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By Rhea Mahbubani | February 16, 2013
Gun control was front and center at this week's Irvine City Council meeting following the slaying of two residents Feb. 3. Mayor Steven Choi began and ended Tuesday's meeting in memory of Cal State Fullerton assistant basketball coach Monica Quan, 28, and her fiance, USC public safety officer Keith Lawrence, 27, the first alleged victims of suspected cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner. Councilman Larry Agran, perturbed by the council's silence on the issue of gun control, suggested amending the city's 2013 State and Federal Legislative Platform to incorporate restrictions on gun and ammunition ownership.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 16, 2013
Although Irvine's City Council didn't get to it until almost seven hours after the meeting started, 17 public speakers waited to weigh in on local gun-control measures. Tuesday's meeting started at 3 p.m., two hours earlier than usual, but the discussion, sparked by Councilman Larry Agran broaching the subject at the Feb. 12 meeting, didn't come up until around 10 p.m. Agran first proposed a seven-point motion this week but narrowed it to two recommendations: appointing more school resource officers with Measure BB funds and urging Mayor Steven S. Choi to join Mayors against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan coalition that includes more than 900 mayors from 45 states.
NEWS
May 15, 2003
Paul Clinton Chris Cox has been in the news lately, stumping against two gun control bills and vocalizing support for a gun industry exemption. Doesn't ring a bell? Perhaps that's because it's not Rep. Chris Cox, Newport Beach's congressman. This Chris Cox is the executive director of the National Rifle Assn. Both, however, could very well see eye to eye on a handful of gun-related proposals now circulating in Congress. Rep. Cox co-sponsored H.R. 1036, which would protect gun manufacturers and dealers from civil liability claims brought by victims of shootings.
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By Rhea Mahbubani and By Rhea Mahbubani | February 12, 2013
Tuesday's Irvine City Council meeting was marked with an introductory moment of silence in memory of Keith Lawrence and Monica Quan, as well as two law enforcement officials who allegedly fell prey to former cop Christopher Dorner. Mayor Steven S. Choi also commended Roger Steeber, a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier for saving the life of an elderly Irvine resident on Sept. 17. Steeber was on his route when billowing smoke snagged his attention, leading him to the mobile home of Karen Petersen, 79. According to Orange County Fire Authority division Chief Michael Moore, the fire in question was moving fast on one of the windiest days of the year, and it was only Steeber's quick thinking that saved Petersen before she was overcome by smoke.
NEWS
November 1, 2000
GUN CONTROL Is in favor of waiting periods for obtaining handguns and opposed to concealed weapon permits. Favors stronger regulations on the sale of firearms at gun shows. Criticizes Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) for a voting record that he says is "100% NRA. He's sewn up." ENVIRONMENT Feels that inadequate protection is given to sensitive environmental areas, particularly local beaches. "We're ruining our beaches and water right down from Crystal Cove."
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By Bradley Zint | January 25, 2013
Beneath cloudy skies and a slight drizzle, crews set up booths, display tables, tents and walkways Friday morning at the Orange County Fairgrounds in preparation for the weekend gun show that organizers expect will bring in record crowds. Crossroads of the West has been coming to the state-run, 150-acre facility in Costa Mesa multiple times a year for nearly 25 years, but given the political climate with talks of firearms regulation and the recent gun-related violence, Crossroads and other shows have been drawing increased media attention.
NEWS
October 17, 2002
EDUCATION: "We must provide good pay and good benefits to secure and retain quality teachers for our future generations. A good education is the foundation for tomorrow. We must make sure that we provide for all people regardless of race and culture." ENERGY: "In order to assure a reliable supply at a reasonable price we need to re-regulate. This must be done in a way that respects private enterprise and protects consumers." ABORTION: "While many debate [the issue]
NEWS
By Steve Smith | December 20, 2012
The notion that cancer is a good way to die provoked only one e-mail that disagreed. All of the others I received privately had no problem with the concept. In case you missed it, I declared last week that if it is age appropriate, cancer is a good way to die. Properly managed, as was my late wife's brain cancer, the loved one is out of pain and is able to ease out of life instead of departing suddenly as one would via a car crash, a fatal heart attack or being shot by a gunman at an elementary school.
NEWS
April 22, 2007
College campuses need armed guards Another tragedy, a senseless killing spree at a school took place last week, this time on the campus of Virginia Tech. It was the deadliest campus shooting in the country's history. Sources indicate that the school utilizes unarmed security guards whose major function is writing up parking violations. I cannot fathom why on earth there are not armed guards on school campuses, by law. In the immediate future there will, no doubt, be demands for more gun control.
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By Steve Smith | January 31, 2013
About a month ago, I commented on the futility of attempting gun control . I wrote that "there are 270 million privately owned firearms in the U.S. The U.S. is the world leader in both the number of privately owned guns and, more telling, the rate of gun ownership, which is 88.2 guns per 100 people. "Based on these and other statistics, any discussion of school safety in the event of the appearance of a shooter must include the acknowledgment that the easy access to guns in America is here to stay.
