Aiming for control

Aiming for control

Former Community College Chancellor Jack Scott among the speakers at forum on gun violence

By Nick Smith 01/10/2013

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Recently retired California Community College System Chancellor and veteran local lawmaker Jack Scott personally knows the emotional pain caused by the death of a loved one due to gun violence.

Scott, a former assembly member, state senator and Pasadena City College president, and his wife, Lacreta, lost their youngest son, Adam, 20 years ago next October in an accidental shooting at a party. In the incident, a friend of 24-year-old Adam Scott, who had recently graduated from the USC Law School, was showing off a shotgun when the weapon went off.

“My son was attending a party and the host of the party had several guns in his home,” said Scott, a graduate of Yale Divinity School and an ordained minister. “Unfortunately [one of them] was loaded, and he [the host] pulled the trigger. It killed my son instantly.”

In the wake of the Christmas Day gun-related murder of longtime community activist Victor McClinton, and before that the massacre of students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.,  All Saints Church in Pasadena is hosting a public forum on gun violence at 7 p.m. tonight at the church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena.

Along with Scott, who is now a scholar in residence at Claremont University, also expected to speak are the Rev. Ed Bacon, rector of All Saints, and Pasadena Health Department Director Dr. Eric Walsh.

Following the death of his son, Scott went on to become a major gun control advocate, authoring Senate Bill 1670, requiring safety lock attachments to guns.

Scott said the shooting death of his son did not change his views on gun control. “But it did increase the intensity of my feelings about it,” he said.

“I’m not someone who wants to confiscate someone’s gun. I’m just someone who says there ought to be some sensible laws. We don’t need clips that fire 100 rounds without reloading. Those are military weapons, not weapons you should be hunting with,” said Scott.
“People with differing views are invited [to attend the forum] and are quite welcome to express their views on the matter. Some people will feel differently from the way I feel,” he said.


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As a circumstance most eloquently established within America's corporately owned politicians and "news (i.e., propaganda)" media, the beloved low-rent satirist and comedian Ron White has established that -- fundamentally -- you just can't fix stupid.

Wrong place, wrong time ... wrong "friends," (i.e., stupid, gun-wielding friends) ~ there's really not too much difference between this and having had a car-driving "friend" who stupidly kills somebody else with their bad driving habits. As a consequence, should automobiles only be a government-restricted tool of society? Nope, there is no perfect world, and sometimes you're just caught between the wrong-time rock of reality and that just-as-uncompromising wrong hard-place fate resulting from selectively flawed personal decisions.

During the most formative times of our Constitutionally defined Republic, EVEN THEN, when the breach-loading musket was also THE most state-of-the-art chemically powered, personal assault weapon used on planet Earth by its top military forces, yup, them "Bill-of-Rights" nation-builders KNEW that -- statistically -- an extreme minority of the population was irresponsibly going to have access to this multiple-casualty weapon (if breach loaders couldn't kill many people in a short amount of time as possible for the era, then governments would have never used them during war).

So, Mr. J. Scott had a child that ended up being at the wrong place at the wrong time. My condolences for his loss … tell me, how many other times had this happened to him, and why should EVERYBODY else legally owning guns while never having stupidly victimized anybody be punished because his child got killed by a stupid gun owner? He could just as easily blame himself for failing not to teach his child who NOT to pick as a friend. Here's a small missive written by M.R.

(see next post below)

posted by DanD on 1/11/13 @ 11:13 a.m.

~ Last year, 1082 more Americans were killed by drunk drivers than by gun owners, yet nobody calls for taking cars away from all drivers for the crimes of a minority. Everyone recognizes that the cars are not the cause of drunk driving. There is a drug involved, alcohol, that impairs the brain. And it is already illegal for anyone to operate a car while on that drug.

So why do people like Piers Morgan (aka, J. Scott) want to take all guns away from law-abiding citizens, and steadfastly refuse to address the fact that at least 90% of "mass-shooting" gun crimes involved people either on or withdrawing from prescription anti-depressants? If alcohol, and not the cars, cause drunk driving, it is time to understand that SSRIs, not guns, cause mass shootings and violence.

Let's look at this another way. Child Porn has become a major problem. Yet nobody is suggesting taking away everyone's computers, digital cameras, and scanners. You are 9000 times more likely to be killed by medical mistake than by a gun, yet nobody is calling for all doctors and hospitals to be banned.

Collective punishment of a population is a war crime under the Fourth Geneva convention and numerous other treaties signed by the United States. Yet that is precisely what people like Piers Morgan and Joe Biden are calling for; collective punishment on all gun owners for the crimes of a tiny minority of SSRI-addled shooters. ~

The second Amendment of America's Bill of Rights was composed by people who were far smarter than Mr. Scott, and I prefer keeping my civil rights safe from such emotionally injured, stupidly anti-constitutionalists as he.
Gun control will increase crime in the US


posted by DanD on 1/11/13 @ 11:15 a.m.

Piers Morgan is getting on television every night and flat out lying to the American people about gun control. Nearly every statistic that he quotes is inaccurate and he fails to acknowledge a whole host of statistics that would instantly invalidate the arguments that he is trying to make.


posted by DanD on 1/11/13 @ 11:47 a.m.


Psychiatric Drugs, Not A Lack Of Gun Control, Are The Common Denominator In Murderous Violence


posted by DanD on 1/15/13 @ 12:27 p.m.
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