‘Violence is as American as apple pie’

Jan. 30, 2013

By Katy Grimes

Girls With Guns

The Senate and Assembly held a joint Public Safety committee hearing on Tuesday about guns, but the hearing room was not even two-thirds full. Several Capitol staffers told me that the hearing had not been noticed to the public properly, deliberately, in order to keep gun proponents away.

The hearing was clearly stacked with anti-gun activists and proponents, and most of the testimony provided was skewed, biased, and some of the “facts” presented were incorrect.

Claiming that perspective and state history was needed, the Committee trotted out two of California’s former Democratic Senators, both advocates of gun control and gun bans.

David Roberti, former President pro tem of the California State Senate, and Don Perata, also former President pro tem of the Senate, talked on and on about their legislative involvement in the state’s gun laws. This continued for more than one hour, of the three hour hearing.

Roberti ironically survived a recall effort by the National Rifle Association in 1994.  Roberti was behind Roberti-Roos property tax as well as the passage of the Roberti-Roos Assault Weapon Control Act of 1989.

Roberti gave more actual history of his gun control act.

Don Perata – at least he’s entertaining

In true Perata form, former Sen. Don Perata accused the NRA of allowing its crazy fringe to do what they do in order to crush gun legislation around the country. “The NRA has a fringe element that they don’t control… I am convinced to get legislation passed,” Perata said. “They are a powerful gun lobby with a religious fervor.”


Yet Perata admitted that he became proficient with a handgun after receiving threats. He then warned the legislators on the committee that as they pursue gun bans, they too will be threatened, and to be prepared for this.

Perata was elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in the mid-1980’s, and worked to shut down crime-laden liquor stores, ban cigarette advertising, and lobbied the legislature for an assault weapons ban.

At the Tuesday hearing, Perata said that guns should be licensed and regulated the same way as cars are. “Register it, take a course to show you’re proficient, require at least $1 million insurance, and a registration fee,” Perata said.

“There are a lot of similarities between guns and autos,” Perata said. “A car sitting in a parking lot rarely takes a human life.”

“There must be something in the Commandments that permits you to have a gun. God wanted it that way,” Perata said. “Don’t worry about legalities — it’s why God gave us courts.”

“It’s pandemic and no longer just in East Oakland. It’s clearly the most vexing problem in the country, ” Perata said. “Violence is as American as apple pie.”


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    JKEYES 30 January, 2013, 08:48

    As long as people want to be criminals violence will occur, and the people need to be ready to fight back.

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  2. Jerry and Friends
    Jerry and Friends 30 January, 2013, 09:13

    “Political corruption is as Communist as gun control.” Forget the apple pie.

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  3. us citizen
    us citizen 30 January, 2013, 09:17

    Isnt Pereta a hypocrite……..that doesnt need an answer

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  4. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 30 January, 2013, 10:41

    “Violence is as American as apple pie.”

    If the detestable hypocrite Don Perata is any indication, stupidity is as American as apple pie.

    Did anyone notice the sleight of hand he used in comparing guns to cars. This is commonly done by gun prohibitionists to confuse and mislead the uninformed. GUNS ARE NOT LIKE CARS. The right to keep and bear arms was thought so important and fundamental a civil right that it was incorporated into the U.S. Constitution at it’s ratification. Nothing in that document about cars though.

    Gun ownership is a fundamental civil right, operating a motor vehicle on public streets is not. By the way, you don’t need insurance or a drivers license to own a car (ask any illegal alien), just to operate one on public roads. Perata is as gleefully ignorant as you would expect a Demogoguecrat politician to be in Crazyfornia.

    His claim that gun owners can be lawfully required to purchase a million dollar insurance policy is pathetic, stupid and ridiculous on it’s face. Would he make such a suggestion regarding the exercise of any other civil right? Of course not. Since he admits to carrying a concealed weapon I wonder if he has voluntarily obtained such an insurance policy. Bet not! And why does he get a concealed carry permit when law abiding citizens in most areas of this state cannot get one under any circumstance? Oh, I forgot, he’s a member of “The Club”. You know, the ruling elite who are “more equal” than the rest of us.

    How telling that he was given a platform to spew his fatuous and ignorant nonsense about our civil rights. Once again the Demogoguecrats show what a pack of repugnant, deceptive and ruthless thugs they are. They can produce as many dog and pony shows as they like but they will still lose in the end. They are evil, they are despicable and they are wrong.

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  5. Bubba
    Bubba 30 January, 2013, 14:19

    How come theses “Feel Good” gun banning liberals never chastize there “pals” in Hollywood for making violent movies Where the bad guys routinely commit acts of violence?

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  6. Hondo
    Hondo 30 January, 2013, 15:11

    So is Obama going to the funeral in Chicago for the girl who just played at his inauguration? The one who was just gunned down. Like he did for all the WHITE KIDS at Sandy Hook.
    All you liberals. Why isn’t he going to that funeral?

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  7. us citizen
    us citizen 30 January, 2013, 17:35

    Because he doesnt give a crap. 🙂 We both know that.

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