After a suspect killed 6 and injured 13 in Santa Barbara in May despite his family’s warnings, California lawmakers drafted a bill empowering family members and police to seek “gun violence restraining orders” that would disarm people at risk of violent crimes before the bloodshed. But in August, members of gun groups, Oath Keepers, tea party groups and the John Birch Society opposed the measure. Carrying signs reading “Don’t grab our guns” and “Honk for our rights,” demonstrators, mostly men, defended the rights of violent offenders to keep and use their guns. “Where does it stop?” asked John Woodard, of Adelanto, a member of the NRA, echoing the familiar “persecution” theme of the gun lobby.
Gun rights trump violence and a few dead bodies? It’s the Best Argument for Gun Regulation.
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