Thompson Meets With VP Biden on Gun Violence Prevention Proposals

New York OK's new gun laws; Obama to unveil proposals Wed.


North Bay Congressman Mike Thompson met Monday with Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to discuss a comprehensive approach to reduce and prevent gun violence.

At the same time, New York leaders were approving a series of new gun laws, according to the Associated Press.

To read the article, click here.

In addition, President Obama is set to unveil a list of gun control proposals on Wednesday, according to CBS News. To read that article, click here.

Thompson, D-St. Helena, is chair of a congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Vice-chairs of the task force also joined the group on Monday.

“Meaningful progress towards reducing and preventing gun violence cannot be made by just one branch of government,” said Thompson, who last week led a series of public forums in the North Bay on the issue.

“Our task force looks forward to working with the Vice President, the Obama Administration and all stakeholders to enact a comprehensive set of proposals that both respects the and helps keep our schools, streets and communities safe from gun violence,” Thompson said
Congressman Thompson was joined in the meeting by vice-chairs of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force: Rep. Ron Barber (AZ), Rep. John D. Dingell (MI), Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO), Rep. Bobby Scott (VA) and Rep. Jackie Speier (CA).
Over the next several weeks the task force will hold a number of meetings and hearings with different experts designed to identify the best policies to reduce and prevent gun violence. A comprehensive set of policy proposals will be released by the task force in early February.

