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The Changing Face Of San Diego’s Gun Culture

Evening Edition

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.

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muckapoo1 | April 18, 2013 at 9:43 a.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

I personaly know hundreds of gun owners. I have never known anyone that has used their guns irresponsibly. Why should those people have to jump through more hoops to enjoy their sport of choice? Once again, we are trying to regulate less than 1% of the people by inacting laws on the other 99%. What we really need, is a more harsh justice system to deal with the felons who do break the law. Anyone who uses a gun in a crime should do "hard" time. They get an 8x8 and no privileges at all. What really scares me is; that the same people looking for gun contro,l want "softer" jails for felons.

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Missionaccomplished | April 18, 2013 at 11:16 a.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

Hundreds? You must be a local celeb.

More to the point, how did you vote on Prop 19?

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JeanMarc | April 18, 2013 at 2:11 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

Oh you and your prop 19 question. You keep asking people about that.

I will never break the law with my guns, don't make it harder or more costly for me to buy more.

Criminals can buy guns on the street corner with no waiting period or background check. More laws won't change that.

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muckapoo1 | April 18, 2013 at 2:22 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

Mission, was not here then. However, would have voted for it. Makes no sense to keep thousands incarcerated for misdemeanors when the prisons are so crowded that we allow violent criminals out because the wimp judges (who have plenty of protection) think they are not treated properly. I am for a Devil's Island.
I see a time in the very near future when weed will be legal nationally. After all, like immigration reform, it means votes.
PS: due to past positions, I got to know a ton of folks. Not a celeb, but well known in an area with a high hunting population. Grew up with a shotgun and my own reloading equipment at 12 years old.

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twells | April 18, 2013 at 3:52 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

Statements from you guests promoting the view that everyone of military age would have to join as a reservist in order to own a gun only increase legal gun owner's suspicions that gun control advocates would use background check s as a stepping stone for much more radical restrictions. They do not garner the trust of those of us who believe in reasonable measures for keeping guns out of criminals hands while preserving our second amendment rights.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 18, 2013 at 3:59 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

"Criminals can buy guns on the street corner with no waiting period or background check. More laws won't change that".

This is actually a myth the gun industry/NRA likes to spew as a talking point quite often.

It is more difficult AND more expensive to buy a gun on the black market than it is to simply get one online or at a gun show.

And where do you think black market dealers are getting the guns they sell?

From gun shows and online.

Does this mean background checks at online sales and gun shows will stop every criminal? No. But it will deter many who can't afford/don't have black market connections and it will also cut-off lucrative black-market suppliers.

It's common sense law.

I like to have a glass of wine or 4 every now and again, but I'm not complaining that I'm inconvenienced I have to show ID and can't use a self-checkout when I buy it, I would think a responsible gun owner would be happy to complete a background check to help curb violence.

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muckapoo1 | April 18, 2013 at 9:30 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

Peking, in some states they do a background check. However, they do not tie that check to the purchase on the weapon. That way, the seller was cleared, but the buyer was not forced to a register that specific weapon to any agency. If that was put into law everywhere, all parties would be happier. People just don't want government keeping track of who owns what. Look what happened after Hurricane Katrina. Police confiscated registered gun from law-abiding citizens and left them defenceless against the criminals. I don't trust a police force or government that would be that stupid or callous.

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Missionaccomplished | April 19, 2013 at 7:50 a.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

_uckpew, glad to hear to it! At least you are more consistent than the pro-gun--anti drug types. But if you would keep up on things, you will discover that the NRA is a lobby for gun manufactureres; not for target practintioners.

Again, boys, there is REASON and there is UNREASON.

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muckapoo1 | April 19, 2013 at 9:19 a.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

I have never felt the need to join the NRA for several reasons. First, I don't like large groups any more than I like big government. Secondly, anyone who thinks the list of members is secure need think again. That site could be hacked and probably has been already by Holder & Company.
That being said, I can see a solution to this gun issue. In some states, they do a background check without any actual sale being tied to that check.
I don't use weed, but feel the "war" on it has cost this country trillions of dollars in enforcement and jails. It is a losing game. States rights are being trampled by an out-of-control federal government. We have a Constitution that is being buried by left-wing socialists that we have elected and now cannot rid them from our lives.

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GeorgeVreelandHill | June 14, 2013 at 9:52 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Don't stop at background checks.
Just ban all guns that kill.
Guns are used to kill people including innocent children.
Ban guns like pistols, assault weapons and others that kill.
There is no reason to have them in society.
If you think owning a gun will protect you, then you must be told that guns kill far more people than they protect.
Forget the Second Amendment that was written in the 1700s for protection against Indians, other colonists and for a well armed militia.
This is 2013 and guns are being used to kill and kill.
Get rid of them and stop hiding behind an outdated law.

George Vreeland Hill

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