In the U.S., we have the right to keep and bear arms…
…Unless you’re unlucky enough to live behind the iron curtain of oppression that dominates several states, including California.
Come this weekend, citizens of the State of California will have their rights routinely violated if the government does not approve of one’s right to bear arms. A new law is set to go into effect on January 1st that allows the government to seize lawfully-owned firearms from legal gun owners if they have been deemed unfit to be allowed to own such firearms.
Calling them “gun violence restraining orders,” California lawmakers passed a law that would allow state Stormtroopers to confiscate legally-owned firearms from gun owners if it is decided that they pose a danger to themselves or others by a judge. This action requires no prior notice and thus, as the person has not been found guilty of anything nor been allowed to face their accuser, no semblance of due process exists for the gun owners adversely affected by this tyrannical law.
Illustrating how unfairly paternal the State of California has become, Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Michael Moore explained the law in sanitized terms like one would do for a child:
“The law gives us a vehicle to cause the person to surrender their weapons, to have a time out, if you will.”
One should note the careful circumlocution on Moore’s part so as to not have to use the word “confiscate.” Instead of “confiscating” the legally-owned weapons, the law allows the jackboot-adorned to allow a “person to surrender their weapons” and “have a time out.”
However, why should any free citizen be compelled to surrender anything to police if they have not been charged with a crime? Though some might be considered too-dangerous to have firearms, unconstitutionally seizing legally-owned property is unlikely to make these targets of police harassment more reasonable.
California law already allows for the confiscation of weapons from those who have been found guilty of a violent offense. The new law concerning gun violence restraining orders is a radical escalation of this principle that is bereft of any semblance of due process. That a judge has signed-off on the illegal confiscation of constitutionally-protected property makes no difference; if a citizen has not been charged with a crime, there can be no legal or ethical basis for restricting his or her civil rights.
Laws such as these are touted as “commonsense” measures by despots who favor an incremental implementation of tyranny. However, it is the duty of law enforcement to uphold the law and reject orders that are in violation of the Constitution.
Hopefully, there are enough good police officers in the Golden State who will refuse such flagrant abuses of peoples’ constitutional rights and hopefully, the good citizens of California will refuse to comply with such outrageous constitutional violations.