As most of you know, I am a huge proponent of allowing law abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons. For the most part, I support any bill that allows more of the good guys to carry…..except this one. This is just another example of politicians not wanting to live by the rules that they made. The double standard here in California is ridiculous.
What really pisses me off, is the fact that the writers and supporters of this bill have done everything they can to block any attempt that we have made to allow concealed carry in this state. They have blocked all of our efforts and voted against anything expands concealed carry rights. But now the rules they made aren’t good enough to protect them, so they want a new set of rules that applies ONLY TO THEM.
In California a citizen has to show “good cause” in order to obtain a CCW. It is then up to the local Sheriff or Police Chief to decide whether or not you are worthy of one. I am fortunate enough to live in a county where our local sheriff is very conservative and has made it easy for law abiding citizens to carry weapons. Despite what the media and anti-gunners will have you believe, there isn’t a wave of violence or blood and guts in the streets around here. As a matter of fact, in the 30-or-so years that we have been issuing the licences, not one person has ever committed a crime with a legally carried gun. It’s almost as if only the criminals do that…interesting.
Anyway, back to my point. The legislators here in the golden state have for a long time supported stricter gun laws and have opposed carrying weapons. But now that they feel that their job is dangerous, they want to be able to protect themselves. Yet they still don’t understand why the public wants the same protection. Well, they probably understand, they just don’t care.
I thought this was supposed to be a government of the people. But what do I know, I’m just a dumb-ass paramedic.