Local democrats pass resolution to support ban on assault weapons

At its monthly meeting on Feb. 13 the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee (HCDCC) passed a resolution urging congressional representatives to support president Obama’s call for legislation banning assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines as one step in trying to curb the nation’s epidemic of gun violence.

In any attempt at legislation, Congress would need to specify a definition of "assault weapon" and in addition examine the current state of the mental health delivery system to try to determine how to keep such weapons from falling into the hands of mentally ill individuals with murderous intentions.

This resolution does not purpose to be a solution to this complex problem but rather to show support for Congress to heed president Obama’s call for action on the issue of gun violence in society.

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Full text follows:

Resolution in Support of Ban on Assault Weapons

WHEREAS in response to multiple acts of gun violence across the Nation and particularly in light of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama and others have proposed that Congress pass a ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines; and

WHEREAS while the Constitution states "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed" there is no practical reason for individual citizens to possess assault weapons and/or high capacity ammunition magazines as opposed to rifles, shotguns and handguns; and

WHEREAS due to our current inability to keep assault weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill and other individuals who have evil intentions, action must be taken by our legislators to protect the public from the threat of gun violence.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee that the Committee does hereby call upon our legislators in Congress to support the President in banning assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines and in every effort to address gun violence, including background checks and gun registration.