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Punishing the Good Guys is Always a Bad Idea

September 14, 2016

We have high unemployment and our governments are deeply in debt.  Some politicians want us to forget all that during this election.  This is the election season when politicians will say anything to get more campaign cash.  A particularly revolting example of legislating for dollars is coming from California.  A California legislator wants to force gun owners to pay for government regulations.  The legislation requires sheriffs and police chiefs charge for their expenses when they issue a concealed carry permit.  This proposed law teaches us a lot about what is wrong with our present politics, and what is wrong with our politicians.

You pay for what?
You heard that right.  Armed citizens will be forced to pay for the “reasonable costs of issuing and enforcement” as they get a license to carry a concealed weapon.  Think about that for a minute.  Gun owners will pay the costs incurred by a government monopoly to issue a government mandated permission slip.  California industry already knows this to be a bottomless expense.

But California is special.
Let’s see what other states do in the same situation.  In other states, a state trooper runs a check on you when he pulls you over for a broken tail light.  That check looks for prior violations and existing warrants.  That check takes seconds and costs pennies.  Some states charge $10 to $20 for a concealed carry permit that is good for 4 years or more.  Some sheriffs have waved the charges entirely so that honest citizens will go armed.  Some states have constitutional carry that lets legal gun owners carry concealed without a permit.

Who is a danger?
Permitless carry doesn’t put the public at risk.  Citizens with a concealed carry permit are the most law abiding segment of society.. even more so than police.  The police, despite their training and certification, are many times more likely to shoot the wrong person than are armed civilians.  A concealed carry license and background check isn’t an issue of public safety.

How much is enough?
California will charge concealed carry holders hundreds of dollars simply because they can.  California is taxing the human right to self-defense.  The burden falls hardest on the poor.  Inner city minorities are already used as a source of fines and fees to fill the city treasury.  At the same time, police are unable to arrest, prosecute and incarcerate violent criminals in our inner cities.  Poor urban women are the fasted growing segment of civilian gun owners.  They learned that they are the first responders while the police are still minutes away.

Should others pay too?
California judges will let the legislators pass such laws. While we’re abusing rights, should we make voters pay for the cost of elections and the cost of prosecuting cases of voter fraud?  Should we charge couples getting married for the cost of divorce courts and child protective services?  Of course not.  We don’t want to penalize the innocent for the actions of the guilty few.

What really happens?
You can paste any title you want on the bill, but from a practical viewpoint, this law will increase crime rather than reduce it.  Criminals won’t pay this tax, but honest gun owners will.  This bill takes guns away from honest people, particularly the poor.  The bill leaves guns in the hands of criminals.  Life gets easier for California criminals as more of their victims are disarmed.  Crime in California will continue to go up. That isn’t a fault that the California legislature overlooked.  Making civilians defenselessness is a key feature of this bill.

Campaign money talks.
This law is simply bigoted oppression of a political minority.   In this case, California gun owners are the minority group  The bill was passed so a few politicians could secure campaign contributions from rich, anti-rights, gun hating donors.  Journalists will repeat the issued press releases.  Journalists will praise gun control while they ignore the rising crime rate.

Part of a plan
This tax is another small part of a long term plan to eliminate gun ownership in socialist California.  The politicians first passed laws that disarm the poor. Gun ownership is both expensive and time consuming in California. Later, the politicians can ban guns without political opposition because firearms are only owned by the rich.  Those who are financially well off can buy the physical security they want. The Rich won’t complain until California politicians finally put a tax on armed bodyguards.  I predict that legislators and law enforcement officers will be exempt from all these firearm laws.. as they have been in the past.

Ask permission first.
These puritan socialists want to regulate anything they have not approved.  Firearms regulation is simply the latest example.  Everyone must live the lifestyle of their target voting blocks.. or else suffer their oppressive regulations.  This is the socialist version of the Muslim jizya.  This is a tax on those who do not conform to socialist ways.

Will California gun owners say no, or will they submit again?
That chapter is being written at the ballot box.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. KUETSA permalink
    September 14, 2016 6:37 pm

    Every new burden, restriction, limit, regulation, is a push down a step in the staircase of CITIZEN DISARMAMENT – It’s a one way staircase – GOING DOWN!

    They’ll take every “step” they can get away with – they are relentless!


  2. September 15, 2016 10:20 am

    Marxists and Islamists who infect our government plus the media prostitutes who protect them will gleefully lie, falsify, fabricate, slander, libel, deceive, delude, bribe, and treasonably betray the free citizens of the United States into becoming an unarmed population. Unarmed populations have been treated as slaves and chattel since the dawn of history.

    The Second Amendment foes lying about gun control – Firearms are our constitutionally mandated safeguard against tyranny by a powerful government.

    Only dictators, tyrants, despots, totalitarians, and those who want to control and ultimately to enslave you support gun control.

    No matter what any president, senator, congressman, or hard-left mainstream media hookers tell you concerning the statist utopian fantasy of safety and security through further gun control: They are lying. If their lips are moving, they are lying about gun control. These despots truly hate America..

    These tyrants hate freedom, liberty, personal responsibility, and private property. But the reality is that our citizens’ ownership of firearms serves as a concrete deterrent against despotism. They are demanding to hold the absolute power of life and death over you and your family. Ask the six million Jews, and the other five million murdered martyrs who perished in the Nazi death camps, how being disarmed by a powerful tyranny ended any chances of fighting back. Ask the murdered martyrs of the Warsaw Ghetto about gun control.

    Their single agenda is to control you after you are disarmed. When the people who want to control you hold the absolute power of life and death over your family, you have been enslaved.

    Will we stand our ground, maintaining our constitutionally guaranteed Second Amendment rights, fighting those who would enslave us?

    American Thinker


  3. vonzorch permalink
    September 15, 2016 7:04 pm

    I have little doubt that the serfs of Kaliforniagrad will happily lick their master hand for anything to them.



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