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Sheriff Gore Calls for Gun Control, Universal Background Checks

Bill Gore also asked for a public discussion on mental health—hours after an Encinitas standoff left one man dead.

San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore said Thursday that he favored universal background checks for gun transactions—hours after an Encinitas standoff left one man dead and two deputies shot.

Gore, a Republican, called for a "common sense" discussion on gun control and mental health at a . Officials said he was diagnosed as suicidal during a psychiatric evaluation in December but are unsure how Kwik obtained the 12-gauge shotgun he is accused of using.

“At what point, do we have some sort of a dialogue and address some common sense responses to the violence we’re seeing in our society?” Gore said. “I think we can have that conversation without talking about people’s second amendment rights, but having some common sense solutions.”

Gore cited recent high-profile shootings in Southern California, such as those suspected of involving Christopher Dorner and the Orange County shootings this week.

Gore also said 25 percent of the 5,500 inmates in the county are on "some type of psychotropic drug."

"That tells you the type of mental illness we’re dealing with out there,” he said. “To not start addressing those issues looking at the mental health care we have in this country, and leaving those very significant societal problems to law enforcement is a tremendous mistake and we’re paying for it, I think, with the violence we’re seeing in our communities right now.”

Which do you think is more important, gun control measures or increased mental health services? Tell us in the comments. 

C.J. Minster February 22, 2013 at 02:57 PM
It's a false choice. They are equally important.
Jay Berman February 22, 2013 at 04:39 PM
We already have background checks ... and what the hell is a "universal" check ? We have the strictest gun control in this state, more laws will do absolutely nothng - criminals don't follow laws ... Maybe if Gore would ease up and issue more CCW permits there would be less crime ..
Emmett Moore February 22, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Who wants to live in an Encinitas where your kids need armed guards at the school, where I have to carry a pistol out to dinner with my wife and kids? Where you have to always be fearful of what you say, what you do, or how you drive because it might provoke an unstable gun owner.
Isolde February 23, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Both are equally important... But, still it seems that anyone, including a heroin addicted, bipolar youth, w/ a police record, can get a gun somehow! I would tend to rely on the mental illness system to provide more vigilance and support for the family and the patient. NAMI offers free Family Training Program of 12 classes. Why was PERT not called?
joe russo February 25, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Emmett Moore: DO you carry a pistol out to dinner in Encinitas? If so, then I assume you MUST have a concealed carry permit. Do you believe that that is YOUR right, but should be denied others? If your statement was merely rhetorical then it smacks of paranoia. If you're really that fearful in Encinitas, perhaps you should consider moving to Chicago, which has pretty much the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. Oh wait... It also has an astronomical murder rate. How's that 'gun control' working out?

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