Peace in our time. Building a bridge to the 21st century. If you like your health plan, you can keep it. Add to that list of laughable promises, “safety for all”. That’s the wonderfully Orwellian moniker attached to the ballot initiative that California Lt. Governor (and gubernatorial candidate) Gavin Newsom wants Golden Staters to vote on in November. If passed — and given the state’s recent history, why wouldn’t it? – the California gunpocalypse would accelerate to include outright confiscation of all magazines with a capacity over 10 rounds, electronic reporting of all ammunition sales and so much more! But not every law enforcement officer there is on board with the headlong acceleration of the nation’s most populace state toward full-on civilian disarmament . . .
A variety of county sheriffs have come out in opposition to the laughably named effort. The latest to speak up is Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood.
“We’re having a gang war in this county with gang members in retaliation, which has nothing to do with gun control, that’s human behavior,” said Youngblood.
Youngblood said the state needs to focus more on tougher sentencing when it comes to criminals, and not so much on restricting second amendment rights.
He said if this becomes law it won’t stop the crimes or bring down the number of deaths we’re currently seeing in Kern County, but instead make it difficult for law abiding citizens to defend themselves.
“The ones who aren’t going to be armed, are the people who have the right to protect themselves from these predators,” said Youngblood.
Just as in so many other gun control-happy locales, the knee-jerk response to accelerating gang-related crime and a permissive criminal justice system that keeps criminals on the streets is to reduce the rights of — wait for it — law abiding citizens to protect themselves. And Sheriff Youngblood isn’t the only one trying to sound the alarm.
Ed Whiting, City of Taft Police Chief, also shares the same views as Youngblood, saying the key to lowering crime rates it to keep criminals locked up.
“Dumping inmates is not working and I think it’s causing crime rate to go higher and I think we all see that,” said Whiting. “Prop 47 is one of the most horrible proposition laws I’ve seen in the almost 40 years I’ve been in law enforcement.”
It’s almost as if these LEOs have concluded that passing more laws to keep criminals from breaking the laws already on the books is doomed to failure. Go figure.
“There’s been laws against heroin use and methamphetamine use for how many years? Have we stopped it? No, because those people aren’t following the law,” (Youngblood) said.
Not that it’s likely to matter. The left coast has demonstrated that it intends to be the vanguard of Second Amendment rights abrogation, at least as long as and to the extent that the courts allow it. In California, this is how gun rights die…with thunderous applause.