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From The Editor | L.A. On A Path To Criminal Paradise

From The Editor | L.A. On A Path To Criminal Paradise

Last week I detailed how Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian and the rest of the council had voted to give criminals the upper hand by banning law-abiding citizens from possessing ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

I explained how the ban was, in fact, aimed at law-abiding citizens—not the criminals the council said it was targeting. Krekorian even admitted as much: “People who are civilians, people who want to defend their homes, people who want to defend their families don’t need a hundred-round drum magazine and an automatic weapon to do it.”In truth, requiring a law-abiding citizen who owns a gun for self-defense in these dangerous times to disable it is nothing more than an invitation for more home invasions by violent criminals.

As I mentioned then, since criminals, by definition, don’t follow laws, they won’t soon be lining up to turn in any magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. You can count on that.

Now, just a week later, the council has gone another step in making the city more dangerous for the law-abiding and more inviting to violent criminals, this time unanimously approving a “safe storage” law that requires law-abiding citizens to lock up or disable handguns in their home, leaving them useless for self-defense.

And again, Krekorian—the criminal’s best friend—thinks the measure is the cat’s meow. The proposed gun storage law is “the strongest, most well-thought-out, most defensible, most important, most significant step forward on safe storage of firearms in the state of California,” Krekorian pontificated.

In truth, requiring a law-abiding citizen who owns a gun for self-defense in these dangerous times to disable it is nothing more than an invitation for more home invasions by violent criminals. That’s so simple even Krekorian should be able to understand it.

Try to put yourself in a violent criminal’s shoes and analyze the council’s actions the past couple of weeks.

Two Weeks Ago: You and your buddy plan to break into someone’s house to rob, rape or murder. You know that the person on the other side of the door might have a self-defense handgun handy, and they also might have enough magazine capacity that they can put up a pretty good defense. It’s decision time: Take your chances, or look for a less dangerous time and place to commit your mayhem?The only thing more frustrating than the criminal-enabling action of Krekorian and the council over the past couple of weeks is not knowing what they might have in store next.

Last Week: Again, you and your buddy plan to break into someone’s house to rob, rape or murder. You know that the person on the other side of the door might have a self-defense handgun handy, but you’re now aware that you have the edge on firepower—after all, your mags hold 17 rounds each, and the armed citizen has had to get rid of any magazines holding more than 10. Again, it’s decision time: Take your chances? Yes or no?

Actually, the easy answer is wait just one more week so the city council can make your job even easier.

This Week: Once more, you and your buddy plan to break into someone’s house to rob, rape or murder. You no longer care about magazine capacity, because now the armed citizen can’t even have a loaded handgun handy to defend himself and his family. Your decision has suddenly become much easier. A fist bump follows—then out come your guns, down goes the door, and a defenseless family is left to face whatever horror and indignation you have planned for them.

The only thing more frustrating than the criminal-enabling action of Krekorian and the council over the past couple of weeks is not knowing what they might have in store next. Maybe they’ll outlaw door locks, so criminals won’t risk hurting their feet when kicking in your door. Perhaps in their zeal to further enable criminals, they’ll ban security alarm systems, too. Who knows, they might even direct law-abiding citizens to sign a contract swearing they won’t fight back against violent criminals with whatever small means they might have left. 

Once thing’s for certain: Violent criminals won’t be heeding any of the council’s most recent wasted effort. Just as they won’t line up to turn in their magazines holding more than 10 rounds, they won’t show up at your door with their handguns disabled or locked up.