VISTA (NEWS 8) - A planned rally outside Congressman Darrell Issa's office in Vista to protest the GOP's latest tax plan shifted its course Tuesday in the wake of the deadly shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night.
The rally started off with a ceremonious banging of a drum -- 59 times in honor of those that lost their lives in the attack -- amid complete silence from the crowd.
The San Diego County chapter of the Brady Campaign and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, two groups that rally against gun violence, joined in on the weekly rally outside Rep. Issa's office. Protestors called for stricter weapons regulations, including tighter laws surrounding assault rifles, and decried loopholes that allow firearms to end up in the hands of criminals and mentally disturbed citizens.
"We have become so dulled to feeling anything," one protester said. "It's like we almost expect it now and nothing ever happens."
They called for Congress to create effective laws that would put an end to gun violence in the country.
"If concealed carry reciprocity passes, any person from any state, even with the laxest gun laws, can bring their guns into our state," another protestor said. "And you can imagine the situations that could occur."
News 8 reached out to the congressman Tuesday and he responded with a statement that read in part:
"Law enforcement must be given time to do their work so we can find out what happened and any possible motive behind the attacks so that we can have a clear picture of what occurred and what can be done to prevent it from happening again."
"Gun control has never worked anywhere," a counter-protester said. "The places in America with the highest murder rates also have the toughest gun control. what's proven to work, factually works, is allowing the people to keep and bear arms like the constitution said."
After wrapping up discussions about gun control, the conversation shifted to President Trump's new tax plan.
Retired school teacher Beverly Kanawi said the plan will negatively impact school children's education.
"If people can't afford to buy decent houses, they can't be homeowners, they can't pay property taxes, and our public school system has just slid, and slid, and slid and slid. And we know public schooling in very poor areas does not fair well."
Sign-wielding protestors called out chants for Issa to stand up for the middle class and vote against Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell's tax plan, claiming it gives unnecessary breaks to the wealthiest Americans while slashing deductions from the working class. They also argued that middle-class Californians stand to lose countless dollars from lost deductions on income taxes and state property.
The non-partisan Tax Policy Center said that 80 percent of total financial benefits would go to the top 1 percent of earners over the next decade while federal revenues would drop by more than $2.4 trillion over that time. The President's budget director, on the other hand, said that the plan will offset those losses by stimulating the economy.
Several dogs are in the custody of San Diego County, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
Chilly temperatures and scattered showers started the weekend. Temperatures at the coast and inland communities hovered around 60 degrees with some areas of San Diego County receiving rain during the morning hours.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.