By Rob Morse : Opinion
USA –-(Ammoland.com)- I wrote about the blatant bigotry of California gun laws, particularly the way concealed carry permits were issued in Los Angeles. In LA County, mostly rich white guys with political connections got their carry permits. A reader noticed something I’d missed. We’re ruled by elites. Politicians make gun laws that the politicians don’t have to follow. Law enforcement applies the laws. Laws, that don’t apply to the police. Judges rule on gun laws. Again, laws that don’t apply to judges. We established a government of, by, and for the elites. Disarming honest citizens might cost politicians votes, but it costs us lives. I’ll spell it out for you step by step.
California legislators have been exempt from state gun laws for years. Those laws recently changed again, but that explains why the California Democrats are so quick to pass more restrictive gun laws. These new laws apply to us, but there are another set of rules for our rulers. Politicians get their permits to carry concealed weapons in public, but you don’t. Depending on who is in power in Sacramento, the legislators can even get permission to carry in the capital..where you may not.
State legislators are not alone. Sheriffs routinely give concealed carry permits to local politicians while denying these permits to law-abiding citizens.
Law enforcement officers may carry firearms that are denied to ordinary California citizens. Some thirty categories of officers are exempt from the state roster of approved handguns. California approves fewer and fewer guns every year so the difference between law enforcement and civilians keeps growing. The issue is bigger than what firearms the police carry on the job.
Law enforcement can carry concealed when they are off the job and out of uniform. They are allowed to carry ammunition magazines that are illegal for ordinary California civilians to own in their home, let alone for us carry in public. Retired law enforcement officers are usually granted concealed carry permits if they stay in California. That isn’t fair and equitable treatment between the ordinary citizen and the elites.
California Sheriffs routinely grant concealed carry permits to judges and attorneys. Is it any wonder that judges then see nothing wrong with the present system that denies the right to carry to honest citizens. The legal restrictions that disarm you are not applied to judges. They want a permit to defend themselves and they get one. You want a permit and you don’t. Of course, that is an infringement of the human right to self-defense..and now we know why.
Yes, I know that politicians, law enforcement officers, judges, and lawyers are special. They are special just like everyone else..except when we look at the record in Los Angeles County. We have a name for people who are above the law.
Europe has its royalty. The US has its elites. Unfortunately, this elitist system is the rule rather than the exception. We see it in blue states from coast to coast. The elitism is simply more evident in California, and particularly in LA. We see politicians with permits. City hall has armed guards while the most important security in LA is disarmed.
About Rob Morse
The original article is here. Rob Morse 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. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.