Assemblyman Phil Ting is part of the largest field of new state lawmakers since 1966. But when he was named to one of the Assembly’s top leadership posts on the first day of his term, it was a sign that San Francisco’s outgoing assessor-recorder is determined to stand out in Sacramento. Read More
Gun advocates are throwing around a lot of rhetoric and data about guns and violence in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre, but the majority of it does not stand up to scrutiny. One major fallacy is that gun laws do not work. Gun advocates are using distorted figures and lies to argue that since our existing gun laws are not working, we should have fewer such laws and more guns on hand.
The lies should end now. Read More
An unwavering National Rifle Association said Sunday that not a single new gun regulation would make children safer, that “a media machine” relishes blaming the gun industry for each new attack like the one that occurred at a Connecticut elementary school, and that a White House task force on gun violence may try to undermine the Second Amendment. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee is not waiting for the Obama administration to make laws restricting the use of semi-automatic weapons — he is joining forces with other city officials to try to ban certain ammunition and create a notification system for large ammo purchases. Read More
Sure, guns are a big part of the problem, but what about the rest of the issue? In the past 20 years, Hollywood has doubled down on violence, yet I don’t see anyone going after the Quentin Tarantinos and Martin Scorseses of the world.
And what about all the violence in teen-directed video games? Just this Christmas season alone, there’s a new addition to the “Assassin’s Creed” and “Call of Duty” series of games. Read More
After the bloody massacre of young children, teachers and school officials at a Connecticut elementary school last week, many people were left with a question: “Why?” And though it is important to understand how a young man came to the point of slaughtering innocent children, the nation should instead be focused on a statement: “Never again.” Read More
After Friday’s tragic shootings in Connecticut, all eyes are on President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s efforts to introduce federal gun control legislation. But real action is happening on the local and state level, too. As a number of states have Democratic legislatures and governors — including Illinois, Colorado, Massachusetts, Connecticut and, of course, California — look for them to dust off previously shelved gun control laws. Read More
San Francisco is claiming a legal victory over the National Rifle Association, but an attorney for the group says its fight against local gun control laws is just beginning. Read More
After reading your editorial (“Free Muni plan’s defeat a setback for youths, city,” Monday), I was somewhat confused. Is it accurate to say that someone who did not earn a benefit (and who therefore had no right to it) is calling shame on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for saying “no”? Read More
Your editorial about City College of San Francisco (“Local community must help keep CCSF doors open,” July 17) did not address either the cause of the problems or solutions. Read More