(NaturalNews) In recent days, a top California elected official doubled down on failed gun control policies in proposing an amendment that would do nothing to inhibit criminal behavior. However, as usual, it would put law-abiding residents and tourists at greater danger.
Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a regular in California politics like fellow Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown, is putting a proposition to voters in November that would impose five major new gun control restrictions on the public, even as he, Brown, and the rest of California’s elected officials remain well-protected by police and security forces who have guns.
Among the new proposals is a ban on ammunition magazines with more than ten rounds; residents who currently own magazines that hold more rounds would be required to get rid of them. It would also involve background checks on ammunition purchases.
“If you’re going to purchase ammunition, you should purchase it from a licensed dealer and you should be subject to the same background you’re subject to with gun sales,” Newsom declared in announcing his new proposition without really explaining why this should be the case.
Ironically, Newsome made his announcement October 16 at 101 California Street in San Francisco, the site of a 1993 incident in which “a gunman entered offices, including a law firm, killing eight people and injuring six before committing suicide,” the local ABC 7 affiliate reported. By his own admission, none of Newsom’s proposals would have stopped that incident because that gunman bought his weapons in another state.
Doubling down on stupidity
In the wake of the recent shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, President Obama and many other Democrats pointed fingers not at the crazy lunatic who did the killing, but at guns. He, too, called once again for new gun control measures that he and his supporters have regularly failed to explain how they would improve safety and prevent further such incidents.
“Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine, the conversation in the aftermath of it … We have become numb to this,” Obama complained in a press conference before the dead had even been removed from the college.
“Each time this happens, I am going to say we are going to have to do something about it. And we are going to have to change our laws.”
Change them how? Obama and Democrats have proposed banning certain types of weapons – “assault” weapons, which are really just military look-alike rifles that fire one round at a time – and yet those weapons are rarely used in gun crimes, as even The New York Times has had to admit.
“The point of madness”
What new laws would prevent these tragedies?
Gun bans on campus? Yes, we’ve tried that. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find any university campus in the U.S. where students and faculty members are actually allowed to take advantage of their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
Instead of finally acknowledging the absurdity of ensuring that everyone on campus who is not a security guard or police officer is a target for a deranged gunman, ideologues like Newsom, Obama and Democrats in general want to double down on stupidity by continuing to suggest, promote, or pass policies, rules, regulations and laws that make Americans helpless before armed lunatics.
Obama laments each mass murder and he’s right in saying that they are occurring with too much frequency, but look at where such massacres always take place: where people are forbidden to protect themselves. That has even included military bases, which are, of course, filled with thousands of men and women trained in the use of firearms.
What kind of sense does this make? None.
Not all elected officials are mindless when it comes to this issue. Nebraska State Sen. Tommy Garrett said in recent days that he was planning to introduce legislation in January “that would greatly expand the number of places where permit-holders can carry concealed firearms. His bill also would allow legal guns to be carried into banks, hospital emergency rooms, bars and sporting events,” Omaha.com reported.
“We want to get rid of the gun-free zones,” Garrett said. “This has gotten to the point of madness.”
He’s right, of course.
Written by J. D. Heyes
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