October 30, 2014



Will any liberty survive in the Golden State?

September 2, 2013


Binaryloop

| I've lived all over the US and found that most Americans love liberty but, get fooled into partisan politics. My goal is to wake people up and help them see it's not about left or right -- it's about freedom!



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By Jeff Knox

California State FlagThe ban on lead ammunition isn’t the only threat Californians are facing. Other gun control bills pending would seriously impact California gun owners and those who would visit the state. As I write this, there are four bills scheduled for an immediate vote in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. [Editor's note: these all passed on Fri. 8/30] From there they would go to the full Assembly for a vote, and then on to Gov. Jerry Brown.


Some supporters of individual rights will roll their eyes at this report and suggest that California is a lost cause with the only solution for California gun owners being to move to a more gun-friendly state. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done, and those who do get out leave those who can’t in an even worse situation than before. More important, California is historically a proving ground for all manner of bad ideas and crazy schemes that eventually spread to the rest of the country. Successfully stopping the lunacy in California reduces the chances of similar legislation being brought up in other states around the country.

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  • Chris Bergman

    “California is a lost cause with the only solution for California gun owners being to move to a more gun-friendly state. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done, and those who do get out leave those who can’t in an even worse situation than before.”

    Exactly, you can leave and be just fine. You can stay behind, wither and die. Or you can try to stand in the way of those leaving and be trampled by the stampede. Your choice… Every action is a choice.

    “California is historically a proving ground for all manner of bad ideas and crazy schemes that eventually spread to the rest of the country. Successfully stopping the lunacy in California reduces the chances of similar legislation being brought up in other states around the country.”

    Not exactly. Defeating it now will only mean the loony Statists will wait a little longer before trying again. The only way to truly eradicate their nonsense from the world is to let the Statists create a little distopian paradise of their own making, without giving them an avenue for escape, so they can die in their own squaller while the world looks on, hopefully learning from the stupidity of others.

  • 12AngryWomen

    This article makes a good point regarding focusing efforts on current legislation, but I disagree that it will have far-reaching consequences. While natural rights are inalienable, in a legal sense, the 2nd amendment binds only the federal government from infringing on this particular right to keep and bear arms. It does not bind the states. However, almost all states have adopted similar restriction on themselves in their own state constitutions. California did not. Therefore I argue that each state will have to fight this battle for itself. A good example is Colorado, where recent gun restrictions were passed in violation of its own state constitution. The citizens of that state are responding in various ways to protect their rights:

    1) There is a legal battle in the form of a suit challenging the new laws’ constitutional validity.
    2) The voters are recalling those legislators that supported the measures.
    3) People are voting with their dollars by supporting industries and candidates that are pro-rights.
    4) People are voting with their feet in the form of taking business and residency out of the state.
    5) People are having peaceful, noncompliance demonstrations of all types.
    6) *County sheriffs are refusing to enforce the new laws- effectively nullifying them.

    The last one is my favorite and to me the most important line of defense against tyrannical governments. The feds and state have no “boots on the ground” so to speak, other than local law enforcement which it must convince to voluntarily uphold any laws it decrees. If sheriffs won’t do it, or allow feds to, then there is NO enforcement.

    So, California, what’s it going to be? Freedom or death?

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