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Beverly Hills City Council to Discuss Gun Control Tuesday

Council members will review Sen. Dianne Feinstein's federal assault weapons ban initiative.

The City Council will address at its Tuesday study session ways to enhance public safety and prevent gun violence in Beverly Hills, while reviewing local, state and federal options that can strengthen controls over the sale and ownership of firearms.

The City Council Legislative Committee of Mayor William Brien and Vice Mayor John Mirisch met in late December to discuss gun control laws in light of the mass shooting Dec. 14 at an elementary school in Newtown, CT. The committee recommended presenting the entire council with legislative proposals that seek to enhance gun and ammunition control, including a bill by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that would place a federal ban on assault weapons.

Feinstein authored a federal ban on assault weapons in 1994 that Congress allowed to expire in 2004 during the George W. Bush administration. She publicly stated shortly after the Newtown shooting that passing a new federal bill banning assault weapons would be her priority when Congress returns to session in January.

"It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession. Not retroactively, but prospectively. It will ban the same for big clips, drums or strips of more than 10 bullets," Feinstein said on NBC's Meet The Press Dec. 16. "There will be a bill."

In a joint video statement, the Beverly Hills Police Department and Beverly Hills Unified School District reassured residents that there is a lockdown plan in place for school emergencies like the Newtown tragedy. The BHPD also said it is working with private schools in the city to ensure the same safety measures.

Still, some parents are concerned by what they perceive as a lack of security at BHUSD schools if an incident like the Newtown shooting takes place in Beverly Hills.

"More needs to be done to make the campuses safer, particularly at Beverly High," Amie Alper Deutsch told Patch in a Dec. 21 article. Her children attend Beverly Hills High School and Beverly Vista, and she is herself a BHHS alumna.

"Why are we spending thousands of dollars on high school security officers who are unarmed and sit in 20-year-old golf carts?" Deutsch said.

Do you believe City Council should support a federal ban on assault weapons? Do you think an assault weapons ban would help protect residents from gun violence? Tell us in the comments section.

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Malcolm Kyle January 07, 2013 at 04:45 PM
The National Firearms Act of 1934 was actually a direct response to the acute rise in prohibition (1919-33) engendered gun violence. PROHIBITION EQUATES TO MORE VIOLENT CRIME WHICH LEADS TO MORE CALLS FOR GUN CONTROL The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada recently reviewed 15 studies that evaluated the association between violence and drug law enforcement. "Our findings suggest that increasing drug law enforcement is unlikely to reduce drug market violence. Instead, the existing evidence base suggests that gun violence and high homicide rates may be an inevitable consequence of drug prohibition and that disrupting drug markets can paradoxically increase violence." http://tinyurl.com/c4uyecn Prohibition has diverted police resources away from other law enforcement activities, with the result that violent crimes and crimes against property have been higher than they would otherwise have been. To the extent that communities divert law enforcement resources from violent crimes to illegal drug offenses, the risk of punishment for engaging in violent crimes is reduced. Prohibitionists, and their gun-control criminal friends who live in a crack-house called Congress, are having a ball and it's all on our tab.
Lauren January 07, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Exactly Malcolm, blaming the gun is like blaming the car for an accident, and its a mental health issue which could be mostly prevented. Please see " Preventing violence from the womb" : http://healthybabies.wordpress.com/2012/12/29/preventing-violence-from-the-womb/ and learn how our children in particular are having their minds, moods and brains altered genetically via constant chemical exposure.

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