Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson is taking it to the streets. The uptick of gun violence throughout the 64th District, particularly Compton, Watts/Willowbrook, South L.A., Carson and Wilmington is devastating.
In response to residents’ concerns, Assemblymember Gipson has organized a “Stop the Gun Violence Vigils” tour on Friday, June 3, 2016. The public is encouraged to join their neighbors and represent their loved ones and communities.
“Enough is enough,” said Gipson. “We want to send a clear message to Sacramento of what we experience on almost a daily basis. The governor and some of my colleagues have no idea of our level of pain and suffering. I was born and raised in this district. There aren’t too many degrees of separation between the victims and myself. I go to the funerals. I comfort families and friends. I see the pain in the eyes of mothers.”
Gipson plans to create visuals which he will bring back to the Capitol, including a banner signed by relatives and friends of victims of gun violence. “There are those in Sacramento that feel any additional gun control laws are unnecessary. They are wrong. If it were their child or family member, it would be necessary.”
Criminals, who are unable to purchase a gun or procure one on the streets, are easily building their own from untraceable parts (Ghost guns). Gipson’s AB1673 would require firearm manufacturers to register unfinished lower receivers with the Department of Justice. These types of gun parts are readily available in assault weapon kits and can be purchased online.