The Changing Face Of San Diego’s Gun Culture
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Aired 4/17/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Robert Spencer: heads the Oceanside chapter of Organizing for Action
John Rippo: former arms dealer and gunnery instructor
A vote may come as early as today on a Senate plan to expand the background-check requirement for gun purchases.
If it passes the Senate, the legislation will move to the House, which is why a group of gun control supporters demonstrated at the Vista office of Republican Congressman Darrell Issa yesterday. They see Issa, who gets an "A" rating from the NRA, as a big hurdle to any gun-control legislation passing in Congress.
Robert Spencer, who heads the Oceanside chapter of Organizing for Action tells KPBS they met face-to-face with the congressman's staff.
John Rippo, who spent 17 years as a gun dealer out of his father's business in Oceanside says the gun culture in San Diego has evolved from those who collect guns to the more dangerous models.