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November 15, 2013 - 9:39 am

Back in October, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a spate of new gun control laws into effect. When he signed those laws, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco proudly said of his bill, which requires gun owners to keep their guns in safes if they share a home with someone banned from owning a firearm, ”This bill just helps ensure that only law-abiding gun owners have access to weapons.”

Let’s see how that’s working out.

In Oakland, a lot of people who shouldn’t have guns have them, and a lot of people who might defend themselves from those people now have a much harder time obtaining a gun. Armed robbery is up 24% over last year.

It has gotten so bad that citizens have taken it upon themselves to hire their own private police force.

[O]ne morning in September, two armed men robbed a group of carpooling commuters, relieving everyone of their money, smartphones and laptops.

Ferris says such a brazen crime was a game changer.

“To finally have that catalyzing event, where people said, ‘I am ready to take action,’ for me that was awesome,” he says. “I’m sorry that this happened. This finally gets people the motivation to say, ‘Hey, we need to take care of our personal security. The city of Oakland is not going to do it.’ ”

So after the carpool robbery, residents in two different sections of the neighborhood used a crowdfunding website to raise tens of thousands of dollars. They’re using the funds to hire private security patrols on a four-month trial period.

More than 600 households pay $20 a month for unarmed patrols in clearly marked cars to run 12 hours a day, Monday through Saturday.

Lower Rockridge is just one of several Oakland neighborhoods where residents have either hired private security patrols or are actively debating taking that step. In some neighborhoods, the patrols are armed.

The usual objections have been raised: racial profiling might happen, who keeps these private cops accountable? And another: How can unarmed private patrols stop armed criminals? Once the criminals learn that the patrols are unarmed, the patrols may just become a new class of victim.

The obvious objections to the laws that were signed have not been raised enough: Requiring owners to store guns in home safes requires a police state for enforcement, or will breed contempt for the law if it isn’t enforced. That police state will be aimed at people who obey the law, not criminals who evade the law. Gun control laws tend to make it more difficult for those who abide by laws to obtain firearms (duh), which helps criminals (duh) and creates more victims (duh). The fact that California was poised to pass and then did pass new gun restrictions probably encouraged the criminals to go forth and rob. They knew that their victims were less likely to be armed, and they committed their crimes in a state that coddles violent criminals and hates private firearm ownership.

It could be even worse: Gov. Brown vetoed a bill that would have made Oakland’s gun control laws even more restrictive on the law-abiding.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"...who keeps these private cops accountable?"

That's a good question and raises serious issues. Without proper governmental supervision these privately employed goons might subject private citizens to invasive body searches akin to rape, invade their homes and seize their property... all without the slightest respect paid to due process or civil rights.

Oh... wait a minute...
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California's, and most other, gun control laws aren't about preventing crime, they are intended to make it more difficult for the ordinary citizen to own a firearm for personal defense.

California has long been controlled by the Democrat Party, and it is the intent of the Democrats to, wherever possible, disarm private citizens, the Second Amendment notwithstanding.
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Check your stats. Oakland is a very diverse city. 25% White, 25% Black, 25% Latino, and 25% other. It has its problems just like any other city.
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Strange you didn't read about this in the news already. (sarc) In Oakland and San Francisco, journalists now bring cameras AND armed private security guards when they go report on a story. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/29/san-francisco-oakland-tv-news-crew-robberies Welcome to California where there are laws for them, and laws for us.
35 weeks ago
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"...who keeps these private cops accountable?"

That's a good question and raises serious issues. Without proper governmental supervision these privately employed goons might subject private citizens to invasive body searches akin to rape, invade their homes and seize their property... all without the slightest respect paid to due process or civil rights.

Oh... wait a minute...
35 weeks ago
35 weeks ago Link To Comment
California's, and most other, gun control laws aren't about preventing crime, they are intended to make it more difficult for the ordinary citizen to own a firearm for personal defense.

California has long been controlled by the Democrat Party, and it is the intent of the Democrats to, wherever possible, disarm private citizens, the Second Amendment notwithstanding.
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When Great Britain and Australia imposed highly restrictive gun bans, their violent crime rates jumped - gun crimes in particular. Watch the movie, "Harry Brown", starring an elderly Michael Caine dealing with gun-toting thugs who have infested his "housing estate" (government-run housing).
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Redistribution takes many forms.
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So there is an armed crime problem in the city of Oakland. The elephant in the room that seems to be ignored is that the main problem with Oakland is that it is predominantly black as are the other "nine most dangerous cities in the U.S." The other eight are: Milwaukee, Baltimore, Memphis, Atlanta, Birmingham, Detroit, Cleveland, and St. Louis. Stockton is in the top ten most dangerous cities, but that is due to mostly Hispanic population. Isn't multiculturalism great, lets keep it up.
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Yes, this go around the black are both the victims and the criminals for most violence. We need to focus on law enforcement of existing laws against crime, like drugs, murder, assault, thief...
But the long term solution is only when we have citizens take responsibility for their own protection and not attempt to believe that government is going to protect them. For one thing government (e.g. police) can not protect them since the police are not going to be around when you need them and also SCOTUS has ruled that police have no duty or responsibility to protect any individual. So, lets get more gun usage training available at low cost, lets get more law-abiding people in these high risk areas armed, and lets remove the "Criminal Protection Zones".
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