About Us

Orange County Citizens for the Prevention of Gun Violence believes that all gun injuries and deaths are preventable. It is our hope that the readers who come to this website will do so sharing our belief that it is our moral responsibility to seek and act upon the solutions necessary to prevent the senseless gun violence that kills over 80 people a day in our country.  Our perspective is that gun violence is a public health concern and safety issue that negatively impacts the quality of all the lives in the community. 

Orange County Citizens for the Prevention of Gun Violence was founded in 1995 by Charles and Mary Leigh Blek in memory of their son, Matthew

Education is the biggest priority of Orange County Citizens for the Prevention of Gun Violence.

We hope to build this website as one of resource of research, facts and civil discussion to inform public policy to end gun violence.  We do this in honor and in memory of Matthew Charles Blek and all those who have lost their lives to gun violence and those left behind to mourn them.  Most importantly, we do this to prevent this needless American tragedy.

Advocacy for sound public policy will be a part of this website. We hope that you will want to become part of the solution by educating yourself to the issue and then acting upon such knowledge with voicing your opinions to policy-decision makers.