Do you feel safer?
While most of L.A. was consumed with Mayor Villaraigosa’s woman woes, Council, on July 6th, approved Parks’ ordinance requiring firearms dealers to post the following warning message (in block letters, not less than one inch in height) in their places of business—and on the firearms bills of sale:
Warning: The City of Los Angeles has determined that guns in the home are much more likely to kill or injure a household member than to protect against an attacker. It is safest not to keep a gun in the home. If a gun is kept in the home, it should be kept unloaded and securely locked and ammunition should be locked separately.
For a little perspective, Parks’ warning sign ordinance is a near-carbon copy of AB 944, which failed to pass the State Assembly in 2005.
I have a few questions:
First, what will this cost to implement?
Second, what steps did Chief Parks take to reduce stress and boost morale in his police department? After all, for all the studies of questionable relevance cited by Parks in support of protecting us from ourselves with another warning label, David Codrea pointed out on his blog back in February that police officers have significantly higher suicide rates than the general public.
Finally, how did we ever survive without all of these important notices?
Happy Monday everyone, and stay safe out there!
P.S. You can read the original motion here.
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