With military weapons displayed behind her, California U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein hosted a news conference where she officially introduced her bill to ban assault weapons.
Feinstein, who was 45 in 1978 when San Francisco's mayor, George Moscone, was assassinated (along with gay icon Harvey Milk), faces an uphill battle undoubtedly. But a new poll done by the Washington Post/ABC News shows that a solid majority (53-41 percent) support his proposals to address gun violence. Then again, there were over two dozen he announced last week, some are probably more popular than others.
One that seems to universally accepted is the ideal of universal background checks. Well, almost universally accepted. An op-ed published in Thursday's Tampa Bay Times by Marion Hammer with United Sportsmen of Florida wrote that such checks "turn traditional innocent conduct into a criminal offense," and says the Obama administration's gun-ban agenda are "unconstitutional regulatory schemes to gut the Second Amendment."
We were couch-ridden yesterday, allowing us to watch and report on two interesting discussions at the Hillsborough County Commission. The first was Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg talking about the status of his team's search for a new place to play.
Also we had the big vote on the BOCC having the opportunity to join their brethren in Tampa and across the bay in approving a domestic partner registry for unmarried couples. But they declined to support that proposal.