RP council OKs letters urging gun control
City becomes eighth in county to approve letters supporting curbs in gun violence
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By Jud Snyder  September 13, 2013 12:00 am

Rohnert Park’s City Council unanimously approved sending their House of Representatives Democratic delegate, Mike Thompson, a letter of approval for his efforts with his Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in Washington. 

They also approved sending a similar letter to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D, Calif.) for her support on the Assault Weapons Regulatory Act of 2013. 

All five council members were present.

Rohnert Park became the eighth and last of the nine cities in Sonoma County to back resolutions or letters to federal legislators urging curbs on gun violence. 

Windsor was the only exception when three of their council members abstained on the vote and it failed. 

The Brady Campaign of Sonoma County, local leaders of the anti-assault weapon, presented their program at the city council’s Aug.  27 meeting, and Gina Belforte and Jake Mackenzie got council approval to put it on the Sept. 10 meeting agenda for discussion. 

Mayor Pam Stafford said, “I chose not to put this resolution on the council agenda last month, but I approve of the options we’ve been presented.” One of the options was “not to take action.”

Added Stafford, “I do support gun control and hope Congress can do something about it.” 

She made the motion to support a letter to Thompson and Feinstein, and Amy Ahanotu  seconded it. 

“I’m happy to vote yes,” said Ahanotu.

Mackenzie said, “I’m comfortable with sending letters to our Congress representatives. The council’s not involved in any piece of legislation.”

Belforte noted, “A large percentage of our nation is in favor of gun control.”

Vice-Mayor Joe Callinan agreed.

Representing the Brady Committee (named after Jim Brady who was seriously wounded during the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1966) was Susan Moore, chairwoman, and Regina Brenner.

Moore said her next step is to bring the votes of the eight cities to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. She noted the supervisors have already expressed support of her committee’s campaign.

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