Gun Control after Three Mass Shootings

Liberal Democrats set their sights on gun control

The Story:

Three gun massacres in quick succession — at a garlic festival in California (July 28), at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas (August 3), and on a busy downtown street in Dayton, Ohio (August 4) — have pressed the issue of gun control to the front of US politics at every level.

Background:

Every mass shooting has its own profile and raises a number of distinct questions. For example, the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012 raised issues not only about the shooter’s possession of several firearms, but about his developmental and mental health problems, the reasons he may have targeted Sandy Hook, and school security needs in general.

In the unique case of the July-August cluster of killings, the rapid sequence has caused other elements in each of the three cases to fade into the background, so that public discussion is more focused than usual on one point: the easy availability of firepower to civilians in the United States.

The Thing to Know:

Ohio’s Governor, Mike DeWine (R), who has a reputation as an opponent of gun control, sought to address a vigil after the Dayton shooting. The crowd picked up on a chant, “Do something! do something!” The following day, DeWine announced his support for a universal background check system. The chant may well represent the attitude of the contemporary electorate broadly.

Afghanistan war vet plotted to bomb white nationalist rally, feds say

Afghanistan war vet plotted to bomb white nationalist rally, feds say

U.S. Army veteran Mark Steven Domingo was arrested after he received what he thought was a live bomb; Trace Gallagher reports from Los Angeles.

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Don’t Look At Synagogue Attack As A One-Off, Says Expert | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Don't Look At Synagogue Attack As A One-Off, Says Expert | Morning Joe | MSNBC

A 19-year-old man walked into a Chabad synagogue near San Diego, California on Saturday and opened fire with AR-type assault weapon, leaving one woman dead and three other people injured on the last day of Passover.
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Politicians react to California synagogue shooting: ‘No one should ever fear going to their place of worship’

President Trump sends his deepest sympathies to the victims of San Diego synagogue shooting

Politicians reacted and grieved over the tragic shooting that left one dead and three injured at a Poway, California synagogue on Saturday.

Many, like President Donald Trump, offered their thoughts and prayers and expressed sadness over the shooting which took place both on the last day of the Jewish holiday of Passover and exactly six months after the “Tree of Life” synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.

“Thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the shooting at the Synagogue in Poway, California,” the president tweeted. “God bless you all. Suspected apprehended. Law enforcement did outstanding job. Thank you!”

Vice President Mike Pense also shared his condolences, condemning in “the strongest terms the evil & cowardly shooting” at the synagogue.

“No one should be in fear in a house of worship,” he tweeted. “Antisemitism isn’t just wrong – it’s evil.”

The shooting happened in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s, D-Calif., home state.

“We share in the grief of all who have been affected & their families,” she tweeted before expressing her commitment to the Jewish community.

One person dead in San Diego synagogue shooting

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., lamented that the shooting happened at the end of Passover and called for an end to “gun violence in America.”

“It is shocking to the conscience that someone would commit such a heinous crime on the last day of Passover,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings tweeted.

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Police: 1 detained, injuries reported in San Diego synagogue shooting

Police: 1 detained, injuries reported in San Diego synagogue shooting

Developing: Active shooter reported near a Synagogue in Poway, California that left multiple people injured. Civil and criminal trial attorney Ted Williams reacts to the breaking news.

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Divestiture politics roils pensions, investments

by CHRISTINE SHINGLETON posted 04.11.2019

Thanks to Assembly Bill 33, introduced by Assemblymember Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, the state Legislature will spend time and resources to codify an issue that California pensioners have spoken on before: divesting from high-performing funds for political purposes.

AB 33, as written, would require that state retirement systems, namely California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), divest of all investments in private corrections companies and disallow investing in those same companies in the future.

This is not a simple, one-size-fits-all issue that everyone should quickly come to agreement on, despite what the political establishment would like Californians to think.

In November 2018, CalSTRS voted to divest of these funds absent any legislation from the state. Specific numbers for the amount of money CalSTRS has lost through divesting from private corrections companies are not readily available but all CalSTRS divestment efforts from 2000 through 2018 have cost the fund’s retirees an accumulated $6 billion.

The most basic argument against this bill is one against divestment generally.

Divesting destabilizes an investment portfolio at the cost of public servants’ retirement and future stability. Divesting at the whim of politicians hoping to score cheap political points means selling off assets on the secondary market despite market performance and timing, which frequently means selling at a loss. Divesting also comes with significant opportunity costs when divesting from a fund that has seen excellent growth.

California pensioners have a reasonable expectation that retirement funds will be responsibly…

Bay Area political events: Valerie Jarrett, women at the Supreme Court

An applicant holds an American flag and a packet while waiting to take the oath to become a U.S. citizen at a naturalization ceremony Wednesday in Salt Lake City.

Upcoming political events in the Bay Area.

THURSDAY

Valerie Jarrett: Former adviser to President Barack Obama discusses her book “Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward,” in a Commonwealth Club event. $35 for nonmembers, $10 for students. Noon, Marines Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco. More information is here.

Women’s equality in California: Authors of “Paving the Way: Women’s Struggle for Political Equality in California” talk about their work. Free. 4 p.m., Institute of Governmental Studies library, 109 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley. More information is here.

Women at the Supreme Court: Panel discussion with women litigators who have made more than 50 appearances combined before the U.S. Supreme Court. Free. 6 p.m., UC Berkeley School of Law, Warren Room, 295 Simon Hall, 2745 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. More information is here.

FRIDAY

Trump-Russia hoax: A socialist analysis of the Mueller report and the need to build a movement for social justice. $3-$10. 7 p.m., 2969 Mission St., San Francisco. More information is here.

SUNDAY

Eric Swalwell: East Bay Democratic congressman and presidential candidate holds a campaign kickoff rally. 2 p.m., Dublin High School, 8151 Village Pkwy., Dublin. More information is here.

TUESDAY

Young women in politics: Political and Proud CA celebrates young women who are leaders in the greater Alameda community. Discussion panels on Effective Organizing and Leadership, moderated “Rad Women” series author Kate Schatz, and on Young Women Paving the Way in Male-Dominated Fields, moderated by Alameda school board President Mia Bonta. Free, registration encouraged. 6:30 p.m., Encinal Junior and Senior High School Student Center, 210 Central Ave., Alameda. More information is here.

Tech’s effect on S.F.: “Silicon City” author Cary McClelland and journalist Kim-Mai Cutler in a conversation about the changes the digital economy has brought to San Francisco. $15. 6 p.m., Manny’s, 3092 16th St., San Francisco. More information is here.

“Charm City”: Screening of a documentary about violence in Baltimore and how a group of police, citizens, community leaders and government officials tried to combat it. Followed by a roundtable discussion. Free. 6:30 p.m., Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland. More information is here.

WEDNESDAY

Sean Spicer: Former press secretary for President Trump talks about media bias and the threat it poses to the U.S. Sponsored by Berkeley College Republicans. Free. 7 p.m., Evans Hall, UC Berkeley. More information is here.

William Burns: Former deputy secretary of state and former ambassador to Russia in conversation at the Commonwealth Club with ex-Rep. Ellen Tauscher. $25 for members, $10 for students. 6:30 p.m., 110 Embarcadero, San Francisco. More information is here.

New citizen voting: Democracy Action volunteers will register new citizens to vote following swearing-in ceremonies. Two sessions, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. More information is here.

Russia’s re-emergence: A discussion about Russia’s re-emergence as a global power, with Angela Stent, director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University. $20 for nonmembers of the World Affairs Council, $7 for students. 6:30 p.m. World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., Suite 200, San Francisco. More information is here.

APRIL 18

Lawrence Lessig: Harvard legal scholar gives a TED+Salon talk on the future of democracy. Comedian Will Durst opens. $32.50 and up. 7:30 p.m., Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. More information is here.

APRIL 19

Immigration issues: A discussion of immigration issues threatening vulnerable communities. Panelists include Catherine Tactaquin, executive director of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Martha Ockenfels-Martinez of Human Impact Partners; and Lara Kiswani, executive director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center. Free. 6:30 p.m., Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth St., Suite 290. More information is…

Survey by UNL, California profs reinforces what we already know: Our politics is stressing us out

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You talked politics with your mother, brother, bartender and banker, and all it did was jack up your blood pressure.

You know that you are not alone. In this divisive period in American politics, two professors in Nebraska and one in California decided to conduct a survey in March 2017 to see how pervasive were high stress, conflict with family and friends, and even health problems related to thinking and talking about politics.

The three — Kevin Smith and John Hibbing, political science professors at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Hibbing’s son, Matthew, an associate professor at the University of California, Merced — wrote a paper on their findings last year. They expect it to be published in a journal this year.

  • 38% said politics has caused them to be stressed.
  • 31.8% said exposure to media outlets promoting a contrary view…

Dad of man killed by illegal immigrant blasts California Gov. Newsom’s trip to Central America: ‘It’s disgusting’

'It's disgusting': Dad of man killed by illegal immigrant blasts California Gov. Newsom's trip to Central America

A man whose son was killed by an illegal immigrant driver in San Francisco has criticized California Gov. Gavin Newsom for putting illegal immigrants ahead of residents of his own state with a planned tripped to Central America.

“Our government has betrayed us, President Obama betrayed us, Gavin Newsom, Jerry Brown, almost every legislator in California has put illegal aliens ahead of American citizens and the results are a lot of crime and a lot of death,” Dan Rosenberg told “Fox & Friends” Tuesday.

Rosenberg made the comments as Gov. Newsom is on a four-day trip to El Salvador to learn more about the root cause of why Central American migrants make the arduous journey to the United States.

CALIFORNIA GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM PLANS CENTRAL AMERICA TRIP TO EXAMINE ‘ROOT CAUSES OF MIGRATION’

Newsom, a Democrat, is in the country, just as President Donald Trump and U.S. border officials are calling for tougher security measures amid a spike in Central American migrants attempting to enter the U.S. through Mexico. The president recently moved to cut direct aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, whose citizens are fleeing north and overwhelming U.S. resources — including as part of organized caravans that the White House has warned may eventually lead…

Bay Area political events: Climate change and health, affordable housing

Tu Tran carries the American flag across the finish line of a triathlon in Oceanside (San Diego County) on Sunday.

Upcoming political events in the Bay Area.

MONDAY

Climate change and health: The health and social consequences of climate change and how new technologies can mitigate their effects. Panelists include Milana Boukhman Trounce, Stanford emergency medicine department and director of Stanford biosecurity and infectious disease disaster response; Kari Nadeau, professor of pediatrics at Stanford and director of the Sean Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research; aned Stephen Quake, professor of bioengineering and of applied physics at Stanford and co-president of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. Free. 4 p.m., Hauck Auditorium, David and Joan Traitel Building at the Hoover Institution, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University. More information is here.

Paying for affordable housing: Fay Darmawi, who has been helping finance community development projects for over 20 years, talks with Bay City Beacon writer Mike Ege about how affordable housing projects can be funded. $5. 6 p.m., SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., San Francisco. More information is here.

WEDNESDAY

Covering refugee crises: How politics complicates journalists’ job of covering migrant refugee crises. A discussion with Giovanna Dell’Orto, associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication and affiliated faculty at the Center for German and European Studies and department of political science. $20 for non-World Affairs Council members, $7 for students. 6:30 p.m., 312 Sutter St., Suite 200, San Francisco. More information is here.

THURSDAY

Valerie Jarrett: Former adviser to President Barack Obama discusses her book “Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward,” in a Commonwealth Club event. $35 for nommembers, $10 for students. Noon, Marines Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco. More information is here.

Women’s equality in California: Authors of “Paving the Way: Women’s Struggle for Political Equality in California” talk about their work. Free. 4 p.m., Institute of Governmental Studies library, 109 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley. More information is here.

Women at the Supreme Court: Panel discussion with women litigators who have made more than 50 appearances combined before the U.S. Supreme Court. Free. 6 p.m., UC Berkeley School of Law, Warren Room, 295 Simon Hall, 2745 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. More information is here.

FRIDAY

Trump-Russia hoax: A socialist analysis of the Mueller report and the need to build a movement for social justice. $3-$10. 7 p.m., 2969 Mission St., San Francisco. More information is here.

SUNDAY

Eric Swalwell: East Bay Democratic congressman holds a constituent catch-up meeting. 2 p.m., Dublin High School, 8151 Village Pkwy., Dublin.

APRIL 16

Young women in politics: Political and Proud CA celebrates young women who are leaders in the greater Alameda community. Discussion panels on Effective Organizing and Leadership, moderated “Rad Women” series author Kate Schatz, and on Young Women Paving the Way in Male-Dominated Fields, moderated by Alameda school board President Mia Bonta. Free, registration encouraged. 6:30 p.m., Encinal Junior and Senior High School Student Center, 210 Central Ave., Alameda. More information is here.

Tech’s effect on S.F.: “Silicon City” author Cary McClelland and journalist Kim-Mai Cutler in a conversation about the changes the digital economy has brought to San Francisco. $15. 6 p.m., Manny’s, 3092 16th St., San Francisco. More information is here.

“Charm City”: Screening of a documentary about violence in Baltimore and how a group of police, citizens, community leaders and government officials tried to combat it. Followed by a roundtable discussion. Free. 6:30 p.m., Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland. More information is here.

APRIL 17

Sean Spicer: Former press secretary for President Trump talks about media bias and the threat it poses to the U.S. Sponsored by Berkeley…