Del Mar supports state assault weapons ban

By Claire Harlin

The Del Mar City Council on Feb. 4 passed 4-1 a resolution supporting U.S. Senate Bill 150, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 sponsored by Sen. Diane Feinstein.

Councilman Don Mosier said the bill was effective in the past, and it “makes perfect sense to reintroduce the bill at this time.” However, Mayor Terry Sinnott gave the sole vote against the resolution, stating four distinct reservations.

Not only did Sinnott say he doesn’t want to “overdo resolutions,” but he is also afraid the bill will not work because the federal government has not done a great job of keeping guns from going across the border, he said. He also said mental health is a big contributing factor that must be addressed, and he also hopes the media won’t perpetuate the problem by “spotlighting” and further motivating individuals who have or may commit violent gun crimes.

Although Councilman Al Corti voted for the resolution, he said he would like to get more of a community consensus on such measures before bringing them before the council. But in the case of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, he did say he believes there is ample support in Del Mar.

Mosier, referencing the bill, said American children less than 15 years old are 12 times more likely to be killed by a gun than a child in another country would be. He also said the likelihood of a child dying from a gun-related cause is a third higher than the likelihood of a child dying from cancer.

“This is totally unacceptable,” he said. “We are talking about an assault weapon ban, but the amount of gun violence in the country is totally unacceptable.”

He added that, as a city leader, he feels an urgency to do whatever he possibly can in the situation.

Sinnott also said he feels the bill “represents a lot of people’s desires,” and that at first he wanted to support anything he possibly could do to reduce gun violence.

“However, we don’t need a resolution to support Sen. Feinstein’s bill,” said Sinnott. “We can all do that individually.”