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Blog: Glendale City Council Uses School Shooting to Grandstand, Move Forward on Gun Show Ban

Glendale City Council Moves Forward with Gun Show Ban.

In possibly the most shameful move the Glendale City Council majority has ever made, Councilman Rafi Manoukian exploited the Sandy Hook school shooting to garner national attention and push forward a ban on the Gun Show at the Glendale Auditorium.  Despite public outcry supporting the gun show the motion carried on a 3-2 vote.

Clearly little public policy examination or consideration was given to this issue, because the gun show generates tens of thousands of revenue of the city every weekend it is in operation. Also, there is no evidence that gun shows increase any public safety risk.  This idea is purely reactionary.

The three council members who voted for the ban ought to be recalled.  Not only are these individuals unfit to serve because they lack common sense, they also severely lack the decency to resist the urge to use a national tragedy to garner self glorification and score cheap political points. Perhaps the most despicable aspect of this egotistical mission is that the idea to ban the gun show is not new, it was originally proposed in 2006 by Councilman Manoukian.  Using the death of innocent children at the hands of a psychopath to push an already existing agenda is nothing short of disgusting. 

Rafi Manoukian is not solving any problem and he is not trying to make anyone safer.  He is using the blood of children to promote an idea he dreamed up 7 years ago.  As a politician I'm sure Councilman Manoukian is familiar with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's mantra "Never let a crisis go to waste."  Clearly he does not intend to do that. I would hope those with common sense would not allow this type of despicable action to go unchallenged.

Email Councilman Manoukian to let him know that his actions are misguided at manoukiancouncil@gmail.com

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Evan Gore January 24, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Scott, I'll say what others are thinking who read your post: a 3-2 vote is a majority decision, it's why you have an odd-number of voters. Everyone in the city will not agree with this vote or any vote, but to suggest that the majority of the City Council be "recalled" for "lack of judgement" seems like simple "sour grapes." Manoukian is not alone in his discomfort over having a major gun show on our city's property. Surely the gun show will reopen on time next year at some private facility, but this is a move the coucil apparently feels whose time had come. I don't know Manoukian, but to suggest his only motive here is a personal political agenda--it doesn't pass the sniff test to me. You say common sense says to keep the gun show untouched, others like myself see just as much common sense in taking at least one easy source of guns--if not out of town--then out of city owned property. Yes, that seems like common sense to me.
Laura Friedman January 24, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Just an FYI: the vote was 4 - 1, not 3 - 2.
PaulC January 25, 2013 at 02:59 AM
3-2' 4-1 what does it matter, you all decided. But, what is important is you didn't let the people decide. You all, except one, took it upon yourselves to decide that revenue was not necessary. We are such a rich city aren't we. How are you going to replace it?
Concerned_Mother January 25, 2013 at 09:25 AM
You are right Scott! When a Politician does something its not for anyone but themselves! Why do you think Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves?? Does anyone reaally belive he was just trying to "do the right thing" when he's probably going to win an oscar? Glendale City council stinks to high heaven!!! And another thing, why do you think they want to take our guns anyway? It's no coincidence they don't want guns around when they try to take our tax dollars and make Glendale more like LIEBRAL LA LA LAND.
Scott Carpenter January 26, 2013 at 05:46 AM
Thanks for the clarification on the vote count Councilwoman. I watched the video streaming live and it was not clear and news reports had it recorded as 3-2, the video and minutes weren't available until the next day. Why didn't you correct your colleague at the dias that there is no such thing as an "Administrative Branch" while you're at it?
Marmoset Man March 08, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Clearly little policy examination or consideration was given to writing this blather. If you think moving a gun show off city property - something that Glendale residents who bothered to show up at the City Council meeting were nearly unanimous in supporting, as opposed to the out-of-towners who comprised most of the opposition - is "possibly the most shameful move the Glendale City Council majority has ever made," then you haven't been following politics, local or otherwise, for very long.
Joal Ryan March 08, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Three days after Sandy Hook -- that's 72 hours after Sandy Hook -- I emailed the Glendale City Manager's office to see what could be done about ending the city's and public's association with the Glendale Gun Show. So, if Councilmember Manoukian was being "shameful," then I guess I was, too. And proudly so. I only wish I'd been paying attention in 2006 (and, before that, in 2001 when Mr. Manoukian first publicly broached the issue), and lent my voice to the cause then. I won't make that mistake this time. On Tuesday, March 12, I and fellow members of the Coalition for a Better Glendale will be at City Hall to see the gun-show era at the school-, park- and church-adjacent, publicly owned Civic Auditorium end. We say loud and clear: Not here, not now, not in our name.

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