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March 14, 2014
Re. "Editorial: 'Good cause' needed to carry gun," March 9: The Daily Pilot says that it just doesn't trust "ordinary folks" to carry weapons in public without "good reason. " And the Pilot does not consider a desire to be armed for self-defense — in the absence of a heightened risk — to be a sufficiently good reason. As an expression of a policy preference, that is perfectly understandable. Many sensible people (and a majority of legislators in Sacramento) agree with the Pilot's stance that society as a whole would be safer if ordinary folks were not permitted to carry guns in public except in exceptional circumstances.
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By Bradley Zint | May 31, 2013
The Crossroads of the West gun show returns to the Orange County Fairgrounds this weekend, and gun enthusiasts are expected to be out in force buying up weapons and ammo amid concerns of ever-tightening gun legislation. Earlier this week, California lawmakers advanced new gun-control measures that include new requirements for buying ammunition. If Senate Bill 53 were enacted, residents would have to submit personal information and undergo a background check conducted by the state.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 16, 2013
Although Irvine's City Council didn't get to it until almost seven hours after the meeting started, 17 public speakers waited to weigh in on local gun-control measures. Tuesday's meeting started at 3 p.m., two hours earlier than usual, but the discussion, sparked by Councilman Larry Agran broaching the subject at the Feb. 12 meeting, didn't come up until around 10 p.m. Agran first proposed a seven-point motion this week but narrowed it to two recommendations: appointing more school resource officers with Measure BB funds and urging Mayor Steven S. Choi to join Mayors against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan coalition that includes more than 900 mayors from 45 states.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | February 16, 2013
Gun control was front and center at this week's Irvine City Council meeting following the slaying of two residents Feb. 3. Mayor Steven Choi began and ended Tuesday's meeting in memory of Cal State Fullerton assistant basketball coach Monica Quan, 28, and her fiance, USC public safety officer Keith Lawrence, 27, the first alleged victims of suspected cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner. Councilman Larry Agran, perturbed by the council's silence on the issue of gun control, suggested amending the city's 2013 State and Federal Legislative Platform to incorporate restrictions on gun and ammunition ownership.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani and By Rhea Mahbubani | February 12, 2013
Tuesday's Irvine City Council meeting was marked with an introductory moment of silence in memory of Keith Lawrence and Monica Quan, as well as two law enforcement officials who allegedly fell prey to former cop Christopher Dorner. Mayor Steven S. Choi also commended Roger Steeber, a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier for saving the life of an elderly Irvine resident on Sept. 17. Steeber was on his route when billowing smoke snagged his attention, leading him to the mobile home of Karen Petersen, 79. According to Orange County Fire Authority division Chief Michael Moore, the fire in question was moving fast on one of the windiest days of the year, and it was only Steeber's quick thinking that saved Petersen before she was overcome by smoke.
NEWS
By Steve Smith | January 31, 2013
About a month ago, I commented on the futility of attempting gun control . I wrote that "there are 270 million privately owned firearms in the U.S. The U.S. is the world leader in both the number of privately owned guns and, more telling, the rate of gun ownership, which is 88.2 guns per 100 people. "Based on these and other statistics, any discussion of school safety in the event of the appearance of a shooter must include the acknowledgment that the easy access to guns in America is here to stay.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | January 25, 2013
Beneath cloudy skies and a slight drizzle, crews set up booths, display tables, tents and walkways Friday morning at the Orange County Fairgrounds in preparation for the weekend gun show that organizers expect will bring in record crowds. Crossroads of the West has been coming to the state-run, 150-acre facility in Costa Mesa multiple times a year for nearly 25 years, but given the political climate with talks of firearms regulation and the recent gun-related violence, Crossroads and other shows have been drawing increased media attention.
NEWS
January 22, 2013
I was shocked and saddened to learn that two homeless people died alone on a frigid night last week in Costa Mesa ("2 homeless people found dead," Jan. 16). Every person deserves dignity. Every person deserves help. It prompted me to research Costa Mesa's history on the issue of homelessness in the past few years. The Daily Pilot reported that Costa Mesa's former mayor once discussed putting the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen out of business. Another City Council member described Costa Mesa as a magnet destination for homeless persons.
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By Rabbi Marc Gellman | January 18, 2013
Q: Upon retirement, my husband and I moved to the sunny South. We began attending services at his family's church. They're quite unlike what we're familiar with, in that the church is conservative and fundamentalist. We agreed to accept this in the interest of family harmony. However, we weren't prepared for the sermon delivered Dec. 23, 2012, just after the school shootings at Connecticut. First, we heard a brief eulogy for the 26 victims, followed by a 20-minute defense of gun owners and the NRA. While in shock, we looked around and saw that everyone else was nodding in agreement.
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By Steve Smith | January 3, 2013
According to gunpolicy.org, a website that covers "international firearm injury, prevention and policy," there are 270 million privately owned firearms in the U.S. The U.S. is the world leader in both the number of privately owned guns and, more telling, the rate of gun ownership, which is 88.2 guns per 100 people. Based on these and other statistics, any discussion of school safety in the event of the appearance of a shooter must include the acknowledgment that the easy access to guns in America is here to stay.
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