Tim Fertiny January 16, 2013 at 07:30 PM
@Doug, I wish I could move to Texas, but to many ties here. I agree 100%, we the people have the right to bear arms, but not all of us possess the ability!
Scott Yeager January 16, 2013 at 07:54 PM
All the things you mentioned are just like an assault rifle in that they are all designed with one purpose in mind: to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible. They are all exactly the same. There is no difference between a swimming pool and an assault rifle. None at all.
Julie DeSoto January 17, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Hmmm, this reminds me of the time Bush used all those kids in their "Snowflake" bill signing. Pot, meet kettle.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 17, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Adolf Hitler used Kids to move his gun collection agenda along so did castro.
Jeffrey Wright January 17, 2013 at 02:06 AM
Google ''The armed citizen'' for numerous reports of law abiding people using firearms for self defense .....
SF49ers January 17, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Drop a 5-8 pound weight on your bare foot from 2 feet in the air. Trigger pull on a pistol's are set heavy so they don’t just go off. 5-8 Pd is standard almost twice that of a typical rifle/shotgun. Unless the gun is special ordered with a light trigger pull. hair-trigger is less than 1 pound. One final note Napa County has the highest NRA membership per capita than any other county in California.
Doug Strickland January 17, 2013 at 04:48 PM
@jeffrey I checked out thearmedcitizen.com. First, it hasn't been updated in nearly 2 years. Second, it refers to citizens that have protected themselves and/or their property with a legally possessed firearm. That was not my question. I asked about situations of mass killings. Do we lack courage? Or when it really comes down to even or worse odds, do we leave our pistols in our purses? Not a single citizen has fired a single shot towards a killer in the midst of a spree. Not one. EVER. Where are the heroes? Where is Zimmerman? Where are the armed militia that offer to protect us?
Wire January 17, 2013 at 05:52 PM
What not being said, was the possible mass shooting in Colorado Springs church several years back as the shooter was shot and killed by a armed person. Not one new law or EX 0rder would had stopped any mass shootings. Don't think one can make a bigger clip? You bet this only prevents the good moral citizen to become a law breaker now. Are you telling me the second is about hunting now? Where does it say that? How those peace full Muslims laughing at you! LoL!
Jeffrey Wright January 17, 2013 at 08:13 PM
All of your credibility is lost in the mire of fictitious screen names ......
Doug Strickland January 17, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Interesting the relationship between literacy and some people's point of view.
Scott Yeager January 17, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Doug - What are you implying:)
Scott Yeager January 17, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Doug - Here is an example of what can easily happen: But before we embrace Zamudio's brave intervention as proof of the value of being armed, let's hear the whole story. "I came out of that store, I clicked the safety off, and I was ready," he explained on Fox and Friends. "I had my hand on my gun. I had it in my jacket pocket here. And I came around the corner like this." Zamudio demonstrated how his shooting hand was wrapped around the weapon, poised to draw and fire. As he rounded the corner, he saw a man holding a gun. "And that's who I at first thought was the shooter," Zamudio recalled. "I told him to 'Drop it, drop it!' " But the man with the gun wasn't the shooter. He had wrested the gun away from the shooter. "Had you shot that guy, it would have been a big, fat mess," the interviewer pointed out." http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/human_nature/2011/01/friendly_firearms.html
Doug Strickland January 17, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Scott, thats kinda my point. But in cases where - lets say - a guy in body armor draped in a half-dozen weapons and bandoliers.. I'm pretty sure one could identify them as "the shooter". But you raise another great point. Is there hesitance because people don't want to be misidentified? (and resultantly killed?). Here's the thing. Lets say you and I are sitting in a theater watching a movie. We are both armed. Someone opens a back door and tosses a couple of smoke grenades. People are screaming, running, and a guy steps in with an AR in each arm. There's no question of intent. There's no confusion about who the shooter is. Wouldn't you and I take a defensive position and draw? Wouldn't we naturally spread out to flank the shooter so that one of us caught him from the side? And if (Surprisingly) the cops showed up, wouldn't you and I place our guns on the ground and put our hands in the air? Wouldn't we - as we are supposed to - announce our possession of a loaded weapon and then listen carefully so we aren't .. shot? This is what I don't understand. Why has the idea of (as stated in the article you pointed to) ""When everyone is carrying a firearm, nobody is going to be a victim," argues the state's top pro-gun legislator". EFFING SHOW ME THIS!!!
Wire January 17, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Don't worry the school system is going to use the kids, to tell if there's a gun in the home. They will have to lie! Now please put a sticker on your front door this is a gun free home. What's not being said, was the probable mass shooting in Colorado Springs church several years back was prevented. The shooter was shot and killed by a armed person. Not one new law or Executive 0rder would had stopped any mass shootings. Don't think one can't make a bigger clip? You bet one can, this only prevents the good moral citizen to become a law breaker. Are you telling me the second Amendment is all about hunting now? Where does it say that in there? Twisting things around aren't you? As a hunter you EAT what you kill or your wasting FOOD. If hunting not for you game don't kill. Some SICK people HUNT people, some get caught and are still waiting for California to kill them on your DEATH ROLL. The safest way to be put to death is Helium gas. Now those peace full loving Muslims they are OK it's those (just the few SICK ones) are laughing at you! LoL! Why didn't Japan invade our shores? Why did we drop the A bomb? We could not take their county by landing craft back then, because they were ARMED, Why did Hitler drop all those bombs on England? Same reason.
Wire January 17, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Colorado Church Gunman Had Grudge Against Christian Group ... www.foxnews.com › On Air Now › On Air Personalities Dec 10, 2007 – The gunman believed to have killed four people in a pair of shooting sprees at a megachurch in Colorado Springs and a missionary training
Doug Strickland January 17, 2013 at 09:34 PM
I was implying that this: "What not being said" is not a sentence. "killed by a armed person." is missing a letter (n) "EX 0rder" Order with a zero? "would had stopped" have maybe? (skipping past several)... then "How those peace full Muslims laughing at you! LoL!" - hmm. not sure how Muslims have shown up in this thread, none of the mass killings were done by foreigners.. Peace full? I mean what does that sentence even mean?!? my point was that I find, having travelled most of this country - there is a direct correlation between literacy and intelligence. Further, you can find a strong statistical correlation between poverty and illiteracy, fundamentalism and intelligence, and geography between all three. Like it or not, the fact is that the further North you live, the more intelligent, literate, and wealthy you are. (unless you were just being facetious..)
Jeffrey Wright January 17, 2013 at 09:46 PM
@ Doug , How many of the victims of mass shootings were armed ? How many of the victims were found dead with their guns still tucked neatly inside their holsters ? You pose the question why no one has ever shot back to save innocent lives yet you fail to realize maybe no one had the opportunity..
Lorie January 17, 2013 at 09:47 PM
