I have always said that there is more to the gun-control movement than meets the eye. There had to be, as they continually present laws that have nothing to do with the problem. Most of the people killed by firearms are accidental deaths. These are best reduced through gun safety programs rather than restrictions. The remaining deaths are criminal acts. This would then argue that those who are committing these murders will do so with or without legally obtained firearms. But once again, L.A. proves my theory correct.
Los Angeles lawmakers reportedly voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines.
The decision by the Los Angeles City Council thrusts the spotlight on the city in the midst of a heated national gun debate. Juliet Leftwich, legal director for the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence told the Los Angeles Times that such magazines have been “the common threat” in nearly all mass shootings that have plagued the U.S. Supports of the ban say it’s a small step to stop the bloodshed in the city.
Yes, it will be such a small step the effects will not even be measurable. As close by, neighboring cities continue to allow such magazines; the short drive to them to obtain the larger capacity will hardly be a deterrent. And even if those cities follow suit, the short trip across the border into Mexico would probably be even less of a deterrent.
Yet, the more important issue is the fact that it is a violation of the Second Amendment.
The National Rifle Association and other gun rights group argue the law violates the Second Amendment and have threatened to sue the city.
Councilman Paul Krekorian said defiantly before a cheering crowd in front of City Hall: “If the NRA wants to sue us over this, bring it on.”
Any restriction of gun ownership is not allowed by our Bill of Rights.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
This points us to the fact that we should have the same ability to defend ourselves from enemies, foreign and domestic, as they have to malign this citizenry. If we are not allowed the same rights as those who could do us the most harm, then we are doomed to slavery. This, again, points to the fact that this has little to do with gun violence and more to do with liberty.
“I don’t think it’s going to have any effect on gun violence,” said Chad Cheung, the director of CalGuns Shooting Sports Association, at Tuesday’s hearing. Cheung argued that the ruling wouldn’t matter because residents of neighboring cities such as Burbank and Glendale could still possess the magazines.
The only reason that they would think that this was going to change anything is that they have fallen and bumped their heads. But, it seems more likely that there is a nefarious intent involved.