Last night about 9:15 p.m. Southern Californians got another episode of their favorite pastime: a high-speed chase. It began near the campus of USC at Adams and Interstate 110 (Harbor Freeway) and lasted about two hours ending near the interchange of California State highway 14 and Backus Road, about seven miles north of Rosamond, California near Edwards Air Force Base. The entire chase covered approximately 90 miles of three California highways: Interstate 110, Interstate 5 (Golden State Freeway) and State Highway 14 (Antelope Valley Freeway).
Police reports indicate that the driver of the vehicle had been involved in a father-son dispute in South Central Los Angeles. The man drove away in a white pickup and drove at speeds near 100 mph weaving through Friday night traffic and ending in the middle of the Mojave Desert. As of the time of the writing of this article, no further information was available.
However, this writer watched the last 40 or so minutes of this pursuit on local television channel 9 out of Los Angeles and at one point heard something said by the police analyst who was providing the color commentary on this chase. That something scared the hell out of this writer and even further solidifies the need for Americans to realize that their Second Amendment rights are in danger.
What the commentator said was, “if police have information on a suspect such as a name and address, they can pull up his driver’s license record and see if he has any outstanding warrants against him or if any firearms are registered to him” (emphasis added).
This is something that needs to send not only chills down your back but should send a brown streak up it. Now, of course, progressive liberals are going to whine and tell you that police have a right to know if you have any firearms.
Sure, and I have a right to carry a radar detector in my car to know when the police are using radar to set up speed traps. Any excuse the give the police an unfair advantage over civilians – a condition known as authoritarianism. Authoritarianism is a mere stepping stone between a free republic and despotic totalitarianism.
The rationale, completely and blindly supported by the reporter on KCAL-9, was that if the police have a record of what weapons are registered to the suspect then they will know if there is a possibility of that weapon being on board that vehicle during the chase. This then gives the police the authority to utilize unnecessary force in the apprehension of this suspect. I believe that police far more often than not abuse what little authority they are given.
Furthermore, it is also this writer’s opinion that police should not have access to information such as how many firearms a person has registered because that information should not be recorded as it is an infringement on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
What difference would it have made to know exactly what kind of weapon was potentially in the driver’s possession in the vehicle? The answer is none whatsoever. Consider that when the suspect finally stopped, the photographer in the KCAL-9 helicopter zoomed out his camera to reveal somewhere in the vicinity of 25 police cruisers parked behind the suspect’s vehicle. Every single one of those officers had either a sidearm or a shotgun trained on the suspect’s vehicle. Had the suspect attempted to square off on the police, he would have had so much lead pumped into his body he would have been able to serve as an anchor for an aircraft carrier.
The claim that police have a right to know what firearms you have registered to you is a load of fertilizer potent enough to fertilize the Sinai. Police have no need to know.
The fact is this: law-abiding citizens aren’t going to commit a crime with a weapon, regardless of how many or what kind they possess. That is why they are called “law abiding citizens”. Firearms used in committing crimes in the United States are generally obtained illegally – and those are usually smuggled into the country from elsewhere. The number of illegally obtained firearms taken from the homes of law-abiding citizens is lower than we are lead to believe. The only reason police want guns registered is so that in the event a crime is committed and the serial number of the weapon is traced back to a legally registered owner is so the police can harass, berate, belittle and antagonize the owner for having the weapon in the first place. Another name for a legally registered gun owner is “primary suspect”. Believe what you want, but the fact is that criminals know better to use guns they stole from gun owners in a crime. It is much less work to find a gun on the black market than it is to break into someone’s house and rummage around looking for a weapon. The greatest complication in stealing a gun is, of course, getting your fool head blown off by the legally registered gun owner protecting his house and family. Progressive liberals have yet to learn that banning guns in America to stop crime is like banning condoms to stop prostitution. As the old saying goes, “when they outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.”
Criminals don’t like armed targets. Armed targets tend to shoot back. But protecting individual homes and families wasn’t the only purpose of the Second Amendment – it was merely a by-product. The real purpose of the Second Amendment is to protect the other 26 and the documents that precede them. It is no wonder, then, that progressive liberals would seek to regulate firearm ownership out of existence in the United States. This ensures that the people have no ultimate recourse in reclaiming their nation from despotic tyrants should those in power chose not to honor the voice of the voters. The ballot box should always be the weapon of change in America. But even the Founding Fathers knew that the time might come when those elected to office might make an attempt to change the rules in order to ensure that they retain the power entrusted to them indefinitely. In that case, the use of force would be necessary to ensure that the republic would endure.
So far transfers of power in America have been peaceful. The Second Amendment is necessary to ensure they stay that way.