In the wake of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001, the Obama administration, Democrats in Congress, and Hillary Clinton have all decided that it is finally time to get tough. Just not tough on terrorism. Instead of addressing the problem of radical Islamic jihad being waged here in the United States and around the globe, the left has resorted to their old tactic of attacking the Second Amendment.
In the weeks following Omar Mateen’s deadly rampage that left 49 dead at an Orlando nightclub, the administration has done everything in its power to shift the focus away from terror, and onto the tool he used to carry out his massacre. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson used the attack to announce that gun control would thus forward be considered DHS issue.
It turns out, however, that — in the eyes of some — even the Obama administration is not moving quickly enough to restrict gun owners’ rights.
Due to the fear or unwillingness on the left of uttering any variation of the words “radical Islam,” — their “Voldemort strategy” — they instead have gone after the inanimate objects that terrorists sometimes use to carry out their attacks. Democrats have walked in lockstep following the Orlando nightclub attack, using the tragedy to promote harsher gun laws. But for the most liberal state in the union, the Second Amendment is not being erased quickly enough.
Late last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed six new gun control measures, making the state with some of the strictest gun control laws even stricter.
Brown’s action will require people who own magazines that hold more than 10 rounds to give them up. It extends a 1999 law that made it illegal to buy a high-capacity magazine or to bring one into the state but allowed people who already owned them to keep them.
In an attempt to slow gun users from rapidly reloading, the governor signed a bill outlawing new weapons that have a device known as a bullet button. Gun makers developed bullet buttons to get around California’s assault weapons ban, which prohibited new rifles with magazines that can be detached without the aid of tools. A bullet buttons allows a shooter to quickly dislodge the magazine using the tip of a bullet or other small tool.
People will be allowed to keep weapons they already own with bullet buttons, which are often referred to as “California compliant.”
Brown also endorsed a bill making another attempt to regulate ammunition sales after a law passed in 2009 was struck down by a Fresno County judge who said it was too vague. The new law will require ammunition sellers to be licensed and buyers to undergo background checks. Transactions will be recorded.
He also opted to require a background check before a gun can be loaned to someone who isn’t a family member.
“Strong gun laws work. … What we’re doing in California is a better job of keeping guns out of dangerous hands,” said Amanda Wilcox, a spokeswoman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, whose daughter was killed by a shooter using a high-capacity magazine.
The governor vetoed an effort to expand a six-month-old program that allows courts to temporarily restrict gun ownership rights for people suspected of being dangerous and decided against restricting all firearm purchases to one per month, a limitation that already applies to handguns.
Another bill he vetoed would have asked voters to strengthen penalties for stealing a gun, which voters will already be deciding it through Newsom’s initiative. The ballot measure also will ask voters to require reporting of lost and stolen firearms — an idea Brown rejected Friday and has rejected at least twice before.
Notice that the governor vetoed the two bills that would have made it the hardest for actual criminals to get their hands on guns. Considering that all of the bills the governor signed will really only affect law-abiding gun owners, many have been left wondering who Brown is really targeting with these laws.