I am a proud gun owner, and defender of the Second Amendment. I enjoy hunting and shooting sports, and I have a concealed-carry permit to protect myself and my family. The Second Amendment is a right. Yet every year, without fail, California takes more of our gun rights away, telling us what we don’t need. It’s time for this nonsense to stop.

Stop the Gun Grabbers

I oppose California’s “Assault Weapons Ban”, and any other law that outlaws guns with “evil features”. These laws do nothing to prevent gun crime, and only serve to turn law-abiding gun owners into felons. Liberals like to dress up gun bans as “gun safety”, for example, the Handgun Roster. This is just silly. Every gun safety course starts with the same basic rule: “Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.” If the liberals really wanted folks to be safer with guns, they’d teach gun safety in schools.

I oppose any measure that outlaws specific firearms or firearm features.

Concealed-Carry Reciprocity

As a concealed-carry permit holder, I have seen how broken the CCW system is in California. Even after a county sheriff’s signoff, it takes nearly a year for the California Department of Justice to complete their background check. California’s CCW laws seem to be designed to criminalize CCW-holders, and to unnecessarily slow down the permitting process.

I support statewide shall-issue concealed-carry, and permit reciprocity with all other states.

No Ammunition Restrictions

The right to keep and bear arms includes ammunition. That should be obvious, but the gun grabbers are attacking our gun rights any way they can. Ammunition restrictions just make things harder on law-abiding gun owners, and don’t do anything to stop gun crime. At best, California’s ammunition laws make hunting unnecessarily expensive, at worst, the laws are an infringement of our Second Amendment rights.

I oppose all restrictions on ammunition.

Get Tough on Gun Crime, not Gun Owners

Preventing gun crime starts with keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. I support instant background checks for all gun sales, tough penalties for felons who carry guns, tougher penalties for anyone who knowingly sells guns to criminals, and the toughest penalties for anyone who commits a crime with a gun.

Ruthlessly prosecuting gun crime is the best way to stop gun violence. (But, there is one exception to this rule.)

Mass Murder and Cultural Rot

A national sickness takes root when men measure their own self-worth by attention, rather than achievement. Hollow, un-earned attention is the cheapest form of social currency, and it has become a means, among men and boys, of filling that part of their identity which would otherwise be filled by building great things in this world.

Inside the twisted mind, this endless search for attention justifies mass murder. Instead of fulfillment that comes from building the world, these lazy men turn to destruction, and the media, with its bottomless appetite for gore, is happy to oblige them with round-the-clock coverage: all the attention they could ever want.

In a sick mind, when attention and virtue are indistinguishable, tragedy, by any means available, is not far behind. Discount attention, sold as virtue, is a cancer, spreading among America’s men and boys. Achievement for the benefit of others is a true virtue, and it is not always rewarded with praise, but it is the only path to self satisfaction. Integrity means doing the right thing when nobody is looking.

American men have the responsibility to set the standard of virtue for our sons. This means accepting our sons as men when they achieve. It means teaching integrity by example. It means turning off the family TV when the news turns to victimhood theater, and telling our sons that those who kill innocents are cowards, not deserving of respect.

No inanimate object can cause this culture of horrific violence, nor can any gun control law cure it. We must treat the disease, not the symptom. This is a long and difficult task: the presumption that Mother Government can protect us from this sickness is, itself, a symptom.

Weak men create hard times. Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times, and good times create weak men. It is our duty to break this cycle, and to show our sons, through honor and example, what it means to be a man.

I will not support any law, in response to a tragedy, that does not address this root cause. To do so would only make this difficult time last longer.


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