Tempers flare as lawmakers move forward with a dozen gun-control bills in wake of Orlando shooting

by Patrick McGreevy  |  published on June 17, 2016

With emotions still raw over the massacre in Orlando, Fla., tempers flared Tuesday as divided California state lawmakers advanced a dozen gun-control bills, including proposals to outlaw the sale of semiautomatic rifles with easily detachable magazines.

The bills originally were introduced in response to a mass shooting in San Bernardino in December, but the killing of 49 people in an Orlando nightclub Sunday was invoked over and over Tuesday by Democrats as state legislative committees heard testimony before voting to send bills to the floor for votes.

At one hearing, Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) angrily confronted National Rifle Assn. lobbyist Dan Reid, accusing his organization of being responsible for the Orlando shooting because of its lobbying against gun control.

“Less than 72 hours ago, 49 people were slain in a nightclub in Orlando,” Low said during the hearing. “It’s very difficult for me to sit here and look you in the eye and have respect for you, Dan.”

  • justinwachin

    The killer legally purchased his guns. Most of the gun control laws that are being proposed would have done nothing to prevent this guy from getting his weapons.

    Maybe the lawmakers should have considered how the scenario would have been different if the terrorist wasn’t the only one in the bar with a working gun. The killer might would have still killed a few people but one bullet in the right place would have ended his killing spree.

    • WRBuchanan

      Where are the laws requiring “t least 2 Armed Guards per 100 people in any Nite Club or Public Gathering or School?” Where is the law outlawing Sanctuary Cities and Gun Free Zones?
      That’s because they don’t want this talking point to end. It is useful to the left to promote Gun Control to bring in the Scared Mommies with their Broods of kids in their Soccer Vans and try to convince them that guns are scary and shouldn’t be in our society cuz they could hurt their babies.
      And yet Obama is bringing in thousands of Syrian Refugees that he has no idea about and secretly settling them in cities throughout the country, but all he wants to talk about is gun control!
      The Left wing of this country is INSANE! Talk it up! “INSANITY” is the new talking point. Drive it into the ground!

  • Snowman45

    Low, McCarty, DeLeon, Hall, Gipson; the panty waist liberal tyrants of the California Legislature. They have but one goal; to strip the people of the ability to stand up for themselves. I have no respect for anyone who promotes the idea that the State will take care of you, you don’t need to protect yourself. They are an example of the kind of mindset that has led to too much reliance on government and not enough on ourselves. As long as the people rely on government to take care of their every need, the majority of the people will continue to vote for the opportunists who pander to them.

  • IronPhoenix

    Liberalism (and the “guns are the bad thing, not the radical Islamist nutcase pulling the trigger” attitude that goes with it) is a mental illness. Want to invoke gun control that may do some good? No controls at all for conservatives. no sales or right to possess for illegals, muslims or liberals.

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