Californians Get the Government They Deserve..and That’s Deadly

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Californians Get the Government They Deserve..and That’s Deadly

U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- The state of California is massively in debt. Middle-class jobs are leaving and taking California’s middle class along with them. With growing crime, it is more dangerous to live in California each year. After failure like that, California politicians call for higher taxes and more gun control. Why would politicians propose more of the prescriptions that failed in the past? That is a fascinating question. Let’s see if we can help.

California compared to other states-

California has some of the strictest gun-control laws in the country. California is ranked first of the fifty states when it comes to gun-control. Those laws are so severe and so extensive that California has an “A” rating by the Giffords gun-control group. Shouldn’t those gun-control laws guarantee very low rates of violent crime and a remarkably low murder rate? The answer is a tragic ‘No’. California has regulated guns for decades, yet gun-control hasn’t come close to delivering on its promises. Not then, and not now.

California gun laws-

Unless you’ve lived there, you might not be familiar with California’s extensive gun laws. The state mandates safety training before a sale can take place. They have universal background checks before each gun sale, and a ten-day waiting period before you can take possession of your gun. Ammunition sales are also regulated. You have to buy a gun lock with each firearm. Most handguns sold in the United States are not allowed for sale in California. Magazine capacity is limited, and you can only buy one gun a month. California also regulates and registers what the state calls “assault weapons”.

Most California citizens can’t get a permit to carry a handgun in public. Nor does the state recognize carry permits from other states. California proposes more gun-control laws each year.

Each growing infringement on the right to keep and bear arms was supposed to guarantee that criminals wouldn’t use guns for violent crime. The opposite took place. In California, the criminals are armed and the law abiding citizens are disarmed.

Comparing California’s crime rate to other states

California is quite violent when compared to the rest of the fifty states. That is bad and becoming worse year after year. California ranks in the worse half of states when ranked by violent crime. Thirty-five states were safer than California in 2016. Also, the homicide rate in California increased by 18 percent from 2014 to 2016. Note that California classifies some crimes as non-violent that most states, and most citizens, consider to be very violent. For example, forcible rape is punished as a non-violent crime in California.

Political considerations

Why do California politicians persist with more of the same old policies in the face of repeated failure? High taxes mean there are lots of government programs that reward special interests. Special interests provide campaign contributions to incumbent politicians. California is ruled by Democrats, and high taxes persist because they work for California Democrat politicians. It is more important that California Democrat politicians succeed than that California citizens succeed.

We see similar forces at work with gun control. For Democrat politicians, rising rates of homicide are a beneficial feature rather than a fault. High rates of violent crime provide a justification for more gun-control legislation. That legislation provides more campaign cash from gun-control donors. Gun-control works for Democrat politicians even while it fails for California citizens. Now, California Democrat politicians want to tax guns, but does anyone think that criminals will pay those taxes?

This isn’t an academic question. We pay for these political adventures with our lives.


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About Rob Morse

The original article with references 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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Musicman44mag

Another problem besides kommiefornians moving to other states and becoming polititians and messing up the new state is that the majority of large cities are demonrats. Their populace is the majority over all the other counties and they dictates what is going to happen to the entire state. We have that here in Oregun. Portland, Multnoma county, and Eugene, Lane county, have more citysins than all our other counties together. All the states need to change how the vote works and count what the majority of the counties voted, not the people. Thats the only way to beat the big… Read more »

Ben
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Ben

Liberals need to be stopped at the polls long before we resort to other means. How many of you actively vote? That’s where it starts… at the polls and voting with your dollar.

Firewagon
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Firewagon

The fear other states have is that those ‘fleeing’ FREEDOM robbing states bring the same idiotic mind set that ‘doomed’ FREEDOM, in the state being fled, to the state fleeing to – and, the same paradigm begins all over! Scarier to anyone with a remaining modicum of common sense is in the realization that ‘millions’ of Americans(?) supported a convicted out of her own mouth ‘criminal,’ in Clinton, AND an avowed Socialist/Communist in Sanders. Americans have all but proven ole Nikita the ‘new’ Nostradamus: “I once said, ‘We will bury you,’ and I got into trouble with it. Of course… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Isn’t the definition of insanity something like doing the same thing over and over again hopeing for a different result? You cant legislate morality. Anyone who has raised kids knows you don’t have to teach them to lie, steal, cheat, pick on their neighbors etc. You throw GOD out of the public schools, government, law enforcement etc. for 45 years and you wind up with a society of untrained children. When all else fails, read the instructions. You could not PAY me to live in comiefornia.

Bill
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Bill

California. A wonderful state to be FROM. A natural paradise in so many ways, and a political hell. I got out of there in my early adult life, and I have never regretted the freedom that I have found where I now live, although Californication seems to be building up all too rapidly around me again. You try to leave it and get some fresh air and freedom, and the parasites and statist leftists continue to spread. Plenty of trouble ahead, the way things are going.

Steve
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Steve

The only problem with people moving out of CA. is that they try and vote for the same crap they did to CA and expect a different results

Ansel Hazen
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Ansel Hazen

Pretty much the same problem here in Maine. Except it’s only a couple hundred mile drive North. They are ruining the real Maine. It’s time for a country wide reset. #HeedTheCallUp

larca
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larca

@Steve — fortunately, not EVERYONE who flees CA brings CA’s voting habits with them. The (granted, minority) who are fleeing are those who can’t stand what CA has become (socialist, and increasingly authoritarian) and are DELIGHTED to be free of it and living somewhere that actually values freedom, liberty, fiscal responsibility, and personal responsibility.

Mike C
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Mike C

I moved to South Carolina from Folsom. Buy a gun and walk out in 10 minutes, after a phone call to authorities. Buy as much ammo as you want, any magazine, etc. No smog, gas a $1 cheaper with 93 octane. Plenty of fish and deer. I’m in heaven.

Kristensdad
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Kristensdad

Amen from North Carolina! Former Commiefornia resident…

Musicman44mag
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Musicman44mag

Kommiefornia sets the trends that other states seen to admire and follow. Kommiefornia educates the left then dispatches them to other states to become polititions and impose kommiefornia laws, rules and regulations. They have messed up Colorado, Washington, most recently Nevada and are working on Oregon, Texsas, North Dakota and others. Look up on Wikkipedia the education of the Democrat running or in power of your state. You would be supprised how many of them were endoctrinated in Kommiefornia.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Music, not the whole of the other state(s), just the politicians and city people.

Ben
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Ben

I moved from Crazyfornia about 6 months ago. People always say how crazy it is there but even this article doesn’t begin to scratch the surface. The place is way out of control. Californian’s are not moving out and ruining the rest of the country. Liberals are moving to California and destroying it. There are a ton of conservatives in Cali but they are way outnumbered. The wacky democrats are everywhere out there and believe me it is 100 times worse than y’all think it is. We need to build a wall around Cali and get all the conservatives out… Read more »

Joseph P Martin
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Joseph P Martin

Ben, it has been my personal experience and that of many, many friends that you are wrong about Kalifornicators moving out and not trying to ruin the states where they moved. Just check with folks in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Idaho (all places I have resided) and you’ll discover just how much residents resent and dislike Kalifornicators exactly because the vast majority of them bitch and complain about their new locations and do their best to change their new residences into what they left in Kalifornia. You may be one of the exceptions and I pray you are and… Read more »

Matuca
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Matuca

Both of you are correct. I am an original-intent constitutionalist trapped in the Soviet Socialist Republic of California. There are many of us who have left, are leaving and are hoping to leave. But, as Joseph notes, there are many “Kalifornicators” – the same ones who’ve screwed up California so badly – who are moving out (for the very reasons they’ve brought into existence) and exporting the disease to other states. You cannot stand idly by and allow this to happen. As Winston Churchill famously stated about the threat of Nazi fascism” “We shall go on to the end. We… Read more »

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blockheadbiker

I live in the GREAT STATE OF TEXAS and I am sorry Ben the people’s communist cities in Texas are Austin (the government center), Dallas and surrounding areas, Houston, and San Antonio all are being invaded by people moving from demoncrap controlled states such as califartia and are trying to turn our State blue. 10 years ago you would never heard of a white poser (Mexican want to be) demoncrap who changed his name to betbutt from Robert franscine to claim the minority vote!! It is like my Dad said 30 years ago when I said I was taking a… Read more »

Cody
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Cody

Incorrect. California ‘conservatives’ are lazy. 8 million known lawful gun owners in the state. 3 million voted in the last election. Commicrats won by 1 million votes…

Ken Chiatello
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Ken Chiatello

A lot of the 8 million didn’t vote because the California election system is rigged in preference of the Democratic majority. For example, the governors race was between the two highest vote getters who, unsurprisingly, were democrats. Trump didn’t help matters by backing a Republican candidate wit a losing track record instead of a more regionally successful candidate.

Richard
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Richard

There are 4.2 Million Gun Owners in a State that has 37 Millions residents. Get your numbers right. And if 3 Million voted, that’s 75%… Higher percentage than most elections.

Jack Mac
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Jack Mac

What happened to the CA movements to divide and or secede? Both sound good to me. Worst yet it appears that OR and WA are joining CA. What will they do, form the Confederate States of Libtardoria? Wonder if their new flag would have all the colors of a rainbow. Best of luck to all remaining good people there.

Mike
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Mike

Yes I know how you feel up here in Washington State. I wonder how long I can hold out before I have to leave this out control liberal state.

Richard
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Richard

A Liberal Judge took the vote off the Ballot to split the State into Three Separate States.
Fight THAT!!??!!

larca
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larca

Dividing CA into 3 states would make things WORSE. The latest proposal would have ended up with 2 states with Dems solidly in control, and another one wobbling between the two main parties. So then (assuming Congress would even approve it) there would be 4 or 5 Dem Senators from CA instead of just 2 (now). How would *that* be better? The way CA is going, there is no way to win. The 3 metro areas (SF Bay, LA, and San Diego) are all very very blue strongholds (like 2/3 or more majority) and the voters there swamp the population… Read more »

eaglesnester
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eaglesnester

When enough ELITE tax paying citizens in Kookafornia are robbed, raped, murdered, or all three at gun point, then and only then, the people will demand change in Kookafornia. Even then things may not change and society will continue its downward spiral. The in-fa structure will crumble and the state will become 3rd world,with all of the attached problems, which it is rapidly becoming even now. I suspect if this happens the Federal Government may have to intervene. How this will happen is anybody’s guess as there is pose committus(cant spell it). We live in interesting times.

B.L. Brooks
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B.L. Brooks

Why don’t we give California back to Mexico? Crime rate will be drastically reduced, and we can use the money that would go to “undocumented workers” to improve the lives of taxpayers.

Dale
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Dale

When your that stupid you get what you deserve!

Richard
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Richard

I live in California. It is NOT a matter of stupidity as you suggested, Dale. I’m fighting back in my own way. I have a CCW, and carry EVERY day… I also have an FFL03 (C&R) Federal Firearms License which exempts me from a few CA State Laws. I just bought a 1943 Mosin Nagant Sniper rifle in Florida and had it shipped DIRECTLY to my home. Ammunition as well, to my front door. I vote EVERY Election. I own many firearms. There are 4.2 million gun owners in CA, not 8 million. According to The Federalist Papers, California has… Read more »

joefoam
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joefoam

Its apparent that the politicians that propose and enact gun control laws simply ignore past history and current events. They also have no common sense. It also speaks to the ignorance of the voters to allow themselves to be pandered to by these laws that have shown themselves to be totally ineffective.

n.r.ringlee
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n.r.ringlee

Progressivism is a disease. The particular brand of New Left Progressivism infecting California is a terminal disease. Symptoms include emotionally driven public policy with no rational analysis and absolutely no critical thinking involved. Also commonly occurring is the complete inability to reflect on previous public policy decisions and analyze effectiveness or lack thereof. Temporary relief of symptoms can be achieved by passing ever increasing numbers of thoughtless policies. In the end, the republic withers and dies.

Marcus
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Marcus

Laws will only get worse with the arrival of Gavin Newscum. Logic and reason do not apply to these national socialist but loose correlation and causation does so lest hope for the worse to come to the state to be a warning to others of what not to do.

Marcus
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Marcus

I’m familiar with CA Gun laws but left long before the Reich of Gavin Newscum which everyone saw coming. Its important we hope for the worst in CA as the worse the state gets the better the example it sets for what not to do as a state. Logic and reason do not apply to the National Socialist but hard reality with loose correlation and causation does.