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Los Angeles Unified admits that before a handgun went off and wounded two students at Gardena High School, there were no checks for weapons as district policy requires. We hear about security and the history of a troubled campus. Meantime, the LAPD makes no apologies for the inconvenience caused by a seven-square mile dragnet in Woodland Hills after a school policeman was shot outside El Camino High. We hear from School Board member Tamar Galatzan. Also, healthcare reform is front and center again on Capitol Hill with big-time political risks for both Democrats and Republicans. On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, we look at Republican efforts to repeal the President’s healthcare reform.  

Banner image: A student is escorted to a police command post after a school shooting at Gardena High School on January 18, 2011 in Gardena, California. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Christian Bordal
Frances Anderton

Main Topic What Next for Efforts to Repeal Healthcare? 26 MIN, 47 SEC

Three Democrats joined all 242 Republicans yesterday to pass what's officially called the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.  Democrats who control the Senate have said they won't even allow a vote on the measure. If it did pass in the Upper House, it would face a presidential veto. So, is it just a symbolic action and nothing more?

Guests:
Ron Brownstein, National Journal (@RonBrownstein)
James Gelfand, Senior Manager of Health Policy, US Chamber of Commerce
Ezra Klein, Washington Post (@ezraklein)
Chris Littleton, Littleton and Associates (@clittleton)
Ron Pollack, Families USA (@FamiliesUSA)

The Second Civil War

Ronald Brownstein

Main Topic The Aftermath of Shooting at Local Schools 26 MIN, 27 SEC

El Camino High, eight other public schools and several private schools were shut down for several hours yesterday as police searched for a gunman. An El Camino High policeman had been shot off campus by a man who still hasn't been captured.  He's described as white, in his late 40's, with a grayish pony tail, wearing a black jacket and jeans. The police officer was wearing body armor, and is resting at home. 

The shooting at Gardena High is a case of a different order. A student brought a gun into a classroom, and it went off when he put his backpack down on a desk. One student was shot in the neck and yet another in the head. One remains in critical condition.

Guests:
Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times (@‏anblanx)
Tamar Galatzan, LAUSD Board of Education
Debra Reid, Parent of a Gardena High School student
Don Dear, former Mayor of Gardena
Connie Alvarez, KCRW Communications Marketing Manager; Producer, 'Bookworm'

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