January 2, 2013 |
You can have your "A Visit from St. Nicholas" and "A Christmas Carol. " My favorite holiday reading is always the list of new state laws. Nearly 750 new ones for 2013 were passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor last year. With the Legislature in session about seven months, that's something like 100 a month. But it can hardly be said that every one was accompanied by stirring, democracy-defining debates. My favorite so far is the slam-dunk law ending the discounts for past and current state legislators and California members of Congress who order vanity plates for their cars.
February 21, 2013
Re "State getting guns out of some hands," Feb. 19 In reviewing the massive backlog related to California's excellent program to confiscate guns from convicted felons and others on the state's Armed Prohibited Persons list, is it at all possible that a simple letter with a 10-day deadline that offers amnesty in exchange for the voluntary surrender of the weapon, as opposed to a surprise visit from a SWAT team, might very well have a positive effect...
December 15, 2012
Re "Gunman at Oregon mall kills 2 victims, then himself," Dec. 12 Does the National Rifle Assn. want us to believe this deranged man, who was using a holiday-packed mall as his shooting range, deserved 2nd Amendment protection? It's time the outrageously powerful NRA understood what our Founding Fathers had in mind regarding the meaning of a "well regulated militia. " Jerold Drucker Camarillo ALSO: Letters: Cheering on All Saints Church Letters: U.S.-funded violence in Congo Letters: When should government get involved?
January 11, 2013
Re "Survival 101," Jan. 9 What madness is this? Like a "Twilight Zone" story, we fear a handful of people who threaten our children and families with death just because of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. Even conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has said that reasonable gun regulations are constitutional. The death rate from homicides in the United States in 2011 was 4.7 people per 100,000 residents, according to the FBI. That same number is less than two in Canada, and in 2008, Britain had fewer than 40 homicides committed with firearms.
March 21, 2013 |
The 58% of Americans who favor a ban on assault weapons got a sad lesson in Washington politics this week when a major bill to end their sale, and to eliminate the high-capacity magazines that allow mass killers to do their awful work without pausing to reload, was effectively squelched . The reason? After Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) drafted an improved version of her former assault weapons ban, which was passed in 1994 but allowed to expire by Congress in 2004, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
February 17, 2013
Re "Dorner case shows folly of armed fight with government," Column, Feb. 14 George Skelton's conclusion from the Dorner affair that armed Americans could never successfully fight their government is contrary to what transpired. At the most base level, Dorner won: He killed two officers, but the police only got one. Further, if Dorner was indeed hiding within line of sight of the search command center in Big Bear, he could have killed more. Of even greater significance is the psychological victory Dorner had over the LAPD.