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Blanca Rubio Gun Control Bills


California Lawmakers Approve 3 Bills Imposing New Restrictions on Gun Ownership

This must be a day ending with a ‘y’ . . .

California lawmakers on Monday approved a trio of bills that would reduce the number of people with access to firearms, including lifetime bans on owning guns for people convicted of domestic violence and individuals placed on involuntary psychiatric holds twice in a year by the courts.

The three bills now head to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration.

Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) proposed a lifetime gun ban on those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, which extends the current 10-year prohibition in state law.

87,154 attendees: NRA annual meeting named fastest-growing association show in U.S.

Huh? We were told that there are really only 1,239 gun owners in the US who buy 114,000 guns each every year . . .

The National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits has been named the “Fastest Growing Association Show in the U.S.” by the Trade Show News Network, a leading industry source which tracks trade shows, exhibitions and conferences on a global basis.

The NRA event defeated hundreds of other event rivals. This year, a record-breaking 87,154 people showed up in May for the annual get-together in Dallas, which also attracted 800 exhibitors to a 15-acre venue. President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and country music greats Charlie Daniels and Travis Tritt were among the attendees.

“Unusual for a 70-year-old show from a 147-year-old organization to garner such an award over organizations representing new, developing industries,” said Jeff Poole, the NRA’s director of shows and exhibits.

Deputy’s gun goes off during scuffle at Hamlin domestic incident

Passively constructed negligent discharge story of the day . . .

The weapon of an off-duty Monroe County Sheriff’s Office jail deputy discharged as the deputy struggled with a man during a domestic incident at a Hamlin home Monday evening, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

It was unclear Monday night whether the gun accidentally discharged or whether the deputy fired a shot during the altercation. Sheriff’s Office investigators were interviewing witnesses late Monday.

There’s a new global ranking of gun deaths. Here’s where the U.S. stands

Somehow these stories never mention the 500,000 to 3 million annual defensive gun uses in the US. Wonder why that is . . .

In 2016, more than 250,000 people worldwide died as a result of firearms, and half of all of those deaths came from six nations, including the U.S.

The new numbers, from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s latest study of Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors, offer several new ways to measure the impact of gun deaths worldwide.

Half of all gun-related deaths in 2016 occurred in six nations — Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Guatemala. Together, the study published in the journal JAMA noted, these countries hold less than 10 percent of the world’s population.

The Red Sox talked to J.D. Martinez about his old Instagram post on Hitler and gun laws

Ain’t social media wonderful? . . .

J.D. Martinez is the latest professional athlete to come under criticism for past social media activity, after a 2013 Instagram post — in which the Red Sox slugger promoted a counterfactual meme invoking Adolf Hitler to argue against gun control — resurfaced this week.

Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy told Boston Herald columnist Steve Buckley that the team had spoken to the 2018 Triple Crown contender Martinez.

“We spoke with JD and he explained he was expressing his view on a political issue,” Kennedy said in a statement to Buckley, adding that players have a right to express their own political and social views under the MLB’s social media policy.

“We work with our players regularly to reinforce that their social media interactions can be interpreted in ways that are unintended,” Kennedy added.


  1. avatar New Continental Army says:

    De Santis won!!!! Sorry couldn’t contain myself. Having a real conservative in FL is real game changer.

    1. avatar Marcus says:

      Make Florida Govs Great Again!

    2. avatar GS650G says:

      He’s running against Obama 2 down there.
      If he gets in Florida will look a lot different than it does now.

  2. avatar former water walker says:

    I’m sorta’ glad I’m old. No Hitler memes from me to wreck my life! WHY is anyone shocked at the heavily attended NRA convention?

    1. avatar Ranger Rick says:

      “WHY is anyone shocked at the heavily attended NRA convention?”

      Because the MSM has equated NRA members with being Nazis.

    2. avatar CC says:

      NRA had about 50% approvals 25 years ago, and two years ago in the latest broad gallup had 58% approvals among all Americans. BUT NRA has been subject to an insane volume of attacks the last two years. About %30 million of the 200 million per cycle now pent lobby gun control lobby, is now spent solely on directly attacking the NRA. I bet we do see a drop in approvals next gallup. It is very important to support the NRA right now.

  3. avatar Ing says:

    Hitler literally disarmed and conquered several nations, but he didn’t actually put that quote on the record, so hey-ho, counterfactual!

    The US has virtually nothing in common with Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, and Guatemala. Our rate of legal gun ownership is massively higher than all those countries, and our actual rates of murder and violent crime are massively lower. But hey, “gun deaths.”

    Meanwhile, California and WA progressives are rushing to see who can pass the most obnoxious anti-gun, anti-freedom laws, pissing down our backs while telling us we should be glad they’re giving us a free shower (I’m a Washingtonian, so I hope we lose that race).

    This reminds me of my favorite line from the most recent article at You don’t say to yourself one day: “The media and the politicians are lying sacks of filth,” and the next day: “I think I’ll go back to believing them.”

