CA’s 14 anti-gun bills target legal gun owners

CA’s 14 anti-gun bills target legal gun owners

Criminals don’t register their guns with authorities. Despite this indisputable fact, the California Legislature recently passed 14 gun control bills, taking aim at citizens who legally own guns.

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California lawmakers are ignoring the historic recall last week of two Colorado state legislators who backed new gun restrictions. And they are ignoring the Bill of Rights.

Second Amendment

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,” says the Second Amendment within the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution.

The gun control debate waged during the last eight months in the California Legislature has been an attack on the Second Amendment.

Democratic lawmakers claim the legislation is needed to address acts of gun violence. But who are they trying to control?

Increase in violence, or media hype?

Never letting a good crisis go to waste, California’s Democratic lawmakers reacted en masse to the Dec. 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults. By January 2013, the Legislature introduced 40 gun control bills.

But as I wrote in “Gun control laws would not make us safer,” the worst deadly massacre at a school in American history was not the Newtown shootings, or the Columbine shootings.

The worst school massacre took place before there was even a television in every home — in Michigan in 1927 when a school board official, enraged at a tax increase to fund school construction, planted explosives in Bath Township Elementary school, then blew the school up.  When crowds rushed in to rescue the children, he drove up his shrapnel-filled car and detonated it, killing more people, including himself.

While the media and politicians respond purely emotionally and opportunistically, they have ignored that these incidents are not new, and are certainly not indigenous to America.

Despite media claims that these types of mass killings are on the rise, criminologist James Allen Fox, of Boston Northeastern University, who has been studying the subject since the 1980s, said “the random mass shootings that get the most media attention are the rarest,” Fox said. “Most people who die of bullet wounds knew the identity of their killer.”

Experts who study mass shootings say they are not becoming more common or on the rise.

In April, the U.S. Senate killed measures to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and require background checks during the purchase of guns at gun shows or on the Internet.

Study after study has shown that between 6 percent and 10 percent or criminals are responsible for up to 70 percent of all crimes committed.

Interpretation of the second amendment varies between those who believe it protects citizens’ rights to own guns, and those who do not.

In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment protected the individual right to keep suitable firearms at home for self-defense. This case overturned Washington D.C.’s ban on handguns.

Naming names

Listed are the lawmakers who authored the gun control bills — all Democrats:

AB 48 by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, bans ammunition and gun parts. Skinner infamously said, “bullets are the very thing making guns deadly.”

Also by Skinner, AB 1131, increases prohibition periods after credible threat of violence from 6 months to 5 years.

AB 170 by Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, prohibits anyone who owns a business from getting assault weapon permits.

SB 374 by Sen. Pres. Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, bans detachable magazines in rifles.

SB 567 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, redefines a shotguns to delete the requirement that it be fired from the shoulder.

SB 755 by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, expands list of crimes resulting in ban from owning firearms.

AB 180 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, allows the city of Oakland to pass gun control regulations.

AB 500 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, allows the Department of Justice additional time to run background checks on gun purchasers.

SB 299 by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, requires gun owners to report all lost or stolen firearms.

SB 683 by Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, requires gun buyers to take a firearm safety class to earn a “safety certificate.”

SB 475 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, bans gun shows at the Cow Palace by requiring approval from San Mateo and San Francisco counties.

AB 169 by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, limits transfer of “unsafe” handguns — any pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed, which has not been vetted by the California Department of Justice.

AB 711 by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, bans the use of lead ammunition.

AB 231 by Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, adds criminal liability for firearm storage that endangers a child.

Oppressive CA government

An oppressive government is what led to the Bill of Rights. The Founding Fathers wrote into the Bill of Rights that rights are human rights endowed with by our Creator, and not rights granted by the government. The argument over the Second Amendment is not just about preserving the right to keep and bear arms; this fight is about making sure the government cannot take away citizens’ rights.

If the government can grant rights, it can also take them away. That’s what makes the liberties outlined in the Bill of Rights “unalienable.”

“All power is inherent in the people; . . . it is their right and duty to be at all times armed,” Thomas Jefferson wrote, shortly before his death.

George Mason, a delegate from Virginia to the U.S. Constitutional Convention, believed the relationship between arms and liberty was crucial, and said history had demonstrated that the most effective way to enslave a people is to disarm them.

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  1. Rye
    Rye 16 September, 2013, 15:27

    I had forgotten how much I hated this place. Thanks CWD for reminding me why I left.

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    • Tax Target
      Tax Target 19 September, 2013, 17:20

      I’m right there with you Rye… left about 3 months ago…. I’m born again! There is life after communism.

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  2. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 16 September, 2013, 16:26

    Looks like another one of your people went nuts today!!!! Those AR15s you right wingers love can do some killing!!! Oh but these mass shootings are rare huh??? Your boy that ent off today hurt your cause even more,now it’s just a matter of time Katy…..

