Thompson to host forum on gun violence prevention

2013-01-03T16:54:00Z 2013-01-07T17:58:02Z Thompson to host forum on gun violence prevention Napa Valley Register
January 03, 2013 4:54 pm

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, will host a forum on gun violence prevention in Napa on Tuesday evening.

The goal is to bring together experts, stakeholders and community members for a “comprehensive discussion on the steps that must be taken to reduce and prevent gun violence,” Thompson said in a news release.

Thompson has emerged as a key player in the national debate over gun violence following the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut on Dec. 14. He’s been appointed chair by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force which is charged with recommending changes to federal gun laws

In accepting the role, Thompson said “military-style assault weapons and assault magazines have no place on our streets or in our communities.” He said lawmakers needed to consider implementing more rigorous background checks on prospective gun owners while ensuring that “appropriate mental health services are available.”

Thompson’s office is assembling a panel of experts in mental health, the law and other facets of the gun debate for the Napa forum, his staff said.

The forum will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Napa City Hall, 955 School St. The audience will be able to ask questions.

In his news release, Thompson is described as a “hunter, gun owner, former chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and a veteran who carried a military-style assault weapon during a tour in Vietnam.”

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  1. kevin
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    kevin - January 03, 2013 5:31 pm
    "appropriate mental health services are available"

    What is needed is a way to track the violent, mentally ill individuals who perpetrate these attacks. A national database similar to the "do not fly list". Far to often, these individuals fall "off the radar", such as the Aurora, Colorado shooter simply because they drop out of school or move to a different community.

    And we immediately need armed personnel at our schools to protect our children, just as Obama has for his children.

    What we don't need is a rash, ineffective effort to undermine our Second Amendment Rights by making criminals out of millions of law abiding citizens who will refuse to turn in their guns to the government....
  2. publiusa
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    publiusa - January 03, 2013 7:17 pm
    Kevin - This county has a CHP office with numerous officers, a Sheriff with numerous deputies and each town and city has a police force, Napa College has a police force and the the Wine Train has a police force...what do all of these police do? Why can't they protect the public in the schools, the malls and other places? Why can't these police forces be consolidated and their force and effectiveness focused? Oh, I know, they don't want public scrutiny...
  3. odiedog52
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    odiedog52 - January 03, 2013 8:25 pm
    He carried a "military-style assault weapon" while in Vietnam? You would think he'd carry a military weapon, not a military-style weapon. Interesting.

    Also, there's no such thing as an "assault magazine".
  4. Bear_the_dog
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    Bear_the_dog - January 04, 2013 1:12 am
    Say for example, something similar were to happen at Pope Valley Elementary School... There may or may not be a sheriff's deputy in the northern county, there may or may not be one CHP officer in the northern county, St. Helena is the nearest reliable location for a sworn peace officer, yet driving lights and siren, going over Howell Mt, that may take a while. Yes, it seems rather ludicrous to think that this could happen in some small country location like Pope Valley, but just shows how you can't entirely rely on police; they need help from the people. I in no way wish to speak ill of the fine law enforcement officers of Napa County, but the reality is there is a lot of land to cover for the amount of officers available in the county, especially in the smaller areas.

    The scary thing with the Sandy Hook incident is the rash, "got to do something" mentality of many politicians that think making more things a crime will solve the problem, when that only makes things worse.
  5. 1Napanow
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    1Napanow - January 04, 2013 7:22 am
    So, where exactly would you guys draw the line on legal/illegal firearms?
  6. glenroy
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    glenroy - January 04, 2013 7:42 am
    What sort of solution to gun control can you expect from someone so irrational as to believe unemployment benefits increase, help or benefit the GDP?

    Bet the doghouse they will take from law abiding citizens while allowing the criminal the benefit of being armed…the are consist they take from those who work to reward those who will not work and those who's work is only the level of a make work job.
  7. mrscrappalucci
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    mrscrappalucci - January 04, 2013 7:47 am
    Odiedog52 - what did you carry on your shoulder in combat, besides the obvious partisan chip?
  8. Marty
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    Marty - January 04, 2013 7:58 am
    All Democrats on the panel? Guess this will be orchestrated like his healthcare townhall meeting. Remember he held it in a church and all the panelists were pro-Obamacare and one Democrat woman was yelling shut up? You know there will be armed police at this presentation just like they did with the regional planning meeting. This will be a biased, one sided presentation.
  9. publiusa
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    publiusa - January 04, 2013 8:13 am
    It took police 20 minutes to get to the Conneticutt school...
  10. odiedog52
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    odiedog52 - January 04, 2013 8:58 am
    mrscrappalucci,

    Plenty. Machine guns to assault rifles. I spent 15 months in ground combat in Iraq.
  11. TAXPAYER
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    TAXPAYER - January 04, 2013 12:42 pm
    Are politicians more valuable than our children?
    They have armed guards that the taxpayers pays for! Automatic weapons, no restrictions!
    Politicians pass laws on us that do not
    apply to themselves!
  12. SafeShooter
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    SafeShooter - January 04, 2013 5:09 pm
    Politicians love to change the descriptions of things to suit the Agenda of the Day. The AR-15 is not an "Assault Rifle" and Assault Magazines, as mentioned earlier, appears to be the latest new word. That way, they can scare the unknowing public into jumping on their band wagon. I am so disgusted by these people!
  13. Hear Ye
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    Hear Ye - January 04, 2013 5:23 pm
    1Napanow-

    This is no place for reasonable questions. The comment section is only for 1. Complaining about a forum that hasn't taken place yet and 2. Getting upset about an imaginary person that wants to ban all guns.
  14. rocketman
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    rocketman - January 04, 2013 6:41 pm
    .you are the perfect example of a citizen that should never call the police and bother them with more important details..........
  15. rocketman
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    rocketman - January 04, 2013 6:43 pm
    .excellent point.......
  16. foss valley
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    foss valley - January 04, 2013 11:58 pm
    George Thomas James and many other great patriots would be turning in their graves
  17. glenroy
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    glenroy - January 05, 2013 7:17 am
    The line is referred to as the 2nd Amendment, the only line that matters to many of us, which was created so the citizens could defend themselves from a tyrannical government….
    There’s nothing wrong with having to pass a gun safety course before being allowed purchase a gun, the NRA provides that for thousands of tax paying law abiding Americans every year…nothing wrong with existing laws that revoke constitutional rights for offenders. But.. this yet another national effort in this day and everything political age is a bad joke on law abidding Americans. As we saw with the Clinton/Gore ‘Safe for Americans to fly again’… this literally and figuratively Progressive/Phased Airport safety plan…just a few months after implemented went 0 for 15. Not one terrorist was even bothered with questioning...
    This issue is about current FACTS not opinions…where private carry handguns are available there is less crime including murders...when you understand that then we’re getting somewhere.
  18. kevin
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    kevin - January 05, 2013 10:36 am
    The obvious answer would be to allow citizens the same type of weapons the police and government agents are allowed to use...
  19. kevin
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    kevin - January 05, 2013 10:37 am
    That person is not imaginary. That person would be Congressman Mike Thompson...
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