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In town hall, local Congress members talk about gun violence prevention

Original post made on Jun 5, 2022

In honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Rep. Anna Eshoo held a virtual town hall Friday with Rep. Mike Thompson to address constituent frustrations about gun violence prevention.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, June 5, 2022, 8:50 AM

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 5, 2022 at 8:25 pm

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How about using the existing laws, California has the most strict gun laws by far and ones that exceed what some in congress are trying to pass at a federal level? We don't need more laws, not when the laws we already have are not being used. Take this story that I read yesterday:

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TLDR: convicted felon uses a gun to rob people in a park, pistol whips one of them. Police catch him with the stolen property and the gun. He gets a deal for 3 years in prison (he served less than 18 months), but with time served and good behavior he has already completed his sentence at the time of sentencing and is now on probation. The convicted felon that used a gun to commit a violent crime is back on the streets. I am willing to bet he has a gun within days and will commit more gun crimes. Does this make the community a safer place?

People want to be tough on Gun crime but then you have cases like this. He broke the law, committed a violent felony with a gun he possessed illegally and he only served 18 months in a county lockup. So why pass more laws that won't be used? I guess to get voted by people easily fooled...

Posted by MenloVoter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 6, 2022 at 7:23 am

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spot on. We can make all the laws we want, but if they aren't ENFORCED they are worthless. Until DA's stop not filing, reducing to misdemeanors and dealing away sever punishment for using a gun in a crime or simply being a person not allowed to possess a gun, this carnage will continue.

Posted by MACA
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jun 6, 2022 at 12:54 pm

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In my ideal world only police and other law enforcement people like the FBI carry guns in the streets. If you are so important you need personal protection you hire a bodyguard. Otherwise you have guns kept locked up except when using for hunting game like deer, ducks or geese.

Posted by Dave Boyce
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jun 6, 2022 at 2:32 pm

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It's interesting and concerning that Ms. Eshoo speaks up when it's an issue of immediate currency, such as gun violence and Roe v Wade being overturned, but she says nary a word in public forums about the huge problems we're facing with respect to our democracy.

The far-right is having a field day in one state after another, passing laws to make voting more difficult for people of color, and taking steps to replace nonpartisan election officials with partisan ones, all in service to Trump's Big Lie.

The Great Replacement Theory, in which Democrats are alleged to encourage would-be immigrants of color to relocate to the US and vote Democratic (as if people of color are all Democrats!), amplifies and lends credence to the GOP's seemingly implacable hold on minority rule.

It's a ridiculous theory, but it's got legs. Where are the counter arguments?

The US, in international rankings, is no longer considered a full democracy, but a flawed one. And the signs for the future are not reassuring in the least.

Where is Ms. Eshoo on these existential issues? We don't know. Where is her voice? Where is her outrage?

She strikes me as a foot soldier, not a leader. She has a voice, she has a platform, but does she have a sense of proportion?

She did not get my vote.

Michelle Obama infamously said, "When they go low, we go high." And where has that gotten us? When they go low, "we kick them," says former attorney general Eric Holder. Or, to quote a podcast guest whose name escapes me, "When they go low, we need to be there waiting for them."

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