Audio and Commentary: Youth Speak on CA Gun Violence Bills

Jan. 31, 2013 / By



Clip includes discussion of two CA Bills: Senate Bill 53 and Assembly Bill 48.

Looking recently at the news one does not have to go very far to see that gun control and gun violence is a hot topic. With the recent shooting of schoolchildren in Newtown, the gun control debate rages on with renewed vigor. The gun debate has also seen some new policy developments.

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama issued proposals, including 23 executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence and asked for help from lawmakers in making sweeping reform. His introduction of a $500 million plan to address this concern has received mixed reactions.

Many people expect fierce opposition to the possible changes, especially from groups like the National Rifle Association. However stricter gun control is in the minds of many with recent events swaying public opinion in its favor, shown by a New York Times/CBS poll, completed on Jan. 15, in which 54 percent of Americans want stronger gun control laws.

In California, bills have been introduced in an effort to curb gun violence statewide.

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