WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City Council adopted a resolution March 5 urging federal action on gun control.
The resolution was in reaction to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida Feb. 14, in which 17 students and teachers were killed and an additional 14 were injured. Since that shooting, there has been a chorus of renewed calls for the federal government to take steps to reduce gun violence.
“The city of West Hollywood has a long-standing history of supporting gun control measures aimed at curbing gun violence and enhancing public safety, including enacting an ordinance banning the sale or possession of semi-automatic assault rifles and of weapons that can be converted into machine-gun type firearms,” Mayor John Heilman said. “The need to reduce gun violence is, and has been, incredibly urgent for too long. We can no longer stand idly by and allow lobbying groups to take the lead in the conversation. Our community must come together and demand federal action now.”
“Since 2013, there have been nearly 300 school shootings in America — that’s 300 too many,” City Councilwoman Lauren Meister said. “Gun violence leaves behind shattered families, heartbroken communities and unspeakable loss. Each day in our nation, nearly 100 people are killed with a gun — that’s utterly unacceptable. We cannot allow this to be the new normal; we must insist on immediate federal action on gun control.”
Local officials cited more statistics to support the resolution. There are 13,000 gun homicides per year in the country. During an average month, 50 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner. The U.S. has 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but nearly half (48 percent) of the world’s civilian-owned guns. Among developed nations, the U.S. is far-and-away ranked as the most violent, in large part due to the easy access many Americans have to firearms.
As part of the resolution, the City Council approved special free shuttle service March 24 for the March for Our Lives rally, which will take place in downtown Los Angeles. CityLineX will connect West Hollywood residents to the Red Line Hollywood and Highland station where participants can continue to the rally.
The city will send copies of its resolution urging federal action on gun control to President Donald Trump, Senators Feinstein and Kamala Harris, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, Gov. Jerry Brown; state Sen. Ben Allen, Assemblyman Richard Bloom and others, as appropriate.