Despite threats that the city will be sued by gun advocate groups like the NRA, lawmakers in LA are placing a restriction on high-capacity firearms. City officials have voted to ban possession of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets. As the legal director for the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence pointed out to The Los Angeles Times, these types of high-capacity magazines were used in a string of mass shootings at schools including Newton, Columbine and Virginia Tech. Following the unanimous vote of approval, Councilman Paul Krekorian told supporters, “If the NRA wants to sue us over this, bring it on.” Once the measure is signed into law, gun owners will have 60 days to surrender or legally sell their high-capacity magazines. Discuss
The retail chain Target is joining a growing list of companies—that now includes Starbucks, Chipotle, Chili’s and Sonic—asking customers not to bring firearms to their stores. And, like in several of the other cases, the action was the result of a backfire by an “Open Carry” pro-gun activism group. When the organization Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America came across an image of a bunch of dudes walking around Target with large, military-style assault rifles, they successfully petitioned the company to institute the ban. (As noted in Huffington Post, the irony of a store called “Target” whose logo is literally a identical to an actual shooting range target is not lost here) ... Discuss
One person was killed and two others injured yesterday when a 26-year-old named Aaron Ybarra opened fire on students at Seattle Pacific University. Authorities say Ybarra is not a student at the Christian college, which was first founded as a seminary. According to a report in The Seattle Times, the gunman was pepper sprayed and tackled by a student working as a building security monitor when he stopped to reload his shotgun.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee said students "put themselves in real danger to protect classmates from further violence and to aid and comfort the victims ...Those selfless and brave acts should remind us of the indomitable spirit of young people," he said."
Ybarra has been taken into custody, while police are still trying to determine a motive ... Discuss