California Gun Waiting Period Laws Ruled Unconstitutional

Second AmendmentFrom the CalGunsFoundation.org:

Federal court decides 10-day waiting period laws violate Second Amendment rights

ROSEVILLE, CA, and BELLEVUE, WA / August 25, 2014 – California’s 10-day waiting period for gun purchases was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge this morning in a significant victory for Second Amendment civil rights. The laws were challenged by California gun owners Jeffrey Silvester and Brandon Combs, as well as two gun rights groups, The Calguns Foundation and Second Amendment Foundation.

In the decision released this morning, Federal Eastern District of California Senior Judge Anthony W. Ishii, appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton, found that “the 10-day waiting periods of Penal Code [sections 26815(a) and 27540(a)] violate the Second Amendment” as applied to members of certain classifications, like Silvester and Combs, and “burdens the Second Amendment rights of the Plaintiffs.”

“This is a great win for Second Amendment civil rights and common sense,” said Jeff Silvester, the named individual plaintiff. “I couldn’t be happier with how this case turned out.”

Under the court order, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) must change its systems to accommodate the unobstructed release of guns to gun buyers who pass a background check and possess a California license to carry a handgun, or who hold a “Certificate of Eligibility” issued by the DOJ and already possess at least one firearm known to the state.

“We are happy that Second Amendment rights are being acknowledged and protected by our courts,” said Donald Kilmer, lead attorney for the plaintiffs. “This case is one more example of how our judicial branch brings balance to government in order to insure our liberty. I am elated that we were able to successfully vindicate the rights of our clients.”

One win.  Just one.

And on a federal level, no less.

BZ

 

Bill Whittle on Ferguson: some common sense

Statistics:

  • In 2010, 62,593 blacks were the victims of white violence.
  • In 2010, 320,082 whites were the victims of black violence — 5 times greater.
  • Black perpetrators violently assault white victims 25 times more frequently.
  • In aggrevated assaults, black-on-white crimes are 200 times higher than white-on-black crimes.

Where is Mr Obama’s “post-racial future”?

BZ

 

The truth about black-on-white crime begins to emerge

Black StatisticsAnd from one of the oddest sources, the Washington Times, as DC is predominantly black:

Race-based hate crimes spike in D.C.; whites most common victims, but underreporting feared

by Andrea Noble

Race-based hate crimes jumped in Washington, D.C., last year even as most other types of bias crimes decreased, with analysts saying such incidents could be vastly underreported among minority groups uncomfortable coming forward to authorities.

D.C. police say that of the 18 race-based hate crimes in 2013, the majority of victims were white and the majority of suspects black. The number of incidents was up from the 13 race-based bias crimes reported in 2012.

Hold the presses.  Is the Washington Times certain it really wants to go there, considering the temper of the Leftist times?

This is an amazingly frank statement — albeit true — for media to admit, much less a DC outlet

Census data in 2013 put the District’s black population at just under 50 percent, with whites making up 35 percent of the population and Hispanics another 10 percent.

Of the 18 victims of race-motivated hate crimes last year, 10 were white, four were black, two Hispanic, one Asian and one of another race, according to D.C. police.

Finally, at least one American media outlet reporting the obvious — which is what I’ve been emphasizing for years: racists come in all colors.

And frequently they are black.

An interesting video from Bill Whittle coming shortly.

Your thoughts?

BZ

P.S.

Interesting article here.

 

Racist double standards: the Anti-Ferguson Event

Dillon Taylor Shooting, SLC, UtahThere’s a tale to be told, and it’s about hypocrisy.

The hypocrisy of American politics, the hypocrisy of our current administration, the hypocrisy of the media, and the hypocrisy of race and racists.

This particular tale doesn’t stem from another dimension — though, at times, it seems as if our nation is like a pocket turned inside out.  This tale comes directly from the United States of America and the state of Utah.

This is the tale of the Anti-Ferguson Event, in which a black cop shot a young white male two days after Michael Brown was shot, and no one notices or cares.  TV is silent.  The newspapers are silent.  This isn’t a page one event across the nation, spreading like wildfire.

I submit: that is entirely purposeful in nature.  Purposeful on the part of the American Media Maggots.  Info grazing tells you that.

Let’s get into some specifics, courtesy of the Washington Times:

Ferguson-like attack in Utah escapes media notice; race bias seen

Discrepancy in attention given to Ferguson’s Michael Brown, Utah’s Dillon Taylor fuels resentment

by Valerie Richardson

On the surface, the cases appear nearly identical: Michael Brown and Dillon Taylor, two young, unarmed men with sketchy criminal pasts shot to death by police officers two days apart.

