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Northern California, Southern Oregon Counties Revive Idea of Forming State of JeffersonOctober 22, 2013
You might be excused for considering it a bit of a novelty when Siskiyou County voted last month to secede from California. After all, the rural county in the northernmost section of California is not often the topic of the state's political discourse. But then the Board of Supervisors in Modoc County, adjacent to Siskiyou County in the northeastern corner of California, followed suit and voted to pursue leaving the state as well. When the secession issue was discussed, only two citizens voiced opposition to the motion. Butte County is scheduled to take up a similar motion in an Oct. 22 meeting, and Lassen County is also considering a vote on secession, although the Redding City Council just voted 3-2 against the idea.
California Seeks Sweeping Control on Guns and AmmunitionSeptember 11, 2013
It's not easy being a gun owner in California. The state already has the strictest gun laws in the nation, with the possible exception of New York, and a flurry of bills are making their way through the legislature that seek to solidify California's position of chief gun-hater. Senate Bill 53 is the latest in an anti-ammunition effort being led by State Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles).
Survey finds 51 percent oppose banning “assault weapons”January 30, 2013
As gun rights and gun control are debated in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, a majority of Americans say elected officials are “exploiting” the tragedy. The new Reason-Rupe poll finds 52 percent of Americans believe that elected officials are exploiting the tragedy for political gain, while 41 percent feel elected officials are acting responsibly.
Democrats differ sharply from independents and Republicans on the issue. Seventy-one percent of Republicans and 60 percent of independents think the tragedy is being politicized, while just 32 percent of Democrats believe so.
As Jacob Sullum mentioned in his column this morning, Reason-Rupe finds that over half, 51 percent, of Americans say people “should be allowed to own assault weapons,” while 44 percent say people “should be prohibited from owning assault weapons.” Once again there is a substantial political divide: 68 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of independents say assault weapons should be allowed. However, just 33 percent of Democrats agree.
Democrats, who normally count on the youth vote, may be surprised to find that 70 percent of 18-24 year-olds and 58 percent of 25-34 year-olds say “assault weapons should be allowed.” Similarly, Republicans, who usually rely upon the senior vote, will find that 57 percent of 55-64 year-olds and 61 percent of people over the age of 65 say assault weapons should be prohibited.
As Congress gets ready to debate new gun restrictions, just 27 percent of Americans say the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 would’ve helped avoid the tragedy if it were still in place. Over two-thirds, 67 percent, say the ban would not have helped avoid the shooting.
The public is split on what might have helped prevent the Newtown tragedy. When asked what might have helped prevent the shooting, 24 percent proposed better mental health treatment, 19 percent said stricter gun laws, 18 percent stressed better parenting and 17 percent suggested armed guards.
Don't use a tragedy to score partisan points.July 26, 2011
Gene Healy says he’s never been a fan of waiting periods for gun purchases, but after the rush to score partisan points in the wake of the horrific car-bombing and mass-shooting in Norway, he thinks the idea of a pundit’s “Brady Bill” might not be a bad idea. Many political commenters could use a “cooling-off” period before they start using mass murder to score partisan points.
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