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Thursday, 21 February 2008

In the Huffington Post, we finally get clarity from Obama himself.  Taking on The Lobby makes it clear that Obama thinks California gun law should be taken national.


After the horror that was Northern Illinois University Thursday afternoon, Barack Obama announced Friday morning that, as a constitutional attorney, he supports the Second Amendment right to bear arms, thinks it doesn't only apply to the militia, and that he also plans to use California gun control legislation as a paradigm for a national policy to contain the spread of gun violence.

But, is it really possible to have it both ways? Can one support the right to bear arms, as well as implement the kind of national gun control legislation that will stem the flood of shootings on our nation's campuses, streets, and homes? Essentially, the question is, should Senator Obama become President Obama would he be prepared to take on the most powerful, and influential, congressional lobby outside of the tobacco industry, the gun lobby?

After the spate of campus killings at Columbine, Virginia Tech, and now at Northern Illinois, there is little doubt that the former president, and his attorney general brother, Robert F. Kennedy, would be hard at work on gun control legislation now.
Obama is fond of this quote from President John F. Kennedy: "Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate," but is he any more ready for hand to hand combat with those who put their rifles next to Gideon's Bible in Motel 6's from Idaho to Alaska, those who are the most obstinant opponents of restrictions on the possession, manufacture, and sale of firearms? He suggests that he would support legislation on the order of gun laws implemented, in California, during Gray Davis' tenure as governor.

So, what does that mean? As a start, how about:

  1. Handgun registration.
  2. Approved firearm lists determined by politicians.
  3. Assault weapons registrations and bans.
  4. A fifty caliber ban.
  5. Discretionary concealed carry.

And the list is expanding. California has passed an ammunition encoding requirement recently to go into effect January 1, 2010. So expect registration of ammunition purchases.

If this is Obama's concept of "supports the Second Amendment right to bear arms", I would hate to see what would happen to any right he does not believe in.

For a more complete view of California gun law, I suggest Calgunlaws as a start.

h/t to Alphecca.

From DirtCrashr I have learned that California also has:

  • A lead ammo ban,
  • and a microstamping law coming into effect.

Additionally, in the works are:

  • An anti "Sniper Riffle" law (any scoped hunting rifle).
    and an "Assault Pistol" Ban.
Between the high cost of living, traffic congestion, taxes, would somebody please tell me why anyone would want to live in California.
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