Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) had two guns stolen from her Baldwin Vista neighborhood home Friday while the home was vacant.
Bass claimed the stolen guns were “safely and securely stored,” noting the thief left behind cash, electronics and other valuables. Bass communications director Sarah Sheahan stated the guns belonging to the congresswoman had been secured in a Brinks lock box, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
The Los Angeles Police Department asked for help identifying the burglary suspect whom detectives described as “Hispanic, standing 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds.”
The California congresswoman, after representing the state’s 37th Congressional District since 2011, has entered the race for mayor of Los Angeles. Her opponent, Rick Caruso, is a billionaire with extensive real estate holdings in the Golden State. His estimated $5.3 billion net worth earned him the 665th spot on Forbes’ list of billionaires.
Bass was asked to rate how safe she feels walking around her neighborhood on a scale of 1-10, during a mayoral debate.
“I do feel safe. I would say a 10,” Bass responded. “I feel safe, but I do understand that a lot of people around the city do not feel safe, and I respect that.”
Bass has built a double-digit lead over her billionaire opponent in polls, with less than two months before election day, the report noted.
The six-term congresswoman learned how to handle guns in Los Angeles during the 1970s when she was reportedly a California organizer for the Venceremos Brigade. The brigade was founded in 1969 by young Americans to show solidarity with the Cuban revolution, according to a group statement. In a 1983 Times report, she said that an LAPD officer taught her.
The officer “encouraged many different folks who had leadership responsibilities in the L.A. progressive community to learn how to use weapons,” she was quoted as saying.
“[North Vietnam and Cuban] agents arranged for American youths to be inculcated with revolutionary fervor and, occasionally, to be trained in practical weaponry by Cuban military officers through the so‐called Venceremos Brigades,” a formerly top secret FBI investigation from the 1970s reported.
L.A. police chief Daryl Gates tried to link Bass to a gun-running operation in 1983, based on police reports alleging Bass had “returned from Cuba bringing back propaganda literature.” She told police she had not received any military training while in Cuba, in the 1983 Times report.
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