U.S. Senate candidate and state Attorney General Kamala Harris spoke about regulating assault rifles, women’s rights and the common thread of school truancy in the background of violent criminals during a campaign stop in Laguna Beach.
A former district attorney in San Francisco, Harris, who made several stops in Orange County last week, said she has a compelling solution to combat the inertia that prevents Congress from passing stricter gun regulations. She said she would use a tactic used effectively as a criminal prosecutor: present autopsy photos to the jury, or in this instance, to federal legislators.
Harris, who spoke before a packed house of 100 people in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Thursday, Jan. 28, said she was in Orange County to ask for support and to “be in touch with the needs” of residents.
Among the audience were local elected officials, Toni Iseman and Bob Whalen, anti-nuclear power activist Rita Conn, local Democratic party leaders Audrey Prosser, Arie Grayson and Sue Savery, a challenger to U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from Costa Mesa.
Harris, the state’s first female and black attorney general, hopes to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate.