Colton City Councilwoman Deirdre Bennett seeks to pass a resolution in Colton reaffirming the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Colton City Councilwoman Deirdre Bennett seeks to pass a resolution in Colton reaffirming the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. (Courtesy photo)
COLTON -- As the nation continues to discuss gun violence in the wake of the Christopher Dorner rampage and the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, a councilwoman here wants a resolution affirming the Second Amendment.

The City Council on Tuesday will consider a proposal by District 5 Councilwoman Deirdre Bennett to pass a resolution "affirming and preserving the Second Amendment to the United States' Constitution and requesting the Congress take appropriate action."

Gun control advocates and champions of gun rights often engage in heated debates over the meaning of the Second Amendment:

"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

Bennett's proposed resolution says that since Congress is considering several measures related to gun regulation, the council "wishes to urge the United States Congress to be mindful of the competing interests and rights afforded to citizens in the Bill of Rights as contained in the United States Constitution."

The two-page resolution also suggests that many gun-control laws have violated the true meaning of the Second Amendment as given by the Founding Fathers.

Bennett could not be reached for comment.

Rebecca Gonzales, president of the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence, said "there is nothing that is being proposed at the federal level that is a violation of the Second Amendment."

California gun regulations are stronger than the laws being proposed at the federal level, said Gonzales, a former Colton resident.

"I think it's a bit insensitive to be talking about this after Newtown," she said. "I was just very disappointed to see this on the agenda."

The council meets in open session at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 650 N. La Cadena Dr.


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Correction: This story has been edited to correct a statement from Rebecca Gonzales regarding California gun regulations.