Proposition 63 will turn a huge fraction of California’s 8 to 12 million gun owners into criminals with the stroke of a pen. Many who don’t follow politics closely will not even be aware of their new status as criminals, because most people quite reasonably believe that crime laws are intended to catch and punish real criminals—those who rob, rape, steal, and murder—and not everyday citizens merely exercising their civil right to own a firearm.
Proposition 63 will create several new crimes, including possession of firearms and even simply parts of firearms that have until now been deemed legal by our legislature. Millions of Californians have owned these firearms for years.
Why does the San Bernardino County Medical Society believe they now deserve prison time, the destruction of their lives and the suffering of their families? The good people that the San Bernardino County Medical Society wants to see prosecuted include people we work with every day—nurses, students, even our fellow physicians.
I wonder if the leaders of our Society grasp that they are supporting the criminalization of many of our patients who own firearms. Our law enforcement leaders understand the injustice being done to millions of innocent Californians by out-of-control politicians in Sacramento.
No less than the sheriffs of San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange Counties oppose further gun control laws, including specifically Proposition 63. The growing list of California law enforcement agencies opposing Proposition 63 includes the California State Sheriff’s Association, California Police Chiefs Association, Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, and many others.
I can’t conceive of a San Bernardino County Medical Society that would support a law making it illegal for African Americans to vote. The notion that our Society would eagerly urge a statewide confiscation of Bibles from devout Christians under pain of prosecution is equally abhorrent. But what the San Bernardino County Medical Society has done with its support of Proposition 63 is precisely the same kind of oppression.Dr. Timothy Wheeler has been writing about 2nd Amendment rights on the "Doctors for Preservation of Gun Rights (DRGO) website for several years. Many doctors protest 2nd amendment rights because, as they say; "we have to treat the victims of Firearms Violence".
(Which is a reasonable protest, but nobody mentions that many of the firearms victims they treat did not have the opportunity to defend themselves against violent felons because the victims were not armed.)
Dr. Wheeler is no less experienced, but he recognizes that firearms may also be used to protect the innocent ... which not all of his colleagues notice.
The DRGO website is one which I frequently visit, because it provides insights to firearms violence which are not commonly found ... well, any other place on the Internet.
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