Perspectives on Gun Violence

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Like people all across the country and indeed around the world, residents of the Second District have been engaged in debating the appropriate role of guns in American society and culture. Here in the United States, there is division on many points regarding gun control and agreement on few. Around the world, however, other nations are baffled that we accept 100,000 gun shot victims a year as a normal part of life. If there’s one thing I know, it is that there is no problem either in personal or public life that is best resolved with a gun. I’ve written about my support for Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s proposed ban on assault weapons and President Obama’s sensible package in opinion pieces posted on here and here. Now I would like to hear from you. In the video above, you’ll find a small sampling of diverse opinions from around the Second District, from Culver City to Carson, Compton to the University of Southern California and places in between. Please weigh in with your opinion as well. All comments that maintain a level of civil discourse, regardless of point of view, will be posted. With hope — MRT

3 replies
  1. Ethel Austin
    Ethel Austin says:

    I believe that our GUNS Background check, should be Handle through a higher level such as our Federal Bureau of Investigations, before a Purchase can be made. Also, people that have guns now, should be be sent through another Background check to make sure they are stable and does not have any type of Criminal, or Mental problems on their record.

    I would also like to suggest that before a purchase of a hand gun can be made you MUST GO THROUGH PROPER TRAINING to bare a FIRE ARM!!!!… People are Dangerous with Guns, Not GUNS alone …..!!!!

  2. Rev TD Stone
    Rev TD Stone says:

    There is no rational reason for assault type weapons to be available to the public. Limiting the production of certain types of weapons does not infringe on the right to bear arms. Multi round ammunition clips also are not protected under the second amendment. One way to cut down on gun violence is add a severe tax on the sale of certain types of ammunition making it too expensive to buy or waste in random shooting. If bullets were $5,000 per cartridge would certainly effect the number of shooting incidents.

  3. Ronald Shimokaji
    Ronald Shimokaji says:

    I’m extremely upset with extremists on both sides who have diverted attention from the real issues. I’ve always believed that we need to have a frank, and reasoned discussion on the causes of gun violence. What we don’t need is to have that discussion derailed by the NRA or gun control advocates and their inflammatory rhetoric.


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