CA lawmakers take aim at guns

Anti-gun zealots cagle, Dec. 24, 2012Dec. 24, 2012

By Steven Greenhut

SACRAMENTO – It took only days before California’s legislators reacted to the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy with a fusillade of bills designed to take California closer to Democratic leaders’ unstated but obvious goal: making it essentially illegal for Californians to own firearms.

I write “essentially” because the strategy isn’t to ban guns outright, but to mire ownership in so many layers of regulation that owning a gun becomes even more frustrating and costly than operating a business in this state. Legislators aren’t stupid. Direct assaults on gun ownership generate pushback, but killing this constitutional right through a thousand cuts is less confrontational.

California already has the toughest gun regulations of any state, yet legislators (including a Republican) have introduced a long list of new proposals at news conferences where they used the Connecticut tragedy to grandstand.

“They were mowed down,” Los Angeles Democratic Sen. Kevin de Leon said. “I think that, viscerally, it will give a lot of political officials around the country the political courage to do the right thing.” It’s not clear what de Leon means by the right thing.

California has passed 45 gun control laws in the past 23 years.

(Liberal Connecticut has tough gun laws, too.)

California has long waiting periods, background-check requirements, limits on the number of gun purchases, bans on gun sales to people with mental illnesses and felony convictions, bans on high-capacity ammunition magazines and on concealed weapons. The governor recently signed a law banning the open carrying of unloaded long guns. The list goes on.

That’s in addition to myriad federal restrictions.

If you think we’re safe from gun violence because of all those rules, check out the murder rates in Los Angeles, Oakland and San Bernardino.

Targeting ammo

Now, de Leon is targeting ammunition. “We don’t think about the fuel that feeds the violence, and that’s ammunition. If you want to fish, you have to secure a license to fish. If you want to cut down a Christmas tree in California — this is legally factual — you have to secure a permit at a cost of $10. Yet anyone who walks into any gun store in California can buy all the ammunition they want.”

That statement is more of an indictment of the kind of society we’ve become — so regulated and taxed that one isn’t allowed to cut down a Christmas tree without getting government permission — than about firearms. But I digress.

Like everyone, I’m still shaken by the Newtown school shooting. I’m all ears when it comes to finding real solutions to violence, but am tired of cheap, predictable attempts to turn tragedy into another assault on our liberties and wallets.

After this week’s legislative frenzy, I headed to one of the largest Sacramento-area gun dealers to purchase that 12-guage shotgun I’ve been considering — only to find the shelves virtually bare. The Daily Beast reports on a similar situation throughout the country.

Americans realize that an assault on private gun ownership is coming, and it’s best to buy a weapon now, while they still are available at a store, rather than only on the black market.

Perhaps de Leon and others might ask their constituents why they would want a gun. This morning, my wife handed me the local newspaper with a story about three men arrested for murdering one of my neighbors in October during a robbery. Is it unreasonable to want the wherewithal to defend one’s family? The cocking of a shotgun — an internationally understood signal that “you’re not welcome here” — would be all it takes to dissuade most intruders.

Utopians

Gun control advocates are utopians. Their perspective is that, if guns are no longer readily available, violence will evaporate. But there are so many guns in circulation that it would take decades to reduce their availability — unless legislators adopt the police-state policy of sending cops door-to-door to confiscate firearms. Even then, there would be black markets and other methods for evil folks to commit mayhem.

It’s better to let people arm themselves. An operator of a private school told me that California’s 1995 Gun-Free School Zone Act — banning guns within 1,000 feet of schools — is making it difficult to hire an armed security guard.

There’s a reason criminals are more likely to ply their trade in “gun free” zones than in heavily armed neighborhoods. There’s no better check on a diabolical gun owner than law-abiding gun owners. I personally don’t like guns and wish everyone were peaceful and kind, but it’s better to be realistic than to pursue fantasy.

Gun control laws exempt groups of government officials. Anyone who believes working for the government relieves people of the tendency to do bad things has never heard the phrase “going postal.” There are endless stories of authorities misusing their firearms, both on- and off-duty, which is a reminder of the main reason the founders gave gun ownership the second spot in the Bill of Rights.

Californians crazy enough to believe these new proposed laws will make them safer should be happy. The rest of us should find a well-stocked gun store as soon as possible.

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  1. Donkey
    Donkey 24 December, 2012, 10:17

    As semi-free Americans, we need to look at how much protection the state gave the people mudered at Wounded Knee, Kent State, the WWI veterans in DC, and the many that died seeking fair working conditions.

    I understand that many are afraid of confrontation with others. They fear that a person with a gun may kill them and believe that the police will protect you. I am here to let you know that the police will not protect you in anyway, form, or fashion. And when a riot or natural disaster hits you will be on your own, dealing with people that are younger, stronger, and faster, seeking everything they desire from those that offer the least resistance.

    All the LE RAGWUS cares about is high pay, big pensions, and the politicians that gave it to them. Their system is as corrupt as the politicians that created them.

    Find out who Doug Zerby was and how he was murdered. Find out what happened to those that murdered this man. Ron Settles, who killed Ron? Ashley MacDonald,18 years old, murdered in the middle of a park, 5′-4″ tall and 110lbs, shot at 21 times, hit 15 times with five shots in her back while she lay dying on the ground. What did Parker and Randle recieve for their handywork?

    The United States of America was founded without professional police. Its earliest traditions and founding documents evidenced no contemplation that the power of the state would be implemented by omnipresent police forces. On the contrary, America’s constitutional Framers expressed hostility and contempt for the standing armies of the late eighteenth century, which functioned as law enforcement units in American cities. The advent of modern policing has greatly altered the balance of power between the citizen and the state in a way that would have been seen as constitutionally invalid by the Framers. The implications of this altered balance of power are far-reaching, and should invite consideration the peopel, by judges and legislators who concern themselves with the Bill of Rights and constitutional questions.

    We already have the largest Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). Add to that the most corrupt RAGWUS scheme ever created under the watch of a free people. An evil system that is able to murder any citizen that it come in contact with, for any reason and walk away without any consequences. These are the type of people that want to make the people more compliant, more docile, more submissive. When an Americans lose their right “keep and bear arms,” then the police state that those in the LE RAGWUS are seeking will be complete!! 🙂

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  2. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 24 December, 2012, 10:25

    You sound like an anarchist, Donkey. We citizens of CA/USA will not tolerate anarchy! Better be careful. Get off the backs of the public employees–they have not caused the situation that has brought on these abrupt discussions regarding guns.

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  3. Joseph Northpal
    Joseph Northpal 24 December, 2012, 11:42

    The whole damn thing(sandy hook/Aurora/Oregon) was a movie set Wake …. up!
    http://crisisactors.org/events

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  4. Paul
    Paul 24 December, 2012, 12:09

    Out of my cold dead hands “keep and bear arms”! That’s all folks………..

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  5. Donkey
    Donkey 24 December, 2012, 12:48

    SeeSaw, you are a fool! Yet I still love you!! Have a Merry Christmas or whatever you worship!! 🙂 <3

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  6. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 24 December, 2012, 12:51

    Likewise, mule.

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  7. us citizen
    us citizen 24 December, 2012, 12:55

    Agree Donkey and Paul

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  8. Hondo
    Hondo 24 December, 2012, 14:52

    It is Xmas eve and I’m gonna be politically incorrect and say ‘Merry Christmas’ to all the good writers here, both conservative and liberal. I’ll jump back into the fight on the 26th.
    Hondo….

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  9. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 24 December, 2012, 19:23

    I want to arm bears 😉

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  10. albonidaga
    albonidaga 25 December, 2012, 11:37

    Lets see here….every time a Democrat President is elected we have a major push for Gun Bans, and a “coincidental” increase in massacres and shootings, why? Could it be orchestrated to achieve gun control? Check this out:
    Clinton: Oklahoma City bombing, Columbine High School massacre, Westside Middle School massacre, Newington Lottery Massacre, Wichita Massacre, Wakefield massacre, Wendy’s massacre, Thurston High School,
    Obama: Sandy Hook, Geneva County massacre, Westside Middle School massacre, Cupertino quarry massacre, Ingleside mass murder, Covina massacre, Oikos University shooting, Seal Beach massacre, 2012 Aurora shooting, Hartford Distributors shooting, 2011 Grand Rapids, Michigan mass murder, Fort Hood shooting, 2010 Appomattox shootings, Café Racer massacre, 2012 Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting, 2012 Azana Spa shootings.
    There are more massacres under Obama, than any other president, and he is relentlessly pushing for GunContro.

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  11. Graham
    Graham 25 December, 2012, 13:44

    This from the same Looney Tunes state that voted against poison GMO Frankenfoods being labelled as poison.

    California won’t ban food that kills, but want to try and ban killers who kill. Criminals don’t obey the Law – that’s why they’re criminals.

    Madness. Sooner California bankrupts itself the better. It’s already morally bankrupt.

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  12. Graham
    Graham 25 December, 2012, 13:55

    Outsourcing the securing, retention and maintenance of one’s freedom always ends badly.

