California Democrats Ensure Churches Are Targets

January 17, 2020


Matthew Hoy

California Democrats in the state Assembly voted this week to ensure that churches that are hosted on the weekends on the property of private or public schools continue to be targets of deranged gunmen.

Several years ago, in response to a Bakersfield junior high school vice principal who was discovered with a gun on campus—a gun he was legally allowed to carry because he had a valid concealed carry permit—the Democrat-run legislature removed from the law a decades-old exemption allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry on school campuses in the state.

The removal of the exemption from the law also had the effect of banning concealed carriers from acting as security for churches, typically small congregations, that use school buildings on weekends to hold their services.

This year, just weeks after a gunman was stopped at the West Freeway Church of Christ in Texas by an armed parishioner, California Assemblyman Heath Flora introduced a bill that would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry their guns during weekend services on school grounds with the permission of the school district superintendent.

In a vote Tuesday in the Assembly Public Safety Committee, Democrats voted 6-1 to kill the bill for this legislative term.

Despite continuing evidence that gun free zones do nothing to prevent people determined to do evil from carrying out their plans, Democrats continue to put their faith that a piece of paper and a sign will protect people from evil.

What Democrats Think of Concealed Carry Permit Holders

Democrats also continue to hold fast to the belief that concealed carry permit holders are reckless cowboys who cannot be trusted not to panic or shoot willy-nilly when confronted with a potential mass shooter.

Arizona Republic columnist Elvia Diaz wrote a piece shortly after the West Freeway shooting bemoaning the fact that more than one parishioner was armed the December morning when the attack took place.

But we know nothing about the at least six other parishioners who also appeared to draw their handguns at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas.

And that's terrifying.

It's "terrifying" that what gun control advocates constantly claim will happen when you have an armed populace didn't happen. Bullets didn't fly all over the place. They didn't miss and hit another innocent person. The concealed carriers didn't panic and shoot each other.

For decades gun control advocates have told us that shall-issue gun control laws and other laws increasing the places people with permits can carry will result in more shootings and deaths. The exact opposite is true.

California Democrats this week ensured that the next time someone decides to shoot up a place of worship, they should hope that they have a member of law enforcement on site.

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