Guns and Restraining Orders

Despite the recent increase in mass shootings in the United States, the majority of gun injuries and deaths are in fact a result of suicides, homicides, accidental shootings, and intimate partner violence. In this documentary, we hear the story of one woman’s experience of domestic violence, and how some Californians are working to prevent harmful and deadly shootings with gun violence restraining orders.


Sofia Garca, survivor of intimate partner violence; Richard Martinez, Survivor Network at Everytown for Gun Safety; Kendra Thomas, family law attorney and Trustee with Los Angeles County Bar Associations Domestic Violence Legal Services Project; Mara Elliott, San Diego City Attorney; CA Assembly member Jacqui Irwin, 44th District; CA Assembly member Phil Ting, 19th District.


This program was produced as a project for the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2019 California Fellowship.

Reporter and Host: Monica Lopez
Editorial support: Catherine Stifter, Susan Racho
Additional Sound Recording: Michelle Martin, Hank Hadley, Salima Hamirani, Lisa Rudman

Making Contact Staff

Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani
Outreach and Audience Engagement Coordinator: Dylan Heuer
Associate Producer: Aysha Choudary

Music Credits:

Lifetrap (Johnny Ripper Remix), Year of Glad

Some Club Tech Dance with Strobe Tension Atmo, wertstahl

Thread of Clouds, Blue Dot Sessions

Affirmation, Lee Rosevere

Surreal (Johnny Ripper Remix), Ouri

Galaxy Shard, Blue Dot Sessions

Underwater, Meydan

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