It looks as though Chris Dorner may get his wish on gun control. In the latest spate of publicized violence, every single shooting has been carried out by a cop or ex-cop, four non-police have been shot and two killed, and California is moving forward with a bill that would severely curtail citizen access to guns with detachable magazines, such as those police officers – current and former – used to shoot innocent people yesterday.
“We need to lead the way,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “New York has stepped up and stepped forward. California needs to answer the call.”
The package of seven bills outlined at a Capitol press conference today includes measures to make it illegal to possess high-capacity magazines, ban the manufacture, sale, transfer and importation of rifles with detachable magazines and regulate ammunition purchases and require additional safety training for people who purchase new handguns. Lawmakers also called for increased funding and focus on enforcing existing laws, including ensuring that guns get out of the hands of people prohibited from possessing fire arms.
Will the ban extend to police? Of course not. California’s finest will still have access to assault rifles with large-capacity magazines, pistols with extended clips and other goodies — the kinds of weapons they used to light up a couple little Mexican women delivering newspapers yesterday morning.
There is nothing “liberal” about a state that seeks to preserve all of its firepower while disarming citizens, yet this is what they call themselves.
Today, the more “liberal” the state, the more authoritarian it is. If California is the future, this is not a good trend.