Everyone has the right to defend themselves against criminals who want to hurt them. In today’s world, the best tool for that purpose is a firearm. Disarming the people in Thousand Oaks did nothing but create a shooting gallery for anyone who wanted to casually kill as many people as possible. Sadly, that is exactly what happened there. Given our new governor’s political mindset, we should ready ourselves for more of the same. I wish it weren’t true, but it is.
This is where local elections and judges become very important. For example: local sheriffs are elected officials who often stand against state and federal overreach. Of the 58 county sheriffs in California, many are pro-gun. It is the urban sheriffs who are not. Even so, some of the urban sheriffs are shifting their view. Our sheriff in San Diego County has been very hesitant to issue CCW permits in the past. However, he has opened that policy considerably since November of last year. As a result, many more law abiding San Diegans go armed each day. He made the policy change because he faced a serious threat to his re-election if he didn’t.
Another example is a local major in one of the suburbs. His name is Bill Wells. Bill is the mayor of the city of El Cajon. He is a former gun shop owner and a strong supporter of the second amendment. Recently, a homeowner in El Cajon shot and killed a man who was burglarizing the homeowner’s car late at night. When the homeowner went outside to see what was happening, the burglar moved toward him in a threatening manner. The homeowner shot him and the burglar died. As far as I know, the homeowner was not arrested by El Cajon Police. Neither was he prosecuted by the district attorney. The district attorney stated, based upon the investigation carried out by El Cajon Police, that no criminal charges were to be brought against the homeowner since he was on his own property, in legal possession of the firearm and reasonably felt that he was under threat of death or great bodily harm. El Cajon Police Lieutenant Walt Miller was quoted as saying…
“We would always encourage them (armed citizens) to call the police department first, but nothing prohibits them from doing that (defending themselves). This is the United States; there are a lot of homeowners that own firearms. So, that’s always a possibility that a home a suspect may be breaking into or vehicle a suspect may be breaking into, they should take into account a firearm may be in that person’s house.”
I’m not sure things would have gone that way under a different mayor.
Judges are also a big deal. In fact, the importance of judicial elections and appointments should be fairly obvious to most people at this point. Thankfully, the Republicans have retained the United State Senate. As a result, the president can continue doing what he has been doing since day one: stacking the federal courts with strict constructionist judges.
The California legislature and governor will continue to pass left wing and anti-gun laws. It is the local officials (mayors, city councils members, sheriffs and district attorneys) who have the power to protect their constituents in the short term by simply choosing how and when to enforce those laws. San Diego is a big city, so I can’t have much effect on who becomes mayor of San Diego. But I can effect who becomes mayor of the little suburban town that I live in just outside of San Diego. My mayor, like Mayor Wells in El Cajon, is very conservative and pro-gun. As a consequence, so is our police chief. Remember, sheriffs are elected officials and police chiefs work for the mayor and the city council members (who are all elected officials). So, while you cannot elect the police chief, you certainly can elect the chief’s bosses. It is also important to remember that sheriffs are not the only officials who can issue concealed carry permits in California. Police chiefs also have that authority. If your sheriff will not issue, then focus on replacing your mayor and city council members with pro-gun people. It may be easier to replace the officials in a smaller city than it is to replace a big city sheriff.
On the other end of things are the federal judges. Federal judges have the power to drag California kicking and screaming into compliance with the United States Constitution. Fortunately, while the left gets to have Nancy Pelosi run the House of Representatives, we get to keep the power to stuff the federal courts with constitutional conservative judges and there is nothing that the left can do about it. Filling the federal bench with constitutional conservative judges is exactly what President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell have been doing since day one. Thankfully, recent election results have left both of those men in the position to keep right on doing it.
The most important thing that you and I can do is to resist the temptation to wallow in anger and discouragement. This is going to be a long tough fight. It will take tough people to fight it. I’m one. Are you?