header image

[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail


Today in
S.C.V. History
July 24
1864 - Walker/Reynier family patriarch Jean Joseph Reynier, then 15, arrives in Sand Canyon from France; eventually homesteads 1,200 acres [story]
Joseph Reynier

Commentary by Enaya Hanbali
| Wednesday, Mar 2, 2016

EnayaHanbaliLast week, U.S. Rep. Steve Knight, who represents Santa Clarita, Simi Valley and Antelope Valley, along with a majority in Congress passed the SHARE Act, a bill that states it is going to “protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing and shooting, and for other purposes.” This bill got passed by 230 Republicans and 12 Democrats in the House. The Senate will have to decide whether to approve the bill.

There are a couple of amendments that are added onto this bill that got rejected. House Amendment 947 got turned down by 233 Republicans and 11 Democrats which states. It would “prohibit an individual who is prohibited from possessing a firearm by the Gun Control Act from using a public target range.” There must be a reason why it needs to “prohibit an individual who is prohibited” when having access to guns.

The Gun Control Act of 1968 attempted to address the need to have gun control laws by imposing stricter licensing and regulations on the firearm industry. This law also prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunition to felons and certain other prohibited persons.

Our society should not have to risk our safety when an issue like gun violence arises at high rates. Even though the reason why people would want to have access to guns would be for recreational hunting, fishing or shooting, our society needs to balance the need to be safe such as not allowing felons and other prohibited persons to have access to guns.

Knight voted against this amendment along with the majority of the Republicans. He along with 230 Republicans and 2 Democrats also voted and passed House Amendment 954 of the House Resolution 2406 to prohibit USDA and NFS from issuing restrictions and regulations on hunting and recreational fishing.

These decisions are extremely dangerous with the increasing rates of public shootings that have been going on for the past decade. Even though there are some laws that are in place, we still don’t have enough laws to keep our population safe from the increasing rates of public shootings. Our congressmen and congresswomen should be increasing regulations such as requiring background checks and imposing higher standards of who should own guns, and accountability when they go into the wrong hands. Instead, they decrease regulations.

There have been shootings in schools, work places, movie theaters, people’s homes, and in every day-to-day place at increasingly high levels. According to Gunviolencearchive.org 2016, in 2014 there were 51,807 incidents of gun violence and 12, 585 people killed that year. In 2015, there were 53,076 incidents of gun violence and 13,395 people killed in these incidents. The number of children (ages 0 to 11) and teens (12-17) have increased in deaths due to gun violence. The number of children’s deaths due to gun violence in 2014 was 626 and increased to 695 in 2015. The number of teen deaths due to gun violence was 2,372 in 2014 as increased to 2,691 in 2015.

If the United States is going to continue to increase the lack of gun regulations, our nation is going to continue to see the number of gun violence incidents increase, too. If this bill passes into law, our nation is going to face an increasing number of families’ lives ruined and damaged.

In Santa Clarita from 2014 to present, the city experienced 12 reported incidents of gun violence. According to Gunviolencearchive.org 2016, there were four incidents of gun violence in 2014, six in 2015, and so far in 2016 there have been two. There have been 10 deaths due to gun violence and two injured in these incidents from 2014 to the present. The city needs to come up with better solutions to keep our communities and families safe from gun violence.



Enaya Hanbali is a native Southern Californian of Arab American descent. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public policy and administration from California State University, Long Beach.



Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.


  1. Javi says:

    Enaya. Please explain to me why I should only be allowed 10 rounds in a magazine to defend my family? Why, after having passed a background check, do I need to have one processed for each and every firearm I purchase? Why isn’t the Los Angeles Sheriff issuing Concealed Carry Permits to CITIZENS who have that right?

  2. Javi says:

    Do you not realize that Citizens with legal concealed carry permits could have stopped these insane theatre, school and MILITARY BASE shootings? People who think like you are the cause of these mass shootings, not us regular Americans who have the constitutional right to carry arms inside and outside of the home to protect ourselves and other fellow citizens from attacks mostly arising from Radicalized Muslims.

