‘Expert’ Explanation for Why California Still Has ‘Gun Violence’ Misses the Obvious

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. (Gavin Newsom/Facebook)

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Experts explain why California is still rife with gun violence despite some of the most stringent gun laws in the country,” a Thursday hit piece on the right to keep and bear arms by ABC News promises. “Many of the current laws were enacted within the past several years.” Why, indeed.

A photo included in the article gives all of us non-experts a clue: Candlelight vigil protestors with a sign that screams, “THE PROBLEM IS GUNS!”

No, of course, it is not, and you don’t need to be an expert to demonstrate why. Take the combined membership of all the national and state “gun rights” groups and you have a population of several million, arguably the most heavily-armed civilian population on the planet – and inarguably the most peaceable. Acts of armed violence attributable to their criminal activities – and rates – are virtually non-existent. With the desperate push on by the government and the “mainstream” media to smear heritage Americans as hate-filled extremists, if an NRA member were involved in an armed robbery, a drive-by, or a mass shooting, we’d know about it.

That said, a real expert has weighed in, and his findings confirm this. As noted in my previous report, economist and author John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center has a new paper demonstrating a fundamental reality those behind the citizen disarmament agenda refuse to acknowledge:

 “Murder isn’t a nationwide problem. It’s a problem in a small set of urban areas…”

To paraphrase Democrat strategist James Carville’s slogan about the economy, it’s the criminals, stupid.

Being so far off the mark, is it any surprise the useful idiots promoting an agenda to disarm their countrymen don’t know what they’re talking about? While those using them know exactly what they’re talking about and are counting on lies being swallowed whole and spread?

So, what is it the “gun controllers” say they want?

The usual. Semiauto and magazine bans. Waiting periods. No private sales. No DIY guns. Due process-free “red flag” edicts. Denying rights to young adults. Lock up your safety requirements. Purchase limits. Prior restraint tests to exercise a right. No bearing arms unless approved by state enforcers.

Don’t worry if that list looks incomplete. It never will be completed. When the grabbers pass more infringements and those don’t work, they’ll add to it and demand more. None of them will ever go on record defining what they consider to be “enough.” That’s because the calculating minds behind the useful idiots want it all.

That’s why they’re called “totalitarians.”

Newsom and the “experts” admit that no law will solve it all, and they have no shortage of excuses to nonetheless press on. And when talking about “background checks,” their admissions get downright ironic to the point of surreal:

“In addition, at-risk purchasers could be answering questions on the background check untruthfully, especially questions regarding substance abuse and mental health problems, Lori Post, director of the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, told ABC News.”

One wonders if Lori and her fellow insulated ivory tower dwellers have ever heard the name “Hunter Biden.”

Of course, they have, but none of that matters as far as those always pushing for “more” are concerned. The issue for them now is for the feds to impose California-style restrictions on the rest of the Republic.

“We’re supposed to be leading the world, not just responding to these mass crises and expressing damn prayers and condolences over and over and over again,” Newsom groused for the cameras.

“Damn prayers.”  Interesting choice of words.  But they also show how the narrative promoted by confirmed prohibitionists like Newsom is the same one being offered by those posing as “moderate” brokers of “reasonable compromise,” what I call “kinder, gentler citizen disarmament.” Consider these words from a recent email alert by 97percent:

“While we grieve with the victims and their families, 97Percent doesn’t want to engage in the thoughts and prayers chorus.”

At least they didn’t say “damn.” Still, it’s fair to ask why some gun influencers, by joining with the group, are in effect, legitimizing them with their followers.

It’s also fair to ask how California, not that long ago reliably Republican (for what that was worth), has so quickly become irreversibly Democrat.

And when are the national and state groups that gun owners rely on for political leadership going to acknowledge what is making that outcome inevitable for the rest of the country?

About 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. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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no government has ever solved a problem in the history of the world, they only create them and then claim they are the only ones that can attempt to fix those same problems they have created. firearms are not the problem. they are inanimate objects that require human interaction to function, whether for good or evil. the people who want to control the firearms of law-abiding citizens are the problem. they will never go after the criminal element who is illegally possessing and using firearms to harm people, they want to restrict the law-abiding citizens rights. also notice that the… Read more »


That’s because they don’t have common sense.


