Chula Vista Puts Pressure on Congress to Stop Gun Violence

Chula Vista Puts Pressure on Congress to Stop Gun Violence

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Chula Vista Puts Pressure on Congress to Stop Gun Violence NBC 7’s Omari Fleming heard from councilmembers in support of and against the resolution. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019) Some members of the Chula Vista City Council turned their outrage into action Tuesday night, passing a resolution they hope will spur Congress curb gun violence. From the El Paso massacre to the deadly Dayton Ohio shooting, to a gunman shooting up the Gilroy Garlic Festival, Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas is fed up with gun violence and the more than 200 mass shootings that have happened in the United States so far this year. “We’re not talking about taking away pistols, we’re not talking about taking away rifles, we’re talking about a ban on assault weapons. There’s absolutely no reason someone not in the military or law enforcement should have these weapons," Mayor Salas said. NBC 7’s Joe Little spoke to the mayor about a resolution she wants to send to Washington D.C. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019) By a 3 to 2 vote, the council passed Mayor Salas’ resolution urging Congress to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The resolution also calls for comprehensive background checks and expanding mental health programs. Councilmember Mike Diaz was one of the two councilmembers who voted against the resolution, saying there’s too much of a focus on guns and not other causes. “We can all agree on the mental health side,” Diaz said. “Look at our kids and they’re being medicated.” […]

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