Wednesday, June 19, 2019

An excerpt from the LA Sentinel

At two years of age, my mother was worried because I cried almost constantly.  She noticed that my finger looked broken, which we would soon discover was a result of bone deterioration.  What she was about to discover after rushing me to the hospital shocked her.  She was told her two year old boy was suffering from Sickle Cell Disease.  It was 1988 and newborn screening only started in California in 1990.

By the age of 6, I had already spent half of my young life in the hospital. At age 7 while hospitalized, the doctor told my mother I was going to die. My family arrived, cried, prayed, and tried to comfort me.  We waited. But I didn’t die. This was my new normal. I would continue to be hospitalized and each time wonder if I was going to die, as I would constantly be reminded that there were almost no adults living with Sickle Cell.  We just didn’t live long enough to make it to adulthood.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

An excerpt from NBC Southern California

By Lolita Lopez and Josh Underwood-Davis

New legislation is aimed at closing a legal loophole blamed for the proliferation of untraceable, homemade guns in Southern California.

So-called ghost guns cannot be tracked, allowing some to fall into the hands of criminals. They can be purchased online, delivered in pieces and assembled at home -- no background check required.

"We have to make sure that our laws are advancing as our technology advance in this country," said Assemblyman Mike Gipson, who represents the Compton area. 

His bill, AB 879, would require a state background check for people seeking to buy firearm frames and receivers. It requires the Justice Department to electronically approved the purchase of firearm parts through a parts vendor. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

An excerpt from the Sacramento Bee

It’s dangerous to be homeless in the Golden State. Homeless people make up less 1 percent of Los Angeles’ population, yet accounted for 16 percent of the city’s homicide victims last year, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

Often, that violence is carried out with extreme brutality, according to National Coalition for the Homeless.

In May 2016, four people in beat a homeless man to death over the course of three days in San Francisco.

In September 2016, a man stabbed a homeless woman and then beat her to death with a baseball bat, all in broad daylight in Corona.

In February 2017, a man intentionally struck and killed a homeless man, a Navy veteran, with his vehicle in Riverside.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

An excerpt from CBS SACRAMENTO (CBS13)

The California Legislature will decide whether to equip every bus and child care car or van with a video system in an effort to cut down on bullying on school buses and the number of drivers who do not stop for school buses.

Under Assembly Bill 934, all school buses, school pupil activity buses, youth buses, and child care motor vehicles would need to have internal video systems. Several states have cameras on-board buses and have found them an effective way to stop bullying and vandalism, according to the bill’s author Asm. Mike Gipson (D- 64th District). The bus drivers and school administrators would also be able to monitor student activity, record when students get on and off the bus, and prevent false claims from being made.

Monday, March 4, 2019

An excerpt from East County Today - Local News and Current Events

A bill introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-Carson) would make it a hate crime to commit a criminal act, in whole or in part, because of the victims homeless status.

Monday, February 4, 2019

An excerpt from the Los Angeles Times

Sixteen California lawmakers met Monday with former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who was gravely wounded in a 2011 mass shooting, and agreed to form a working group to develop and pass gun control laws that can serve as a model for other states and the nation.

The working group will put together a package of gun laws, including new taxes on firearms for anti-violence programs, and submit them to Gov. Gavin Newsom for approval.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

An excerpt from the LA Sentinel

Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, Democratic Caucus Chair, released the following statement regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal: