha Vinson that he and his department, the largest law enforcement agency in the county, wholeheartedly support the mission of the League of Women Voters including Gun Safety and Mental Health Initiatives.  The Sheriff shared his favorite motto that he learned from his father: Work on things you have a chance to change. Sheriff Bradshaw and his colleague, Lesley Shriberg,  Governmental Affairs Coordinator/Investigative Operations Bureau, have invited the League to participate at forthcoming community events including the October 2019 National Night Out for Crime Prevention held at the Royal Palm Beach Target.   Topics covered at the meeting included: Gun Safety’s Lock It Up and Law Enforcement and Mental Health.  Gun locks are an integral part of the Sheriff’s budget.  During his recent testimony in Washington DC before

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Cool Topics Report- Lock It Up (& more)!

Cool Topics Report- Lock It Up (& more)!

by Marsha Vinson Stem Center, South Florida Science Center May 11, 2019 reported by Marsha Vinson An outstanding panel and discussion moderated by LWVPBC President Ken Thomas and organized by the LWVPBC Gun Safety Issue Group highlighted critical issues surrounding the safe storage of guns. The expert panelists providing the audience with an in depth, fact-packed view of the impact of safe storage on gun violence and gun deaths were: LWV of Broward County Gun Safety Issue Chair and Originator/Lock It Up -Barbara Markley, Dr. Monica Monahan, Suicide Prevention Team Lead, West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, and LWVPBC member/mentor for the Gun Safety Issue Group-Tom Gabor, a leading criminologist and author of Enough! Solving America’s Gun Violence Crisis. Barbara Markley recently was conferred with a US Congressional Commendation for her successful introduction of the LWV initiative, Lock It Up, in Broward County. Currently, the LWVPBC Gun Safety Issue Group

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