Oxnard calls for gun control legislation as gun violence rises

Oxnard will send a resolution passed this week to federal and state elected officials demanding greater gun control legislation.

The city council unanimously passed the resolution on Tuesday, denouncing gun violence and supporting efforts to limit casualties.

“I think it’s important to say as a community, as a society, as a government entity, that we are tired of senseless killings,” Mayor Pro Tem Bryan A. MacDonald said Tuesday. “We are tired of the bloodshed. We are tired of our failures.

The resolution makes six statements aimed at reducing gun violence:

  • He denounces gun violence and encourages the state and federal delegation in the city to pass laws targeting the possession, manufacture and distribution of illegal firearms.
  • She asks the city delegation to fund mental health awareness and support programs.
  • He supports laws requiring background checks, maintaining “gun-free” zones in schools, and preventing illegal possession of firearms.
  • He endorses red flag laws allowing family and police to seek a court order to temporarily remove the weapons from a potentially dangerous person.
  • He supports the bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which provided $750 million in federal funding for mental health and gun and school safety.
  • It demands that state and federal elected officials “take immediate action to enact meaningful gun control legislation to help prevent one more child from being injured by gunfire.” .

Mayor John C. Zaragoza, who said Tuesday he supports the Second Amendment, called for the resolution to be presented to City Council at its June 7 meeting. He said his family had lost loved ones to gun violence and understood the grief it caused.

“They say time heals everything, but we keep healing,” Zaragoza said.

The resolution comes two weeks after the council declared the city a right-to-choose abortion sanctuary. For more than five hours, dozens of residents voiced their support and opposition to the resolution.

On Wednesday, only four people addressed the gun control resolution on Wednesday, three of whom were in favor.

For Barbara Macri-Ortiz, of Oxnard, the resolution was not strict enough. She said the nation must get assault rifles off the streets to help end mass shootings.

“Until we do that, we’re just going to see these mass shootings every weekend,” Macri-Ortiz said. “It’s just awful.”

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According to the resolution, eight people have died and 75 have been injured due to gun violence in Oxnard since January 2021. The Oxnard Police Department has seized more than 350 firearms and arrested more than 300 people for unlawful possession of firearms. firearm in the same amount of time.

Deborah Baber, a resident of Port Hueneme, showed gun and people council notice boards to illustrate that guns, by themselves, do not kill. She said they need someone to pull the trigger to end a life.

“I urge everyone to honor our Second Amendment and bear the arms that we are permitted to bear as the law-abiding men and women who inhabit this great country,” Baber said.

Brian J. Varela covers Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Camarillo. He can be reached at [email protected] or 805-477-8014. You can also find him on Twitter @BrianVarela805.

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