Aside from the fact that this was the biggest L.A. City Hall time-waster since the Arizona boycott (FYI: nothing from Arizona was ever boycotted), we'd like to note that a few scattered Angelenos were feeling pretty huffy about yesterday's H.R. 308 resolution — aka, being told they may no longer have the support of their city politicians while carrying around giant ammo clips.
But it seems the council feels personally affected by giant ammo clips — in other words, good luck getting them to care about your wild hick fantasies.
One man claimed he liked to carry an oversized magazine when we went to the shooting range, and that, hell, the City Council shouldn't have any sort of say in that. Plus, Second Amendment, dummies!
Parting from the predictable Bill of Rights rant, another public commenter showed up to make fun of councilmembers for thinking they might be the next targets of some psycho Loughner type, fancying themselves far more important than they probably are.
Which reminds us! … of Councilman Bill Rosendahl's slight overreaction to a humorous bum freakout last month:
According to L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who was leading the meeting, [homeless man David Busch] “waved his arms around and yelled and demanded that the meeting be over.” General Services Police quickly called in LAPD officers for backup.
“He started screaming and saying, 'I'm a socialist — and Rosendahl, you're a Democrat,'” says the councilman. “I didn't understand, frankly. But the reality is that he interrupted a public meeting. … at a very sensitive time.” …
Things only got more bizarre from there. Busch allegedly walked toward where the councilman was sitting, then “lied down on the witness table,” which Rosendahl says was especially frightening because “he's a tall man — 6'3″ or 6'4″.” …
“Things are rough these days,” he says. “Everywhere I go, people know who I am. So there already was heightened security for all of us councilmembers and the mayor.”
Also present at public comment yesterday was reliable City Council watchdog John Walsh, who stood up to yell at councilmembers about how he actually agreed with them for once. (We understand, John: It's sometimes very painful to realize you're on the same team as a bunch of suits you just spent your life scoring against.)
Anyway, at the end of the day, the “council adopted item forthwith,” citing the Tucson Massacre and the North Hollywood bank shoot-out of '97 (really?) — so that's that. “This is not about taking away anyone's gun,” Garcetti said. “This is about stopping gun violence.”
Here's the federal bill in full; basically, it would ban all gun magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammo. (We're no experts, but uh, 10 seems like enough? Maybe? No?)
In conclusion: Resolutions suck. Guess this is what we get for losing our remote in the couch cushions after inexplicably pausing on the public-access L.A. City Council meeting replay last night. FML.