  3. Tim says:

    Is gun violence rising as you claim? Using statistics from organizations with an inherent bias distorts simple facts. Using the FBI’s own statistics, violent crime (including “gun violence”) is down, while gun ownership and gun sales are sky rocketing, crime is consistently going down. Separating suicide from violent crime lowers gun violence even further. Over 300 million guns are privately owned, and yes a few thousand have resulted in crime due to illegal use by the those who possess it (most likely already illegally). How do you propose to make more laws that make something illegal more illegaler? That seems to be the road you’re going down. Someone committing a violent act is already cross the law, making more laws on top of more laws that reiterate the same thing only add to the confusion of laws. The laws currently on the books are not enforced. How many people that lied on their background checks and have been rejected were prosecuted? Minimal amount. The background check system is already broken and useless. Do not legislate what you feel is morally right, morals can not be legislated.

  4. jimvs says:

    Ms. Hanbali,

    Please do not assume that the information you quote in your opinion piece is the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Every single source you quote is using statistics that are not accurate. If you only search for gun violence from those sources, you will be looking at shootings that include every single shooting (with guns) that occurs.

    That means you are looking at both violence in the home (domestic violence – couples and others, break and enter violence, armed theft, gang violence, and accidental discharge) and violence in the streets. You do not even try to separate gang violence – drug selling, armed robbery, and other murders from the rest of the data.

    I’m not pushing an NRA agenda here, although I am a member. I’m saying that you are making a point that is unsupported by actual data. And yes, there are many sources of data regarding the use of firearms in both crimes and in legal attempts to prevent or respond to crimes.

    Please, don’t just pick the data that makes you happy and supports your own current beliefs. Look at all the data that is available, including vetting the sources first. And then come back here and make your argument in a fair and open discussion.

    I’ll be glad to discuss it with you then.

  5. Javi says:

    I’ll chime in one more time. The problem is the recent creation of “gun free zones”. Schools, theatres, military bases, malls….you name it. If there is a gun free zone, wacko gunmen and women, in the case of San Bernardino, will focus their efforts there where nobody cam stop then for long periods of time. Constitutional Carry prevents these scenarios. Would love to hear your thoughts Ms. Hanbali.

Leave a Comment

Opinion Section Policy
All opinions and ideas are welcome. Factually inaccurate, libelous, defamatory, profane or hateful statements are not. Your words must be your own. All commentary is subject to editing for legibility. There is no length limit, but the shorter, the better the odds of people reading it. "Local" SCV-related topics are preferred. Send commentary to: LETTERS (at) SCVNEWS.COM. Author's full name, community name, phone number and e-mail address are required. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses are not published except at author's request. Acknowledgment of submission does not guarantee publication.
Read More From...
Monday, Jul 22, 2024
Picture this…a cozy blanket laid out on the grass, the warm evening breeze and your favorite film playing on the big screen.
Thursday, Jul 18, 2024
Summer is here! With the season in full swing and kids starting their school break, the city of Santa Clarita welcomes youth to one of its most popular and long-standing programs:
Monday, Jul 15, 2024
Santa Clarita consistently earns recognition as one of the best places to live in the nation, boasting a high quality of life, strong safety record and a business-friendly atmosphere.
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024
Santa Clarita is known, not only for its scenic open spaces and family-friendly community, but also for its commitment to nurturing the arts and fostering a thriving, dynamic environment where creativity can flourish.
Monday, Jul 8, 2024
I am pleased to say that during our last City Council meeting in June, our City Council adopted yet another on-time, balanced budget for the 2024/25 Fiscal Year.
Friday, Jul 5, 2024
Growing up in the 1980s, I have many fond memories of spending time with friends at the Skate-N-Place on Soledad Canyon Road.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1864 - Walker/Reynier family patriarch Jean Joseph Reynier, then 15, arrives in Sand Canyon from France; eventually homesteads 1,200 acres [story]
Joseph Reynier
The SCV Food Pantry is in need of volunteers to help sort food, stock shelves, fill bags and distribute food to its residents in need Monday through Thursday and Saturday of each week.
SCV Food Pantry in Need of Volunteers
College of the Canyons graduating sophomore Jonah El-Farra has been named a California Community Colleges Men's Basketball Coaches Associations (CCCMBCA) student-athlete scholarship recipient for the 2023-24 season. 
El-Farra Earns Coaches Associations’ Student-Athlete Scholarship
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Tuesday a motion introduced by Supervisor Kathryn Barger and co-authored by Chair Lindsey P. Horvath that directs the creation of an independent Ethics Commission and ethics reform measures to improve transparency and create greater oversight in County government.
Supes Unanimously Approve Creation of Ethics Commission, Reform
The city of Santa Clarita is inviting artists to submit artwork for consideration for its upcoming “Body & Presence” juried exhibition, which will be on view at the Canyon Country Community Center during the City's annual Business for Artists Conference.
Aug. 4: Call for Art ‘Body & Presence’ Exhibit Deadline
Zach Schroeder, the head coach for The Master’s University track and cross country programs, is stepping down to be closer to family.
After Historic Run, TMU Coach Zach Schroeder Steps Down
The community is invited to an SCV Senior Center Health and Wellness program lecture “Let’s Talk About Kidney Health” on Wednesday, July 24, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
July 24: SCV Senior Center Wellness Program Lecture on Kidney Health
College of the Canyons baseball is sending five players to four-year universities to continue their academic journeys and athletic careers following the 2024 season.
Five Cougars Taking Skills to Next Level
The Master's University baseball has signed pitcher Mack Skeels to join the team for the 2025 season.
Pitcher Mack Skeels Commits to Mustangs Baseball
Drug-related overdose and poisoning deaths plateaued for the first time in ten years in 2023 in Los Angeles County, a new Los Angeles County Department of Public Health analysis of Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner data has found.
L.A. County’s Drug-Related Overdose Deaths Plateau for First Time in Decade
As temperatures soar in Los Angeles, so do the numbers of mosquitoes and their relentless, itchy bites.
Vector Control Launches Summer Safeguarding Campaign
1982 - Vic Morrow & two child actors killed in helicopter crash at Indian Dunes during filming of "Twilight Zone: The Movie" [story]
Twilight Zone Movie
Picture this…a cozy blanket laid out on the grass, the warm evening breeze and your favorite film playing on the big screen.
Ken Striplin | City Cinemas Brings Back Movies Under the Stars
The California State University, Los Angeles Golden Eagle volleyball team, which included middle blocker Shelby Grubbs from Newhall, was welcomed to the White House on Monday, alongside other national champions from the past academic year, to celebrate their accomplishments as part of NCAA Sports Day.
Former Hart High Standout Honored at White House’s NCAA Sports Day
The Friends of Hart Park - in partnership with the Natural History Museum and Los Angeles County Parks - is pleased to announce the return of their signature event “Silents Under the Stars” on Saturday, Sept. 7, starting at 6 p.m., at William S. Hart Park.
Sept. 7: ‘Silents Under the Stars’ Returns to Hart Park
To help students balance education with their diverse work and family responsibilities, College of the Canyons will offer a wide variety of flexible learning options during the fall 2024 semester.
COC Fall 2024 Offering Flexible Learning Options
Beginning Monday, July 29, crews will start the construction of traffic circulation modifications on two intersections, part of the federally-funded, Traffic and Pedestrian Circulation and Safety Improvements Project.
Santa Clarita Announces Upcoming Lane Closures
Circle of Hope's Annual Tea is one of Santa Clarita’s most anticipated fundraisers bringing awareness of breast cancer and raising funds to help those in our local community fighting this disease.
Oct. 19: Save the Date for Circle of Hope’s Annual Tea
The city of Santa Clarita’s Film Office has released the list of four productions currently filming in the Santa Clarita Valley for the week of Monday, July 22 - Sunday, July 28.
‘S.W.A.T.’ Among Four Productions Filming in Santa Clarita
The Santa Clarita Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (SCV SELPA) and its member districts actively seek out all individuals with exceptional needs, from birth to age 22, including infants and children parentally placed in private schools.
SCV SELPA Seeking Children with Disabilities
The California Department of Transportation announced the right lane of southbound Interstate 5 will be blocked overnight Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26 from two miles north of Templin Highway (near the Whitaker Sand Shed) north of Castaic Lake Hughes Road for paving work.
Caltrans Announces Overnight Southbound I-5 Lane Closures in Castaic Area
The Superior Court of Los Angeles County will be closed Monday, July 22, as the Court works diligently to repair and reboot network systems that were severely impacted by a ransomware attack first detected the morning of Friday, July 19.
Ransomware Attack Closes L.A. County Superior Court
The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a heat advisory for the Santa Clarita Valley through Thursday as high temperatures have been forecast.
Heat Advisory Issued for SCV
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has closed two beaches due to a recent sewage spill.
Sewage Spill Closes Two L.A. County Beaches