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    • John Seiler
      John Seiler 16 September, 2013, 16:48

      Sorry, NTHEOC, but it looks like the shooter was a former federal government employee whom the government had trained in firearms use. And he was on a Naval base where, strangely, almost everybody, even uniformed military, was disarmed.

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    • John Seiler
      John Seiler 16 September, 2013, 17:29

      NTHEOC: By the way, how exactly would you take about 370 million guns from Americans? Are you volunteering to do it, personally?

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    • Hoystory
      Hoystory 16 September, 2013, 20:17

      Oh, and he used a legally purchased shotgun and then acquired the AR15 from someone on the base (by shooting them). Please list the gun control law(s) that you support that would’ve stopped today’s attack.

      You are right that the guy was nuts. Why not focus on mental health laws?

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      • Rex the Wonderdog!
        Rex the Wonderdog! 17 September, 2013, 08:29

        You are right that the guy was nuts. Why not focus on mental health laws?
        ==
        BEST comment here.

        We should put MUCH more focus on mental health care and treatment, that was the cause of yesterdays massacre.

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  3. Gundog
    Gundog 16 September, 2013, 17:09

    Hey NTHEOC, we’ve had the debate – you lost!

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  4. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 16 September, 2013, 17:45

    AR15, enough said!

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  5. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 16 September, 2013, 17:49

    Remember Waco John? And I didn’t say anything about disarming people of all weapons. Just AR15s and similar style assault killing guns. Explain to me the need for people other than PD or military to own a military style weapon! Heck, why not just really follow your 2nd amendment and let people own grenade launchers,RPGs,etc……..

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    • John Seiler
      John Seiler 16 September, 2013, 19:28

      Yes, I remember Waco: The U.S. government murdered 70 people, including 30 children. As to AR 15s, there are something like 3 million in private hands nowadays, plus millions more AK-47s and similar guns. You never could get all of them, or even a fraction of them, without a North Korean-style police state. And you need an AK to defend yourself against hoodlums who might have them as well. If two hoodlums with guns invade your home and all you have is a .38 revolver, you’re dead.

      See: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2013/02/daniel-zimmerman/massachusetts-cops-on-why-you-should-own-an-ar-15/

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      • Ted Steele, CEO
        Ted Steele, CEO 17 September, 2013, 07:08

        lol John– you put no Waco blame on the wingnuts? Oh my you’re a caution!

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        • John Seiler
          John Seiler 17 September, 2013, 08:09

          There was no blame for the Branch Davidians. They were minding their own business. The local sheriff said that, if the Feds wanted to nab Koresh, all they had to do was get him when he went jogging. But the BATF wanted a big show raid — a publicity stunt — to boost its budget. Read this: http://www.constitution.org/2ll/2ndschol/135wac.htm

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          • Rex the Wonderdog!
            Rex the Wonderdog! 17 September, 2013, 08:27

            But the BATF wanted a big show raid — a publicity stunt — to boost its budget.
            ==
            EXACTLY. The Feds called NEWS CREWS out to Waco to record the show down, but the feds did not expect the Davidians to have firepower to match their own. HUGE mistake. And we NOW KNOW that the Feds tactics caused many innocent people to die, including children, and their own agents.

  6. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 16 September, 2013, 17:51

    If you want to see how the 2nd Amendment would look like if it were really followed, just look at Somalia and similar places!

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  7. BillyBS
    BillyBS 16 September, 2013, 19:43

    Thought editorial letter I read was interesting on what the standards are to provide us arms to Syrian rebels.’ Wonder what the background checks are by Kerry, Biden, and the Big Kahuna. Think zero.

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  8. Jay in Oakland
    Jay in Oakland 16 September, 2013, 19:59

    CalWatch, you missed some other anti-gun State Bills:

    SB-47 by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco: bans so-called “bullet buttons” used to get around existing laws banning detachable magazines.

    SB-53 by Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles: creates new state permits that require background checks for buyers of ammunition.

    SB-396 by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley: prohibits possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

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  9. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 17 September, 2013, 07:06

    LOL– another one of your “conservative” gun freedom nuts went crazy again yesterday…..same old deal……….Hmmmmmm, wonder why this does not happen much in Australia after the restrictive gun laws….hmmmmmmmmmm……….USA USA USA Palin-Paul 2016!

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  10. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 17 September, 2013, 07:11

    Everybody in the USA is armed— and yet we have more gun violence than anywhere—- LOL we may be the most ignorant and violent people in history.

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  11. Rex the Wonderdog!
    Rex the Wonderdog! 17 September, 2013, 08:24

    Sorry, NTHEOC, but it looks like the shooter was a former federal government employee whom the government had trained in firearms use.
    ==
    NTHEOC and the other leftwing [people] like Teddy, will use EVERY mass shooting as a prop for more gun control. FACT, more guns = LESS CRIME.

