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lioneaglegriffin
02-12-2009, 9:30 PM
not exactly ProGun, but he is against redundancy

Walter Moore for Mayor of Los Angeles

Mayor4U.com

Villaraigosa, Guns, Gangs and Groundhog Day
By Walter Moore, Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles, WalterMooreForMayor.com

June 1, 2008
Remember the movie "Groundhog Day," where Bill Murray keeps living the same day over and over again? Mayor Villaraigosa is inflicting the same deja vu on us with his "new" proposals for more laws on guns and gangs.

This week, Mayor Villaraigosa took some time out of his busy international travel schedule to announce, for about the nine millionth time, that he supports "new" laws to stop gang members from getting guns.

The L.A. Times / Hoy treated this as news, but it wasn't. In November 2007, Villaraigosa issued a press release congratulating himself for having supposedly adopted, in April 2007, "a comprehensive approach to combating and reducing gun and gang violence in LA." Villaraigosa had issued a similar press release in February 2007, saying, "If we can stop guns from illegally falling into the hands of gangs, we can stop the violence and stop the killings." In August 2006, same story.

In fact, we already have laws on the books that Villaraigosa could use to fight gangs. Consider the following California Penal Code provisions on gangs and guns:

Section 186.22(a) already makes it a crime, subject to imprisonment, to actively participate in any criminal street gang with knowledge that its members engage in or have engaged in a pattern of criminal gang activity, and to willfully assist in that conduct. Note: prosecutors don't even have to prove use or possession of a gun to obtain a conviction under this statute.

Section 12025(a) already makes it a crime to carry a concealed firearm on one's person or "within any vehicle." And, under Section 12025(b)(3) it's a felony a gang member to do so. Section 12031 says pretty much the same thing regarding loaded weapons.

Section 12021 makes it a felony for convicted felons and drug addicts to have possession of a firearm. Section 626.9 makes it a felony to have a gun on school grounds.

Various other provisions authorize imprisonment for criminals caught using the guns. For example, Section 246 makes it a crime to shoot at an inhabited house, building, car or airplane.

So we've already got laws galore to stop gang members from using guns. We don't need more laws. We need more enforcement.

Villaraigosa, however, expects us to believe that the City needs to adopt ordinances:


Banning .50 caliber bullets

Licensing ammunition vendors

Requiring gun dealers to keep better gun inventories

Requiring ammunition purchases to in-person, face-to face

Banning the installation of secret gun compartments in cars

Seizing the vehicles used by gang members while committing gang-related crimes

Enabling landlords to evict gang members convicted of violent crimes with firearms.
Villaraigosa's proposed new laws would waste scarce law enforcement resources and tax dollars, and embroil the City in pointless litigation.


For example, does anyone seriously believe that crime will drop if the City of Los Angeles bans.50 caliber bullets? More likely, the City would simply get sued for trying to adopt gun regulations in a field that only the state and national governments are allowed to regulate. The City would lose, just as San Francisco did when it tried to ban handguns.

As for the proposal to seize cars gang members use when they commit crimes, are you kidding me? For that to work, a gang member must reason as follows: "Well, I was going to do a drive-by shooting tonight, for which I might serve five years in jail, but now that the City might seize my car, I think I'll just stay home and play video games instead."

As for the ban on secret gun compartments in cars, how much time will our attorneys waste in court litigating whether a given compartment was for a gun, or was instead installed to protect valuables? It's already illegal to carry a concealed weapon in a car. Let's prosecute gang members for that.

Perhaps Villaraigosa does not realize we already have laws on the books already to combat gangs and guns. After all, he never did pass the Bar Exam despite four attempts and three years in law school.

More likely, however, Villaraigosa thinks you don't know any better, and he wanted to stage yet another photo-op to show how "tough" on crime he is.

If I'm elected Mayor, I won't re-invent the wheel by proposing redundant new laws. Instead, I will build the police force from the current 9,700 or so officers to at least 12,500, and they will zealously enforce existing laws. I will immediately end Villaraigosa's "sanctuary city" policy for gang members -- and all other illegal aliens, for that matter.

