[This is the first post in a 5 part series] – Last week Mayor Villaraigosa, LAPD Chief Bratton and LASD Sheriff Baca endorsed four new gun control bills that were introduced at the state level. They’ve said these will help deter gang violence. The problem is that 3 of the four bills proposed will do absolutely nothing of the sort. The lone exception is a bill written by Sen. Alex Padilla of Van Nuys, which would give California law enforcement agencies access to a national database of forensic and ballistic information. This makes perfect sense and if anything it’s a shame there has to be a bill to allow something like this.
Before I go any further, let’s remember that criminals are willing to break every law, ethical, social, and civil, including murder, robbery, rape, assault, etc, yet some politicians seem to think that they will comply with gun control laws, including all kinds of nit-picky technical laws about handgun safeties, magazine capacities, safe storage requirements, transportation requirements etc. Common sense tells us they won’t. Putting new restrictions on how things are bought/sold/stored/maintained only effects people who are not criminals, because criminals already don’t care about the law. If criminals aren’t paying any attention to the existing laws, why will they suddenly care about the new ones? To see this first hand you don’t have to look any further than Great Britain where handguns have been illegal for private citizens to own since 1998, yet almost 10 years later handgun crime is on the rise or Utah where last week’s mall shooting took place in a “gun free” zone. How can that be? Simple, the people who abide by these laws are not committing crimes to being with – the criminals don’t care about the laws.
Firearms are already heavily regulated, adding more rules to that is akin to making crime illegal. It’s security theater and does absolutely nothing except allow politicians to pat each other on the back. Assemblymen Mike Feuer and Kevin DeLeon, both of LA, are proposing bills which add more restrictions to what and how firearms and ammo can be sold. One of which is just a rewritten version of an incredibly stupid bill proposed last year that failed to get enough support and was dropped. Assemblyman Lloyd Levine of Van Nuys goes a step further with a bill that potentially turns crime victims into criminals themselves. Bills like this are reactionary rather than rational, but they don’t have to be. In a series of posts over the next few days I’m going to look at these bills, explain why they won’t make any difference to criminals and why they will only have a negative effect on law abiding gun owners. I’m also going to suggest other bills which would make a real difference, and would actually help make us all safer.
Other Posts In This Series
Part 2: Feuer’s Microstamping Bill Is Pointless
Part 3: California’s CCW Licenses Are Too Easy To Fake
Part 4: The Art of Turning Victims Into Criminals
Part 5: de Le√≥n’s Bill is Misdirected – Who Can Buy Ammo Is More Important