Question of the Day: What Happens When Someone Gets Killed?

If California’s civilian disarmament laws are enacted, violence will ensue. I’m not speaking here of armed resistance—although that’s a distinct possibility. I’m talking about the fact that all laws depend on the threat of violence. In other words, do this or you go to jail. We will make you go to jail. In other words, Golden State cops aren’t going to seize newly illegal firearms by offering their owners flowers and chocolate. They’ll do it with a modern sporting rifle in their hands and a militarized force behind them. If I was a betting man, I’d put my money on some kind of violent “incident” before then. Some kind of a disastrous, perhaps intentional miscommunication between the public, anti-gun groups, the police and/or armed protestors. Check out this little gem from ahead of today’s confluence of pro and anti-gunners in Portland . . .

And while Freeman and Rinkin [in the video at the top of the post] expect lawmakers on hand as they demonstrate firearms safety and weapons handling, some people want to know if the rally will create a situation similar to last month in Southeast Portland. On that day two men walked the streets of Sellwood with their semiautomatic rifles in hand to demonstrate their Second Amendment rights. It led to 911 calls and a day care center lockdown.

“It’s hard to have a dialogue with someone who’s holding a gun,” said Jenn Lynch, whose group, Million Moms for Gun Control, is holding its own rally this Saturday.

“Standing out publicly for your support for gun control is a scary thing when you know people who are pro-Second Amendment tend to be armed. It’s just a scary leap to make,” she said.

As the Brits say, it’s the bus you don’t see that kills you. As far as I’m concerned, the question is not when. It’s what then?