Is there anything more pathetic than reacting to a gun crime by a deranged individual than preening for the cameras and proposing meaningless new laws that won’t deter anything? It’s quite obvious everyone–from family, friends to law enforcement–knew this punk Elliot Rodger was out of his mind, yet everyone looked the other way. Then when he acts on his threats the law-abiding are supposed to sacrifice their rights to assuage the guilt of simpletons. Can the thought process of these people get any lazier?
The new firearms bill would create a “gun violence restraining order,” using the same process employed for restraining orders in cases of domestic violence.
If notified by a subject’s family or friends that someone could harm himself or others, law enforcement officers would be able to petition a judge to grant a restraining order that could prohibit possession or purchase of a gun.
Ooh, it could prohibit possession. Well, now, that’ll stop bad guys in their tracks.
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) said last weekend’s Isla Vista rampage illustrated gaps in the state’s gun and mental health laws. The family of Elliot Rodger, the shooter, had raised concerns with law enforcement about his mental state, and Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies visited Rodger at his apartment in April but took no action against him.
“Here we had a situation where a mother was aware that her son was a danger to himself and others. She tried to intervene,” Skinner said.
So because law enforcement in this case may well have been incompetent then regular citizens should have their rights stripped away.
Sam Paredes, executive director of the Gun Owners of California, called the proposal (AB 1014) offered by multiple lawmakers including Skinner, a “knee-jerk reaction.”
California already has a system to prevent mentally ill people from obtaining weapons, he noted: an involuntary psychiatric detention known as a “5150.”
Meanwhile, emotional reactions still have people blaming the NRA for some odd reason, as if a group that promotes gun safety is responsible for the acts of a lunatic. Then you have the just plain stupid exposing themselves as absolute morons, using the First Amendment to call for the end of the Second:
YO deejay run that back! On the record… FUCK THE SECOND AMENDMENT
— Lucas Neff (@RealLucasNeff) May 28, 2014
Deep thoughts, dude.