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Waxman Calls for Tougher Gun Controls Following Santa Monica Shooting

Rep. Henry Waxman says he will do all he can to pressure Congress to take up common-sense gun measures.

By City News Service

The congressman representing Santa Monica said "enough is enough'' Saturday and called on Congress to take the type of guns used at Santa Monica College off the streets of the United States.

Rep. Henry A. Waxman issued a statement from Washington, where he said he was "deeply saddened by the senseless violence at Santa Monica College.

Reports have indicated that the shooter may have used rifle similar to the AR-15, the same military-style assault weapon used by the shooters in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut.  

"This is the seventh mass shooting in the last year,'' Waxman said. "Enough is enough. It's well past time that Congress take action to keep these dangerous weapons off our streets.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this violence and their families,'' he said. "In the coming days and months, I will do all I can to pressure Congress to take up common-sense gun measures to fix our loophole-
ridden gun laws and keep these violent weapons out of our communities.''
Joseph Delano June 10, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Waxman is a typical low information lefty.........here's what he said in 2009 about guns: "If someone is so fearful that they are going to start using their weapons to protect their rights, it makes me very nervous that these people have weapons at all."-Representative Henry A. Waxman (Democrat California) Amazing isn't it just how low the level of incompetent nit wits is that we have elected to represent us?
Duke Brenlove June 10, 2013 at 01:57 PM
HERE'S SOME COMMON SENSE, WAXMAN: DON"T SPEND MORE THAN YOU TAKE IN EACH YEAR, AND BALANCE YOUR BUDGET. ONCE YOU MASTER THAT AMAZINGLY SIMPLE, COMMON SENSE TASK THAT A 5TH GRADER COULD GRASP, THEN YOU MAY MOVE ON TO OTHER AREAS THAT LIMIT THE LIBERTIES OF AMERICANS, MAKE US MORE UNSAFE, AND INTRUDE INTO OUR DAILY LIVES.
Stewart Fournier June 10, 2013 at 02:54 PM
The voters have been supporting Congressman Waxmen for over 35 years. While it is no surprise that some may not like it you have to give credit to one of the most powerful and influential national politicians to make that benchmark. We all can be intimated by name calling slanderous accusations which I believe is the true intent of those who disagree with him. This in my book does not make you hero's. Disagree please......I invite it. But stop the hatred and spewing of personal attacks that only prove we all need to settle down when we get behind a keyboard. Mr. Waxman is a good man even if you don't like his views. I can only admire a man who's job is to defect infantile approaches to his character. It may surprise you that I had reservations about voting for him given what I am saying. I too believe the issue is more mental health than gun control however no can deny that guns in the wrong hands has and will continue to kill. The question is do we simply do nothing or is there a better way to prevent someone from thinking its OK to have 1,000 rounds as you walk down the street. It is ridiculous that my sense of my surroundings now has to now include well armed gunmen in a beautiful city like Santa Monica. God bless that women who was unarmed and drove her car into the middle of mayhem to protect another. That's a hero! Santa Monica citizens you have always been the city of new ideas and progress. I am so interested in your thoughts. Please take the lead in our national problem and address it since unfortunately you have the spotlight.
Ben Dover June 10, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Thank You Stewart, you proved my point, 35 years in office, he along with all the other career politicians should be held accountable for the financial state of our cities, states, and the federal deficit. They also should be held accountable for not protecting our borders forcing us to spend billions on support of Illegals instead of spending it on Mental Health and Services for American Citizens.
Always Right June 10, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Stewart, I'll be brief. No, Waxman is not a good man. He has gotten very rich like the majority of them have being in office so long. I don't like any views from the left period. The mental health issue will never resolve itself. EVER!!!! Conceal/Carry is part of the answer. The more guns in a room the safer I feel. I totally disagree with your view of the citizens of the People's Republic of Santa Monica. The woman you mentioned is truly a hero. Rest assured that nothing Waxman will put forth on the gun issues will meet with my approval, with the exception of his resignation. It is long overdue.
Always Right June 10, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Ben, amen to what you've stated in response to Stewart. I could not agree more.
Marshall Thompson June 10, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Yo, Stewart, calling Waxman Mr. Potatohead = hatred? No he's another career politician with no regard for the people. The State is in ruins thanks to liberal policies from the likes of him. Try opening a business in santa Monica or LA. They choke you with paperwork then some tool sues you out of business for having your bathroom sink 1/2 inch too high. Please.
Wendy Frederick June 10, 2013 at 03:51 PM
People, for the last time, NO ONE IS SAYING YOU CAN'T OWN A DAMN GUN! Just that laws that do BACKGROUND CHECKS, would really be helpful! What is a 23-year old doing with an AK-15??? Tell me!!! He has no reason to own that kind of gun!!! Stop freaking out about losing the right to own a gun - that's NOT what people are demanding!!! People want more background check to keep guns out of the hands of people who ARE mentally unstable!!!!!!!! GET IT?!!
Always Right June 10, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Wendy, California has some of the most strict gun laws in the country. Background checks are required for gun purchases including gun shows. Background checks is not the problem.
Jessica E. Davis June 10, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Appreciate the passion here. Let's remember that people died. Please be respectful.
mimi June 10, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Mandatory psychiatric evaluations for all students who are identified as worrisome by their teachers and classmates. Follow up with mandatory meds and psychotherapy for those at risk.
Always Right June 10, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Mimi, now that makes perfect sense. I don't see the liberal run educational system in California doing it or anything close however.
Ben Dover June 10, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Sorry Adam, the stats don't support your position. President Obama, Vice President Biden, New York Mayor Bloomberg, and all the other liberal Democrats want to ban guns from private ownership in order to reduce gun violence in the United States. But will it? In 1996 newly elected Prime Minister John Howard of Australia pushed for stricter gun control. That year the Australian Parliament passed the National Firearms Agreement which banned the private ownership of all semiautomatic rifles and semiautomatic and pump action shotguns. The new law also established more restrictions in the licensing of other firearms. According to the National Firearms Agreement private citizens were forced to turn over the banned weapons in a government buyback system. Beginning on October 1, 1966 through September 30, 1997, the Australian government spent $500 million in purchasing and destroying more than 631,000 banned guns. Howard and other politicians promised the citizens of Australia that they would be safer now that these horrible weapons had been taken off the streets. However, that was not the case! Since Australia banned semiautomatic rifles, shotguns and pump action shotguns the gun crime rates have skyrocketed throughout the country. Murders committed with guns increased by 19%. Home invasions increased by 21%. Assaults committed with guns increased by 28%. Armed robberies skyrocketed with an increase of 69%. We are not heartless, this article is not about the victims of this tragedy, it's about an elected official who is definitely part of the problem and offering hollow solutions.
Always Right June 10, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Take that Adam, lol.
Marshall Thompson June 10, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Absurd comparison, straw man. There is more than one choice here and you WILL NOT rid bad guys having guns regardless of the laws. Unless you prefer to live in a police state which many lefties seem to do. By golly, can't trust the people with freedom, they might do something wrong. me, I'm for personal responsibility. Your pal, Obama, is rapidly moving us into a surveillance state, a development I cannot abide. Let's all take a moment and breathe. Ommm. There, that's better, isn't it?
Craig Savage June 10, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Well that figures. Waxman couldn't even wait until the bodies are cold until he starts dancing in the blood of the victims and looking for opportunities to advance his long time political gun control agenda. Isn't it strange how these nutcases (in this case, the shooter) all choose to find areas that are "gun free" to perform their misdeeds? In reading the accounts of all the victims and witnesses to the various shootings, one can't help but wonder what might have happened differently if just one person with carry permit (on or off campus) had actually engaged the shooter. But in Santa Monica, home of the liberal hadn wringers and "progressive" thinkers? Not a snowball's chance in hell. Years ago, they drove out all the gun shops and dealers saying they would be safer now without all those nasty merchants of death doing business there. Feel safer now, Santa Monica?
Ben Dover June 10, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Hi Adam, With the touch of a couple buttons on my keyboard I just google searched your name......Are your comments posted on the Patch more of your science fiction writing? Maybe Benjamin is my first name......maybe not. Coward? Definitely not, just smart enough to stay very private in our new technological intrusive cyber realm. I now know what you look like, where you live, your phone number, your age, your wifes name, the fact that you compete in triathlons( bottom of the pack), that you grow tomatoes.......Your quite lucky I'm a sane law abiding american....you never know, you may piss off the wrong person one day by one of your comments. Good luck with that.
Always Right June 10, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Ben, I have to say laughed out loud !! That is very very good. Do you know what type of Tomatoes? lol.
henry sena June 10, 2013 at 08:42 PM
you can look around the world and countries with some of the strickest laws can't keep guns out of peoples hands. i sold all my assault weapons when california passed the law i had to register them. the government already knows more then it should about my life
Ben Dover June 10, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Adam, I think you've been sitting on that tiny bicycle seat too long, don't get your panties in a bunch. I made no threat and none was intended, just proving a point on why some people use allies's on line. Other then that here is a link to an official australian government report. http://www.aic.gov.au/statistics/violent%20crime.html Please say hi to Anne for me, and have a pleasant evening. Ben
Ben Dover June 10, 2013 at 09:42 PM
For the google challenged here's another link on Australian Crime Statistics http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=17847
Stewart Fournier June 10, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Adam the links they provided are useless. Thanks for pointed this out. The NAPA is without question a paid for lobbing group with obvious agendas. BTW its interesting that the so called non-threat has been taken off by the Patch.
Wendy Frederick June 11, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Although there are technically no federal laws requiring the registration of most guns, a few states require the registration of some or all firearms. Now, it's time to get serious and MAKE IT a federal law for registering and background checks for ALL states. Once again, no one is saying you can't own a gun. But if there were more background checks, and I mean REALLY check backgrounds, it may help to get some of these weapons out of the hands of individuals who are mentally unstable - who have a history of mental illness. Why does anyone need an AK-15 in their home, unless they plan World War III. Nothing is ever going to be done until someone steps up to the plate and does something about it, instead of argue "second amendment rights', or it will never be, or we can't, etc. We need solutions, ideas. And knock off this liberal crap. I'm tired of hearing that word!
Always Right June 11, 2013 at 02:39 PM
The AK15 was a US naval cargo ship built in 1918. The AR15 is one of the most popular semi-automatic guns available. Actually they are hard to find right now. There is nothing wrong with owning an AR15. Registering guns on a national level will not fly with most American gun owners. It is none of the governments business. They are way to intrusive now. Background checks that really checks a persons background is the best answer in my opinion.
Stewart Fournier June 11, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Your absolutely correct Wendy. Thanks for the focus.
Always Right June 11, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Yes, like our government, you progressive liberals (sorry Wendy if that word bothers you) are doing your level best to FOCUS all, if you get my meaning.
Marshall Thompson June 11, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Liberal policies have turned the streets of Santa Monica into an actual toilet. Liberal politics have made our once golden public school system into one unrecognizable - and far less effective - to that of my childhood. Liberal politics have actually succeeded in increasing the divide of rich and poor, largely by importing millions of - perfectly nice - but poor people. Much like the idiots of TODAY'S gang shooting near Santa Monica College. Liberal policies create the very miserable conditions they claim to be against, and then they, predictably, blame conservatives. The cities with the strictest gun control laws - all run by liberals - like Chicago, also have the highest gun-related homicide rates. And then here's Waxman saying we need more of the same FAILED policies. At what time do you finally recognize the failure of an initiative and then try something different?
Glenn E Grab June 13, 2013 at 12:45 PM
guns aren't the problem.....the failure of the mental health system is what caused this tragedy......this kid was a wacko for years, everybody who knew him understood this.....why wasn't he on a background check list?....
Glenn E Grab June 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Waxman's an opportunist hypocrite....
Joanne June 14, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Yup, and so is his good buddy Pam O'Connor!!

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