California Politics Cost Lives – Of, By, and For the Elite

By Rob Morse : Opinion

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Slow Facts USA –-(  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.

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We are not police bashing,they are our heroes. But the point is, I and every one else that I know would also run towards the shooting if we had the appropriate weapons. Police are not always available, we must be ready, it is our right and responsibility to be armed anywhere and anytime.

Clark Kent

Rob: You are confused. The police ENFORCE the law; they are not ABOVE the law. When YOU and your ilk earn a badge and run TOWARDS danger instead of AWAY from same you can spout off as much as you like. Until then do us all a favor and keep quiet on the subject. P.S. Revelator: No one is ‘beneath’ ANYONE ELSE. Slavery was abolished years ago. Grow up.

The Revelator

@Clark Kent As far as growing up, already did that. As far as “Growing”, I still have room to do so. What you are attempting to dismiss however is the nature of public service. Senators, Representatives, the President, and Judges are public service positions. That has slowly been twisted over the last two hundred and thirty years into a upper class, all knowing, benevolent in name only, entitled group of people who look down on the ordinary citizen in “fly-over country” as useful and ignorant tools. HOWEVER, they are beneath the citizens of this nation as they are there to… Read more »


Wow Superman, Did I miss the post bashing the police, or are you reading more into the comments than are really there? I would agree that the police enforce the law, but that is because they chose “To Serve and Protect” the citizens. They are public servants by choice, not as slaves. Just as if you choose to work at McDonald’s, you have chosen to serve customers, not be enslaved by them.

Wild Bill

@Clark Kent, Clark, Clark does anyone here tell you to “…keep quiet…”?

The Revelator

@Wild Bill He doesn’t need to keep quiet, he just needs to learn to think before he speaks. In the case of his comment on this article, he knows he shot himself in the foot. There is a reason he has not responded to my question as of yet and that is because he understands he stepped in it big time. That is why he has just gone silent here. If he responds he really doesn’t have an argument and he just ends up discrediting himself, or he has to admit his original comment was wrong. Chances of the latter… Read more »


The author ain’t just whistling “Dixie”. Here it is straight from the horse’s ass…. State of California Exemptions for Authorized Peace Officers Non-Roster Handguns (Unsafe Handguns) The following agencies may purchase non-roster firearms for use in the discharge of their official duties (Pen. Code, § 32000, subd. (b)(4)): •Department of Justice •A police department •A sheriff’s official •A marshal’s office •The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation •The Department of the California Highway Patrol •Any district attorney’s office •Any federal law enforcement agency •The military or naval forces of this state or of the United States Penal Code section 32000 does… Read more »

The Revelator

Thank you Dave!

Wild Bill

@DaveW, It is so obvious that the various governments are all working to diminish the peoples’ ability to resist. Somewhere, the feds and states have forgotten that their job is to protect our Civil Rights. I have great hope for the Trump administration and the upcoming primary elections.

Robert Mcgill

Also do not forget some like the Clintons are above the law

Wild Bill

@RM, Yes, that is a situation that must be remedied, as well. I believe that I will write a letter to Trump on that subject, this evening. If nothing else it is a good hobby.


I appreciate your use of the term “rulers” rather than “leaders”. I know it was on purpose, but I wonder how many readers may not even think twice about it. “Leaders” should be elected by the people and understand that they work for the people. They should lead by their good example, and listen and act on the concerns of the people that pay their wages and voted them into office. Rulers dictate to the people. They tell the people what THEY will allow and what they won’t, while not applying the same rules to themselves. Rulers take from the… Read more »


Very well put

The Revelator

Aardvark, Except it’s not supposed to be “Leaders either.” They are supposed to be “Servants”, as in people who are beneath us as ordinary citizens. That is what has been truly forgotten. I don’t want a single member of Congress or the president to “Lead.” What we need them to do is obey. The difference between a ruler and a leader is menial. A leader says “Follow me men!” and they follow, the ruler puts a gun to their backs and says “Lead the way boys.” The destination is the same, so does splitting the hairs between the too for… Read more »


Revelator – Although I believe there is a much larger difference between leaders and rulers, I do agree with your correction. The politicians, judges, and all other government employees have chosen a career as “servants” to the public. This is how our country was set up, and this is what our Constitution calls for. Unfortunately, the elites in power and those promoting them, have effectively made themselves out as the rulers of the people and convinced most that is how it is supposed to be. I found myself falling for the same trap by considering them leaders rather than servants,… Read more »

The Revelator

Aardvark, I am specifically addressing “Political Leaders” and in no way am I using the definition of a person leading by example. Instead, I was high lighting exactly what you stated in your reply, that our “Leaders” have set themselves up as Rulers rather than servants. What our constitution calls for, and more importantly what is enshrined in the Declaration of independence is that we as individual citizens of this nation are the ones who hold sovereignty. We are the rulers of ourselves. So, lets start here. Lets stop calling it “Fake News.” I have a problem with that, because… Read more »

Silence Dogood

The Fascist Elite (DemoRats) have always used their “own rules” that don’t apply to the “great masses.” But, thumbs up for armed moms!!