Mar 12, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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SF4D's newest Meetup is unfortunately timely given the NRA pushback against gun control and Senator Rand Paul's recent filibuster regarding the US government's use of drones.
The Newtown tragedy has finally forced America to start confronting its rationales for giving a political blank check to gun ownership. Unsurprisingly, obstructionism via gun manuracturers' influence and NRA-encouraged hysteria has prevented action at the Congressional level.
The first part of our Meetup program shows how in California, the story is fortunately different. State Senator Leland Yee has been moving forward gun-control legislation through Sacramento. The honorable Senator will appear in person to talk about the current status of his efforts, as well as his legislation implementing online voting in California.
The second half of the program concerns what are technically known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, but the devices are more popularly known as drones. In recent years, the US government has used armed drones in the Middle East to kill people allegedly associated with al Qaeda...and sometimes civilians as well. Now American police departments have started showing an interest in using drones in American airspace for "surveillance and crowd control."
But are drones really a new and effective tool for law enforcement and military use? Or does the government's use of these vehicles pose a dangerous threat to our Constitutional liberties? Here to answer your questions are Lisa Lye, a staff attorney at the Northern California offices of the American Civil Liberties Union, and John Arquilla, a security and intelligence expert.
Can popular interest in preventing future mass shootings and checking government trampling of our constitutional rights be translated into effective legal action? Come listen and offer your thoughts.