No common sense, and no moral sense. Liberalism, leftism, socialism – however you brand it (I’m leaning toward clinically undiagnosed brain disease), at the moment I can’t think of a single point of the “progressive” movement that is good for mankind in general. Pretty much all of what they are currently selling is harmful or hurtful to the average American citizen and to society as a whole, including themselves. They just can’t, or refuse to see it. Sadly, if/when they finally realize how bad it is, they’ll simply blame it on capitalism or conservatives because it’s never their fault. The… Read more »


The reason they don’t see it or ignore it is because it is making them filthy rich and that is all they care about. Money and Power is their God.


The problem is NOT GUNS, it’s criminals, it’s stupid people who vote for more stupid people who love criminals.




So the left wants to end so called gun violence? Answer, execute all prisoners that are doing life without parole right now and anyone who uses a gun in a crime, two times gets automatic execution, no plea bargain like I think Alec Baldwin is going to get. Oregone where most of us believe don’t do the crime if you don’t want to do the time. Not the lefts stance of please don’t commit crimes but we understand if you do because you have been oppressed all your life and you cannot help it so we will make allowances for… Read more »


Agree. Two violent strikes your dead.

-trial,Appeals,Sentence within 2 years of the crime
Execute every death row inmate and two time violent felon at 6 pm on TV so parents can teach their children what happens to criminals……..and do it till the prisons are empty


No rest or mercy for the wicked.



Nothing like a hanging to bring good people together. lol

Last edited 1 month ago by Arny

Yep and have a good old fashioned Placerville Kommiefornia picnic.


socialist communist democrats are the main problem and some worthless idiot republicans all anti-Americans


I find it interesting that MDA is trying to co-opt the orange color that is used by VCDL on their Guns Saves Lives t-shirts, buttons, stickers, etc. They started a few years ago with limited graphics using the orange background. Before that, they used red as their background. I found it amusing then, due to blaze orange being a color worn by hunters, and for the VCDL slogan, but I see now, they want to the general public to associate the orange with gun control. So instead of when seeing orange and it being the background color of the VCDL… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Heed_the_Call-up

I’ve commented this x-number of times on Ammoland, but it’s worth repeating: Gun control imposed on civilians allows the elites to PRETEND that they’re doing something against crime, when they never support, Stop, Question & Frisk, heavy imprisonment for felons, no bail for repeat offenders, capital punishment, etc. You all know the rest they avoid. For them it’s always about guns. Rinse and repeat after every atrocity. They know nothing about the public safety they pretend to tout.

Last edited 1 month ago by Wass

I do NOT support STOP. Question & frisk. That is a damn Police State. No matter where they perform this.


I thought that these people, wearing orange,were criminals in their orange jump suits.

Wild Bill

Yes, these people are a joke! Speaking of jokes, here is one that I thought funny: I recently spent $6,500 on this registered Black Angus bull. I put him out with the herd, but he just ate grass and wouldn’t even look at a cow. I was beginning to think I had paid more for that bull than he was worth. Anyway… I had the Vet come and take a look at him. He said the bull was very healthy, but possibly just a little young, so he gave me some pills to feed him once per day. The bull… Read more »


LOL, thanks for that one. That’s too funny.

You probably know this one. Young bull and an old bull standing on the top of the hill. Young bull says hey what do you say we run down there and each of us service one of those cows, old bull says what do you say we walk down there and service all of the cows.

Have a great day.


WB… I kinda thought they tasted more like spearment .

Wild Bill

Funny and clean, too!!


Since you apparently tasted the pills, peppermint taste. Have you broke into the neighbors servicing their wives. You may get shot if you eat to many of these pills. lol


They are against our rights and the constitution. They should be banished from our country for ever. This nonsense needs to stop!

Dubi Loo

Evil demonic scumbags


All they want is some action…Give it to me baby!

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I like that!


The Left wants to disarm America for one reason, and one reason only. You won’t be able to fight back as they herd you into the cattle cars as they send you to the Concentration/Re-Education Camps.