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I have not used this space to focus on California issues because this
is, after all, WorldNetDaily. However, for good or ill,
California historically has introduced a wide variety of things that
have become national in scope. Therefore, I want to share and/or warn
the rest of the nation of the extraordinary harm about to inflicted on
law-abiding California residents and a grass-roots effort designed to
correct the myopic arrogance of a cabal of socialist power-freaks who
were actually elected to office.

Governor Gray Davis is about to sign a so-called “Assault Weapons”
bill (SB23) which despite previous gubernatorial vetoes has been as
persistent as athlete’s foot. This legislative bouillabaisse of leftist
excrement will make ANY firearm that is capable of accepting a magazine
an assault weapon. The litany of egregious specifics is far too long for
this column.

The bill sailed through the Democrat-controlled California Assembly
and the Democrat-controlled California State Senate and is now awaiting
the signature of the state’s Democrat Governor.

This insidious legislation closely mirrors the tragic failure
Australia implemented last year. Australia spent some half billion
taxpayer dollars to confiscate and destroy a bunch of weapons. Although
non-compliance was high, over 600,000 weapons were confiscated and
destroyed. One year later, the results of the Australian experiment were
posted. One year after gun-owners were forced to surrender 640,381
personal firearms to be destroyed, including semi-automatic .22 rifles
and shotguns, a program costing the government over $500 million, the
results suggest what California can anticipate.

Observable facts, after 12 months of data:

     

  • Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent.

     

  • Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent.

     

  • Australia-wide, armed-robberies are up 44 percent (yes, FORTY-FOUR
    PERCENT).

     

  • In the state of Victoria, homicides-with-firearms are up 300 percent.

     

  • Figures over the previous 25 years show a steady decrease in
    homicides-with-firearms (changed dramatically in the past 12 months).

     

  • Figures over the previous 25 years show a steady decrease in
    armed-robbery-with-firearms (changed dramatically in the past 12
    months).

     

  • There has been a dramatic increase in
    break – ins – and – assaults – of – the – elderly.

     

  • At the time of the ban, the prime minister said, “self-defense is not
    a reason for owning a firearm.”

     

  • From 1910 to present, homicides in Australia had averaged about
    1.8-per-100, 000 or lower, a safe society by any standard.

     

  • The membership of the Australian Sports Shooting Association has
    risen to 112,000, a 200 percent increase, in response to the ban and as
    an attempt to organize against further controls, which are expected.

I have had these stats posted to my web page since January. I have
been trying to work behind the scenes to find “some” standard bearers to
take on the California Democrats run amok. I have been lied to, stroked,
BS’d and warned off by individuals and organizations we are conditioned
to accept as our saviors.

In May I wrote a rant for a California online service outlining a
procedural tool available to stall implementation of this bad bill,
which you can read by clicking here.
California’s Constitution
provides for a “Referendum.” It is a little used and very difficult tool
to qualify. However, if or when the proper hurdles are jumped, and the
sufficient number of valid registered voter signatures submitted, a bad
bill can be put to a vote of the entire state.

Governor Gray Davis will sign SB23 — State Sen. Don Perata’s assault
weapons enhancement bill — at a dog and pony show in San Francisco
today. This is an ill conceived and dangerously written piece of
legislation. This law would create unacceptable restrictions for
hundreds of thousands of California residents. Law-abiding citizens who
refuse to comply with this over reaching government mandate (and there
will be a bunch of them) would become felons. Some Californians will
recall those pistol and rifle magazines holding more than ten rounds
were supposed to continue to be legal because they were “grand-fathered
in” if they were manufactured before the date of the legislation that
banned them. Sorry, Grandpa was just eviscerated by SB 23. On the day
the legislation goes into effect, you’re a felon if you have one. There
also is a particularly pernicious new clause which no one seems to
notice, added to the California Penal Code:

 

    12276.1 (a) Notwithstanding Section 12276, “assault weapon” shall
    also mean any of the following:

    (1) A semiautomatic centerfire rifle that has the capacity to accept
    a detachable magazine and any of the following. … (It goes on to list
    such features as a pistol grip, thumbhole stock, vertical handgrip,
    folding or telescoping stock, etc.)

     

This terminal language is beyond duplicitous. It does NOT say,
“has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and ALSO HAS any of
the following.” That might border on reasonable. As written, it refers
to having the “capacity to accept a detachable magazine and the capacity
to accept any of the following. On January 1, 2000 anyone possessing any
magazine-fed centerfire rifle or carbine may be a felon.

We have the capacity and urgent need to correct this gross
legislative abuse of power under the color of authority:

 

    “Pursuant to Article II, Section 9 of the California
    Constitution, a referendum is the power of the electors to approve or
    reject any statute enacted by the Legislature except urgency statutes,
    those calling elections or those providing for tax levies or
    appropriations for usual current expenses of the state. It is important
    to note that the entire title and summary, circulation, verification and
    certification procedures must be completed within 90 days from July 19,
    1999, when the bill was signed and chaptered. If the referendum petition
    qualifies, it will be placed before the voters at the next regular
    special statewide election held at least 31 days from the date of
    certification.”

     

In the wake of conspicuous silence from those who should be
leading, I have been forced into the unenviable position of feeling
compelled to do something.

     

  • Governor Davis is scheduled to sign SB 23 today (Monday, July 19).

     

  • Tuesday, July 20, I will submit a referral letter to Secretary of
    State Bill Jones.

     

  • The bill thence will be in effect “tabled” for 90 days, during which
    time I need to collect over 419,000 valid California voter signatures.
    We are hoping to be able to collect over a million signatures.

     

  • If we are successful, the law will be put on the next general
    election in California, and voters will vote to either agree with the
    governor and permit implementation of draconian absurdity … OR vote to
    repeal the law.

We may lose this fight, and if we do, the other 49 states had best
beware. However, we will fight. We may even win. More and more people
realize that the over-reaching of a legislature pursuing an agenda far
more liberal than the constituency they are supposed to represent
exceeds the definition of arrogance.

This is more than just a gun rights issue. This is a Bill of Rights
issue. We have established a new domain vetothegovernor.org
for the purpose of coordinating and
managing the petition drive.

I had been most reluctant to take on this task. The big gun rights
groups have been diffident to incur the wrath of Sarah Brady’s hordes.
My attitude is this: Law abiding gun owners and ANYONE who supports the
Constitution and Bill of Rights is getting bulldozed. We are getting
NOTHING from our leaders, nothing from our legislatures, and nothing
from our presumed allies. I would rather get in the fight, and fight.
Win if we can, or lose if we must, but at least make the gun-grabbing,
liberty-eroding, freedom-hating SOBs pay some price.

This is going to be a very fast and totally grass-roots effort. I have
been told to form a 501-c-3 non-profit organization. I have been
referred to several experienced and talented consultants and lawyers. I
am not going that route. We need another 501-c-3 like a moose needs a
hat rack.

To me, this is not just a Second Amendment issue. What California is
doing, and what President Clinton and his co-conspirators are doing is
waging war on the Bill of Rights and the very Constitution to which they
swore an oath.

When an elected hypocrite swears a sacred oath to “preserve and
protect the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic,” and
THEN becomes the very domestic enemy they have promised to protect us
from, then they are at best guilty of fraud, or perjury — at worst,
they are deserving of our contempt and abandonment.

When the framers signed the Declaration of Independence, they wrote,
“And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the
protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our
lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” Don’t we who have so
benefited from their sacrifices owe them, our country, and our children
at least some token of our respect? Our lives are terminal. Our fortunes
fleeting. But to those who still embrace honor, that is as infinite and
sacred as our souls.

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