Let’s get real about armed self-defense. 30 million of us live in California counties that won’t issue concealed carry licenses. The good news is that responsible gun owners can change all that. If they can change the perceptions of firearms in California, then responsible gun owners can change your state as well. Remember that 10 million Californians live in shall-issue counties! Combined together, the shall-issue counties of California have the same population as the state of Georgia or the state of Ohio. There are as many Californians in shall issue counties as in the states of Alabama and South Carolina combined. My neighbors living in those shall-issue counties can have a concealed carry license for the asking.
There will be over two hundred thousand concealed carry holders in California in the next few years.. and they will be everywhere.
Nothing speaks louder than a living example. My responsible neighbors will show us that discreet carry is not the fearful monster the politicians described. Our armed neighbors from shall issue counties can walk down Market Street in San Francisco, where San Francisco natives must be disarmed. They can walk down College Avenue, where Berkeley, California residents must be disarmed. There isn’t a wall surrounding Los Angeles so my legally armed neighbors from San Bernardino can shop and stroll down Rodeo Drive while they carry discretely. Couples from Bakersfield can carry legally concealed firearms as they stop to eat on Washington Boulevard in the people’s republic of Santa Monica. Our neighbors will show that licensed carry is a boringly civilized. Almost no one will know they are carrying.
You’ll know and I’ll know. We are not a violent society, but once in a great while some criminals will find out. I bet the gun-hating politicians won’t like that. The anti-gun politicians could try to ban guns on their city streets. The west coast politicians could say “no legal guns allowed” just as federal regulators have prohibited licensed carry on trains and at the post office.
The liberal politicians probably won’t do that. These politicians need to serve their big political donors, and their big donors don’t want their security personnel disarmed. Sure the liberal politician could disarm the little people on the train. But those same politicians had better not disarm the limousines! The left coast politicians will follow their campaign money and leave the rich donors with their guns.
The law is on our side. Yes, conservative judges recognized the right of poor people to protect themselves. The Peruta decision from the ninth circuit court recognized the right of ordinary citizens to carry arms outside the home for self-defense. Unfortunately, liberal politicians don’t care what the court says. They will appeal the Peruta decision to stop it. They will appeal the case to the Supreme Court no matter what it costs or the ruling of the lower courts. The politicians will appeal the case because politicians listen when anti-gun campaign money talks.
The same people who pay to take our guns away..
..are planning to keep theirs.
Rich celebrities rent their security while citizens in rural California have to provide their own. Thank God the sheriffs from rural counties recognize that fact. Once you get outside Los Angeles and San Francisco, the citizens of California are pretty reasonable. They know self-defense isn’t comfortable or easy. They also know it is reliable. Only the urban politician will pretend otherwise.
Public safety budgets are hard hit in debt ridden California. The middle class voter in Los Angeles will soon spend thousands of dollars on bars for their windows, and for home and car security systems. These same middle class voters will get tired of being defenseless when they take that first step outside their home. Their out-of-town visitors will be the exception, and maybe the out of town guest will volunteer to carry the trash bin to the curb late at night. The out-of-town guest with a carry license is one of the few safe people in Los Angeles.
That is obvious to us now. Give them time and the Angelinos will figure this out for themselves. It will be a sea change when the Los Angeles residents ask their out-of-town guests why the guests don’t have their carry permits! Replay that same story in San Francisco and Oakland.
There is also a regulatory side to the culture change of self-defense. Crazy California has allowed cities and counties to preempt state law and enact their own firearms regulations. You can count on liberal-dominated cities to further restrict their citizen’s rights of self-defense. There are two sides to that political coin. Responsible counties could use those same state regulations to promote self-defense. Sheriffs could help train armed civilians. School staff could be encouraged to provide armed protection in private schools. Those shall-issue counties might even recognize concealed carry licenses from out-of-state gun owners!
As the gun culture expands, the urban middle class will eventually figure out what the rest of us have known for a while. They will see they have the right and the duty to protect their family. The smart middle class of Silicon Valley will finally ask why they must be disarmed while their neighbors working the farm fields of California’s central valley can arm themselves for protection. The final step is for the urban resident to pay some attention to politics and change how they vote for sheriff.
The gun-grabbing candidate for sheriff will promise public safety.. someday, while warning that blood will flow in the streets if citizens are allowed to defend themselves. The experience of the average voter will tell them otherwise. An honest candidate for sheriff will say honest citizens need to protect themselves until the police arrive. Sensitized voters will hear the important difference.
Those cultural changes won’t happen overnight. You’re right that politics also takes money, but there are over 8 million gun owners in California. They too will have to pay attention to politics. It isn’t hard or expensive. California gun owners have only to donate to political campaigns rather than buy their next box of ammo. The sheriffs, even urban sheriffs, will follow the will of the voters who elect them. All this happens once California voters accept their responsibility for self-defense.
Is your state any different?
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The Bundy family has been on this land for over a hundred years. The feds want it, and the feds don’t want to wait for the courts to decide who has the rights to it. Why are the feds in a hurry? Rumors suggest it is an insider deal for drilling rights. Even then, I don’t understand why the feds went to guns rather than have some private firms negotiate for drilling rights. Are the corrupt politicians that greedy? Why are the feds threatening civilians at all!? Why are any weapons, tazers or night sticks needed at the Bundy ranch?I’ve heard rumors of government snipers on scene, but I can’t confirm that. Drop me a message if you can.
Why is deadly force justified and why is the display of deadly force not a crime? You or I would be immediately arrested, jailed and prosecuted for these actions.
Because they can. The government does not fear the citizens. 50 law enforcement officers were shot and killed last year. That is a tragedy. I’m hunting for documentation on how many times police killed innocent citizens. Those are crimes! Note that just because it is later called “justified” does not mean the police didn’t shoot the wrong person or had no reason to shoot anyone.
I remember that the feds murdered more children at Waco (and got away with it) than were murdered at the Sandy Hook school. I don’t excuse their “justified” murders. Honoring the ideals of this country and saluting the flag demands that I condemn government abuse rather than excuse it.
I’m taught that I am responsible for every action I take. Citizens would be far safer if EVERY government shooting was fully prosecuted! More innocent civilians would be alive if EVERY government shooting was fully prosecuted! No freebies in the line of duty.
I know officers who live up to that obligation. They place higher standards on themselves than are required by our laws. Bless them.
So who will threaten civilians for the government if the officers are then identified and prosecuted? That, sir, is a damn good question. Maybe no one, and that is the point. Don’t threaten civilians with firearms if you can’t get someone to assume the responsibility of their actions.
I become more libertarian the more I learn about the reality of government.
BREAKING: Emails Show Lois Lerner Fed True the Vote Tax Information to Democrat Elijah Cummings – Katie Pavlich
The IRS is too busy to give subpoenaed evidence to Congressional committees, but the IRS has time to leak private information to Democrat congressmen. I think that tells us who the IRS is working for. Think on that while you’re doing your taxes this year.
For sport we can guess if the main stream media will cover this story. The bottom of page C16 of the NY and LA Times?
California State Sen Leland Yee pleaded not guilty today on federal charges that could send the Senator to jail. Keith Jackson, a former Yee consultant and one of 29 other defendants, also pleaded not guilty at a joint arraignment. Government agents posed as medical marijuana businessmen, a technology vendor and a man seeking a proclamation honoring a Chinatown group. The agents paid Democrat Senator Yee for his help.
Strange that the news report left out Yee’s selling firearms to terrorists.
Christopher Booker comments on the Global Warmists.
“When future generations come to look back on the alarm over global warming that seized the world towards the end of the 20th century, much will puzzle them as to how such a scare could have arisen. They will wonder why there was such a panic over a 0.4 per cent rise in global temperatures between 1975 and 1998, when similar rises between 1860 and 1880 and 1910 and 1940 had given no cause for concern…” Taken from Christopher Booker at the Telegraph. Read him here==>> XX
I see it slightly differently. Politicians sought power. Environmentalists and the news media sought relevance. Sadly, we took them at their word and did not question their motives.