    America is heading for Civil war. Those with the guns will win. Question is; will it be the state sponsored criminals with the biggest guns paid for with our taxes, or will it be the masses.

    It’s the masses the criminals fear.

    No wonder the enemies of the Constitution want Americans disarmed. After all, and as Bush put it, it’s that “god damn piece of paper” – that prevents tyranny from taking hold.

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  13. Arminius
    Arminius 25 December, 2012, 14:58

    Ban psycotropic Drugs

    ‘When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.’ Thomas Jefferson

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  14. HSpencer
    HSpencer 25 December, 2012, 18:57

    So, if CA has all these gun laws, then how come there are so many drive by shootings? How do the shooters get the guns? Also, in the MTV videos or where ever, why do they hold the guns out sideways, instead of straight up and down like the cowboys did? Also, while on the subject, how is it that every 14 – 18 year old gang member, with a full body tattoo of some kind, can have an expensive gun, yet live in a ghetto on the gubbermint tab? So then during a full gun ban, I would then look out my window, and admire the stainless steel 45 auto with the pearl handles my neighbor is holding sideways and firing into my house front door, and at the same time I would wish I had not had to give up my own guns? I am currently practicing holding my gun on it’s side, and pointing the spread fingers of my other hand down. I am just about getting that, but I don’t know why I am doing it.
    After that I will get into my 64 chevrolet (which by the way does not bounce up and down) and drive off into the sunset. I don’t really “get it” but I am trying at least.

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  15. Donkey
    Donkey 26 December, 2012, 06:30

    No one is safe from the LE RAGWUS. In a just world both of the officers involved in this video would be charged with molestation under color of authority and carry the lifetime stigma of a sexual predators, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFSJ1kXguf4&feature=player_detailpage

    The fourth Amendment no longer has any relavance to the protection of the individual citizen. 🙂

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  16. BobA
    BobA 26 December, 2012, 08:35

    Donkey:

    In America today, group rights trumps individual rights and if you’re not a member of some aggrieved group you’re own your own. Some groups are more equal than others and nowadays, rights are prioritized by ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, political affiliation and income.

    Child molesters and sexual predators haven’t yet figured out how to band together as a voting block and demand their rights. The same applies to the other criminal trades. The mob did by forming unions and you see where they are today.

    Keep in mind that politicians can smell votes like sharks can smell blood. Chum the waters with enough votes and politicians will come in numbers and go into a feeding frenzy just like sharks!!

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  17. Donkey
    Donkey 26 December, 2012, 09:14

    BobA:

    Yes, in order to keep the public from coming together to protect individual rights,i.e. the Fourth Amendment, the RAGWUS must keep the man behind the curtain hidden by creating hysteria among the proletariat class.

    We have the war on racisim, drugs, crime of all kinds, but it all comes down to a war against the individual citizen, as seen in the video I posted, citizens that come in contact with the appointed LE RAGWUS workers, where citizens are being taken advantage of by the system, and then further abused in the PIC!!

    We can’t be the land of the free and home of the brave while having 30% of the worlds prisoners, with only 5% of the worlds population.

    The PIC has a huge propaganda machine that is being used to enslave millions of citizens for its workers own enrichment. And by enrichment I mean, from the city cop, jailers, vendors, judges, prosecuting and defense lawyers, probation and parole, and of course the prisons.

    If Americans are ever shamed or browbeat into giving up their right to “keep and bear arms” then the enslavement will be complete! 🙂

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  18. Marten purdy
    Marten purdy 26 December, 2012, 10:34

    Gangbangers often dress with their pants half way down their asses and tend to have many tattoos, and many have shaved heads. Gangbangers have a strange dialect, and writing where it is hard to understand what they are talking about.
    At times gangbangers aim to kill rival gangbangers but with their elementary school education, and aim their guns sideways (which looks gay) they miss and hit a poor bystander.

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  19. Terry Olgin
    Terry Olgin 26 December, 2012, 17:08

    I appreciate this article and everyone’s comments. I don’t own any guns and I’m going through a lot of red tape to get a legit business going in our state. If we consider all things, gun confiscation (or reduced rights) is simply the beginning of something else that I believe most Californians (and Americans) will be highly un happy. If we consider history for a moment, there was the burning of the parliament building in Berlin in the early 1930s. German citizens cried for a solution. The Brown Shirts. Shortly, the nazis took formal power. How is Sacramento or Washington any different in its overall approach then the Nazi party was 80 years ago? While my heart is sadden with the newton massacre, we the people need to look past the “lone gun man” theory. We need to tell Sacramento “NO” on this legislation. We need to tell Washington “NO” on assault weapons ban being resurrected from the Clinton era. We need to send a message as voters and tax payers we will not lose our rights because of the rise of the brown shirts – American style. After all, Obama made that clear in his speech for his first term. He called them a civilian force. So was the Stasi (in the beginning).

