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Gun violence prevention forum in Vallejo draws large crowd, varied opinions

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Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#1 Jan 10, 2013
Gun violence prevention forum in Vallejo draws large crowd, varied opinions
http://www.timesheraldonline.com/ci_22345428/...

Emotions ran deep and opinions wide Wednesday night at a packed gun violence prevention forum at Vallejo City Hall. Many speakers supported gun ownership while others called for greater measures to prevent senseless shootings.

Sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, the forum came in the wake of last month's school shooting tragedy in Connecticut. The meeting drew social service experts, school

officials, Vallejo's police chief and state Department of Justice representatives.

"I hope to hear from folks on how to stem gun violence," said Thompson, who chair the newly formed Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Since last week Thompson also has been representing Vallejo.

The task force will consider suggestions, concerns and opinions expressed at three forums, including one tonight in Santa Rosa. A Vietnam veteran and avid hunter, Thompson said the panel will try to find ways to stem and prevent gun violence.

"The terrible tragedy in Connecticut has motivated the American people" to demand that government take actions to stem gun-related violence, Thompson said. He was referring to the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook School which resulted in the deaths of 27 elementary school children and teachers.

Some speakers focused on the Second Amendment's right to bear arms, the need for stronger families, and more religious education in schools.

Thompson stressed that he supports the Second Amendment, is a gun owner himself and supports law-abiding, mentally stable individuals owning such weaponry.

Better mental health provisions, background checks and controls on where and how guns are sold must be studied and enacted, however, Thompson said.

Other speakers blamed a violence-laden culture in which shootings and deaths are common in videos, movies and TV shows, while still others called for improvements in mental health services.

Nearly 60 speakers had signed up to voice concerns, and dozens were waiting to make their views heard at press deadline.

Throughout the forum, sisters of Vallejoan Mario Romero, 23, who was shot and killed by Vallejo police on Sept. 2, decried what they believed to be irresponsible gun use by police officers.

"If you want to stop gun violence make sure those who are charged to protect us don't prey on us," one sister said.

Before the forum's public portion, Mayor Osby Davis read a joint statement he and Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson co-authored. In it, he said both cities would hold a gun buyback program next month with other cities and areas.

"We certainly agree that there are too many guns on the streets," Davis said. "The proliferation of guns in our society in general and automatic assault weapons in particular have created an unsafe and dangerous environment in general as well as families and our youth.

"It is time to put politics aside, use practical common sense and balance the safety of society, our families and our children with the right to own guns," he said.

Vallejo Police Chief Joseph Kreins said guns and shootings have become a crisis in the city, citing statistics of weekend shootings and shots fired calls which officers respond to continuously.

Kreins said some gun-related items need better controls to keep them from the general public, such as armor-piercing ammunition. He also suggested improved firearm registries, waiting periods and mental health evaluations for those who buy guns.

Benicia Unified School District Superintendent Janice Adams said continuous cuts have led to reductions in the number of school resource officers to promote safety and security.

Vallejo resident Tranquilino Martinez said gun violence has to stop. "Stop the insanity. Stop making guns of mass destruction and stop making them available."
Wanglow

Vallejo, CA

#2 Jan 10, 2013
We hope oobama will try to take guns away from Americans; time for a Revolution against tyranny.
WTF

Vallejo, CA

#3 Jan 10, 2013
Wanglow wrote:
We hope oobama will try to take guns away from Americans; time for a Revolution against tyranny.
Funny, I just said that last night while talking to my Dad. He's a retired sheriff, CCW and owns numerous weapons. I never see them, most of them are in a safe. He rarely even speaks of them, unless I bring it up as a topic of conversation. I think it may take something
drastic like that to wake people up and shake the
sleep out of their eyes. Then we might just have a chance to get back on the right track. Even
here in California. Otherwise, Vallejo is going to be oakland's younger brother by the end of the summer.
hate them all

Vallejo, CA

#4 Jan 10, 2013
i am inspired to buy another gun now. in some other city.
WTF

Vallejo, CA

#5 Jan 10, 2013
I find it amusing that they are holding these forums in response to the school shooting. What about the daily gunfire in Oakland and Vallejo? Was that addressed? The guns being used in those crimes, are unregistered and likely stolen. How are you going to get those guns off of the street, if you take away the law abiding citizen's guns? That's what they did in Chicago and it hasn't seemed to make even a small dent in the shootings there. Why is all of this information completely ignored? We have data on what works and what doesn't work....are they stupid or are they purposely ignoring facts?
hate them all

Vallejo, CA

#6 Jan 10, 2013
i wonder where tony pearsall's stolen pistols are, and how many crimes they were used in because he failed to secure them.
obamas son

Los Altos, CA

#7 Jan 10, 2013
WHY do liberals hate the Constitution ?
because the Constitution puts LIMITS on what liberals can do to the people. "the rights of the people shall not be infringed"
Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#8 Jan 10, 2013

Switzerland has the lowest crime rate in the world,because the people are armed, basic military is mandatory for men, and after wards they are required to keep their weapon at home. A crook will think twice about breaking into houses knowing this, people who think the world should get rid rid of guns should think again.
hate them all

Vallejo, CA

#9 Jan 10, 2013
Anonymous wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =0ufkwTM82e4XX
Switzerland has the lowest crime rate in the world,because the people are armed, basic military is mandatory for men, and after wards they are required to keep their weapon at home. A crook will think twice about breaking into houses knowing this, people who think the world should get rid rid of guns should think again.
and there you have it, a service-proven model of responsible ownership and crime reduction. of course, they have few hooded homies in switzerland, but still the stats bear witness to the success of the national philosophy.
Dragon

Vacaville, CA

#10 Jan 10, 2013
Nothing but killings everywhere a devine intervention is needed!

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