Will a city forum stop gun violence?

To quote Jim Oddie “People are sick of (politicians writing) letters and getting nothing done.”
I am personally abhorred by our rash of gun violence and totally support the removal of AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles from our society. Background checks are a ridiculous common-sense idea. It shocks me that our state and federal leaders can’t get these simple things done.

However as Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Councilmember Malia Velia pointed out, Alameda has been a leader standing up against gun violence. The proposed forum seems to be more of an opportunity for politicians to have a good pre-election feel-good session with the voters and garner good press.

The problems that our City Council needs to address and that would be better served by a public forum are traffic, homelessness, unaffordable housing and pedestrian safety. These issues weigh heavily on our community. The Council needs to continue to address these problems and provide positive solutions. The Council does have the power to legislate to address these problems. Unfortunately Alameda cannot ban assault weapons unilaterally.

I thank Councilmember Oddie for not pursuing reimbursement from the city for his legal fees in the City Manager $1 million fiasco, but to me this forum seems more about rebuilding political reputations and pre-election feel-good politicking than an effective way to stop gun violence.


John Platt