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Ladd Everitt has appeared numerous times on Liberal Fix radio and Friday evening, hosts Keith and Naomi aired a pre-recorded interview in which they asked Ladd to sound off on the legislation being proposed in California concerning gun violence restraining orders.

The gun violence restraining order would allow family members or loved ones to go before the court to ask that weapons be removed from a family member they see as potentially violent and capable of harming himself or others.

Ladd Everitt spoke about this legislation while referencing Elliot Rodger the gunman who recently went on a rampage in Isla Vista, California:

"His family was reaching out and saying help, help.  And it was a situation where, you know, at a minimum you would have liked to have allowed them an opportunity to go before a judge and make the case and of course allow Elliot or anyone else in that situation to make their case, right?  Allow both sides to make their case and allow a judge to rule if it would be wise to temporarily get guns out of that situation.  To look and say, is this individual in a crisis period right now?  Is this a particularly dangerous time for this individual and if it is can we temporarily remove these firearms at this moment until the period of crisis passes?"

It appears that the family had sought help for Elliot Rodger, but the only available recourse in this particular situation was insufficient to prevent the Isla Vista tragedy.  If this legislation had already been passed and his family had been enabled to seek this kind of protection for their loved one, could we have saved seven lives?

Ladd finished up the interview on a positive note, emphatically stating that the momentum for gun violence prevention legislation being passed is actually greater than during the immediate aftermath of Newtown.

"We have more momentum right now than we had immediately after Newtown....I'll point to something that happened yesterday in the House of Representatives.  We were able to pass an amendment there offered by Mike Thompson, Democrat from California, and by Peter King and a couple of other folks....that passed that chamber and will provide additional funding to states to get disqualifying records like the records we are talking about today into the NICS database and the NRA seriously remained neutral on that."

Sometimes it is difficult to gauge how successful a movement is when you are not, day in and day out, involved in the process.  I find it very reassuring that Mr. Everitt suggests that there are victories being won.

We have many more victories to come before gun sense becomes a reality across this country.  Ladd Everitt, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and many other individuals and organizations are out there to make sure what many of us hope for becomes a reality.

Listen to the entire Ladd Everitt interview here.

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    CwV, i saw an old tree today

    Dan is the creator of Liberal Fix Radio, and he encourages others to write and share their articles at LiberalFix.com.

    by Dan Bimrose on Sat May 31, 2014 at 01:46:12 AM PDT

  •  This is one way to do it -- in many states a (1+ / 0-)
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    i saw an old tree today

    restraining order in other contexts will have the same result.

    I think a longer-term solution would be to amend the current law to require a mental health professional do an assessment, when that is the issue.  And definitely require mandated reporting by (mental health) professionals who are treating the person, if that isn't already the law.

    This is the country of those three great rights: freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and the wisdom never to exercise either of them. -- Mark Twain.

    by JJustin on Sat May 31, 2014 at 06:30:49 AM PDT

    •  Disagree about the mental health assessment (0+ / 0-)

      as a panacea, for so many reasons, one of which is our mental health system is already broken and the load, just to pander to seeming to stop violence, is unfair.

      Totally agree about the restraining orders! They can be very effective, and especially with the confiscation capability being added.

  •  Huh? (1+ / 0-)
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    FrankRose

    This law would have done nothing to prevent this massacre.  According to his own manifest, Rogers own family did not know he had firearms.  This law would have saved ZERO lives.  Its dishonest to frame it under that premise.

  •  This is a feel good proposal (0+ / 0-)

    It will do no good at all.

    Lets see, get a lawyer or know enough to make a Motion for a Restraining Order AND the order itself.

    Get it to the police to serve it — and oh yes — get them the warrant to search the home and insure that they do it — and don't get misled by a determined person who can "pass." Figure out if such person has the sense to hide the weapons off site.

    Could the roommates been killed because they found the guns? Could the killer used a knife to kill without sound so as not to be detected and defeated in his scheme for the rampage?

    Why don't these do - gooders think through the ramifications of their schemes?

    I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

    by samddobermann on Sat May 31, 2014 at 02:08:17 PM PDT

  •  This seems to me similar to the recent (0+ / 0-)

    law just passed in WA , where confiscation is allowed during domestic violence restraining orders, even without formal charges, of course with a judge ordering so

    The NRA, and the gun crowd here, said that's great, didn't we think of it first?

    So I would discount the negative blowback you're getting, they seem to forget what they said then

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