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Strickland’s camp: No time to yank robocall

Posted: May 27, 2014 4:38 p.m.
Updated: May 27, 2014 4:38 p.m.

Congressional candidate and former state Sen. Tony Strickland has drawn some criticism for a campaign robocall touting his pro-gun views and received by voters the day after a killing rampage in Isla Vista last Friday.

The Republican’s campaign call, which was recorded and posted on, touts Strickland as being a “longtime supporter of the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms” and pledges that he will “continue to oppose, and actively fight, any legislation that would take away our Second Amendment right to bear arms.”

Strickland’s campaign website includes virtually the same language, saying he would “continue to oppose and actively fight any legislation that would take away our (Second) Amendment right to bear arms.”

Evan Handy, a spokesman for Strickland’s campaign, said the robocall went out “mainly to gun owners or Second Amendment supporters” throughout the 25th Congressional District Strickland is vying to represent.

That district includes the Santa Clarita Valley, as well as portions of the Antelope and Simi valleys.

“We are incredibly saddened by what happened last Friday evening,” Handy said in a statement Tuesday. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and victims of this tragedy.

“Our call was scheduled prior to Friday evening and was completed instantly on Saturday to a small universe of (Second) Amendment supporters,” he continued.

There was not enough time to cancel it before it went out, Handy said.

“By the time we had gotten back to the office and seen the news, we just didn’t have time,” he said Tuesday.

Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old Santa Barbara City College student, went on a killing spree late Friday in Isla Vista, near the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, that left seven people dead, including himself, and 13 wounded.

During the rampage, Rodger killed three people at his apartment complex, shot and killed people on the street and ran down people with his car, according to law enforcement officials.

Strickland is one of eight men running in the 25th Congressional District to replace Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, who is retiring after this year.

The others are David Bruce, Troy Castagna, Steve Knight, Michael Mussack, Lee Rogers, Navraj Singh and Evan Thomas.
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