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Indian American Legislators Calling for Stricter Gun Control

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In the wake of Sunday’s tragic Las Vegas concert mass shooting, several Indian-American legislators are calling upon stricter gun control regulations.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In the wake of Sunday’s tragic Las Vegas concert mass shooting, several Indian-American legislators are calling upon stricter gun control regulations.

Hours following the attack, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said, “We must take action to stop gun violence.”

“The American people are tired of being outraged. We are tired of sending thoughts and prayers. ,” she subsequently Tweeted.

“The American people are tired of being outraged, sending thoughts and prayers, seeing men, women and children die because the gun lobby does put profit over people, Jayapal said during a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“That is not what our founders intended by the ‘right to bear arms’,” she said, as she joined several of her Congressional colleagues calling for changes in gun control laws.

“With rights come responsibilities: the responsibility to stop gun sales loopholes, to enact protections that make sure our children and those with severe mental illnesses don’t have access to guns, to address funding for mental health, and to oppose any efforts to make it easier to purchase silencers,” Jayapal added.

The first ever Indian-American women elected to the House of Representatives claims that 87 percent of gun owners and 74 percent of NRA members support commonsense solutions like criminal background checks.

“I have a plea for gun owners across this country: Urge the non-resident aliens (NRA) to represent your views. Show them that you mean business by speaking out or even terminating your NRA membership. Show that you care about your fellow Americans,” she said.

She concluded: “Act now. Enough is enough.”

“I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in Las Vegas. No community should have to fear going to the movies, a concert, or dropping their child off at school. We all mourn the loss of life in Las Vegas. Please keep the families impacted in your thoughts and prayers,” said Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA) in a press release.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois) echoed comments in a press release:

“I condemn in the strongest terms the violence and carnage we witnessed in Las Vegas. As our nation processes this senseless violence, I’m reminded of Fred Rogers’ advice to find hope even in the darkest of times. In any tragedy, he urged us, ‘look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ The courage and bravery shown by police and first responders is a beacon of hope amidst a scene of unimaginable devastation. In the wake of this tragedy, I hope we’ll all be able to take the time to look for the helpers and that each of us, in our own way, will seek to help our nation heal, move forward, and work to prevent similar tragedies.”

“We must end this senseless violence,” said Congressman Rep Ro Khanna (D-CA) via Twitter. He followed up with another tweet addressing gun control laws and regulation. “What we need are universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons, not more empty words followed by inaction.”

Sunday evening’s Las Vegas shooting, considered the largest in modern U.S. history, claimed the lives of at least 59 people and injured more than 500. A gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. He was shooting from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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Recall efforts against Kshama Sawant moves forward

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — The recall effort against Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant can move forward after a ruling by a King County judge. Superior Court Judge Jim Rogers said four of the six accusations against Sawant are legitimate. They include misuse of city resources, misuse of her position by letting protesters into City Hall, relinquishing her duties of office to an outside political organization and leading a protest to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s house despite her address being protected due to threats from her time as a U.S. Attorney. 

Now, the group of residents leading the recall must get about 11,000 valid signatures before the recall gets on the ballot. Sawant in response said this battle is just the latest attempt by corporate interests and Mayor Durkan to derail her efforts to reform the city and announced she will lead a grassroots campaign to fight the charges.

Meanwhile, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is facing heat as well from U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who suggested prosecutors consider filing charges against her over the mass protests this summer that led some protesters to establish a police-free zone in downtown Seattle. In a tweet, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara offered his help to Durkan pro-bono.

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indiaspora & AAPI data survey Indian American voters

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — At a virtual event featuring the former CEO of the Democratic National Committee, Seema Nanda, Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Republican Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani, non-profit Indiaspora teamed up with AAPI Data to reveal the growing political power of the Indian American diaspora. The joint report says 66% of Indian Americans currently favor Vice President Biden, and 28% favor President Trump. The study shows an enormous rise in political engagement from the community. There are 1.8 million Indian Americans in the U.S. who are eligible voters and both sides of the aisle recognize the need to further engage Indian Americans, who AAPI Data notes is now the largest part of the Asian American community, surpassing Chinese Americans.

Eric Trump, President Trump’s son, took part in an Indian Voices for Trump event in suburban Atlanta. It was an indoor rally with appropriate social distancing measures in place. Trump was on hand to win support from the community in a vital state that will be tightly contested this fall. Georgia, like North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan and Texas are considered in play and have growing Indian American populations.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Eight South Asian candidates run for San Ramon office

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SAN RAMON, California (Diya TV) — We’ll introduce you to the eight candidates of South Asian descent running for San Ramon’s mayor and city council this year. Located in California’s East Bay and renowned for great public schools, San Ramon has seen an explosion in its Indian American population over the last decade. Now community members want to give back and help the city map out its future.

President Trump flew to California to meet with Governor Gavin Newsom and other state officials to discuss the wildfires that have engulfed the state for weeks. Newsom and his team of scientists made it a point to tell Trump climate change is “exacerbating” the wildfires. Toxic air lingers on from California to Washington and new projections indicate the smoke will spread from the Northwest and head to the Midwest.

President Trump announced Indian American Judge Amul Thapar is on shortlist to be named to the Supreme Court if a vacancy happens during his term, joining the likes of Senators Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton.

Silicon Valley venture capital fund Sequoia Capital has invested in the most Indian startups that have become unicorns. Sequoia’s Indian arm has invested in eight unicorns, including Byju’s and Unacademy. SoftBank and Steadview Capital are second with seven unicorns each.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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