Speaking of restrictive California gun laws and sheriffs who basically forbid carry of firearms in their counties, it seems that only law-abiding citizens—and not criminals—are willing to play by those rules.
On Thursday, two San Francisco news crews reporting live on the murder of a woman in the Bay area were robbed at gunpoint, and a camera operator pistol-whipped. According to news reports, crews from KNTV-Channel 11 and KTVU-Channel 2 were reporting live when the robbery occurred, and their camera and recording equipment were stolen. Part of the robbery was actually broadcast on air.
The armed robbers apparently weren’t aware of—or simply didn’t care about—the restrictive gun laws that limit law-abiding citizens’ right to bear arms in San Francisco. Neither, apparently, was the armed murderer who had killed the woman earlier, prompting the news coverage.
Texas Man Shoots Home Invasion Suspect
A Garland, Texas homeowner is fine after shooting a home invasion suspect who had burst through a window in his house while he slept in another room.
According to police reports, the homeowner was awakened by the sound of glass breaking. “The homeowner retrieved a pistol and found a male subject climbing through a broken window into his living room,” Garland Police Department spokesperson Joe Harn said in a press release.
Fearing for his safety, the homeowner fired one round at the intruder, who immediately fled. He later showed up at an area hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound, but didn’t survive. At the time of this posting, the homeowner had not been arrested or charged.
The Times’ Trust Issue
Sheriffs in San Diego and Yolo counties use California’s requirement that citizens show “good cause” for bearing arms to deny nearly all applications for permits—a policy NRA has challenged, and won, a preliminary court battle over in the Ninth Circuit.
In a July 3 op-ed, The New York Times defended the sheriffs, saying they “properly argued that public safety was ultimately at stake and applicants needed to cite more than their concerns about their own safety …”
Acknowledging neighboring California sheriffs who grant permits, the Times then writes, “That hardly justifies scuttling the right and duty of other communities to determine what is necessary for their citizens’ safety.”
Actually, that’s exactly what it does. In California (and every other state), permit bearers have proven themselves trustworthy. So now the burden is on the Times to justify their distrust of lawful Americans. Tell us, Times, what threat to public safety do we pose?