California's Strict Gun Laws Failed to Stop the San Bernardino Attack

Image Credit: Randy Miramontez/
Image Credit: Randy Miramontez/
Image Credit: Randy Miramontez/
Just days after a terror attack in his state, California’s out-of-touch Gov. Brown a.k.a. Gov. Moonbeam, flew to Paris for the climate talks, and then proceeded to attack neighboring states Arizona and Nevada from his elite perch in Paris. Apparently Brown felt a need to blame the San Bernardino terror attacks on neighboring states’ gun laws so that California’s strict gun controls wouldn’t be seen to be as ineffective as they are in preventing such attacks:
“Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday that ‘wide open’ gun laws in Nevada and Arizona are a ‘gigantic back door through which any terrorist can walk,’ while he was noncommittal on efforts to strengthen gun control measures in California.
Brown, arriving in France for climate talks after the mass shooting in San Bernardino last week, called the shooting a terrorist attack.”
Arizona Gov. Ducey fired back at Gov. Moonbeam:
“All of Arizona mourns for the victims in California. To politicize a tragedy of this magnitude and use it as an opportunity to attack our state is out of bounds. Not only will we be ignoring Gov. Brown’s advice, but I call on him to retract his incredibly thoughtless and ill-advised comments.”
The Associated Press reports that California’s gun controls did nothing to stop the San Bernardino attack:

“The deadly shooting in San Bernardino happened in a state with some of the nation’s toughest gun laws: California bars assault weapons, blocks the sale of large-capacity magazines and requires universal background checks for all gun purchases.

Authorities say they believe attackers Syed Rizwan Farook and wife Tashfeen Malik had legally obtained two handguns and that two rifles were also legally purchased in California. Federal officials say the attackers had large-capacity magazines that violate California law in their SUV.

Since the attack Wednesday at a social service center in Southern California, the state’s strict laws and the apparent legal purchase of the weapons have set off a debate over the effectiveness of gun measures and whether getting tougher would help prevent more violence.”

What might help is if law enforcement agencies would enforce the plethora of existing gun control laws. This argument was set forth very clearly in the following video by NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre:

Under the existing federal gun laws, every felon with a gun, Drug dealer with a gun and criminal gangbanger with a gun could be taken off the streets tomorrow and locked up for five years or more. So why aren’t they?

If you want to stop violent crime, take violent criminals off the street. Prosecute them under existing gun laws.


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