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Local Congressional Reps Join Call for More Gun Control

Three congressional representatives from districts in the San Gabriel Valley have lent their support to more restrictive gun legislation after the mass shooting in a Connecticut school horrified the nation. What say you?

Congressional representatives from three San Gabriel Valley districts have joined the call for tighter restrictions on gun ownership following the Connecticut shootings that claimed the lives of 20 children and eight adults.

Congressional representatives Judy Chu (D-El Monte), Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Grace Napolitano (D-Santa Fe Springs) have all spoken in favor of more gun control in the days after the Newtown school shooting. California Sen.

Schiff told MSNBC that he supports the renewal of the assault weapons ban that congress allowed to expire in 2004. He said the strength of the National Rifle Association's lobbying efforts have made gun control laws difficult to pass.

"It is enormously difficult to take on the NRA," Schiff told MSNBC’s Craig Melvin over the weekend. "They put a lot of money in against you and so it's a challenge but it's going to have to be done. We just can't keep going through tragedy after tragedy like this, it's got to stop."

Chu also lent her support to the assault weapons ban in a written statement released Monday.

"As these violent tragedies continue to plague communities all across the country, it is clear that Congress must act to reclaim our security," Chu wrote. "That means reinstating the assault weapons ban and addressing mental health issues within in our society. I believe we should also prohibit large capacity magazines and fix our broken background system."

Chu said she'll use her position on the House Judiciary Committee to push for tighter gun control laws.

"Because if we act responsibly today, we can prevent another mass casualty event from happening tomorrow," she wrote. We simply cannot afford to delay another day."

Napolitano, who has earned an "F" from the NRA for her support for gun control laws, said in a statement Friday that she will push for stricter gun ownership laws and greater access to mental health services.

"[Friday's] tragic events shed light on the continued discussion and action needed in Congress to address the issues of mental health and gun safety," Napolitano wrote. "We must all work together to secure and protect the federal funding needed to carry out mental health services and programs for all Americans. We must ensure that mental health support is made available for all children, their families, first responders, and the community of Newtown to help deal with this tragic event.”

Diane Feinstein said Monday that she will re-introduce legislation to ban assault weapons as soon as congress is back in session.

What do you think? Should the assault weapons ban be reinstituted? Will more gun control reduce the recurrence of mass shootings?

Kenneth Lowndes December 20, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Gayle, I am probably not focusing enough on this medical issue. Your personal honesty is the kind of stuff driving most of this debate, spoken about or not. You coming forward is a good move. My own belief is that if any one finds themselves afraid of what they fear what they might do, it is a legitimate issue. Getting OFF the drugs that adversely affect you is very important. There are some good ones, but none since the 1980's. They have been engineered and designed to cause mayhem. About 6% have real trouble. MK Ultra was and is for real. However, getting the focus "stuck in stupid" is no way to increase our safety concerns. Attempting to ban or regulate our personal FREEDOM to own whatever we wish is crazy talk. It does not even come close to increased personal security concerns. You make and prepare BEFORE the need arises, right? Just look at how badly all those people are still suffering from the aftermath of the Sandy hurricane. Preparation seemed rediculous to many, until it was too late. I have a lot of friends in South Jersey, and many are still suffering.
Gayle M. Montgomery December 20, 2012 at 07:12 AM
You are quitting, Marty? Another joke? I remembered the AWM thing just not the letters. Oh, well, the world is ending in just over 24 hours, Marty. It's been fun! LOL.
Gayle M. Montgomery December 20, 2012 at 07:17 AM
By the way, until the new Congress is seated on January 3, our area is still represented by Congressman David Dreier who is retiring then. That said, we're still paying him and, when he retires, he will get a pension substantively higher than most will ever see on Social Security and bennies that put Medicare to shame. Been working with the Foothill Action Team on the fiscal cliff (see TheAction.org) and have letters from concerned constituents to deliver to him. Calls to his local office got a funky ring, so we sent someone out there to check and lo and behold, in the middle of this fiscal crisis, he's closed up shop. Oh, but wait. It gets worse. I called his DC office on Tuesday night. Left a clear and succinct message asking about the local office. Did I get a call back today? Nope. The man is basically MIA at a truly critical time and should be taken to task.
not Carl Peterson lll December 20, 2012 at 08:18 AM
Yes Gayle, my married life is done.... been done-long time. I did not know you responded a couple days ago after the AWM remark. I just found it. As for the end of the world, My real estate agent, who also thinks he is a bit of a life guru, said its not the end of the world. It a new beginning.....to which we can all be relieved now with a collective oooooooohhhhhhhh!!! (sigh)..... aoooommmmmm....aooooommmm. .. To infinity...and beyond------------>
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 22, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Isn't Mental Health an oxymoron like Gov't Worker or Airplane Meal..?? If guns are ever banned, a good replacement would be a Whamo Slingshot..It can really make you SMART even if you are STUPID....

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