Once the 2016 General Election was all wrapped up, legislative leaders should have been jumping for joy given that California (politically speaking) became even more of a liberal Shangri-la. But, nah – having a two thirds majority in both the Senate and the Assembly is just not good enough, so they huffed, puffed and wrung their hands because most of the nation just tilted to the right.
Well hallelujah for that.
Jerry Brown hollered about it in his State of the State and anti-gun loyalist and Senate proTem Kevin De Leon went ape-doo-doo as did Speaker Anthony Rendon. Former US Attorney General Eric Holder (who lead the Fast and Furious gun-running cluster) has even been hired – specifically to do battle with President Trump and the rest of us evil folk who yearned for a different course.
Still, however, we Californians must contend with those we elected. But the question for 2017 is, who is going to rise to the top of the political muck and stand up for us? Who has the intestinal fortitude and moral fiber to go head to head with those in power?
There are some decent, well-meaning elected officials in our state who openly support the 2nd Amendment, but we need people who are more than just a good vote.
Who in the Assembly or Senate will robustly go to bat for the millions of gun owners in the state? Who will get out in front of the propaganda and ugly (hate) speech?
Who will loudly condemn those who say that gun owners are pushing a “deadly agenda?”
Who has the you-know-whats to challenge legislators who say people were murdered because they represented a pro-gun group?
Who will stand up against inflammatory lies when the law-abiding are described in public testimony as caring “mostly about holding a weapon in their hand…” and that “bullet button equipped weapons are designed only to facilitate the maximum destruction of human life....”
Who will refuse to stand quietly by when we are accused of “defending senseless acts of terror” simply because we advocate on behalf of the lawful gun-owning citizens of California?
We fully concede this is not easy. It takes a thick skin to be an elected official – or at least it should. Too many, however, become addicted to the butt-kissing, sitting in big leather chairs in an opulent chamber and quickly become weenie-fied. We need men and women of resilient character – and for those few who already fit that bill – they need others to support them. Going it alone is not fun.
This is a challenge to all California elected officials – whether at the local level or sitting under the dome in Sacramento. Don’t be afraid to be fierce. People are desperate for those who will lead boldly.
Gun Owners delivered a nice box of Ivory Soap to Senator Isadore Hall (who was responsible for much of the garbage quoted above) after he declared in public testimony that we were “heartless, vicious and dirty with filthy mouths.”
We should say the last laugh is on him because he thankfully lost his bid for Congress and had to say adios to his influential job as a State Senator. Unfortunately, though, Governor Jerry Brown rewarded Hall with a pretty cushy gig (although certainly less prominent) to the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board where he will earn an annual salary of $142,095. Rough life, that one.
Isadore Hall might not be walking the marbled floors of the Capitol anymore, but the anti-gun bench is very deep. Again, that’s why we need some heroes who aren’t afraid to play some serious hardball.
“Courage is being scared to death—but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne