CA ‘Fact Check’ Bill Shows Guns aren’t Only Things ‘Progressives’ Want to Control

Sen. Richard Pan is perfectly comfortable with men keeping and bearing arms—as long as they’re sanctioned by the state. He evidently feels the same way about the First Amendment.

USA – -( “Any person who operates a social media Internet Web site with physical presence in California shall develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Internet Web site,” a bill by State Sen. Richard Pan would mandate. “The strategic plan shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:

“(1) A plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories. (2) The utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories. (3) Providing outreach to social media users regarding news stories containing false information. (4) Placing a warning on a news story containing false information. (c) As used in this section, “social media” means an electronic service or account, or electronic content, including, but not limited to, videos, still photographs, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, instant and text messages, email, online services or accounts, or Internet Web site profiles or locations.”

“Physical presence” implies residency for lone bloggers and independent journalists, and either headquarters or resident representatives for larger concerns. For all but the largest, it could create a regulatory compliance burden that would effectively shut them down, and/or require them to publicly disavow their credibility, effectively issuing a state-mandated “confession” whenever they post unapproved information. The state would presume preemptive powers over the First Amendment and become a bureaucratic equivalent of Star Trek’s Keeper:

“Wrong thinking is punishable; right thinking will be as quickly rewarded. You will find it an effective combination.”

Naturally, media bias against guns and for the engineered cultural terraforming that threatens to politically eradicate “legal” ownership will be the standard for “right thinking” that Pan’s Ministry of Truth will impose.  And that’s hardly a surprise, as he’s not only for “sanctuary” and against guns, but he’s the son of immigrants from Taiwan who apparently believes America needs to be more like the place his parent’s fled, at least when it comes to the state maintaining a monopoly of violence. Still, it’s curious that his views on free speech appear to resemble nothing so much as the Great Firewall.

What I call the DSM has been looking for ways to regain its position as information gatekeeper ever since the internet revealed itself to give independents a way to go under, over around or through things the “mainstream” was blocking, ignoring or flat-out lying about. A “progressive” lawyer once even suggested taxing independents as a way to stifle competition, and I wouldn’t rule that out in the future if the powers that be feel like they can get away with it.

As is, we see the “social media” giants, Google and YouTube, Facebook and Twitter colluding in a way that would get antitrust actions filed against any other industry, to marginalize, punish with suspension or “shadow bans,” demonetize and “deplatform” any person or group the Southern Poverty Law Center and its ilk tar as a “hater.”  You know, ordinary “red state/flyover” Americans, including “conservative” advocacy groups and activists, independent journalists, and pretty much any citizens who expose the dangers of “progressivism.”

No doubt there are plenty of manipulators and outright liars on the internet, and sorting through what’s real and what’s “fake news” can sometimes make determining truth an undertaking. The flip side to that is in a free and open exchange, our reputations and our credibility are all we have. Get caught being wrong too many times, or flat-out lying, and we can wind up with the politically biased perception of trustworthiness “enjoyed” by “the mass media.”

California has become a bellwether of sorts for political trends likely to migrate to the rest of the country (including excising ideological opponents altogether from the body politic). If the cultural Marxism continues to advance, look for draconian restrictions on speech from the federal government, as we first become more like Canada, Germany or the UK, and then China and beyond.

Pan’s bill is a step in that direction by those who would control all. They’re bringing us to the day when they’ll have enough political power to pass it and stacked the courts with judges who will rule it “Constitutional.”

That will effectively be tyranny, and ways to resist that are pretty much limited to having the means to say “No” and back that up to where aggressors perceive reasons not to press.

It’s not about guns, it’s about freedom. The old slogan is almost ubiquitous within the gun owner rights advocacy community because it’s true. The defensive capabilities they provide actually keep things peaceable. Just as arms in private hands can deter individual attackers, so too can they work on a societal scale.

Why do you think the totalitarians want them so badly?

About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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How come none of those Pergressives never said a word about the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act that passed into law a few years past. That law made it legal for the gov to propagandize us, in other words sell us pure donkey dust. An example would be something like setting up a fake school shooting and making sure that their state sponsored news outlets continuously tell us lies about it.

Woody W Woodward

I’ve been saying all along, “They Do Not Hate Guns. They Hate Us.”


Is Richard Pan related to Peter Pan? We all know Peter Pan is pure fantasy!

