From MSNBC: “School Drills That Simulate School Shootings.”
A good read from Slate on the findings by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council.
Now more than ever, your voice is needed.
Sandy Hook Promise is a non-profit formed by residents of Newtown, Connecticut, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. Check out the group’s site at sandyhookpromise.org, and pledge to “do everything [you] can to encourage and support common sense solutions that make my community and our country safer from similar acts of violence.”
In other news, the death toll from last Friday’s mass shooting near Santa Monica College has risen to six, including the heavily armed gunman.
UPDATE: The City of Glendale is formally arguing that the attempt to remove Frank Quintero from the City Council “has more to do with his support of a recent ban on gun shows on city-owned property than a misinterpretation of a decades-old revolving-door policy,” the Glendale News-Press reported.
From the News-Press comes this item: The attorney who represented the owner of the Glendale Gun Show while the City Council debated, and ultimately voted 3-2 this past March to ban gun and ammo sales on city property is now representing a pair of residents who seek to legally challenge the seat held by Councilmember Frank Quintero.
Quintero, who was mayor during the Gun Show debate, and who voted in favor of the ban and was especially vocal on his stance against assault rifles, retired from the council in April, but shortly after was appointed to serve out the council term of Rafi Manoukian, who left following his election as City Treasurer.
The News-Press story details the reasons—not Gun Show-related, the prospective plaintiffs say—for the legal challenge. It also notes Quintero’s take.
“My position on the gun show and gun legislation is well-documented,” Quintero says in the News-Press. “I find it interesting that the same law firm that represented the gun show is filing the lawsuit.”
Polls are now open—and they’ll stay open ’til 8 p.m.
Here’s a rundown of all 12 candidates and their stances on the Coalition’s signature issue thus far: the passage of the ordinance barring the Glendale Gun Show from city property.
IN FAVOR OF GUN-SHOW BAN
AGAINST GUN-SHOW BAN
Sources: Coalition notes from Feb. 20 Glendale Homeowners Coordinating Council candidates’ forum; Tropico Station report from March 20 Northwest Glendale Homeowners Association candidates’ forum; City Council votes on Jan. 22 and March 19. Additionally, the Coalition solicited statements from all 10 non-incumbent candidates. Those received are noted above.
In a letter to the editor published in Friday’s News-Press, Coalition founding member Joal Ryan thanks Mayor Frank Quintero, Councilmember Rafi Manoukian and Councilmember Laura Friedman for “resisting the out-of-touch, editorial-page call” of the Los Angeles-based newspaper, “and for standing up for their community—for our community.”
Make that, Glendale won.
The City Council, by a 3-2 vote tonight, approved an ordinance banning the sale and possession of guns and ammunition on public property.
Three takeaways from this historic night:
The Civic-based Glendale Gun Show was the last gun show held on public property in all of Los Angeles County. Its threatened existence galvanized the NRA and Tea Party activists. But the issue also galvanized friends, neighbors and parents, including those of us who joined together under the banner of the Coalition for a Better Glendale. At City Hall tonight, Mayor Frank Quintero talked about the importance of local determination.
Quintero, a Vietnam War veteran, also spoke out passionately against the AK-47, the assault rifle that, while restricted in California, was sold as bagged parts at the March 2-3 Glendale Gun Show.
“Yes” votes in favor of the ordinance were also cast by councilmembers Rafi Manoukian, who championed the issue, and Laura Friedman.
A big night. An important night. A game-changing night.