Reducing Gun Violence

    March 25, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    St. Francis in the Foothills UMC
    4625 E River Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85718

    Reducing Gun Violence

    Sunday, March 25th,

    10:30 am in the Community Center (St. Francis in the Foothills UMC)

    Pam Simon was an aide to Gabrielle Giffords and was injured in the tragic shooting in January 2011.

    Emily Zimmerman is the mother of Gabe Zimmerman,

    a Gifford’s aide who was killed in the shooting.

    Together, they will present the message of

    Every Town for Gun Safety.

    It is a national non-profit organization that advocates for sensible gun control laws and against gun violence.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Spoke with presenter Pam Simon yesterday at the March for Our Lives rally, and she showed LD 9 House candidate JP Martin and me where she was shot on Jan. 8, 2011. She still has residual pain from the shooting area in her torso, as her body “remembers” the trauma. Is the NRA listening? The stronger solution to gun violence is to strongly limit access to guns in America. Attend this forum to hear from survivor Pam and the mother of
      Congressional aide Gabe, who died on the sidewalk in front of that Safeway.

      • Good point. The people who are often forgotten in these discussions about gun violence, mass shootings, etc… are the ones who survive with life changing disabilities. Gabrielle Giffords has certainly given those survivors a public face, but there still isn’t nearly enough emphasis on the physical suffering endured by many survivors for the remainder of their lives.

        • Yes, Gabby was almost assassinated and victims Suzi Hileman, Ron Barber, Gabby, all suffer from trauma and wounds associated with that Tucson mass shooting. Yet almost nothing has been done since then, which LD 2 House Rep. Daniel Hernandez Jr. (also a survivor of that shooting) said at the March for Our Lives rally yesterday. Guns are still too readily accessible to mentally ill men.

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