We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to all 18- to 20-year-olds in the State of California, where your State Senate has recently voted that you are not people. We thought that you were people all along, but our moral betters in the Democratic Party have set us straight. The Second Amendment clearly states that “the right of the people” shall not be infringed. But the right of 18- to 20-year-olds in California was just infringed… therefore, you must not be people. Sorry, guys.
The California Senate voted 21 to 10 in favor of a bill that raises the legal age from 18 to 21 for purchasing rifles or shotguns. In addition, SB 1100 limits everyone’s ability to purchase more than one firearm per month.
Imagine the howls of rage the Democrats would be emitting if Americans tried to do the same thing with other constitutional rights — the voting age, for example. If an individual lacks the moral, emotional and intellectual maturity to be able to purchase or own a rifle, then surely, they’re not ready to vote, right? David Hogg would be staging 24-hour die-ins on the White House lawn if Americans applied liberal logic to a “right” that uniquely benefits the Democrat Party. Come to think of it…. sorry, David Hogg, you don’t have the right to freedom of speech until you’re 21, since we’re going to play the “rights don’t apply if you’re not old enough” game.
Gun-grabbers know that they will never be able to ban the Second Amendment in one fell swoop, so they weaken it by chipping away at our rights, one little bit at a time with bills like SB 1100. This process is aided and abetted by the corrupt judiciary system, which now interprets laws based on previous case law, rather than the letter of existing law.
In a sane legal system, a judge would look at the text of SB 1100, compare it to the text of the Second Amendment, and then proceed to pour gasoline on SB 1100 and throw lit matches at it until it exists no more. Case closed.
Instead, we live in a system where a trial lawyer in another state will now look at SB 1100 in California (assuming that it passes the House and is signed into law, which it will be). That trial lawyer will argue that because California has ruled that no one under 21 is allowed to purchase a firearm, there is a legal precedent to bar other groups of people from gun ownership based on age. So, in that secondary state, anyone over age 65 will suddenly be banned from firearms ownership. And so on.
California is sinking further and further into the abyss when it comes to gun rights. The state has passed so many new laws, rules and regulations just in 2018 alone that gun owners can no longer keep up with the rules. Jeffrey Kirschenmann, of Bakersfield, CA, made a good faith effort in May to register a semiautomatic rifle with the state under its newly-discovered guidelines. It turns out that his semiautomatic was “illegal” based on another California regulation that he was unaware of.
In response to that good faith effort, the California Department of Justice kicked in his door, confiscated all 12 of his firearms that were legal just the day before, and confiscated his ammo (230 rounds) and a pair of suppressors.
He’s being charged with 12 felonies for being a Good Samaritan and trying to comply with the law. The people get the message, California — although we’re probably not taking away the same message as the one you want us to get. If this is what compliance gets you, well, then, the people will say to hell with compliance.
In Oregon, 20-year-old Tyler Watson is suing Dick’s Sporting Goods and Wal-Mart for their new store-imposed policy of refusing to sell hunting rifles or shotguns to 18- to 20-year-olds. Even if Mr. Watson prevails in his case, and we hope he does, it won’t likely set an applicable precedent that can be used against the soon-to-be-“law” in California (private stores are not governments).
There are signs of hope out there, though. NRA membership is through the roof, topping 6 million total now. New Jersey passed a ban on bump stocks and gave everyone a deadline to turn their bump stocks in. Total number turned in: Zero. Perhaps New Jersians are not as gullible as the Good Samaritans in California.
~ American Gun News