Dave Brown

OK, and The Left wants to control the USA, all of US. I don’t think so as our Great USA has always been about half and half, but WE use to be able to compromise. Thus The Left wants a Forever Pres and Government. I call that just Stupid. Free Your Mind. Be Party Blind. I have been for 48 years of voting. God Help Us, and Bless US ALL.


Wrong thinking is punishable. The one that wrote this law needs to be punished. Let us dip them in oil and feathers and send them back to the s**thole they came from.

Sam W.

Let us get some facts correct, these are planks of communism. No longer can we be politically correct. Let the left call the truth a lie, I won’t.


Just another case of immigrants coming here to live in the promised land, in this case the land of fruits and nuts, then they try to change this country into the sh*thole they came from. Why even bother to come here, just stay the hell where you are and leave us alone.


Do not believe for even a second that these people have anyone’s best interest in mind. Everything they do is straight out of the communist playbook. That’s hard for some to swallow, especially for the useful idiots who go along with and support these unconstitutional and un-American agendas.

“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas”.
Joseph Stalin

N.R. Ringlee

The only valid fact check process is the one found in a free marketplace of ideas. The lazy don’t want to do the work. As such they make great serfs but not such good citizens. If you insist upon having fact checkers do your work for you I suggest they be appointed by your ideological opponents.

Gregory Romeu

Fact checking is a most principle foundation of journalism aside from reporting, the TRUTH!

Neil Ringlee

Fact checking is a process only to be found in the open and free marketplace of ideas. Only the lazy seek an easy solution. The lazy make great serfs but do not make good citizens.

Missouri Born

Progressive is the wrong name for the people who are trying to tell you what you can or cannot do, how to live , what you should accept because that’s what they want you to accept because it’s their belief.
Socialist, Communist, or Fascist is a better name for them, it sure isn’t Americanism.


“What is it that gentlewomen wish?What is it that they prefer? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, almighty God! As for me….Give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry 1775
We could use men that think like that today

Gregory Romeu

We do! They are called; U.S. Marines!

No one of consequence

Glad you posted this because…

I just tried to go to and was notified that it is now a private blog and one needs an invitation to read it.

When did this happen, and was it by choice or by fiat from Google?

David Codrea

Yesterday two readers reported a pop up warning when they tried to access it, so to be safe I set the blog to private to keep things contained until I can figure out what’s what, if anything– my friend is a pro and he has found no malicious code, but there are still some things I want to explore before reopening the door.


To me, having truth checked is excellent! Let’s kill the fake news so that truth can reign!!

Jim Macklin

Truth, whose truth? Facts can be checked, truth is subjective. If you’re raised by cannibals it is wrong to not eat the guy in the next village.
Wally Crankcase used to end his slanted opinions. er news by saying “That’s the way it is” even when te facts did not agree.


Yes indeed Bill and we’ll decide what’s the truth. Oh, by the way, we’ve (the collective) just decided that you’ve been lying so your voice and opinions will no longer be allowed. Ammoland will, henceforth, blacklist you from all topics. Ah, that was fun. Now, on to Gil and the other 200 trolls.


Ackshully, , Vann, he’s got a valid point. Once this get to be law (hope it does NOT, but, considering where it is being floated…..) any news outlet caught out in a lie, and can be backed up by evidence, could have legal action taken against them for not issuing the Claifornia warning. Imagine this: Bloomie’s Mad Mamas stage a faux antigun rally in downtown Los Angeles, and claim ten thousand demonstrators showed up. KCBS LosAngles is fed the story from the Mamas, and airs it. Crafty camera handling never shows the truth, but presents select clips that show dense… Read more »

dava golino

it is an EU agenda…All because their is, NO CONSEQUENCES. no one does anything about the systematic destruction of this country. we should have drawn a line during the early stages when mob rule kept people away from, then, DONALD TRUMP CONVENTIONS. The day I saw mobs of immigrants, half breeds, gang members chasing and beating up people we should have started fighting a Civilian war. we are being surrounded by this cancer called the progressive left. if we do not wake and stop being conservative about fighting, we will, we are defeated. all because their is, NO CONSEQUENCES. THE… Read more »

captain jack

That statement is spot on!!!

Gregory Romeu

@dava golino. Well? Then shut-up and lead the charge there, Skippy!


The ruling class in this country truly hate the first and second amendments.

Gregory Romeu

The, “ruling class” in this country has been tactically keeping it’s mouth shut until it is time!


… and so the tree must once again be watered. Semper Fi!