Politicians told us that we have sinned and they can save us. A segment of society agreed. That segment wanted to tear down industrial society. Industrial society is a world they do not understand and could never build. “Global warming” offered politicians and environmentalists a chance to rule over everyone. All the politicians, environmentalists and the media had to do was give up their integrity.
It was a small price to pay since they had so little.
Hold up your hand if you’ve shot a gun before.
I thought so. That means you’re in the right place and I’ll count you as someone who respects the right of armed self-defense. You know the courts and politicians are a weak defense for our civil rights, let alone the individual right of self-defense. It is a good thing we are stronger than the courts and politicians. I mean it, and if that comes as a shock, then let me remind you how things have changed in the last few years.
Think back only a few months to the murders at Sandy Hook. That is when the anti-gun media launched every smear they could imagine. The media is nothing if not creative when they want to make up a story. Anti-gun billionaires also threw millions of dollars into politics as they supported anti-gun politicians and anti-gun legislation. Together, their tactics worked in a few states, and failed miserably in most. There has also been a backlash in support of the human right of self-defense. The “we will not comply” movement of non-violent resistance sprang up in the face of the new anti-gun firearms laws. The culture of responsible gun ownership grew despite the best efforts of these anti-gun journalists and politicians.
The gun-culture grew because of you.
The gun culture is changing, and culture drives politics. When I grew up, gun culture was centered on hunting in rural areas. Now the gun culture is focused on urban concealed carry for personal protection. That changed everything!
That shift from country to city explains why women of all ages and backgrounds are the fastest growing segment of today’s gun culture. Women’s shooting leagues like A Girl and a Gun Club have sprung up across the US. So have women’s self-defense websites like Girls Just Wanna Have Guns. Female competitors and instructors are accepted and welcomed in this new gun culture. That cultural shift has long-term implications as women influence their families for generations to come.
We also see confirmation of this cultural change in the popularity of different shooting sports. Handgun and self-defense competitions are growing faster than the field sports of trap, skeet and long distance target shooting. That is true no matter where you live.
Looking across the country, we find that anti-gun enclaves are shrinking. Illinois is pro-gun once you get outside the dying city of Chicago. Now Illinois citizens can carry a licensed concealed firearm right down Michigan Avenue in the heart of Chicago. The anti-gun county of Los Angeles is bordered by pro-freedom neighbors of Kern County, San Bernardino County, and Orange County who issue carry permits. The anti-gun cities have to adjust to their neighbor’s new habits. The police chief of Detroit now supports armed self-defense. All that changed in the last few years.
Public support for “gun control” is falling over time. 78 percent supported more gun control back in 1990. That point of view fell to a low of 44 percent in early 2010, and has risen to 49 percent as of October 2013. It is good news, but a crude measurement at best. We don’t know if more people approve of armed civilians. We don’t know if they see “gun control” as useless bureaucracy at best, and perhaps dangerous authoritarianism at worst. We simply don’t know. We know that a record high 74 percent now approve of civilians owning handguns.
Anti-gun states like New York, Illinois and California are shrinking as citizens leave those states for better lives elsewhere. These states are losing their young adults to pro-gun states like Texas, Florida and the Carolinas. These young people will return home with new attitudes, if they return home at all. From personal experience, I know young engineers who won’t move to Silicon Valley or New York City. These young men and women have a live and let live attitude, and don’t want to live with a nanny state telling them how to live, how to work and how to play.
Add how you can’t defend yourself to the nanny state’s repulsive features.
Entertainment is changing too. On TV we now have Top Shots, Shooting USA, Sons of Guns, and Duck Dynasty. They won’t replace NFL Football and the Walking Dead just yet, but at least they are on air and making money. They were not there ten years ago, but culture changes with time.
Another indicator of the growing gun culture is increasing NRA membership. Like the rest of a culture shift, NRA membership is both a cultural indicator and an incubator for future growth of the gun culture. We need organizations like the NRA, the SAF and the GOA to fight for our rights in the courts and legislatures. The gun-culture is a political force even in anti-gun states, but more about that next week.
Until then, put not your faith in judges or in liberal politicians. Simply take a friend shooting and be a good ambassador of the new gun culture.