The land of happy fascism is getting a new law on January 1, 2016. The law is being hailed as a tool to stop mentally unstable people from using guns to hurt those around them. However, the truth is that the law simply gives the state another avenue for stripping citizens of their right to defend themselves.
The bill was offered up after the evil criminal Elliot Rodger murdered 6 people (three of them with knives) and wounded 14 others (7 with his car). Interestingly, the bill has nothing do with knives (or cars, which Rodger was driving as he wounded most of his victims) but only focuses on tool he used to hurt half of his victims, guns.
The law “provides family members with a means of having an emergency “gun violence restraining order” imposed against a loved one if they can convince a judge that allowing that person to possess a firearm “poses an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury to himself, herself or another by having in his or her custody or control.”
“The law gives us a vehicle to cause the person to surrender their weapons, to have a time out, if you will,” Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Michael Moore told a local NPR affiliate. “It allows further examination of the person’s mental state.”
“It’s a short duration and it allows for due process,” he continued, adding: “It’s an opportunity for mental health professionals to provide an analysis of a person’s mental state.”
Let’s put this in plain English, shall we? The law allows some people to strip the 2nd Amendment rights of others WITHOUT due process. I know, I know, but the assistant Police chief says it allows for due process. No, the “due process” comes AFTER the right has been stripped! This is not due process. Due process is something that happens PRIOR to something else.
So what we have here is a law that allows the police to confiscate the guns of a law-abiding American citizen (contrary to the laws of our nation) simply on the word of someone who may hold a grudge against that person.
In California (and in many other states) there are already mechanisms in place to keep the mentally unstable from owning firearms. There are also mechanisms in place for getting loved ones who need mental health help the help they need. This law does neither of these things. The only thing this law does do is give the government even more power over our daily lives than they had in 2015.
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