2. Congratulations to Chapter Volunteer of the Year. At its December meeting, the Nevada-Placer Chapter of the Brady Campaign honored Debra Worth as the 2014 Chapter Volunteer of the Year. Debra has actively supported state firearm legislation by attending committee hearings, press conferences and vigils at the State Capitol. Locally, she has promoted the ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Campaign, a program that encourages parents to ask if there are guns where their children visit and play. Congratulations, Debra! Thank you for your steadfast work to prevent gun violence.
3. Newspaper Story on ASK. The announcement of our Chapter Volunteer of the Year inspired reporter Cory Fisher to do an excellent story in Tuesday’s The Union newspaper on Debra, ASK, safe firearm storage, and suicide prevention:
It doesn’t hurt to ask about guns in the home Along with iPads, teddy bears, art sets and video games, Santa might be putting a record number of firearms under the tree this year. On Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, the FBI’s background check system set a new record with more than 175,000 background checks for new gun sales. That’s why it’s more important than ever to talk to your child — and the people in your child’s life — about guns, says Debra Worth, a member of the Penn Valley Union Elementary School District……
4. Handgun Brought to School in Truckee. Coincidentally, also on Tuesday, YubaNet posted a story about a 14-year-old student bringing a semiautomatic handgun to school in Truckee:
It remains to be determined whether our DA will file criminal charges on the parents for not securing the firearm and ammunition.
Two-thirds of school shooters acquire the gun from their own home or that of a relative. Families need to REMOVE or LOCKUP their guns!
The Brady Campaign wishes you safe and happy holidays!
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence