Right Out of the Mold: California’s New Sen. Padilla Another Anti-Gunner

Alex Padilla fills California vacancy created by Kamala Harris. (Screen snip, YouTube, Cal. Secretary of State)
Alex Padilla fills the California vacancy created by Kamala Harris. (Screen snip, YouTube, Cal. Secretary of State)

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- As if to quickly dispel any confusion about how he will vote on Second Amendment issues now that he is replacing Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate, Democrat Alex Padilla—appointed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill the Harris vacancy—declared in his acceptance statement, “I’m going to the Senate so we can finally make real progress on our long-challenges… from climate change to immigration reform to common-sense gun safety.”

The firearms community is well aware of the term “common-sense gun safety” is camo-speak for extremist gun control. Padilla, a Democrat career politician who has bounced up the political ladder from his election to the Los Angeles City Council more than 20 years ago, advancing to the State Senate in 2006 and then to California’s Secretary of State, will be another rubber stamp vote on Capitol Hill against gun rights.

Following the July 2019 shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, Padilla was quick to post on Facebook, “The gun used in Sunday’s shooting was banned in California, but the gunman bought it legally in a neighboring state. California leads on gun safety, but we need national common sense.”

As he arrives in Washington, D.C. mouthing his “common-sense gun safety” rhetoric, Padilla will likely get a pass from the establishment media, which has yet to challenge the gun prohibitionist lexicon for its deceptiveness.

As Larry Keane, senior vice president and general counsel at the National Shooting Sports Foundation noted recently in a Washington Examiner Op-Ed, “(T)he media is often caught foaming at the mouth to report on the various ways Second Amendment advocates such as the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation protect the right to keep and bear arms in the courts and in federal, state, and local governments. By contrast, Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety’s support of extreme measures such as gun confiscation and firearm magazine capacity limits are allowed to be billed unchallenged to the public as ‘sensible gun laws.’”

The message on a popular T-shirt produced by WaGuns.org, a Washington State-based gun-rights group, sums it up well:

Gun Control is Not Gun Saftey, WaGuns.org

Padilla is coming into the Senate in the midst of a surge in gun buying. As recently reported by ABC News, “An estimated 21 million guns have been sold so far in 2020, up 73% over the same period last year, according to an analysis of FBI background check data by The Trace, an independent investigative news site.”

He was one of several named political figures who supported Newsom’s Proposition 63, described by the Huffington Post as “a sweeping gun-control measure that will bolster the state’s already substantial restrictions on firearms and ammunition.”

Padilla joins a herd of Democrat gun control proponents already salivating at the prospect of a 50-50 split in the Senate—with ties to be decided by Harris in her new role as Senate President and U.S. vice president under Joe Biden—so they can make California gun laws the national standard. The Senate balance will be decided on Jan. 5 with runoff elections for both of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats.

But that may not be as easily done as the gun prohibition lobby might believe.

The ABC report quoted some new gun owners including Floridian Trish Beaudet, mother of three who recently bought a handgun, the first firearm she’s ever owned.

“Pulling a gun is the last thing I ever want to do,” Beaudet told ABC, “but I want to know that if I need to protect myself, my family, my, you know, my children, that I can do that.”

The pandemic panic that started in early 2020 was reinforced over the summer by social and racial unrest following the May death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The situation has not been helped by efforts to defund police departments and reduce their manpower, raising in public safety concerns.

It’s a socio-political environment in which an increasing number of people, including Beaudet, have fallen back on their Second Amendment rights. Before 2020, she explained, “I’ve never owned a gun. I’ve never wanted a gun. I’ve never had a gun in my home.”

The surge in gun sales this year has been phenomenal, according to various sources, including the gun control crowd. Anti-gunners are especially alarmed, because they may shift public opinion about firearms ownership.

That much was suggested six months ago by Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, an organization that has seen growing interest in membership this year.

“We’ve witnessed something that is nothing short of a sea change,” Gottlieb said at the time, “and in some cases might approach the level of epiphany, about gun ownership. We’ve heard anecdotal reports from all over the country about people flocking to gun shops who had never before owned a firearm. Now that they are gun owners, we expect them to be very protective of their rights.”

Now that they are gun owners, many if not most are showing an interest in shooting, which partly explains the ammunition shortages being reported on social media.

About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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You can’t help but wonder if this guy has ties to the cartels. Disarming the US would be a security nightmare and allow cartels to predate on US communities. Be very careful California voters who you put your trust in. Gun control is a tyrants booty: it will lead the US into Balkanization and what we see as a currently rising Fascist Police State at the state level.


He is a demonrat. You know he is tied to something illegal lining his pockets somewhere just like liden, kamaltoe, clinton, bush, pukeoski, Finestien, sanders and Mc Cain proved before he died. They are all tied to China the NWO and and the swamp and they control our country. Trump tried to change that and break it. That is the reason why republicans vote against his proposals are are against him. Not because he is a bad president. He has already proven the contrary in addition to being the only president to give up his paycheck to the people each… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by musicman44mag

this moron will have capital police protecting him in the senate. recently, one of the lefty idiots wanted a change in house rules to ban all members of congress from carrying weapons on the hill. if they are so opposed to firearms they should give up their capital police protection. a majority, if not most members of congress do not represent us, they represent their self interest and those members should be removed from office. they take an oath of office to uphold and defend the Constitution, which includes the Bill of Rights, but they enact legislation to limit or… Read more »

Bill Sr.

Im 68yrs old and have never seen my country so close to the brink of another Civil War Believe you me if the democrats keep pushing their socialist/communist agendas upon us things are simply going to blow-up beyond their worst nightmare Just what in the name of God do they expect us to do? Kneel down and worship the ground they walk on as they strip us of our rights inch by inch?Our so called elected representatives don’t listen to the people they work for and just do as they damn well please while giving us the middle finger if… Read more »

Ansel Hazen

Trumps hand on the bible 1/20/21 or lock and load.


Their laws mean nothing unless there are armed government employees who will follow any and all orders (unless they apply to fellow LEOs, their boss, their relatives, or their friends). I don’t know what percent will simply not enforce the laws against anyone. I remain optimistic that percent will be high. There have been a few former LEOs on this site who have indicated the laws have already gone too far and the ones on the horizon are beyond the pale. There are a number of different groups of people who have some hard decisions to make in the near… Read more »


Just look at NY. The police there won’t even answer if they took an oath to the Constitution. Crowdsource the Truth ask them all the time. Granted he does come off a little rash. But it’s a simple yes or no question. And now NY trying to start camps for covid patients. https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/a416 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv1nnE0442M


And now NY wants to start concentration camps for known Covid patients. Please go to website & leave a response. I know they will delete it. They deleted a few of mine. But I do see they are now getting more negative action than they expected. NY may need their 2A sooner than expected. https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/a416


The Kamal still has to resign first…


I visited my local gun store. Ammo shelves were almost bare except for shotgun rounds. The wheel gun display was almost empty. There were VERY few pistols on display. I understand the producers of ammo are working hard. However, it is very frustrating when it is nigh onto impossible to purchase ammo which was always available. The price of the ammo there was within reason. Not as the price gouging which is going on, on the internet and some other stores.
I do appreciate my local gun store.


I think they grow these people in vats someplace. Sorry, California!


I don’t think there is a republican alive that would not be supprised by this. Typical for whoever is in power to put someone of their own kind in a position. Nothing against either side but that is why I am looking and leaving Oregone. South Dakota looks like possibly the best choice. It is dominated by republicans, has a republican governor and is still free from the sanctions that the left governors are imposing. I have my money in hand and I am waiting to see who is going to actually be our president. If liden decides that the… Read more »


South Dakota also has one of the best governors. However, what if you move there only to find out that gooder12 is your neighbor?


Hey Dave, I thought “the trace” was part of Bloomberg’s anti-gun efforts.




Oh, they will be. Veterans in the BATFE, FBI, US Marshals, State Police, County Sheriff’s offices, City/Town police, and dozens of other armed agencies. OOH-RAH!