If you like guns and shooting, get involved. Do something. Wake up!
Here we go again. If nothing else, California is consistent when it comes to goofiness regarding firearms-related laws. There is a hint of a culture here in which anti-gun Democrats craft the words, and Republican Governors sign those words into law.
Witness Gov. George Deukmejian and the “assault rifle” ban. Fast-forward to the current administration, and the Governator recently (like on a Sunday night) signed into law Assembly Bill 962, which puts major roadblocks to the sale of handgun ammunition by creating a draconian sales structure that will hike the price of ammo.
I’ll not go into all of the details here. Suffice it to say that one of the stated reasons for writing the law had to do with keeping ammo out of the hands of gang-bangers. Reality check: Gang members don’t hesitate to steal anything they want, so what’s the point? Diminish freedom, that’s the point.
As I said decades ago in the pages of WON (1982 regarding the Prop. 15 proposed handgun ban): Wake Up. Take Action.
These assaults on freedom aren’t because some foreign army invaded, or because some dictator went berserk. I don’t see the paw-prints of the Taliban or al-Qa'ida in this one, although those terrorists groups likely would support such a culturally crippling measure. These things happen because the political system is rife with enemies of freedom, and we, the voters, elect them. Or, put another way, they are elected by other voters because we didn’t do enough to back the champions of freedom.
So what can individual WON readers do? Get political. Unite. Start by joining and supporting organizations that use their influence to block bad laws and support good ones.
There are three organizations that should be considered “must join” groups for Californians. There is the California Rifle and Pistol Association (state affiliate of the National Rifle Association of America) at www-crpa-org, the NRA itself at www.nra.org
, and Safari Club International at www.safariclub.org
The first two organizations are intuitively indicated in these kinds of discussions, but SCI may seem a bit of a stretch for some. Although SCI is the world’s largest and most effective advocate for hunter rights, it also is deeply involved in firearms-related matters, as well, and is involved directly at the local and state levels here in California.
In addition to local chapters throughout the state, SCI has a political action committee (PAC) called SCI-PAC nationally, and the California chapters work with a lobbyist in Sacramento. To receive an e-mail newsletter called In The Crosshairs that updates political concerns from around the state, contact Nelson Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or to contact the lobbyist, who also advocates for other pro-gun folks like the National Shooting Sports Foundation. E-mail Kathy Lynch at email@example.com
The important thing right now is for readers to do something. Our future is in our hands. Steve Comus is a nationally recognized hunting editor with Safari Club International and a former WON Guns and Hunting Editor. His column appears every other week in WON and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org