    I knew it was only a matter of seconds that the gun control [advocates] would come out of the wood work….

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    • BobA
      BobA 17 September, 2013, 10:08

      Rex:

      Let’s cut to the chase. Where Ted and NTHEOC is going with their gun control advocacy is a country that is safe for criminals and terrorists to ply their trade without resistance from their victims.

      People like them honestly believe that no one should have the right to defend themselves against crime with deadly force. In their minds it is better to be robbed, beaten, stabbed, raped or shot that to preemptively defend one’s life, liberty and property against a criminal.

      That is to say they are pusillanimous cowards and want everyone else to be cowards just like them.

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  12. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 17 September, 2013, 11:04

    Boba says,
    That is to say they are pusillanimous cowards and want everyone else to be cowards just like them.
    —————————
    Oh pipe down RAMBO!!! I believe by giving up our right to bear arms, we would gain something profound, so profound no American today can enjoy it — the right to security, to go the movies and not fear being gunned down, to send our children to elementary school and not worry about them being gunned down, to go to the mall to go Christmas shopping and not fear being gunned down, to go to work and not be gunned down.

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  13. Gundog
    Gundog 17 September, 2013, 14:23

    NTHEOC says “AR15, enough said!” Not ’nuff said NTHEOC – all he had was a legally purchased shotgun. AR15’s had NOTHING to do with this but MSNBC – your hero’s – don’t know the difference. It was Joe Biden who said “go out and buy a shotgun…” remember that? Well, the shooter did – he didn’t buy an AR. And guns are essentially, illegally banned in D.C. D.C. has gun laws that make Australia and Britain look like free countries so how did he get a gun there if their gun laws works so well??? You left wingers never answer that one. One more thing you politically correct people refuse to acknowledge is that this is one more nutcase who was certifiably mentally ill – he was hearing voices in his head but still got his security clearance? BUT YOU WANT TO BLAME AN AR15? Who is mentally ill here?

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  14. Gundog
    Gundog 17 September, 2013, 14:32

    NTHEOC says “we would gain something profound, so profound no American today can enjoy it… “. Have you ever heard of the “law of large numbers”? What you think we would all enjoy cannot happen when there are over 300 million guns in America. I agree with John Seiler that so many guns cannot be eliminated and furthermore cannot be managed by the 20,000 gun laws that are on the books in the USA. You are living in the Democrat utopia world to think that all of the guns can be controlled in some way. With 3D printing, you can even “print” your own fire enabled gun now. How are you going to regulate that for example. NTHEOC – wake up and move on to another cause – only good guys with guns can stop bad guys with guns…deal with it.

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  15. Jay in Oakland
    Jay in Oakland 17 September, 2013, 14:43

    @NTHECC, Americans are statistically more apt to get shot and killed by a cop or killed because of a doctor’s mistake than we are statistically apt to be shot and killed in a mass shooting and gun violence, according to the FBI’s stats, is at it’s lowest rate in the last 20 years. It sounds to me that your world view is driven by emotion and not facts, unfortunately, you are not the only one…

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  16. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 17 September, 2013, 15:56

    Just because an AR15 was not used in DC does not change the fact that they should be banned!! You right wing Rambo wannabe’s dodged one this time!

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  17. Queeg
    Queeg 18 September, 2013, 07:59

    Teddy is right….oops left!

    Under that obligitory moderation…unfortunate.

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  18. Gundog
    Gundog 18 September, 2013, 17:56

    The fact that it was not an AR15 was a MAJOR MEDIA BLUNDER NTHEOC!!! The blunder isn’t so much that liberals can’t tell the difference between a shotgun and an AR, it is that the liberal anti-ALL guns agenda was exposed for what it is really is. That is, banning AR’s and AK’s are just a stepping stone to banning whatever comes next on the liberal list. When all the guns are banned, the list will go after knives and broken beer bottles. Like that will make us safer from the bad guys (i.e. anyone who owns a gun in your mind). The 2nd amendment was put there so that Americans have the God-given right to defend themselves and the national debate told you and everyone else all the way up to Obama himself that we will not give up that right. If you don’t like it, I can’t imagine why you won’t just move to Australia – it’s a nice place NETHEOC…but you – an American – will be a 2nd class citizen there. Live with it or leave.

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  19. Gundog
    Gundog 18 September, 2013, 17:58

    You know what “enough said” is? Jefferson said it…”…the 2nd amendment is what makes all the others possible”.

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  20. Ulysses Uhaul.
    Ulysses Uhaul. 20 September, 2013, 10:18

    This thread is the first decent give and take in weeks……in spite of the much maligned new site disorganized/heavily moderated new format.

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