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Will Obama Gun Control Proposals Make Roseville Safer?

Tell us what needs to change to really make a difference.

As the national debate surrounding gun control continues, so does the epidemic of shootings.

What can be done to keep weapons—whether legal or illegal—out of the hands those who would use them to harm others? Tell us in comments.

Three horrific incidents of gun violence in February alone claimed multiple lives throughout the state.

A alleged gunman whose father described him as a “ticking time bomb” opened fire on two Santa Cruz Police officers Feb. 26, killing both the detectives who had gone to Jeremy Goulet’s home to interview him on a misdemeanor sexual assault accusation.

Goulet killed Police Det. Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker and Det. Elizabeth Butler using a .45-caliber gun that was registered to him, according to Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak. He died during a shootout with police.

Goulet, 35, had a history of sex-related arrests, including a rape arrest in the state of Hawaii, Wowak said.

In Encinitas, CA, a man suspected of shooting two deputies Feb. 20 before apparently dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound was deemed to be suicidal during a psychiatric evaluation in December, according to San Diego Sheriff’s Captain Duncan Fraser.

Evan Kim Tian Kwik, 22, is accused of using a 12-gauge shotgun to shoot two deputies from an attic crawlspace , prompting a 10-hour standoff. Officials said Kwik's mother, Michelle Kwik, reported he was upset that she filed a restraining order against him.

Law enforcement officials have not yet said how Kwik came into possession of the shotgun.

And an international manhunt for suspected murderer Christopher Dorner was triggered when the disgraced former LAPD officer went on a rampage of revenge killings throughout Southern California starting in early February.

Dorner died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, according to the autopsy report, after a shootout with police that resulted in the burning of the snowbound cabin in which he was holed up.

Dorner was armed with multiple powerful weapons, including an assault rifle.

A recent Gallup Poll shows a majority of Americans favor the nine key proposals made by President Barack Obama to address gun violence. Poll results show:

  • 91 percent of Americans are most likely to be in favor of requiring background checks for all gun sales
  • 82 percent want increased funding for mental health programs aimed at youth
  • 79 percent want increased funding for programs to train law enforcement and schools in responding to active armed attacks
  • And 75 percent want to increase criminal penalties for people who buy guns for others—so-called straw purchasers.

Is Roseville safe from this kind of gun violence? Do you support the Obama plan? What kind of gun control would make a difference? Tell us in comments.

Giovanni Caputo March 03, 2013 at 02:56 PM
We are looking at one side of the story it is terrible when criminals use guns, but if crminals know that everyone has guns they will less likely to attempt a crime. Watch this ABC NEWS 20/20 describing this phenomena http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c71_1362237045
Jim Guiles March 03, 2013 at 10:16 PM
I agree with Giovanni. The Federal and State governments need to enforce the laws that are already on the books. They also need to remove the redundant laws that interfere with the law abiding citizens. Law enforcement seems to crack down on the law abiding citizens for infractions rather than go after the criminals. Other states have open and concealed carry that is very effective in thwarting criminal activity. We need that in California too. California also needs a Castle Doctrine so that a homeowner legally protecting his property and family cannot be sued by the criminal or their family.
Dale Watkins March 04, 2013 at 01:54 AM
How do you define a law-abiding citizen? However you define them, remember that access to a gun puts them only one second away from going from law-abiding status to being a murderer. Not having access to a gun substantially lowers the likelihood they will cross that line.
Steve Chalmers March 04, 2013 at 02:05 AM
Roseville is a beautiful town and I've loved working here for 29 years and living in Roseville most of that time. As safe as I feel at home and at work, there will be criminals, the tiny subset of the mentally ill who are a danger to themselves and others, truly stupid people (oops I thought my wife was a burglar) and hotheads (oh, yeah, you cut me off in traffic, nobody disses me, I'll shoot...) everywhere. I was taught gun safety, and learned to shoot a target rifle when I was in elementary school. I respect those who hunt, those who enforce the law, and the right of those who are at risk to defend themselves. However, there are guns available to the public which have no business outside the military (and possibly police SWAT teams). There is only one reason to use armor piercing bullets: to kill people (probably police). There is only one reason to have a gun which can deliver more than 5 (or maybe 10) bullets without stopping to reload: to kill a whole bunch of people quickly. We need to stop this nonsense with mentally ill people buying assault weapons and committing mass murder. There should be a very simple way for law enforcement, mental health professionals, family members, school authorities and anyone else to just plain put someone who's "a time bomb waiting to go off" on the list of people who can't buy a gun. Let's deal with due process to get the gun (no worse than getting a driver's license) if you're on that list.
H. Butterfield March 04, 2013 at 02:14 AM
I have yet to meet anyone that does not want to protect human lives. Our country was founded and thrived on individual freedoms. It may be impossible to stop the criminal mind...one factor in this is they usually have to commit the crime to start the process of dealing with them. However we must protect our freedoms, we need to re establish the freedom to a quick trial, we need the government not to be able to label citizens of the USA to be terrorists and therefore killing them or incarcerating them indefinitely without a trial. The right to bear arms is just that, a RIGHT. This country OWES NO ONE a drivers license, a job, a home or for that matter food. It does owe its citizens the right to free speech, bear arms and the pursuit of happiness. Society has its inherit dangers ie: Driving, swimming, running, bicycling, ladders, bathtubs, skiing, football, skydiving, sinkholes, oxygen...and well you get the point. The laws CA has are more than enough period. Figure out how to enforce them and keep the lawless in jail without letting them out. Help the disturbed, if they confess to their doctor they are going on a rampage, get them help.

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