【加州共和黨】加州沒能力繳掉暴力罪犯和精神病患者的槍,就不應該指責聯邦政府

原創:Frank Xu 編譯 ? 硅谷子非魚

子非魚按:加州共和黨在哪里?加州共和黨在哪里?加州共和黨在哪里?有這樣疑問的想必不是子非魚一人。加州是民主黨一黨獨大好多年,在參議院和眾議院都超過絕對多數,其執政行為開始不顧民意。公眾號即日起開設【加州共和黨】欄目,特邀平權會的朋友Frank Xu陸續把共和黨參議員團的一些聲明翻譯成中文,讓華人讀者實時了解加州政府的現狀以及民主黨一黨獨大的實際危害,讓大家知道,加州的共和黨并沒有放棄!另注:在公眾號發布專欄文章不代表個人背書,請大家多多關注共和黨動態。

薩克拉門托??這周Gavin Newsom州長召開了一個新聞發布會,要求聯邦(對持槍者)進行背景調查。對此,參議院共和黨領袖Shannon Grove(R-Bakersfield)呼吁州長應當讓州司法廳長Xavier Becerra及其領導的司法廳履行其職責,嚴格執行槍支持有人黑名單系統的相關法律(Armed & Prohibited Persons System,?后稱黑名單系統),確保繳掉暴力罪犯和嚴重精神病患者的槍支。

自2013年以來,在前任州司法廳長Kamala Harris及現任司法廳長Xavier Becerra的領導下,州司法廳收到了超過六千三百萬美元的撥款,用以嚴格執行黑名單系統,并收繳黑名單上人員的槍支。但是,即使有這么多撥款,這個黑名單上的人員卻不減反增,現在在這個黑名單上但仍然擁有槍支的人數達到了兩萬三千人,因此參議院共和黨領袖Shannon Grove發表聲明如下:

相比指責華盛頓,州長更應該展現領導力,要求司法廳長好好完成他應做的工作,全力執行槍支持有人黑名單系統。我們必須繳掉本就不應持槍的暴力罪犯和精神病患者的槍。

“(在控槍問題上)公眾一直需要的是真正的行動,而這正是州長及司法廳長現在就可以采取的行動。我們可以讓全國人民看到,加州的共和黨和民主黨人可以在這個問題上團結協作,保護人民免受這些危險分子使用槍支的巨大風險。

“現在是州長和司法廳長拋開政治分歧、把公共安全放在首位的時候了。你們應該全力執行這個法案,繳掉這些危險分子的槍。“參議院共和黨領袖Shannon Grove強調。

黑名單系統背景簡介

2013年,時任司法廳長Harris和她在司法廳的同事把約兩萬危險分子劃入了持槍黑名單。在這個問題的聽證會上,Harris的助手宣稱說,如果有兩千四百萬美元的撥款,他們可以在一年內完成繳槍的事情。撥款通過了,然而在黑名單上仍然持槍的人數卻一點都沒有減少。

共和黨參議員團呼吁調查時任司法廳長Harris為什么在這個事務上進展如此緩慢。其中一個事實是,截止2015年12月31日,原計劃支持這個項目運作的75個崗位只有54人到任。

2018年四月,共和黨參議員團為此事發了兩封信。其中第一封信發給了參議院多數黨領袖Toni Atkins,第二封信發給了司法廳長Becerra,兩封信均要求對此事組織一次聯合聽證會,信中共和黨參議員團指出了司法廳長及司法廳在繳危險分子的槍這件事情上的進展緩慢。然而這兩封信都被忽略了,只是在一個正常的預算委員會的聽證會中略微涉及了關于黑名單系統的討論。

2018年4月17日,司法廳長Becerra給共和黨參議員團的回信中除了找借口之外,沒有任何合理解釋或者解決方案。隨后司法廳長Becerra與時任共和黨參院領袖Patricia Bates(R-Laguna Niguel)和州參議員Jim Nielsen(R-Tehama)開了一個會議,在會議上Becerra承諾會做一個計劃來解決這個問題,但是到目前為止,他仍未兌現他的承諾,提供任何正式的計劃。

