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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 12, 2022 at 9:32 am

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How is this article written by the publisher not taking a leading role in our community to reduce gun violence? It got your attention!

You are in denial of the violence in the Tri Valley. Californias "tough gun laws" are not working. Ongoing gun violence is everywhere in California.

Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 12, 2022 at 10:16 am

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Sounds like Mr. Drattell is the one being "myopic". "Gun violence" is a political term. Firearms do not cause nor commit acts of violence and criminals ignore "tough gun laws" because they obtain firearms with illegal transactions.

Guns have been around in this nation for years. Millions of people own/have permits to carry them - and do nothing wrong. Putting aside the 2nd Amendment, gun control supporters have no explanation for this. Instead, they hand-wring and claim that people who deliberately abuse them (and had questionable backgrounds beforehand) are "victims" of gun manufacturers, 2nd Amendment supporters, gun shows, etc.

Expect violence to continue(regardless of the weapons being used)as long this left wing/soft on crime reasoning continues. A constructive action would be to vote those who promote this belief system out (so called "progressives" in the Democrat Party), make it easier for citizens to defend themselves from harm, and take additional steps to hold those accountable who abuse guns. This is infinitely more effective than gun bans/confiscation schemes for those having nothing to do with crime.

Posted by Kevin
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 12, 2022 at 3:25 pm

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Eric is right - states with low gun ownership have lowest rates of gun violence. Also, most illegal guns originate from states with loose gun laws and end up in states with strict gun laws in the hands of criminals.

Gun control is one solution but it will not solve the crime problem all by itself. Neither will building more jails and putting more people behind bars where they learn new tricks and ways to commit crimes when they get out. There have been many good studies of crime and justice system. The local, state and federal justice systems need to use the recommendations of these studies and implement more comprehensive solutions. Actually one of the few positives from Trump was his signing the justice reform law when he was the president. Unfortunately, senators Tim Scott and Corey Booker could not come to an agreement last year.

Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 12, 2022 at 6:58 pm

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"Gun control is one solution but it will not solve the crime problem all by itself."

It is not a "solution" at all (and neither is endlessly repeating the term "gun violence").

It ignores why people practice violence/commit crimes in the first place and shifts the blame on to an object instead. Still waiting for all of the "wild west shootouts" that gun control supporters guaranteed were going to take place when more states made it legal to carry firearms for self-defense.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 12, 2022 at 8:39 pm

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Person or persons behaving in a criminal manner while using a gun. As a result, other innocent people were murdered, some of the murdered are children, including an infant.

Three strikes laws took criminals off the street, kept them off the streets, locked up behind bars in jails and penitentiaries.

There is a real need to bring the three strikes laws back, put criminals back behind bars in jails and penitentiaries.

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