FROM Sam Paredes
Can LA Politicians Reduce Gun Violence? Gun magazines holding more than 10 rounds can't be manufactured in California. It's illegal to sell them or bring them into the state, but possession is not prohibited. On Tuesday, the LA City Council voted unanimously to impose a ban on possession within city limits. Paul Krekorian represents the East San Fernando Valley, and he authored the measure.
Governor Brown Signs California 'Open Carry' Ban In 42 states, it's now legal to openly carry a handgun. In all but two of them, the gun can be loaded. Republican Governors are liberalizing the opportunities for gun owners. California used to allow open carry of un-loaded guns, but Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed a law this week that prohibits any "open carry" at all. Gun rights advocates are preparing to go to court.
Gun Control in the Wake of Tucson, Gardena High Shootings A high school and a middle school in Woodland Hills were locked down today after a school policeman was shot and a manhunt got under way for man described as possibly in his 40's. The officer was wearing body armor, and was hospitalized in fair condition. Meantime, students at Gardena High School had to line up on the sidewalk for screening this morning, a policy that was not followed yesterday. That's when an automatic weapon brought on to the campus in a backpack accidentally discharged when the bag was laid down on a desk. The boy and girl who were hit are still in stable and critical condition respectively. The boy with the backpack faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon. This morning's Los Angeles Times carried a column by Steve Lopez under the headline, "It's time to inject sanity into the gun debate."
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.