TWEET DRAWS BACK­LASH

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Fresno coun­cilmem­ber Garry Bre­de­feld is once again re­ceiv­ing crit­i­cism af­ter tweet­ing his opin­ion on gun con­trol.

Fresno City Coun­cilmem­ber Garry Bre­de­feld, who is no stranger to get­ting at­ten­tion on­line, is once again get­ting back­lash af­ter tweet­ing his opin­ion on gun con­trol fol­low­ing re­cent mass shoot­ings.

One of those who re­sponded neg­a­tively to his tweet was “True Ro­mance” star Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette.

Bre­de­feld said peo­ple are too quick to blame guns for mass killings, which ap­pear to have be­come fre­quent na­tion­wide.

The tweet has been com­mented on more than 10,000 times by other Twit­ter users as of Fri­day.

“The prob­lem isn’t lack of gun laws,” he tweeted. “It’s break­down of the fam­ily, de­valu­ing of life (e.g. killing the un­born), re­moval of God and prayer from schools, no re­spect for author­ity, weak­en­ing crim­i­nal laws & con­se­quences, de­struc­tion of tra­di­tional val­ues/morals.”

He posted the tweet on Mon­day fol­low­ing a deadly week­end that saw at least 29 peo­ple killed and 53 in­jured in 24 hours af­ter shoot­ings in El Paso, Texas, and Day­ton, Ohio.

The tweet re­ceived re­sponses from some sup­port­ers but mostly from crit­ics, in­clud­ing Ar­quette.

“No. (I)t’s rapid as­sault weapons In any­one and every­one’s hands,” she wrote on her ver­i­fied ac­count. “It’s how easy you have all made it to take your anger and kill scores of peo­ple.”

Reached by phone Fri­day, Bre­de­feld said the prob­lem be­gins with how peo­ple are raised and fol­lowed by what he sees as a lack of pun­ish­ment. He pointed to propo­si­tions 47 and 57 as well as Assem­bly Bill 109 — laws that re­duced sen­tences for cer­tain con­vic­tions.

“I think it’s a very com­mon sense point of view,” he said on Fri­day. “Where there’s evil and hate in the world, this can oc­cur.”

He said the so­lu­tion to pre­vent­ing mass shoot­ings is to iden­tify those who might carry out such at­tacks be­fore they hap­pen, not­ing many of those shoot­ers post plans to carry out vi­o­lence on so­cial me­dia or say some­thing to their friends.

The coun­cilmem­ber also grabbed at­ten­tion in Fe­bru­ary for tweets about toxic mas­culin­ity.

‘‘ I THINK IT’S A VERY COM­MON SENSE POINT OF VIEW. WHERE THERE’S EVIL AND HATE IN THE WORLD, THIS CAN OC­CUR.

Garry Bre­de­feld, in ref­er­ence to his con­tro­ver­sial tweet.

CRAIG KOHLRUSS Fresno Bee file

Fresno City Coun­cil­man Garry Bre­de­feld said peo­ple are too quick to blame guns for mass killings.

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