Spreading Failure for Profit: the politics of California gun control

By Rob Morse

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Louisiana- (Ammoland.com)-  Political failure never looks good.  In an election year, the first thing a politician does is look for someone to blame.  Socialist politicians in California decided to blame honest gun owners for their recent surge in crime.  The political effects will be wonderful, while the side effects will be horrible.  Watch and learn from California’s failure.

Why would California Socialists politicians spread failure and ignore success?  The reasons are fairly simple.  Two of California’s major Socialist controlled metropolitan areas are having a crime wave while crime rates continue to fall for the rest of the US.   This isn’t an accident.  In fact, the local crime wave is well deserved.  These California cities have long supported social policies that lead to more crime while they deliberately disarmed honest Californians.  What politicians do in Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area matters to the rest of the state.  Socialists will call for more of the same across these United States.

Politicians caused the surge in criminal activity.  The Socialists politicians in LA and San Fran form the political power block that controls California.  Locally, the political policies of Los Angeles and the Bay Area have crushed jobs.  They pushed more people out of work and onto welfare.  They are sanctuary cities with a flood of low skilled workers.  The California border is also open for drug trafficking.  No wonder the crime rate has surged in San Fran and LA.

The political appearance is terrible.  This is an election year so the Socialists can’t bear to have their failures examined.  Certainly not now, and probably not ever.  Socialist Politicians need a scapegoat.

Contrast LA and San Francisco with the rest of California.  Ten million California residents live in a part of the state where they can own a firearm for self-defense.  They can even receive a license to carry a firearm in public.  The number of concealed carry holders in “Free California” is surging.  That frightens the Socialist politicians.. for very good reasons.  They don’t want voters to notice that freedom works.

The Socialist politicians need to hide their failures that resulted in the surge in crime.  They need someone to blame.  Helped along by a co-operative media, the Socialist politicians blame California gun owners.  California Socialists proposed a huge number of new gun restrictions on honest citizens.  Those proposals have failed everywhere else, but they “work” for California Socialists.

Some of you are laughing already.  Overall, California is ranked as one of the most restrictive states for honest gun owners.  If gun control worked, then there would be no crime wave in the first place.  Sadly, you’re laughing too soon.  These feel-good gun control proposals will probably pass the smell test for the liberal west coast media and the die-hard Socialist voters.  Here are a few of their bad ideas.

  • To start, California Socialists want to outlaw self-loading rifles. These firearms have been around for over a hundred years.  They are seldom used by criminals.  California Socialists say guns like these kill people extra dead.  That is why the police need them.. and you don’t.
  • They want to outlaw removable magazines that hold more than 10 cartridges.. except for police. Your wife or husband only needs ten rounds to stop a bunch of armed men during a robbery.. but the police need more.
  • California Socialists want you to wait 30 days between buying a gun.. even if you already own a gun. The politicians deliberately ignore the inconvenient truth that criminals don’t get their guns from gun stores and don’t submit to background checks.
  • California only allows a certain list of handguns to be sold in the state. Other handguns are “unsafe”.. except if law enforcement buys or sells them.
  • All gun sales have to be recorded on video, and all ammunition sales require registration. Most of the voters are gullible enough to think that criminals will obey these laws.
  • You can’t bring your own guns across the California border.
  • Victims of domestic violence must disarm if they enter a school zone. I hope their stalker doesn’t know about that.

I wish that were all of the Socialists bad ideas, but there are dozens more.

Criminals don’t follow gun laws, so these regulations have no effect on crime.  These regulations make it more difficult for honest gun owners to follow the laws in California.  These regulations will convert more honest gun owners into inadvertent criminals.  That is why these laws were passed in the first place.

Most importantly, these ineffective regulations give Socialist politicians an excuse for the surge in crime.  These new regulations will give the politicians a few minutes of media exposure where they talk about stopping violent criminals.  Socialist politicians will secure some special interest campaign cash from anti-gun groups.

These regulations will also convince more conservatives that California is an unfriendly state in which to live or work.  They are right.  That is the purpose of this legislation.  Call it cultural cleansing.. California style.

Rob Morse: Rob writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. He is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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Not to mention that Gov. Brown let thousands of criminals out on early release.


In Khalifornia you have anti American fruits and nuts running the state. These criminals obtain their donations from every group controlled by more fruits and nuts. These people run around the bay area smoking dope and committing lewd acts in public sanctioned by the city and in LA smoking dope and committing crimes. The politicians condone this action because “families of politicians” have been in control for decades. You have father/son combos as governor for 20 years plus. You have a couple of families that controlled LA for decades. This is not different than Mafia controlled regions in Chicago and… Read more »


I vaguely recall, years ago, having to sign a book whenever I purchased “handgun” ammunition in California. I believe the requirement was dropped because it wasted time and money without accomplishing anything. Now wasting time and money while accomplishing nothing is a feature of new laws and will never stop one from being enacted or help to get one repealed.
Odd how priorities change.


They never stop. If you want to succeed in California, move to Richmond and become a murderer. The city will pay you 120K/year not to murder again! See, crime does pay!


Yep,Kali is a real firearms owners paradise !