    The political/media establishment has a credibility problem that’s only going to get worse.

    1. avatar CZJay says:

      Have you seen how Antifa protest that the cops need to go, then they call the police when some Trump supporters start beating them up after they get attacked by those masked, well off, white kids?

      FOX news used to be as bad as CNN during the Bush days. People used to laugh at the “fair and balanced” marketing. Now they are one of the most trusted and watched channels. CNN is the new FOX.

      1. avatar neiowa says:

        Fox is still “centrist” (with legs/boobs). Perhaps if they could start, and sustain, TEN years of activity as conservative as CNN is prog them PERHAPS Fox could be trusted. But not now. Too flaming “moderate”.

    2. avatar Cruzo1981 says:

      Excellent post! Even though we all here agree with you, I don’t think anyone will say it better in this thread.

  4. avatar CZJay says:

    Meanwhile, in California, they got rid of the bail system. What could possibly go wrong?

    1. avatar CarlosT says:

      If I had to make a prediction about how that’s going to go, I would say more people are going to detained and for longer than before. If you’re the judge making the “risk assessment” on a violent offender, do you want to be the one who let the spree killer out? The easy way to avoid that is to be cautious on all the evaluations and err on the side of detain.

      1. avatar CZJay says:

        That new law sounds like something KKK members would have loved to have. California still seems to have a quite “racist” government.

      2. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

        “If I had to make a prediction about how that’s going to go, I would say more people are going to detained and for longer than before.”

        I’m not so sure on that.

        The Leftists may well use that for taking the pressure off of the county jail system. It could be a money-saver for the counties.

        Where I am (Florida), meth and weed busts are very common. If they clear out the non-violent low-level drug offenders, there’s more room for the violent ones…

        1. avatar CZJay says:

          The most popular drugs are legal in California now.

          I assume if you are a druggie and you resisted arrest, they will consider you violent and likely to continue using if let out.

          Oh, right! They don’t even arrest druggies in California.

      3. avatar DDay says:

        California jails are VERY overcrowed. They don’t have the space to keep them, so they’ll be free. This is going to be a disaster.

    2. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

      I guess they will see for themselves soon enough.

      I’m somewhat sympathetic to the general concept, the very poor often cannot get bail since they have no assets. Being stuck in jail can mean what job they have will fire them for not showing up. A typical bail here is 5,000, and ten percent of that is 500 bucks. That’s a heavy hit for someone living paycheck to paycheck.

      Time will tell…

      1. avatar CZJay says:

        Now they will have some group judging you to decide if you can be let out regardless if you could have afforded it. Imagine how they are going to treat gun owners. Then imagine how this power is going to be used when certain groups get their hands on it.

        1. avatar Jasper says:

          I think you nailed it on the head. That’s a scary thought and I would not put it past the state of California to have an informal / unsaid classification on who deserves release until trial and who does not.

      2. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

        bail is 10% of bond. just sayin’…

    3. avatar Kendahl says:

      I expect two things will happen. Violent criminals will be released to reduce jail overcrowding. Self defense cases will rot in jail until their trials.

  5. avatar FedUp says:

    It was unclear Monday night whether the gun accidentally discharged or whether the deputy fired a shot during the altercation. Sheriff’s Office investigators were interviewing witnesses late Monday.

    In other words:
    A deputy’s sidearm was discharged.
    After the deputy talks it over with his union rep and his attorney, he’ll decide whether he shot on purpose, by accident, or if it shot itself or if the other guy did it. That’s why it’s important to never question a LEO until 3-7 days have passed.

  6. avatar Rocketman says:

    “We were told that there are really only 1,239 gun owners in the US who buy 114,000 guns each every year”

    That’s an AVERAGE OF 92 GUNS PER YEAR PER PERSON. I’m calling absolute total complete BullS*** here. This is so absolutely preposterous that no one with an I.Q. of over 60 could possibly believe it.

    1. avatar Red in CO says:

      It’s sarcasm, buddy. Making fun of the MSM’a frequent and asinine claims that most of the US’s privately owned firearms are owned by a tiny minority of the population

      1. avatar Rocketman says:

        Okay, now I get it. But you have to admit with all of the absolute crazy nonsense that the left has been throwing around since Trump won, that this isn’t very far outside the realm of something that they would say. If I turned on CNN or MSNBC I can totally imagine them saying something this insane.

    2. avatar Scoutino says:

      “We were told that there are really only 1,239 gun owners in the US who buy 114,000 guns each every year”

      It’s 114,000 per person.
      (And reading comprehension. )

  7. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

    …and in South Africa, we have this gun story :

    “South Africa Rules 300,000 Gun-Owners Turn Over Their Weapons”

    1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      South Africa is the new Zimbabwe.

  8. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    ‘Half of all gun-related deaths in 2016 occurred in six nations — Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Guatemala.’