I will also work with city, county and federal prosecutors and officials to ensure that all gang members receive and serve the maximum sentences permitted by law. And for any of those who are illegal aliens, I will ensure that, after serving their time, they are deported, not released back into our community.

If you want a Mayor who will make every neighborhood a safe neighborhood, you have to take action. Contribute to my campaign. Get a bumper sticker for your friends. Sign up for my newsletter. And tell your friends about my campaign. Click here to make it happen.

blackbox
02-15-2009, 3:16 PM
Looks like he's run for Mayor before, with no much success. And he really needs a better website.

Cool interview from 2005:
http://www.lacitybeat.com/cms/story/detail/?id=1590&IssueNum=86

pTa
02-15-2009, 3:38 PM
he and Newsom should be penpals
if Gavin knew how to read

RRangel
02-15-2009, 4:19 PM
Walter Moore is a good candidate and is more than qualified to be mayor of Los Angeles, contrary to the situation that exists today. Apathetic and ignorant residents of the city of Los Angeles wouldn't know what's good for them if it punched them in the face.

lioneaglegriffin
02-15-2009, 7:35 PM
Walter Moore is a good candidate and is more than qualified to be mayor of Los Angeles, contrary to the situation that exists today. Apathetic and ignorant residents of the city of Los Angeles wouldn't know what's good for them if it punched them in the face.

someday....

vrand
02-15-2009, 7:57 PM
I will immediately end Villaraigosa's "sanctuary city" policy for gang members -- and all other illegal aliens, for that matter.


nice :thumbsup:

FastFinger
02-15-2009, 8:00 PM
Yesterday I was going over the sample ballot and realized that we'd be out of town 3/3, so faxed in my request for an absentee ballot.

Haven't had a chance to review everything yet, but I already know 2 of my votes, Moore & Trutanich.

To my fellow Angelenos - I understand that you may have voter burn out, or that you may feel your vote is for naught, but please do not sit this one out!

Voter turn out will be extremely thin - so your vote will probably have far more influence than in any other recent election. And the stakes are extremely high.

We have a city hall that is lazy, arrogant, corrupt, and inept. Our city is falling apart. We can help reverse the trend, but we must act now!

If there's even a slight chance that you'll be too busy, or forget, to go out and vote on March 3rd, just fill out the mail-by-vote ballet application and fax or mail it in, it couldn't be easier!

With the time you'll save talk to a friend or family member and get them to vote also. I'll be a bit politically incorrect here and request that if you know they're going to vote for the status quo, don't encourage them to vote at all. We're in a battle to save our homeland, don't help those who wish to continue flushing our way of life down the crapper.

http://i40.tinypic.com/hs2lck.jpg

lioneaglegriffin
02-15-2009, 8:08 PM
Yesterday I was going over the sample ballot and realized that we'd be out of town 3/3, so faxed in my request for an absentee ballot.

Haven't had a chance to review everything yet, but I already know 2 of my votes, Moore & Trutanich.

To my fellow Angelenos - I understand that you may have voter burn out, or that you may feel your vote is for naught, but please do not sit this one out!

Voter turn out will be extremely thin - so your vote will probably have far more influence than in any other recent election. And the stakes are extremely high.

We have a city hall that is lazy, arrogant, corrupt, and inept. Our city is falling apart. We can help reverse the trend, but we must act now!

If there's even a slight chance that you'll be too busy, or forget, to go out and vote on March 3rd, just fill out the mail-by-vote ballet application and fax or mail it in, it couldn't be easier!

With the time you'll save talk to a friend or family member and get them to vote also. I'll be a bit politically incorrect here and request that if you know they're going to vote for the status quo, don't encourage them to vote at all. We're in a battle to save our homeland, don't help those who wish to continue flushing our way of life down the crapper.

http://i40.tinypic.com/hs2lck.jpg

being PC is like so BO (Before Obama). ;)