It's none of our business, until it's everyone's business. We at Saint Alabaster are firm believers of to each his own, we respect our neighbors and what rings true to them. The rise in gun violence against teen students is a public safety matter, however, and that makes it everyone's business.
Let me kick this off by saying that I hail from a family of proud gun owners. Up at my family's ranch in Montana, it's not uncommon to find oneself riding in a truck with a rifle mounted in the cabin. Among many other teachable moments, when it was time for my Uncle Rich to renew one of his firearm permits, he brought me along with him to teach me some of the less glamorous sides of gun ownership. He imparted to me the importance of abiding by safety laws, and how imperative it is that restrictions are in place to avert the dangers and recklessness of irresponsible gun operation.
Now that you know that gem of my heritage, lets talk about how you can both own a gun and be pro-safety at the same time. My Uncle Rich's exemplary rationale is no fair-weather ideal. Despite every preparation, he too has experienced the horror that far too many parents have faced in America: His daughter, my youngest cousin, was involved in a school shooting 4 years ago at Seattle Pacific University. Thanks to the swift actions of some very brave students, the gunman was apprehended after slaying one student and critically wounding four others. You can bet that the first idea in my uncle's head upon hearing this was not to solve the problem with his guns, it was how to comfort and better the well being of his only child.
The first rule of gun ownership is (or so I’m told), if someone in your home is not fit to operate a firearm, restrict their access. We're calling for the same common sense rule-of-thumb for gun safety legislation nationwide. It makes no sense that a distraught teenager can walk into a firearms storefront and walk out with a gun 10 minutes later. As supported by the research of Everytown For Gun Safety, common-sense public safety laws can reduce gun violence and save lives, especially among children and teens.
"Gun violence has a devastating impact on American children and teenagers. Over 2,700 children and teens (ages 0-19) are shot and killed and over 14,000 more are shot and injured every year—that’s an average of 47 American children and teens shot every day.1 And the effects of gun violence extend far beyond those struck by a bullet: gun violence shapes the lives of the millions of children who witness it, know someone who was shot, or live in fear of the next shooting." –Everytown Research
So why does it matter to Saint Alabaster? Because we're cultivars, we recognize that you get out what you put in. Standing by as seeds of fear and instability sow in our youth only damages their potential for greatness and wellbeing.
We urge you all to join us in the crusade for gun safety on March 24th, 2018. March For Our Lives is organizing marches nationwide, find one near you. If you're local to Los Angeles, please join us after the march at J+Grey Boutique from 3 - 7 pm where we will be demonstrating our products. 25% of your purchase will be donated to youth advocacy in both gun safety and music education– the power of music is a palpable healer of trauma. It encourages emotional development and wholistic wellbeing, especially in children. And, it's fun!
 Independent evaluation reports of the Inside Out Community Arts extended learning program:
Catterall, James. (Winter, 2006). Inside Out’s School Project: A research report measuring the power of a theatre-based program for at-risk junior high students. Teaching Theatre.
Joseph, Rebecca & Estrella, Rachel. (2003). Inside Out Community Arts’ The School Project: Helping Students Construct Individual and Collective Change. A Qualitative Case Study Evaluation. Funded by the California Arts Council.
Inside Out Program Evaluation: Participant Project Survey Analysis. (2001). Steven Frieze, Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Cal Polytechnic University, Pomona, funded by the Eisner Foundation.