"(unless you were just being facetious..)" Somehow I don't believe you'd be making the same correlation if this person was in agreement with you. What if English is his/her second language? [Oh, the intolerance!] Anyhow, I'm almost certain most people posting here and reading these comments are aware that this is just "opinion"...but if anything else fails, let's sherd it to pieces.
Wire January 17, 2013 at 11:01 PM
You won't need your kids to fink on your hand gun or rifle ownership, your updated lap top or new hand held phone will be able to read your thoughts in six years. What is it costing the government keeping track of everyone's email records? Keeping your Google search and records on your postings? How many power plants are they using up to keep track of all of us, paperless society? I heard FOUR. Now just food for thought I bet the government knows more about Adam Lanza than they want us to know. Just me?
Doug Strickland January 17, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Opportunity? As of 6am today there have been 60 murders in Chicago so far this year. 57 of them by gun. Chicago has some of the most stringent gun laws in the country, by the way. The recent mass killings have occurred in concealed carry states. He'll in Arizona (giffords) you don't even have to REGISTER to carry concealed. Using some simple math, especially when you involve a shopping mall, statistics indicate that more than one person had opportunity and means.
Doug Strickland January 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Lorie, in your earlier post you wrote that "The poorer the town, the higher the crime.." That's simply false. Second, the lingual patterns and grammatical errors of the mentioned writer were not culturally based. While there's some overlap of the demographics of illiterate and immigrance, what I observed had more to do with narrowness of a cohesive presentation of thought. And by the way, English is not my first language either.
Wire January 18, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Doug Strickland they don't want to read about that, it's those poor kids @ Sandy Hook. Notice that Thomson said in the PD there's been no study on the effects of drugs and the White boy shooters. WHY NOT? Homicide rates have dropped steadily in U.S. - Washington Post articles.washingtonpost.com › Collections › Stock Market Dec 19, 2012 – “The highest murder rate in national history was between 1846 and 1887,” not including Civil War deaths, Roth says. “During Reconstruction
Doug Strickland January 18, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Thompson also said that one of the reasons that there have been no studies is that the NRA's effectively blocked the NIH and CDC from doing any research on gun violence. That changed yesterday by executive order, something that would not have passed through a congress that is disproportionately A rated by the NRA. Also from the Washington Post: 15 of the 25 worst mass shootings in the last 50 years took place in the United States. Gun ownership in the United States is declining overall, and More guns tend to mean more homicide. Oh, and "Higher populations, more stress, more immigrants, and more mental illness were not correlated with more deaths from gun violence. But one thing he found was, perhaps, perfectly predictable: States with tighter gun control laws appear to have fewer gun-related deaths." So what is your point? There are fewer guns, so overall gun violence is down. We're still 3 to 28 times as violent as the rest of the developed world. By the way, violent movies and video games exist there too.. So I'm just sayin'...
Wire January 18, 2013 at 03:59 AM
What is Mexico? A non developed world country that has gun control? They can't even print about the violence as their reporters get beheaded. What do you call the Swiss they have a assault weapon in every home. Yes all males belong in the Army. If there are 80,000,000 hand guns in the USA the murder rate should be extra extra high but as FBI STATS prove that the murder rate has declined the last ten years. With more weapons out there in all the states. The best place to kill the postal office or job, then the school or mall. So all of the latest mass shooting from Columbine High to Sandy Hook the one or two shooters had "Make My Day Drugs" aren't know about? Still the violent crime rate is down in country wide. There's a law suit in the Aurora shooting case because the Dr. didn't report to the police.
Lorie January 18, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Doug, This is true at all levels, be it national, regional, municipal or even in your own little neighborhood. There is an intimate relationship between poverty [unemployment] and crime. You pretty much said it yourself: "...there is a direct correlation between literacy and intelligence. Further, you can find a strong statistical correlation between poverty and illiteracy, fundamentalism and intelligence, and geography between all three..." And this very intimate relationship between poverty, crime and illiteracy will then evolve into violence. Yes, the same violence you want to avoid by taking guns and ammunition away from those who do not, have not and -most likely- will not commit a violent crime because they are not criminals, and "statistically speaking" will not become one. Children and young adults who do not attend school regularly, are under no parental supervision (parents too busy working two and three jobs trying to escape poverty) and may engage in 'dangerous activities' like drugs (they do have permanent physiological and psychological effects), gangs, etc. There's again a relationship between illiteracy, poverty and crime. Well, it turns out we are in agreement and we do indeed have something else in common: English is not my first language either. God bless the USA!
Wire January 18, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Holder pleads with court to stop document release on Obama gun-running scandal... Enough said!
Doug Strickland January 18, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Lorie, correlations are not as simple as causal relationships. High crime rates are most likely when there is a large disparity between the socioeconomic groups. Cram a bunch of rich and poor in a place with little economic opportunity and watch what happens to crime rates. Also, you've mistakenly stated that I want to "take away guns and ammunition from those who will most likely do not, have not, will not commit a gun involved crime". I have not suggested that we take anything from anyone. I'm only trying to have a conversation and learn something. I don't have an answer to gun violence, or violence in general. I own guns, I'm mentally intact, and haven't ever killed anyone unlawfully while using a gun. I also do NOT believe in the NRA's hysteria over gun confiscation - that's a pile of fear mongering. I think that one of the greatest things we can accomplish now is exposing the stranglehold that the NRA has on our government and culture..
Wire January 18, 2013 at 04:42 PM
It's not reported in the SF Gate, not even the Redwood City Patch, but in the San Jose Mercury 1 day ago – A North Fair Oaks jewelry store owner said three masked men -- one ... Palo Alto and Redwood City police departments, search dogs and a California ... A handgun thought to be associated with the attempted robbery was ... The manager came out after their gun was drawn at an employee. Two had hammers to bust open the glass cases. The manager came out and pointed a bigger handgun and the three took off and jumped into the waiting car. In the excitement the car's driver crash the vehicle and the four went running terrorizing the neighbor hood's back yard. What not even being reported a 22 year old woman called her father and he was held up by the police as they closed down his neighborhood as he was coming home for lunch. After seeing a stranger in their backyard he told her get the shotgun out and load it. If you have to use it.
Doug Strickland January 18, 2013 at 05:33 PM
I really wish I could understand whatever it is you are trying to say...
Wire February 02, 2013 at 03:29 AM
California unable to disarm 19,700 felons, our state can't afford to hire to keep you safe, they figure two hand guns per FELON, plus that stat is growing by a thousand a year. Over taxed, over regulated, not enough money to keep you safe. Oakland loses California Highway Patrol cops amid crime surge or is it a flood? http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-74211487/


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