Before you start reading this story, it’s important to remember that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to protect citizens from the tyranny of the state. Thus, when state agents want extra special protection not afforded to the citizen, we have a problem.
Los Angeles is looking to impose even more gun restrictions on its residents. City Councilman Paul Krekorian’s gun control plan is designed to protect children from deadly accidents, although it certainly is not designed to protect children who live in a house victim to a violent robbery or break-in. This new “plan” will require residents to lock away their handguns and disable them with trigger locks.
You might as well just drop your self-defense weapons off in another zip code.
The police union, however wants an exception to this rule. The proposal currently exempts active-duty and reserve officers but not retired police officers.
In a letter to city lawmakers, the union argued that current and former officers needed quick access to guns for protection, citing the 2013 armed rampage by former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner as an example of police and their families being targeted. Retired officers have gone through extensive training on controlling their weapons, union officials said.
“To protect themselves and society … you have to give them the ability to respond quickly,” league Director Peter Repovich said.
You know who else might need “quick access to guns for protection”? Crime victims.
Other state agents are entitled to extra special protection too: “permits can be granted to judges, current and retired officers and other applicants approved by local law enforcement officials.”
Councilman Joe Buscaino, a former cop who supports the exemption, said, “Anyone who wears a badge — both present and in the past — are police.” He added” “I’m just looking at their personal safety.”
You should look out for the person safety of all the people who live in your district, buddy.
In case you think there is anyone with a shred of commonsense on the L.A. City Council, let me immediately disabuse you of that notion on the next page. “Isn’t that just the responsible thing to do, as opposed to having to go to another child’s funeral?” Councilwoman Nury Martinez asked. “Whether you are a retired police officer or an on-duty police officer, I just think it’s the responsible thing to do — to lock your firearm at home.”
And then there is this joker: At the hearing, Councilman Mike Bonin said he also had misgivings about loosening the rules for anyone holding a concealed weapons permit, as Englander proposed. Bonin cited news accounts of a former Culver City police chief who he said gave out the permits “like candy,” saying that he didn’t trust the judgment of every police chief or sheriff in the state.
The NRA and the California Rifle and Pistol Association warned the L.A. City Council their proposal violates the Second Amendment and state law.
I’m sure they’ll take that under consideration.