Gun Rights Dominate Hearing On Non-Violence

Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

UPDATED 9/6/12 11 a.m.

Rep. John Mizuno used a hearing on violence Wednesday to make nice with gun rights groups.

Mizuno is miffed that he was tagged as a gun-control advocate in a recent article in the Hawaii Reporter. He's spent the past two weeks arguing with the news outlet over the story and trying to convince local gun advocates that he was falsely reported to be in cahoots with U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye in an effort to enact stricter gun laws.

Mizuno presided over Wednesday's hearing, which was billed as an informational session on how to improve policies relating to violence in Hawaii. Nearly two dozen people showed up, many of them from peace activist groups.

“This is not going to focus on Second Amendment rights,” Mizuno said after calling the meeting to order.

But much of what was said in the next two hours had a lot to do with gun ownership rights — specifically, the importance of keeping them.

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