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Swalwell, congressional colleagues call for vote on gun control bills

Bay Area House Democrats hold rally in San Francisco

Building on a sit-in staged by House Democrats in the nation's capitol last week, San Ramon's Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) and other members of the Bay Area congressional delegation gathered Wednesday in San Francisco to call for House Republicans to allow a vote on gun control bills.

The rally at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on Wednesday afternoon also brought Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee, Mike Thompson and Mike Honda together with gun control advocates, gun violence survivors and local leaders as part of a national day of action on gun violence prevention.

The event was one of many held around the country Wednesday calling for a vote on federal bills that would expand background check requirements for gun purchases and prohibit those on the federal "no fly" list from buying guns, according to event organizers.

Pelosi (D-San Francisco) on Wednesday said last week's sit-in was held after Democrats were told there would be a "moment of silence" for victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre in the House but no vote on gun control legislation.

"People said no longer shall we have on the floor of the house a moment of silence following a tragedy that is just that, a moment of silence and no action," she said. "Our message to our leadership is, give us a vote. No more silence."

Thompson (D-St. Helena) chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, has put forward bipartisan legislation that would require background checks when purchasing guns online or at a gunshow, closing what proponents call a loophole in current laws.

Thompson said Wednesday that background checks work to prevent gun violence, and called on Congress to "put partisan politics aside and do what it takes to help keep our communities safe."

"Because whether its in a movie theater, or on a college campus, or at an elementary school, in a church, in a nightclub, or on the streets of our cities -- we've lost too many innocent lives to gun violence and we can't sit back and do nothing while more lives are cut short," Thompson said.

Separately, Lee has also put forward legislation that would remove restrictions on sharing information among law enforcement agencies about gun theft and bad-actor gun dealers, and also remove current restrictions prohibiting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from studying gun violence as a public health threat.

— Bay City News Service

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10 people like this
Posted by Mike
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 30, 2016 at 6:12 pm

So the next terrorist attack the victims hide in the bathroom and wait for the hostage negotiators to arrive, along with the ambulances and blood mobiles. They might also text their representatives to ask for help.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 16, 2016 at 4:26 pm

Good to know that Swalwell is going to "keep me safe"---whether I like it or not. Many of the mass shootings are being carried out in "gun free zones" simply because there is no one to shoot back at the terrorist. Go ahead Eric, jump on the gun control bandwagon every time there is a terrorist attack, infringe upon the law abiding gun owner, the bad guys won't follow your hair brained agenda though.

You will not have my vote, ever.


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Posted by mikestanton
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 17, 2016 at 9:29 am

I am very dissapoited in the character of Swawell. He stopped by my house campaigning and we spoke directly and candidily about many issues. He literally told me what he thought I wanted to hear in order to get my vote. He seemed very sincere, so I took a chance. This man is a liar. He changes his position like a chameleon to suit his need to get elected and then takes an opposite stand, breaking his promise to his constituency. He is nothing more than a Pelosiite, trying to rise with in the Democratic Party. He does what he is told by the machine, not what he commits to. We need to vote these types right out of office. Sure, I expect nothing less from a politician, but this person is a true liar.


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Jul 18, 2016 at 11:20 am

Yes, it would be so terribly onerous to apply the same background check requirement to gun purchases at gun shows and through online dealers that we currently have for gun shop purchases. Why would anyone want to do that???? Maybe, because it would make it that much harder for felons to get guns?

Wait, . . . . I can hear the rebuttal coming. "Felons will get guns anyway. They don't care about background checks."

Well, that specious argument could be used against ANY proposed law, right? Why have ANY laws if some people would break them anyway? These are just bogus arguments used by those whose irrational fear of the government taking all their guns away leads them to tacitly condone a situation in which guns are so readily available to the crazies that children can now be slaughtered in classrooms. Very patriotic.........


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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Jul 18, 2016 at 2:13 pm

Dave: If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns. A US Department of Justice survey of two thousand felons found that 40% of them admitted they had been deterred from committing a felonious act out of fear that their intended victim might be armed. In England, where there are extreme gun control laws, their home invasion stats are over 50%, compared to just over 10% of US burglaries are home invasions. Criminals in England know there is almost no chance that the home they break into has a firearm in it, while in the US, thieves realize many homes contain firearms. Chicago has one of the most extreme gun control law, thanks to their mayor, Obama's former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, and their crime rate is at record highs, with more homicides than New York City and Los Angeles combined.

The term "gun free zone" lets criminals know it is a soft target, with no deterrent to crime. Incredibly, the liberal politicians in Washington outlawed our own military from carrying guns on stateside military bases. That criminal at Ford Hood knew this, and attacked the soft target, and it took civilian police officers to finally shoot the criminal and stop his murdering rampage. Of course, when former liberal New York mayor Bloomberg went to war against gun owners, his fellow liberal, Governor Cuomo, made an exception for Hollywood, allowing them to carry real guns when filming their violent movies. Sean Penn, who constantly demands gun control with his fellow liberal actors, was embarrassed when in Berkeley he was caught with a firearm. Hillary and her Hollywood liberal friends are such liars and hypocrites, with their heavily armed bodyguards and castles. Remove their bodyguards, their secret service protection, and see how they feel about gun control.


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Posted by Xin Han
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jul 19, 2016 at 1:49 pm

Danville, Alamo, Blackhawk, Diablo, etc. the entire 680 stretch is probably the largest gun nut lobby in the bay area. Pointless trying to have a meaningful conversation here.


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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm

"Xin Han of Blackhawk"- Our founding fathers realized that not all of us would live in a gated community, patrolled by security guards(Blackhawk), and thus created the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Our founding fathers, and those of us who support the U.S. Constitution, are not "gun nuts", the term you used, which is offensive and ignorant. You liberals hate fences when they keep illegal aliens out, but choose to live in a fenced, gated community, patrolled by private security guards. Interesting. F.Y.I.- not all of the U.S. lives in a private, gated community, patrolled by private security guards, like you do. If you lived in Oakland, where the police will not come out for a home burglary or other serious property crimes, and did not live in a gated community, with a private security guards, would you have a gun? Would you at least want strangers to think you might have a gun? Thought so.


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Jul 25, 2016 at 11:27 am

Once again "American" has failed to read the post to which he responded.

I did not say "ban" guns. I said make the background check requirement apply to gun shows and online purchases, too.

That doesn't ban guns; it just makes it harder for those who are already forbidden to buy guns (felons, mental patients, etc.) to buy them.

Also, American -- why the bizarre rant about Blackhawk? Do you seriously believe that everyone who disagrees with your viewpoint lives in Blackhawk? I guess it shouldn't surprise me that you are wrong even about that.


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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Jul 25, 2016 at 12:41 pm

"Dave": The Blackhawk issue was raised in response to the comment from "Xin Han" who noted he was from "Blackhawk". He referred to myself and anyone who supports the second amendment of the Constitution as "gun nuts" in his post. Xin Han, who notes he lives in Blackhawk, lives in a gated community patrolled by private security guards. Obviously, it is easy for someone who lives in Blackhawk, to not be concerned about having a gun at home for protection. That is why I referenced Blackhawk. It was not a "bizarre rant", as offensively noted by you. It is very relevant, and not "bizarre" to point this out. It is similar to Hillary Clinton, who has not taken a bathroom break or nap in the last 25 years without an armed guard outside her room, to attack those of us who do not have the protection she has.

Is this too difficult for you to understand, "Dave"? Work on your logic skills and critical thinking, please, before you wrongly label me as "bizarrely" ranting about Blackhawk for no reason.

Also, "Dave", any explanation as to why Chicago's homicide rate, and gun violence rates, are at record highs, despite having one of the most stringent gun control laws in the nation? Are you going to also blame the police for this, "Dave", or maybe try to play the race card? Liberals are very predictable, and very predictably wrong, "Dave".


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Jul 25, 2016 at 1:55 pm

You keep changing the subject, "American." Now you are on to discussing violence in Chicago. You still haven't answered why black Americans are stopped, harassed, and killed by police at greater rates than white Americans.

You also still haven't provided any answer, let alone a convincing one, why background check requirements shouldn't be extended to gun purchases at gun shows and on-line gun purchases.

Much easier to call names, misrepresent the issues, and digress, I suppose.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 26, 2016 at 6:16 pm

Both Dave & Xin Han fit the classic liberal "progressive" anti-gun profile. Can I put their phone numbers in my smart phone so I can call them for help in case of a home invasion?---No----I thought so. (The average response time for the police in San Ramon is over 6 minutes & could be longer if there is something else happening in town.)

In the warped logic of "progressives" the solution to slow police response time is to suggest further infringing on law abiding citizen's gun rights.


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Jul 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Resident -

It's hard to have a discussion with someone who misrepresents the issue. If you are a law-abiding citizen and want a gun to protect yourself, your family or your property -- fine. Hopefully, you are trained in gun safety and keep your gun away from children.

But, why do you want to make it easier for felons and crazies to get guns, too? . . . . . . .

Exactly, you don't have an answer for that. So, you (and American) keep trying to change the subject by pretending that someone is trying to take away YOUR gun.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 28, 2016 at 5:45 pm

The anti gun people are continually attempting to infringe on the law abiding gun owner. Criminals will not follow the anti-gun laws for the obvious reason that criminals don't follow the law.

Example, many semi-automatic hand guns prior to yr. 2000 had 15 to 17 round magazines; now the anti gun people want to restrict that to 10 rounds, with no grandfather clause. No criminal will discard his 17 round magazine, which means during a home invasion, the homeowner, if restricted to a 10 round magazine is at a severe disadvantage. Therefore the law abiding homeowner is the one being damaged by such a law. That is a fact.


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Jul 29, 2016 at 9:22 am

Well, then according to your "logic", if criminals will not obey the law, then we should just give up and not have any laws, right? No laws against bank robbery, because criminals will rob banks anyway. So, why bother make it illegal?

You do see how your argument makes no sense, right?


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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 29, 2016 at 2:35 pm

The comment I made referenced the illogic of restricting magazines to 10 rounds. I made no suggestion to eliminate all laws; we have enough already, they just need to be enforced. A lot of the gun related issues have to do with mental health & radical Islamists; that is where the emphasis needs to be directed, not toward infringing upon law abiding citizens.

Unfortunately, non-critical thinkers that knee-jerk react to the latest news event get to vote; that a real tragedy & diminishes the U.S.


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Jul 30, 2016 at 11:37 pm

So, in this great democracy, you are not in favor of everyone having a right to vote? A right that is fundamental under our Constitution?

Have you considered that maybe you are the one with a knee-jerk reaction?


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