In her first television ad in the runoff for mayor or Los Angeles, Wendy Greuel describes how gun violence has affected her and other Americans and promises Angelenos, “I’ll work so this never touches your life.”
Greuel uses the 30-second spot, due to begin running Monday on cable television, to pledge more mental health services and “a partnership with parents and police to keep guns and gangs out of schools.”
By raising the issue in her competition with City Councilman Eric Garcetti, Greuel seeks to align herself with a political stance—increased gun control and safety measures for children—that has become popular with most of the public since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut four months ago.
Universal registration and other gun control measures have been at the top of the national political agenda in recent days, as the U.S. Senate has taken up the issue. Greuel, the city controller, appeared at a rally Saturday in Westwood in favor of tougher regulation.