But while the world knows of the highly publicized situation involving 18-year-old Mr. Brown, whose Aug. 9 death in Ferguson, Missouri touched off violence, protests and an angry national debate, most people outside Utah have never heard of 20-year-old Mr. Taylor.

Here’s the difference:

Critics say there’s a reason for the discrepancy in media coverage: race. Mr. Brown was black and the officer who shot him was white. Mr. Taylor wasn’t black — he’s been described as white and Hispanic — and the officer who shot him Aug. 11 outside a 7-Eleven in South Salt Lake wasn’t white.

Another article about the incident is here, covered by a local media outlet.

In the Salt Lake City incident, my guess is that the officer’s name and face won’t be revealed across the nation.  My guess is that the media won’t go to his home and show it on TV, with sufficient background B-roll footage to give perspective of the house in relationship to the neighborhood.  And my guess is that the media won’t show the house numbers, either.

My guess is that the officer’s behavior won’t be pigeon-holed as incredibly, terribly racist in nature, and that he won’t be quantified as setting out to kill a white young man or an Hispanic young man at the beginning of his watch.

Additionally, my guess is that the officer won’t be displaying injuries from having had to fight Dillon Taylor.  And my guess would be that Dillon Taylor didn’t try to disarm the officer.

My guess is that Salt Lake City won’t be flooded with FBI agents looking to make a 42 USC 1983 case (also termed a “1983 Action”) out of the incident.  My guess is that Mr Obama won’t mention a word about Dillon Taylor or the shooting.  Not a peep.

My guess is that Eric Holder won’t personally appear, and that the Racial Pimp Brothers, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, won’t be arriving in Salt Lake City any time soon because, after all, the victim wasn’t black.  Sharpton and Jackson only care about blacks.

Why would the media act like it has, and why would Obama and Holder and Sharpton and Jackson act as they have — with abject silence?

Why?  Because there is no political objective to be scored, and no racial agenda to be thrust forward.  A Leftist agenda, a Leftist meme of: white cops kill poor black children with shocking alacrity and frequency.

Innocent children who were doing nothing wrong and were holding their hands up sky-high.  Innocent children like Michael Brown.

All 6’4″ and 292 pounds of him.

And, one massive fractured orbit later, the meme still stands.

Perhaps one might conclude I am anti-cop.  I am not.  I am a cop myself with 41 years of service, until I retire next year.  I am, however, egalitarian in my consideration of proper execution of police procedure.

I am willing to wait until the facts come in with regard to Ferguson.  And I am willing to wait until the facts come in on Salt Lake City.  I think that the Ferguson officer and the SLC PD officer may both have had probable cause to act as they did.  Race, as far as I am concerned, wasn’t even remotely a factor.  Threat, as perceived, was.

I do, however, rail against hypocrisy and there is hypocrisy writ large and small with regard to Ferguson and Salt Lake City.

Yes, things are upside down in this country. I wake up in the morning and wonder just what new abrogation will occur in the nation that I used to recognize, but many times cannot any more.

Oh, I can recognize the route to work, and my house still looks the same.  I can hear the trains at night.  But the cultural landscape, that’s what looks so much more foreign to me these days.

I’ll state what I consider to be the obvious, though I’m sure some who read this — including some members of my own family — will consider me a donner of tinfoil.  But the obvious is this: the bulk of America is ignorant.

They are ignorant of politics, they are ignorant of the government — from local to DC — they are ignorant of their money, their situations, and how they are so readily manipulated and malleable.  Americans are mostly a good and generous people, but they can be brain-glazingly stupid about the reality that surrounds them every day.  And now, their beaks immersed in their smart phones and their tablets, their navel-gazing has become not just astounding but overpowering.  Many Americans — literally — do not see what is occurring around themselves.

Americans have been too ignorant for too long and the politicians are ensuring their ignorance is fueled for longer and longer periods of time.

But it is unsustainable. The ignorance is unsustainable, the money is unsustainable, the trend of More For Free is unsustainable.

We have set ourselves up for either a new Hitler, or some sort of a civil war.

I don’t see how we can avoid it. There WILL be an astounding crash; I just don’t know when.

This is an ongoing tale of hypocrisy, a tale that will never end, at least for the foreseeable future.

BZ