assault weapons

AFTER REPUBLICANS BAR VOTES ON BILLS TO LIMIT ACCESS TO ASSAULT WEAPONS, DEMOCRATS STAGE SIT-IN IN HOUSE, FILIBUSTER IN SENATE

 

East County News Service

June 23, 2016 (San Diego) –Although more than 60% of Americans support limits on access to assault weapons, Republicans in the House and Senate refused to allow votes on such measures.  In the Senate last week, Democrats filibustered to force a vote, but the Republican majority defeated a measure authored by California Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Last night, House Democrats staged a sit-in seeking to prevent the House from adjourning without taking up a similar measure. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan shut off cameras to prevent TV coverage on C-Span, so San Diego Democrat Scott Peters  live-streamed the action on his cell phone with a Periscope app.  Democratic Congresswoman Susan Davis, whose district includes San Diego and East County cmmunities, also spoke—and sat—on the House floor.

Hear Congresswoman Susan Davis’ floor speech here:  https://www.facebook.com/RepSusanDavis/videos/1183815441661009/

View video highlights from C-Span of the House Democratic sit-in here:

CALIFORNIA SENATORS AND SAN DIEGO CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS WEIGH IN ON GUN VIOLENCE PROPOSALS

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 20,2013 (San Diego)—Both of California’s U.S. Senators are strongly supporting actions to restrict assault weapons and protect the public from mass shootings, though members of San Diego’s Congressional delegation are divided in their views toward President Barack Obama’s plan for reducing gun violence.

California Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) has confirmed she intends to introduce legislation to reinstate a ban on assault weapons this week. A U.S. Department of Justice study found the prior assault weapons ban authored by Feinstein resulted in a 6.7 percent drop in the murder rate nationwide. Find details at http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/assault-weapons.

READER’S EDITORIAL: WILL YOU JOIN ME AS A CITIZEN CO-SPONSOR OF MY BILL BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS?

By Senator Dianne Feinstein

December 20, 2012 (Washington D.C.)--Enough is enough. Of the 11 deadliest shootings in American history, five have happened since 2007.¹ My heart breaks for the grieving families in Newtown and across the country. They deserve our deepest condolences, but also our determined action to end these atrocities.

I sponsored the original ban on assault weapons back in 1994 -- which expired in 2004 -- and last weekend I announced that I will introduce legislation to renew the ban on the first day of the new Congress. I would be honored if you would join me as a citizen co-sponsor of the new bill. Will you?

I was heartened when I found out that more than 11,000 of you share my vision and have already expressed support for a similar approach. Please take the next step and join me as a citizen co-sponsor so we can work together.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 

 
August 9, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LOCAL
  • Padres sold to group headed by O’Malley heirs (UT San Diego)
  • Aquifers shrink as nation digs deeper for water (UT San Diego)
  • Why a Major Food Organization Is Teaming Up With Monsanto and Friends to Block Your Right to Know What’s in Your Food (San Diego Free Press)
  • Local casino’s past, present and future—impacts of Santa Ysabel potential closure( Ramona Journal)
  • Helix extends employee contract, draws criticism (UT San Diego)
  • Dead, sick animals found at Lemon Grove store (UT San Diego)
  • Crime up 6% in county for first half of year (UT San Diego)
  • Democratic Super PAC going after Bilbray with $1.2 million ad buy (La Jolla Patch)
 
STATE
  • California reaches deep into special funds to pay for schools, social services and prisons (Sacramento Bee)
  • State finds $230 million more in unreported reserves (UT San Diego)
  • Real estate license revocations set record in California (Sacramento Bee)
  • Judge says Riverside County can’t close pot shops (Sacramento Bee)
  • Top California Democrats rally around new assault weapons bill (Sacramento Bee)
  • Two California projects selected for transformational energy storage research to advance electric vehicle and grid research (Scoop San Diego) 
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