Gun, politics dominate the dialogue at radio personality Thom Hartmann’s San Pedro appearance

Gun, politics dominate the dialogue at radio personality Thom Hartmann’s San Pedro appearance

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By Nancy Kaufman Contributing writer On a day when the latest mass shooting – a bloody assault on a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 people dead – saddened the nation anew, guns dominated the conversation Saturday as author and radio personality Thom Hartmann talked politics at San Pedro’s Warner Grand Theatre. Hartmann, a left-leaning commentator and longtime gun-control advocate, offered his own two-pronged solution to mitigate gun violence: First, he said, the nation should ban semi automatic guns. “No more weapons of war on our streets,” he said. Also, he said, guns should be registered like cars. To be able to possess a gun, he urged, a person must should be able to demonstrate competence – much like one must pass a test to obtain a driver’s license. Thom Hartmann Gun-control opponents believe such measures run contrary to American’s gun-ownership rights protected by the Second Amendment. Hartmann added that a person should be required to buy liability insurance when purchasing a gun. With Saturday morning’s Pittsburgh massacre fresh on the audience’s mind, Hartman took issue with President Donald Trump’s response to the attack. The president reached out to the victims and condemned anti-Semitism, adding that the bloodshed was “an assault on all of us.” But he also said: “If there was an armed guard inside the temple, they would have been able to stop him.” “This is crazy,” Hartmann said. “His response to every slaughter by guns is that we need to buy more guns.” Trump and other conservatives […]

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