WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2015 — California has a gun problem. It’s not innocent, law-abiding gun owners that pose a threat to the citizens of the Golden State, but armed government employees.
Shortly after Donald Trump announced he would seek the Republican presidential nomination on a platform of stopping illegal immigration, 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle died in her father’s arms after she was shot by an illegal alien in San Francisco.
The handgun used in the slaying was later found to belong to a federal agent of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
A few days ago, Antonio Ramos, an artist, was shot and killed in Oakland, Calif., while painting a mural on a freeway underpass. The mural was meant to promote nonviolence in an area plagued by drive-by shootings.
The weapon that killed Ramos was a Glock model 26 belonging to a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent.
The national media have been profoundly uninterested in learning how weapons belonging to government enforcers, those who anti-gun advocates say are the only ones who should legitimately carry a gun, allowed their weapons to fall into the hands of criminals. San Francisco’s NBC affiliate KNTV did the job for them.
According to a KNTV investigation, “More than 500 weapons have gone missing from eight different law enforcement agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and six local departments since 2010.”
The weapons these local law enforcement agencies can’t account for “Include military grade assault rifles such as AR-15s and M16s, sniper rifles, shotguns, a gas grenade launcher and hundreds of handguns. The vast majority of those weapons have never been recovered,” said KNTV.
Fast and Furious, former Attorney General Eric Holder’s gunrunning operation, sold weapons to Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel. Like the Obama administration’s stonewalling of congressional investigators looking into Fast and Furious, California’s local and federal agencies have been less than cooperative concerning KNTV’s investigative inquiries.
Under the California Public Records Act, those requesting documents “should allow 10 days for an agency to comply with a records request.” Last July, KNTV asked for documents related to the BLM’s missing firearm, but “the agency responsible for the gun that killed [Kathryn] Steinle did not respond … and the question of how many firearms that federal agency can’t account for remains open.”
However, documents provided by the San Jose Police Department show that 64 Sig Sauer, 24 Smith & Wesson model 3906, 123 Smith & Wesson model 66 handguns were among the 300 weapons lost and unaccounted for in 2010.
And that is just one California police agency.
Back in 2013, The Golden State received an “A-grade” from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence for having the strictest gun restrictions of any state in the union.
“The research shows that strong gun laws can keep people safe from gun violence,” said the Brady organization. “We know that California’s strong gun laws are saving lives.”
Remember that in context of the recent guilty plea by former California State Sen. Leland Yee—a sponsor of draconian gun-control legislation—for attempting to arrange the importation of illegal weapons from Asia to the U.S. on behalf of undercover FBI agents posing as mafia wise guys.
Yee was just one among many governmental functionaries working tirelessly to deny Americans their Second Amendment right to bear arms under the absurd claim that they are uniquely qualified to protect us and prevent guns falling into the hands of criminals.