    Wake up and defend your rights before they finish taking all of them away.

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  20. Joedakota
    Joedakota 26 December, 2012, 17:20

    To answer the question why do gang bangers hold their pistols side ways is because that is the way it was in the box. Fortunately it is not a very accurate way to shoot although they do kill way too many simply by just spraying lead.
    I grew up in in a time when almost every pickup had a gun in a rack on the back window. You could just walk into a store that sold guns and buy one, no waiting period, no background check. It was also a time when there was no road rage, no mass shootings, and most importantly no drugs. I started carrying a knife when I was six years old every where I went, I even had teachers ask if any one had a knife she could borrow. Try that today. In Mexico guns and knives are illegal, so it should be one of the worlds safest countries.
    I am constantly asking my self what has change since 1941 when I was born.
    And I keep coming up with a one word answer “RESPECT” today there is no respect of God, parents, country, oneself, or ones fellow man. Even the elected officials have no respect for the Constitution which they swear to uphold.
    Yes, there are still some that know what respect is, but we are few in numbers.
    Romney was only being honest when he said he could not get 47% of the voters.
    They are the pigs feeding at the public through, and 53% of the voters didn’t have the courage or intelligence to say we will no longer be disrespected.
    In a span of only 70 years I have watched America go from the greatest, freest country in the world, to one with no core values, and ever decreasing freedom.
    I have a gun because I am not going to let some low life terrorize me and the constitution say I can keep one.

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  21. Eileen Kuch
    Eileen Kuch 26 December, 2012, 18:33

    We have all seen the propaganda machine harp day in and day out on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that occurred on December 14; and, what was their main pitch? You got it; GUN CONTROL. Well, folks, Connecticut has one of the strictest gun control laws in the nation (California, New York and Illinois being three more); yet, twenty children 7 and 6 years old and six adults were gunned down on school grounds by a mentally disturbed 20-year old. Suffice it to say, these laws did not work; and they won’t. Why? Criminals and others who should never own guns are going to find a way to obtain them – through the black market or through theft, if necessary. So, where does this leave the law-abiding citizen adversely affected by strict gun control laws, eh? I’ll tell you; that citizen will be totally vulnerable, and, maybe dead. Had any – or all – of the six adults in the school been armed, this massacre would have been avoided; so, state and local authorities must bear some responsibility for this horrific crime – by failing to protect the students from such violence.

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  22. LIghtEngineer
    LIghtEngineer 27 December, 2012, 00:36

    Have you noticed that these mass shootings at public schools increased after the 1995 Gun-Free School Zone Act? Passed with good intentions, banning guns would supposedly make schools safer. Well it has done exactly the opposite.
    1995 Gun Free School Zone Act
    Date Killed Location
    12/1/97 3 Heath High School Paducah KY
    3/24/98 5 Middle School Jonesboro, AR
    5/21/98 2 Thurston Springfield. OR
    4/20/99 13 Columbine Littleton, CO
    3/21/05 6 Red Lake Minnesota
    10/2/06 3 Amish Lancaster, PA
    4/16/07 32 Virginia Tech
    2/27/12 3 Chardon High Chardon, OH
    12/14/12 26 Sandy Hook Elementary Newton, CT
    I believe that if we eliminate the more than 20 million semi-automatic rifles it will not prevent mass shootings. I believe that if we eliminate the hundreds of millions of magazines with more than ten rounds, it will not prevent mass shootings. I believe that if we then eliminate all semi-automatic handguns, it will not prevent mass shootings. I believe that if we eliminate all shotguns it will not prevent mass shootings.
    The only way to stop mass shootings and not leave our citizenry defenseless is to eliminate all “gun free zones” that do not have a police presence. And have several teachers in every school trained and certified by tactical police to use small totally concealable handguns with laser grips that project a bright dot at the point of impact. If body armor is a factor then the dot goes on the head. The alternative is to continue to blame everything except our failed gun control policies that prevent self-defense and then experience more carnage despite ineffective gun control laws.
    Today we have one on-duty policeman for every 2000 of us. One in thirty adults has a concealed carry license. Concealed carry is a much larger deterrent to violent crime than is law enforcement. http://orcosportsmans.com/Pages/ConcealedCarry.htm
    http://orcosportsmans.com/Pages/GunControl.htm

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