Wednesday, April 17, 2013

2nd Amendment right to self-defense survives a U.S. Senate vote, but is circling the drain in California

It was a busy last two days in the fight to retain our God-given rights to defend ourselves, our families, our states, and our country.

Yesterday, a slew of disgusting, horrific, treasonous anti-self defense bills passed through their respective committees in the Democrat-controlled California state Senate.  Here are what some of the seven bills that passed committee propose to do:

SB 47 - PASSED 5-2. expands the definition of “assault weapons” to BAN the future sale of rifles that have been designed/sold and are equipped to use the “bullet button” or similar device, requires NEW “assault weapon” registration, requires registration of ALL those semi-auto rifles that are currently possessed to retain legal possession 

SB 108 - PASSED 5-2 requires mandatory locked storage of firearms within a locked house regardless of whether anyone is present. 

SB 53 - PASSED 5-2 requires persons to buy an annual ammunition purchase permit, requires the registration and thumbprint of the purchaser for each ammunition purchase, and bans online and mail order sales of ammunition to Californians. 

 SB 396 - PASSED 5-2 BANS the POSSESSION of any magazine with a capacity to accept more than ten cartridges, including currently legally possessed "grandfathered" large capacity magazines. 

SB 567 - PASSED 5-2 changes the technical definition of a shotgun, which would turn all handguns into short-barrel shotguns that are illegal to own. 

SB 374 - PASSED 5-2 Requires gun owners to register every semi-automatic rifle, including rimfire. Requires gun owners of existing semi-auto rifles to submit fingerprints and forms to DOJ, which will be tracked in a government database. 

SB 755 - PASSED 5-2 provides that any person who has been convicted of certain misdemeanors may not, within 10 years of the conviction, own, purchase, receive, possess, or have under his or her custody or control, any firearm. Violation of this prohibition is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year or in the state prison, by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or by both that imprisonment and fine. This bill would add to the list of misdemeanors, the conviction for which is subject to those prohibitions, misdemeanor offenses of threatening a peace officer, removing a weapon from the person of a peace officer, hazing, transferring a firearm without completing the transaction through a licensed firearms dealer, furnishing ammunition to a minor, possession of ammunition by a person prohibited from having a firearm, furnishing ammunition to a person prohibited from possessing ammunition, carrying ammunition onto school grounds, carrying a loaded or concealed weapon if the person has been previously convicted of a crime against a person or property, or of a narcotics or dangerous drug violation, or if the firearm is not registered, participation in any criminal street gang, a public offense committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang, disobedience to the terms of an injunction that restrains the activities of a criminal street gang. By changing the definition of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

How dare they? These pieces of slime in our state's Capitol that voted for this garbage are traitors to our state and to our country.  Lord, how I wish my wife and I had the ability to leave this God-forsaken - and I mean that term literally - state of California.

On the other hand, there was a small bit of good news today, as the anti-self defense bills in the U.S. Senate went down in flames... for now.  It bothers me that the votes on the bill and its amendments were in the range of 54-46, 52-48, 52-48, and so on.  That is way too close.  Once upon a time in this country, when we had a love of liberty and a lot more backbone, those votes would have been more like 95-5.  The one vote that wasn't really close, I am very happy to say, was Dianne Feinstein's proposed assault weapons ban.  That one went down by a vote of 40-60!

Later, in the White House Rose Garden, our Dear Leader was not at all happy about the outcome of the vote on his dreams of gun control.  He made it clear in his temper tantrum that his aim and goal is to retain Democrat control of the Senate and gain control of the Republican-led House in the 2014 mid-terms. 

I hate to sound pessimistic, but I believe it will only be a matter of time before these federal anti-self defense laws pass.  Maybe not in 2014; maybe not even in 2020.  But as the demographic makeup of our country continues to change, and we gain more people - both legally and illegally - who are used to the idea of a totalitarian government providing everything for them while telling them how to live their lives, our federal government will grow larger and more totalitarian as a result.

As for California, we are already there.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be."  -Thomas Jefferson

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