    Bullshit! Are you seriously trying to tell me that Syria couldn’t even crack the top 6?!?

    1. avatar bobo says:

      I find that list informative and the reason why we have so many shootings here!

      not one lib stopped to think…maybe 3rd world SHITHOLES are emptying out up north on to us and that MIGHT be the reason why we have so much crime—its not a stretch, but logic escapes them!

  9. avatar Rokurota says:

    The Red Sox should talk to Martinez about his spelling. ITS ITS!

  10. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    ‘First, there is no evidence that Hitler ever said those words. And second, the theory that gun control laws allowed the Nazis to perpetrate the Holocaust has been debunked. While Hitler worked to take away guns from Jews and other classes of people targeted in the Holocaust, the Nazi leader passed laws to loosen gun laws for the rest of the German population.’

    Wow! So by not disarming the loyal German population that proves that disarming the victims didn’t help facilitate the Holocaust!

    1. avatar Xanderbach says:

      “It’s not bad! They only disarmed the undesireables, then killed them off en masse! Gun control works, see?” /sarc

      1. avatar Purity Of Essence says:

        They call them “Deplorables” now. Get with the times.

  11. avatar FedUp says:

    J. D. Martinez should buy enough of these to put on all the cars in the ‘reserved for management’ parking spots at work.

  12. avatar Hannibal says:

    If a gun goes off in a struggle, the passive voice might be best. Someone presumably pulled the trigger, but we don’t yet know who.

  13. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    Just as people on TTAG say they don’t care about Chicago, I don’t care about California. Seeking out other peoples children and having sex in front of them, in public, when the government gives you permission, is a much higher priority then having gun civil rights, in California.

    Having legal marijuana intoxication is more important than gun civil rights. The last gun store was forced to close in San Francisco. The gun store was replaced by a government pot store that hands out “free” pot to Low In Income people.

    Teaching children about great homosexual people in the past is more important than teaching children about marksmanship, gun civil rights, and real gun safety.

    It was a single, unmarried man with no children, who attends gay Leather parades, who wrote the law disarming the last schools districts in California. I really thought there would be a revolt in the CA counties, just like they are revolting against the Illinois legislature. But I was wrong. People in California are so weak. Just like they are so weak in Chicago.

  14. avatar NJ2AZ says:

    Maybe a dumb question but do state lifetime bans matter if you move to another state where the crime is not a lifetime disqualifier?

    1. avatar Docduracoat says:

      The answer is no
      Move out of California and their laws have no jurisdiction
      You are only subject to the laws of the state you reside in

      1. avatar GS650G says:

        You would think that’s the case but other state law violations can follow you. I would say it’s best not to live there in the first place.

  15. avatar Cruzo1981 says:

    I don’t agree with the domestic abusers being banned for life from being able to have the 2nd.

    1. avatar GS650G says:

      I don’t agree with misdemeanor convictions, court orders, or accusations without merit stepping on people’s 2nd Amendment rights.

      If someone does something that bad they should get their day in court, with representation, and a jury. Shortcuts don’t cut it.

    2. avatar Red in CO says:

      Misdemeanor DV is a freaking joke anyway. If somebody beats the shit out of their spouse, it’s called “assault” and it’s a mid level felony in most states. Misdemeanor DV just means there was no ACTUAL VIOLENCE. I know more than one person who, no shit, caught that charge and conviction by doing nothing more than walking outside and hitting THEIR OWN CAR after an argument with their lady

  16. avatar Brasstard says:

    Blanca Rubio is a illegal alien

    1. avatar FedUp says:

      WAS an illegal alien. Do we get to thank Reagan for that, or immigration laws passed before Reagan became president?

      “Blanca, the daughter of a factory worker and housekeeper, was born in Juarez, Mexico, and came to the United States illegally with her parents at a young age. She became a citizen in 1983. “

  17. avatar GS650G says:

    So if you are a california resident and get screwed into a domestic with your girlfriend a few times does your lifetime ban under CA law apply in other states? Is this scarlet letter going to follow you everywhere?
    If not then lifetime ban only applies to the lifetime in CA, which if you have those kinds of problems it might be time to move.

    1. avatar L says:

      If you’re beating your girlfriend you have more pressing issues to be worrying about.

      1. avatar Red in CO says:

        That’s just it though, misdemeanor DV specifically means you DIDNT beat up your lady. After all, if you hit her, that’s assault, a far more serious charge. If you’re in the wrong court district you can get a misdemeanor DV conviction without even touching her

        1. avatar Jack McIe says:

          Also, what is to stop progressives from expanding the definition of DV to include the mere possession of a firearm “Your Honor, my client has been traumatized by the sight of the defendant’s scary firearms. Obviously, he intends to terrorize her by having these “murder tools” in his possession”.

  18. avatar drunkEODguy says:

    notice how it’s gun deaths and not overall homicides? It’s almost like it’s been specifically cherry picked. Odd.

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