Progressive Democrats just passed AB1934, which infringes on peaceful citizens’ Constitutional rights. Basically, they want citizens to be disarmed.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The Second Amendment to the Constitution is just 27 words. Only two things might not be immediately clear in 2010. One is the term “Arms”, which simply means working, effective firearms. The other is the Founders’ concept of “Militia”. In hundreds of letters and diaries, framers of the Constitution agreed with judges and other leaders. They were clear that “militia” simply means the people of the United States, willing to defend themselves, their States and the United States (i.e. the Constitution). There is no narrower meaning, such as chartered, regimented, uniformed, government troops.
Then as now, people must pursue a livelihood, whether that means tanning hides, growing crops and building wagon wheels, or making computer chips, growing crops and building rocket assemblies. But they need to be able to practice (“regulate”) to be safe and effective, so they must be able to carry and use guns individually, on their own schedules. Thus, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed”. The Supreme Court has already ruled that this applies to all 50 states.
History shows us facts. Where law abiding citizen have guns, crime is minimal. Where guns become regulated and restricted, crime always increases. You see, criminals by definition, don’t obey laws, including gun bans. One of the first things that every dictator does is to restrict gun ownership by the people. Where they can get away with it, they ban them altogether. Every Communist and Socialist (including National Socialist or “NAZI”) regime started this way.
Yet, Assembly members Saldana and Ammiano want to further restrict possession of guns in California, already among the worst offenders against the 2nd Amendment. Ammunition is already unconstitutionally restricted, as is most “open carry” (visible in a holster). Arizona, where guns are common on lawful hips, has drastically lower rates of violent street crime; aside from illegal alien activity.
California AB1934, which just passed along party lines, not only violates the Constitution, it threatens American Citizens with subjective or random authority for arrest. Arizona’s new SB1070 was written to avoid vague or biased arrests of Illegal Aliens. Yet the same Sacramento Democrats who support a boycott of that State will now subject California citizens to them:
“(c) A peace officer may arrest a person for a violation of
paragraph (6) of subdivision (b) if the peace officer has probable
cause to believe that the person is not listed with the Department of
Justice pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (c) of Section
11106 as the registered owner of a handgun, and one or more of the
conditions in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (6) of subdivision (b) is
AB1934 is also among the worst crafted bills ever concocted. It does not rival the so-called “health care” monstrosity, but Saldana & Ammiano made it as confusing and ambiguous as possible:
“(b) This section shall not be construed to authorize or ratify any
picketing or other informational activities not otherwise authorized
(c) Section 12027 shall not be construed to authorize any conduct
described in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a), nor shall subdivision
(b) of Section 12031 be construed to authorize any conduct described
in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a), nor shall subdivision
(g) (d) of Section 12037 be construed to
authorize any conduct described in paragraph (5) of subdivision (a)…”
Even with 30 years of experience as a cop and training officer, I would not be able to wade through this and the other 16 pages of cross-referenced garbage (plus related sections) to quickly determine a legal gun possession in California.
Setting aside the convoluted double-talk, since when does government “authorize”, “ratify”, or “endorse” the lawful conduct of Americans’ individual rights? All of our peaceful behavior is guaranteed, except when it violates laws based in necessity. Free speech is endowed by our Creator. So is gun possession, which has been proven by 234 years of American history to be more protective than dangerous to lawful citizens.
As a Police Officer, I swore to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California, against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” The Constitution includes all its amendments, including the Bill of Rights. The Constitution, like my oath, has no expiration date.
Legislators take the same oath. California may NOT disarm Americans.
"The beauty of the second amendment, is that we shall never need it, unless they try to take it away" ~ Jefferson.
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