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 Thursday.
A former district attorney in San Francisco, Harris said she believes she has a 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 the 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, 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, Ari Grayson and Sue Savery, a challenger to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.
Harris, the state’s first female and black attorney general, hopes to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate.