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Will Obama Gun Control Proposals Make Moorpark Safer?

Tell us what needs to change to really make a difference.

As the national debate surrounding gun control continues, so does the epidemic of shootings.

What can be done to keep weapons—whether legal or illegal—out of the hands those who would use them to harm others? Tell us in comments.

Three horrific incidents of gun violence in February alone claimed multiple lives throughout the state.

Moorpark residents are all too familiar with suspected murderer Christopher Dorner, whose international manhunt was triggered when the disgraced former LAPD officer went on a rampage of revenge killings throughout Southern California starting in early February with one of our own. Authorities believe Moorpark High and College alumni Keith Lawrence and his fiance were Dorner's first two victims.

Dorner died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, according to the autopsy report, after a shootout with police that resulted in the burning of the snowbound cabin in which he was holed up.

Dorner was armed with multiple powerful weapons, including an assault rifle.

On Feb. 26, an alleged gunman whose father described him as a “ticking time bomb” opened fire on two Santa Cruz Police officers, killing both the detectives who had gone to Jeremy Goulet’s home to interview him on a misdemeanor sexual assault accusation.

Goulet killed Police Det. Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker and Det. Elizabeth Butler using a .45-caliber gun that was registered to him, according to Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak. He died during a shootout with police.

Goulet, 35, had a history of sex-related arrests, including a rape arrest in the state of Hawaii, Wowak said.

In Encinitas, CA, a man suspected of shooting two deputies Feb. 20 before apparently dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound was deemed to be suicidal during a psychiatric evaluation in December, according to San Diego Sheriff’s Captain Duncan Fraser.

Evan Kim Tian Kwik, 22, is accused of using a 12-gauge shotgun to shoot two deputies from an attic crawlspace , prompting a 10-hour standoff. Officials said Kwik's mother, Michelle Kwik, reported he was upset that she filed a restraining order against him.

Law enforcement officials have not yet said how Kwik came into possession of the shotgun.

A recent Gallup Poll shows a majority of Americans favor the nine key proposals made by President Barack Obama to address gun violence. Poll results show:

  • 91 percent of Americans are most likely to be in favor of requiring background checks for all gun sales
  • 82 percent want increased funding for mental health programs aimed at youth
  • 79 percent want increased funding for programs to train law enforcement and schools in responding to active armed attacks
  • And 75 percent want to increase criminal penalties for people who buy guns for others—so-called straw purchasers.

Is Moorpark safe from this kind of gun violence? Do you support the Obama plan? What kind of gun control—if any—would make a difference? Tell us in comments.

Sephton March 03, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Califoria is an anti-gun, anti-2nd amendment, anti-American citizen, anti-common sence state, ruled over by HIPOCRITS. Take away from the law abiding.. the means to defend themselves and thier families, and you create a Gun Crime Haven. Chicaga and New York are blatant examples of this. Allow the law abiding to exersize thier 2nd Amendment Right... in order to freely defend themselves and thier families, and you immediatelycreate a respectful society... where anyone intent on committing gun crime... will seriously think twice = a safer society for ALL CHILDREN.
L March 04, 2013 at 05:36 PM
not to mention one of the worst in education, as evidenced by the above statement...
L March 04, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Truly, it seems there should be a way to keep guns out of the hands of crazy people. Homeland Security should be interested in a national database of guns registered to people. For example, say if someone has 20 guns, including assault rifles, I would think that would be a reason to check up on that person, or at least track his purchasing of ammunition. In addition, there should be a way for psychiatrists or caregivers to flag certain people as unstable. If there is a restraining order against someone, that should come up on a background check as well. I'm not sure if it currently does, as it is not a crime. While I do think assault rifles should be banned or restricted, I don't think all firearms should be restricted, because that puts law-abiding citizens at the mercy of criminals.
L March 04, 2013 at 05:57 PM
I am reminded of the old westerns, where the bad guys come riding through town, shooting up the streets, and everyone runs away. While I don't think that everyone should begin shooting at each other, I think there would be a better solution than hiding and waiting for a good guy with a gun to show up. We already have a form of gun registration, and some of these shootings are providing examples of loopholes in our system. Some of them can be tightened up, as in increasing penalties for illegal gun purchases. However, ex-cops and ex-servicepeople are expected to have weapons because they are trained to use them, and many times have used them, for the good of the country or the community. What is the solution in this case? Regular psychiatric checkups? Tracking of ammunition purchases?
HAIRCUT PLACE Sue FitzGerald March 05, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Personally, I think it all starts back with parenting and teaching values. I think parenting classes (good parenting classes) should be mandatory when you get pregnant and all through the formative years. Now days it seems like the kids who are in trouble just learn from each other and perpetuate their problems. Then, of course, they don't know how to guide a child when they become parents. We have gotten ourselves into a critical situation of "fixing" rather than "preparing". Fixing should not include taking any rights from law abiding citizens. If you disarm the law abiders (who are the only ones who would turn in their guns) then only the Non law abiders would have them!! Doesn't make any sense. And it's certainly not safe!!

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