The last time I saw Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (above, left), he was at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, leading his fellow progressives as they denied God three times.
He was back on my radar last night, joining his fellow California Democrats in their unyielding assault on the Second Amendment.
A package of some of the most restrictive gun control measures in the nation advanced in the state Senate on Tuesday after tearful testimony from victims of firearms violence and opposition from gun-owner groups including the National Rifle Assn.
After a nine-hour hearing that saw support from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the Senate Public Safety Committee approved seven bills that are part of a package of measures dubbed by Democratic leaders as the “Life Act.” The bills still need to be approved by the full Senate and Assembly.
The proposals approved by the panel include requirements for licenses and background checks for those buying ammunition and restrictions that would close loopholes on the possession of assault weapons with detachable magazines.
One measure approved by the committee with Republicans opposed would prohibit the future sale, purchase and manufacture in California of semiautomatic rifles that can accept detachable magazines, and require those who own such weapons now to register them with the state.Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said his proposal would close a loophole that has allowed the “the commercialization of mass killing machines” by the gun industry.
“They have a virtually unlimited capacity to shoot and to kill,” Steinberg told the committee.
If restrictive gun laws stopped crime, why are the cities and states with the most restrictive laws the scenes of most murders and the biggest gang and drug problems?
I’m stunned that in a post-Heller world that California’s existing gun laws haven’t been shredded. This new legislation, which doesn’t come close to passing Constitutional muster, is going to cost the state millions in court costs, will save no lives (and may even cost a few), and will eventually be overturned.
And we call Republicans the “stupid Party.”