The Law Center Marks Twenty Years – JUNE 28, 2013

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The Law Center Marks Twenty Years of Saving Lives

Twenty years ago, a deranged former client entered the Pettit & Martin law offices in San Francisco and went on a shooting rampage. In the end, he had killed eight — in addition to himself — and grievously wounded six more.

In the wake, the San Francisco legal community and others affected by this horrific event came together to prevent the next tragedy – founding the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Every year, we gather to mark the anniversary of our organization’s founding with a special event to remember the lives that were taken on July 1, 1993, as well as the unacceptable toll of lives taken by gunfire every day, and look to the future as we develop real and lasting solutions.

We are so honored to have the support of our amazing donors, attendees, and speakers — and we send a special thanks to Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congressman Mike Thompson, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and Pastor Michael McBride who joined us to mark this anniversary with us. Finally, thank you to President Bill Clinton for sending a congratulatory message to us for our work and the work of our fantastic speakers to keep our communities safe.

Thank you to everyone who celebrated this momentous occasion with us.

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Senator Feinstein’s Assault Weapon Ban: A Huge Step Towards Safer Communities

Senator Feinstein is right. Weapons of war don’t belong on our streets. That’s why she fought for our safety this morning and introduced a new ban on assault weapons – weapons designed for combat that continue to make battlegrounds out of our movie theaters, shopping malls, and elementary schools across the country.

This is a huge step. If Senator Feinstein’s bill becomes law, it will keep many dangerous weapons out of our communities. She is relying on you to make sure it becomes a reality. She has taken a stand for the majority of Americans who believe that these military-style weapons don’t belong in our neighborhoods, and she needs us to take up the fight to ensure that Congress acts. As she said today:

There is one great hope out there and that is you. Because you are stronger than the gun lobby. You are stronger than gun manufacturers … Only if you stand up, if America rises up, if people care enough to call every member of the House and every member of the Senate and say, “We have had enough.”

We all need to make sure that Congress hears our demands. Stand with Senator Feinstein and tell Congress to protect our communities from these weapons of war by supporting the 2013 Assault Weapon Ban.

Sign her petition to Congress here.

It is not too late to prevent the next disaster. Today is the day to demand that Congress takes action.