Residents in the San Fernando Valley's 20th Senate District should not have had to bother with the gun lobby-inspired recall election Tuesday against state Sen. David A. Roberti (D-Van Nuys). But the requisite number of signatures had been gathered, forcing a needless move against a politician who because of term limits was scheduled to leave office in a few months anyway.
Fortunately, the voters in the 20th made the best of it. They turned out in sufficient numbers to send a stinging rebuke to the gun lobby in particular and to a poorly timed waste of taxpayer funds in general. Most of those casting ballots refused to buy the denunciations of Roberti's eminently sensible efforts--efforts joined by a few other leading Californian politicians--to ban military-style assault weapons. By a margin of 59% to 41%, citizens voted to allow him to finish his final Senate term with justly deserved dignity.