The mindless slaughter at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut has stirred a national debate on gun control and the need to prevent another tragedy. The three leading candidates for Los Angeles City Attorney weighed in with their thoughts and suggestions.
Greg Smith takes the lead in weapons ban debate
Showing his rising stock, Public Safety Attorney Greg Smith, set a leadership example by providing a clear and concise statement.
Smith's clarity and unequivocal statement must have struck a chord with the media, with CBS giving his endorsement for a full federal ban on assault weapons top billing in their tv and radio coverage.
CBS quoted Smith directly “I cannot begin to fathom what the children of that Connecticut school and their parents have been going through these last few days,” said Smith. “My heart breaks for them.”
Smith – who is campaigning to replace current City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, along with other candidates including former Los Angeles City Council member and California Assemblyman Mike Feuer – was also the latest candidate to support legislation introduced by Senate Dianne Feinstein to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons like the AR-15 used in the Sandy Hook shootings.
As City Attorney, Smith said he would specifically act by focusing on gun reduction programs and increasing penalties for illegal possession of firearms.
Feuer writes rambling op-ed at the Huff Post
Termed out State Assemblyman Mike Feuer penned an op-ed that rambled through his personal experiences as a parent during the 1999 North Valley Jewish Community Center attack, praised President Obama's response to the Sandy Hook elementary school tragedy, and suggested it was up to "an army of determined parents to change the debate on gun legislation in Congress."
If you read Feuer's op-ed, you might find yourself scratching your head wondering where, exactly, Feuer suggests any solution - such as the one endorsed by Smith. It might be there, but good luck finding it. Feuer's op-ed has all the hallmarks of the kind of Sacramento political doublespeak that kisses political asses, shifts blame and responsibility, and then kicks the can down the road. The notion that 'an army of parents' take responsibility for coming up with a solution is a perfect example of why Los Angelenos do not need a termed out Sacramento politician as City Attorney; we need solutions not rhetoric.
Trutanich believes the pen is mightier than the assault rifle
The laughing stock of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, Carmen 'the Clown' Trutanich wasted no time clambering to grab the headlines with his swift action to respond to the nation's need for sensible solutions to end senseless gun violence; he's writing letters to registered firearms owners.
The letters, co-signed by LAPD Chief Beck and Attorney General Kamala Harris, will warn law abiding firearm owners "that failure to notify authorities when they sell their weapons or when their firearms are lost or stolen is a misdemeanor." How Trutanich thinks his letter will do anything to address the issue of firearm control is unclear. Perhaps he should cc law enforcement officials in Connecticut with his solution, they need a laugh.
Trutanich, whose former law firm boasted its representation of the NRA amongst its clientele, made no mention of how he would communicate his warning to those who are not registered firearms owners, neither did he state how much taxpayer money would be wasted on postage and printing in his pointless political stunt.
Trutanich may have been depressed by the low turnout at his office holiday party where he was reportedly 'distracted.' The former ambulance chaser slip and fall lawyer turned career politician was seen frequently huddled with his senior staffers, perhaps in search of some words of cheer at a time when his political career heads into oblivion.