In the last year, there have been a lot of attempts to seize and control guns. It’s business as usual for the left, but for those defending freedom, it seems like every week brings more bad news.
Gun owners have lost rights in many states this year, and the trend shows no sign of slowing. But, we don’t want to be doom and gloom all of the time. Sometimes, gun defenders get to see a little success. We’re going to celebrate one of those moments right now.
The Endless Battle
California prides itself on leading the charge against freedom. They’ve been against guns for a very long time, and they’ve tried pretty much every trick in the book. Their tactics range from limiting ammo sales to outright attempting gun bans.
This November, they’re going to have a gun confiscation bill on the ballot even though the very inclusion of the article is against California state law, the California constitution and the United States Constitution. There is no shame in California, and they will gladly trample over anyone and everyone who stands in the way of their conquest. That is especially apparent with their latest legal battle.
An Unconstitutional Law
The most recent fight was centered on a simple law regarding gun advertisements. Its original form passed back in 1923. It makes it illegal for any handgun advertisement to be visible outside of a gun shop. So, even if the ad is located only within the premises, if it happens to be visible through a window or as a silhouette, it’s still against the law. Enforcers have used this to go after gun sales for almost a century.
The law was originally passed on the idea that it could prevent suicides and gun crimes. It was said that handgun advertisements could help incite people over on the edge to go ahead and make a purchase.
Can we talk about how stupid this premise is? They were worried that a person in direct line of sight of a gun shop would be enticed by a handgun advertisement to commit a crime. Somehow this didn’t extend to rifles or shotguns.
The law has been contested many times, but the most recent battle began in 2014. A group sued the state to try and overturn the legislation. Their primary argument was that the law showed no tangible results. After nearly a century, there was still zero evidence that the law had ever saved a life or prevented a crime.
This is compounded by the fact that California has a universal 10-day waiting period for any gun sale. It kind of undermines the crime of passion narrative.
In the end, the arguments on each side were moot. The law was a clear violation of the 1st Amendment, and the court overseeing the case said as much. So, after a hundred years, California took a little tiny baby step back towards freedom. Yay.
An Unfinished War
It’s nice to see that rationality can still prevail in our country. It’s important to know that these legal battles can and do go in favor of gun rights activists. Sometimes we all need that encouragement. What this is not is an excuse to go easy for a while. It’s a small victory in an ocean of battles that have slowly, inexorably going towards the gun grabbers the whole time.
When you stop to be honest about the entire debate, this is what the members of the far left and even the moderates seem to ignore. It’s a lot easier to take rights away than it is to get them back once they’re lost. Some gun grabbers understand this, and it’s why they diversify their attacks. A small victory on how you’re allowed to carry ammo is a step to their inevitable goal that will likely never be lost.
On the other hand, there are plenty still openly working to entirely repeal the 2nd Amendment. If they attack us from every angle, each inevitable gain brings them closer to total control.
It’s important to remember what this is all about. The left wants a large, intrusive government. They face a lot of opposition in a lot of areas, but what matters absolutely most is disarming the people. Until then, they know that their hold of power can only be tenuous at best. Stopping their socialist agendas on every front is important, but guns are the final battle. As soon as we stop representing an armed threat, they’ll move in force. Remember that this November.
~ American Gun News