One of key drivers of getting the Dec. 12 resolution in front of board members was Carolyn Swanson, a Pacific Grove mother of a first-grader. She said this kind of local action can be a powerful tool to address the public health crisis of gun violence.
“There were a lot of community members who were willing to stick their necks out to get this passed,” she said.
Having a daughter in school isn’t the only reason Swanson got involved in promoting gun safety. When she was a sophomore in high school three of her friends — two girls and a boy — committed suicide.
“All were by guns,” she said, “I’ve never forgotten that.”