By Samuel Strait, Reporter at Large – November 7, 2021
If it is one thing that has been brought to public attention during
these last twenty months of the Pandemic is the increasing feeling of
lack of personal safety brought on by riots, “Black lives Matter”,
Antifa, and the concept that policing is unnecessary. In response, the
general public many of which had never considered gun ownership in their
entire lives, have made the decision to purchase a firearm. Aside from
the self protection factor, most citizens did not view 2020’s summer of
love as a good thing and taken action. On that front, the State of
California is not a particularly friendly State when it come to the
ownership of any kind of firearm.
From the days of Ronald Reagan as California’s governor, the steadily
restrictions on firearm ownership has piled up to the point that
currently on the books are over 110 laws covering the topic. The maze
of restrictions has reached a point that even reasonable and responsible
citizens of the State find the task of purchasing said weapons
overwhelming. Likely not so for those with nefarious purposes in mind.
While gun control advocates continue to point to California’s middle of
the road position on murders, and suicides, it apparently hasn’t
resonated with the current rush to purchase guns.
First of all, gun violence as a cause of death is relatively rare in
this Country in spite of efforts to make comparisons with other
countries notorious with that sort of violence. Mass shootings, which
inevitably become national news and rallying cries for ever more gun
control are equally rare. The very idea that most mass shooting by
crazy people are to be legislated out of existence is foolish beyond
words. It has been pointed out numerous times that those events would not
have been changed by any of California’s current legislative efforts.
While mass killings are horrific, gun control is not the answer.
More importantly, firearm possession while currently guaranteed by the
US Constitution in the second amendment, is not about what most people
assume it to be. It is not about target shooting, hunting, or personal
protection. It is about a check on over zealous and corrupt
government. For the most part it is meant to be a metaphor that does
not signal active insurrection against government, but a clear message
to government that the possibility exists should government over step.
The failure to have such a provision as a guaranteed right in our
Constitution is what insures that basic freedoms cannot be erased and
the citizens of this Country remain self governing should existing
government revert to central government dictates and whims.
It is unfortunate that this kind of education has been stripped from
most educational platforms and relegated to talking about the
Constitution as a “living document” easily “adjusted” to suit those in
power. The founders of this Country recognized the power of free speech
and an armed population as critical opposition to any movement towards
what is being promoted in our educational communities, the media, and
government circles. California may say it is about gun violence and the
need to protect with its 100 plus laws, but the reality is that it is
meant to control and nothing else. As much as citizens wish to feel
safe in their own Country from “gun violence”, gun control will never be
the answer when your government comes knocking at your door to tell you,
“you must comply to something that is beyond their authority in a free