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Gun-violence rally in Palo Alto this evening

Original post made on Mar 28, 2013

Adding their voices to the national gun-control debate, Palo Alto residents plan to hold a rally today, Thursday, March 28, at 5:45 p.m. at Middlefield Road and University Avenue.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 28, 2013, 4:06 PM

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Posted by anon
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 28, 2013 at 4:51 pm

You should tell people what "Organizing for Action" is ... it's Obama's campaign organization. AFter the election, they found contributors who wanted to influence government were still interested in giving them money. So they morphed the campaign organization into "Organizing for Action" to push the causes of the nation's most famous community organizer. Organizing for Action uses the 15 million email addresses the Obama campaign collected for its purposes.


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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 28, 2013 at 6:15 pm

How about an anti-crime rally instead?


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 28, 2013 at 8:13 pm

How does Palo Alto define and regulate firearms? Let's look at municipal code 9.08.010:

"Except as otherwise provided in this chapter no person shall have in his possession within this city . . . any instrument of any kind, character or description which throws or projects bullets or missiles of any kind to any distance by means of elastic force, air or any explosive substance, all referred to in this section as "firearms." "

Covers everything down to pea shooters and spit-wads. But in fairness, I presume the City has just acceded to State and Federal laws.


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Posted by WTF?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 28, 2013 at 8:28 pm

I would really like to see an instrument that " throws bullets". Is it a slingshot?

I actually can't wait to find out what happened at this rally.


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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 28, 2013 at 8:44 pm

How does Palo Alto define and regulate firearms? Let's look at municipal code 9.08.010:

"Except as otherwise provided in this chapter no person shall have in his possession within this city . . . any instrument of any kind, character or description which throws or projects bullets or missiles of any kind to any distance by means of elastic force, air or any explosive substance, all referred to in this section as "firearms." "

Covers everything down to pea shooters and spit-wads. But in fairness, I presume the City has just acceded to State and Federal laws.

So then I would say Palo Alto PD and many a palo alto resident is in
violation of this law. Altough Palo Alto Law is in Violation of the law of the land. I always find it trivial how towns or cities seem to think they are above state and federal laws.

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm

The section begins "Except as otherwise provided," and PAPD is the first exception.

The complete quote from the municipal code includes "anvils", meant presumably to dissuade anyone from emulating Roadrunner tactics against Wile E Coyote.

Not to make light of the serious issue of gun violence, but pointing out that putting a law into words is nearly impossible without outlawing absolutely everything, and then giving permission to make a few things legal after mandatory government licensing and fees. 65,000 Palo Altans will not rob a bank in their lifetime, yet we must all be treated as suspects. (Obeying the speed limit is another story, frequently covered in other threads.)


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Posted by wmartin46
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 28, 2013 at 9:59 pm

wmartin46 is a registered user.

This article seems to suggest that "Organizing For Action" is somehow a Palo Alto group. This is not true—

Organizing For Action:
Web Link

On the same day, news leaked that OFA is aggressively seeking six- and seven-figure donations as it tries to meet its $50 million fundraising target.
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Organizing for Action is a national group that is a spin-off of the Obama campaign machine with a hefty warchest to spend on political issues.

It's a shame the Weekly didn't make that point clear in this article.


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