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共和黨參議院領袖Shannon Grove代表加州第16參議院選區,包括Kern縣的大部分地區、Tulare縣以及San Bernardino縣,選區內的主要城市包括Bakersfield, Barstow, California City, Exeter, Frazier Mountain, Joshua Tree, Mojave, Needles, Ridgecrest, Rosamond, Taft, Tehachapi, Twentynine Palms, Tulare, Visalia, Yucca Valley以及Kern River Valley的部分地區。Follow her on?Facebook?(https://www.facebook.com/ShannonGroveCA)?and?Twitter?(https://twitter.com/shannongroveca).

對這個聲明如需查詢,請聯絡加州共和黨參議員團新聞發言人Jacqui Nguyen,電話858.999.7706

原文:

SACRAMENTO??Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s press conference this week in which he demanded national background checks,?Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove?(R-Bakersfield) called on him to direct Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to do their job and fully implement the?Armed & Prohibited Persons System?(APPS) to disarm violent criminals and those with serious mental illness.

Since 2013, under the leadership of then-Attorney General Kamala Harris and now Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been provided more than $63 million to fully implement APPS and clear the list. Even with funding assistance, the list has not shrunk, but has grown. The backlog currently stands at 23,000 people. Senate Republican Leader Grove released the following statement:

“Rather than blaming Washington, D.C, the governor needs to exhibit some leadership and demand the attorney general do his job and fully implement California’s Armed & Prohibited Persons System. We must disarm violent criminals and those with serious mental illness who are not allowed to possess firearms.

“The public has called for real action, and this is an action the governor and attorney general can take right now. Let’s show the nation how Republicans and Democrats in California can work together to protect people from those that pose the greatest risk of using a firearm.

“It’s time for the governor and attorney general to put public safety above politics and fully enforce a program designed to remove guns from dangerous individuals,” said Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove.

BACKGROUND ON APPS:

In 2013, Attorney General Harris and her staff in the Department of Justice (DOJ) identified a growing backlog of some 20,000 APPS subjects. At a hearing on the issue, Attorney General Harris’ staff testified that if given $24 million the backlog could be cleared within a year. The money was given but the list failed to shrink.

Senate Republicans called for an investigation of then-Attorney General Harris’ slow progress on reducing the backlog. Of note was the fact that as of December 31, 2015, only 54 of the 75 agent positions for the program were filled.

In April 2018,?Senate Republicans?sent two letters. Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins received the first in which Senate Republicans requested a joint oversight hearing, and Attorney General Becerra received the second. Senate Republicans highlighted the lack of progress in eliminating the backlog from the attorney general and the DOJ. Both letters were essentially ignored, with the only discussion of the APPS program coming in the context of a regularly-scheduled budget subcommittee hearing.

On April 17, 2018, Attorney General Becerra sent a response letter to Senate Republicans which offered no explanations or solutions, only excuses. Attorney General Becerra held a subsequent meeting with then-Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates?(R-Laguna Niguel) and?Senator Jim Nielsen?(R-Tehama). At this meeting, Attorney General Becerra committed to providing a plan to address the APPS backlog. Attorney General Becerra has not provided any formal plan to fulfill his commitment.

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Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove represents California’s 16th Senate District which encompasses large portions of Kern, Tulare and San Bernardino counties and including the cities of Bakersfield, Barstow, California City, Exeter, Frazier Mountain, Joshua Tree, Mojave, Needles, Ridgecrest, Rosamond, Taft, Tehachapi, Twentynine Palms, Tulare, Visalia, Yucca Valley and portions of the Kern River Valley. Follow her on?Facebook?(https://www.facebook.com/ShannonGroveCA)?and?Twitter?(https://twitter.com/shannongroveca).

For press inquiries or questions, please contact?Jacqui Nguyen, press secretary for the Senate Republican Caucus, at 858.999.7706.