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."
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?