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Quill Pens, Guns, Ink and Bullets
by Ray Haynes
[politician] 6/12/06

When the Founding Fathers took the initiative to permanently inscribe our natural rights on paper, one can imagine it being done so with a quill pen. The first copies enshrined our liberties in the Constitution as the Bill of Rights to include the freedom of religion, freedom of the press and the right to keep and bear arms and were printed with a manual printing press.

This freedom of speech includes our right to express ourselves with every available medium. At no point have we considered that the freedom of speech is limited to expressing oneself with hand presses and quill pens. We freely debate on the internet, television, telephones and other forms of communication.


Ray Haynes

Mr. Haynes is an Assembly member representing Riverside and Temecula. He serves on the Appropriations and Budget Committees. [go to Assembly Member Haynes website at California Assembly][go to Haynes index]

So why is it that our Second Amendment is not treated the same as the First? The majority party in California, and their anti-civil rights allies, views our natural right to self defense to be limited to the musket and the flintlock.

Since I have been in office, the majority party has found cause to attack small guns, cheap guns, expensive guns, big guns, guns with too many accessories, guns by brand name, ugly guns, and pretty guns. We have a strange testing requirement to purchase a gun reminiscent of poll taxes and literacy tests that were designed to keep oppressed people from voting. We have limited the number of guns someone can purchase in a month. Can you imagine being told how many times you are allowed to attend church in a month?

As you can imagine, this has little impact on true crime or any of the other bogus arguments used to suppress your rights. The majority party claims to believe in several of your rights, and has seen fit to make themselves the arbiters of which ones you are allowed to exercise, how often, and with as many hoops to jump through as possible.

This session in the Legislature, we have defeated bills that would have required anti-gun rhetoric on material distributed with new firearms, a bill that would have required guns and ammunition to have microscopic serial numbers imprinted in them, as if inspired by a late night of watching TV shows like CSI, and a bill that would have banned dogs from chasing rabbits! These bills are sold as crime fighting tools. After a half century of these types of laws, we are no safer. In truth, the criminal element is safer every time we disarm the law abiding population.

Not able to totally ban firearms, the majority party has found a new vehicle to disarm you, banning ammunition.

AB 2714 (Torrico) passed the Assembly last week, and is now in the Senate. This bill will require that all transactions in ammunition require the consumer to meet with the retailer face to face and present ID. With tens of millions of shooters in America, untold millions of rounds of ammunition are sold directly to the public through catalog and internet sales. Hard to find, bulk items, specialty items, discounted rates and convenience are all to be had for the consumer by purchasing on-line. AB 2714 seeks to regulate interstate commerce, ammunition, gun rights, and the internet in one fell swoop by a rabid and illogical anti-gun owner agenda.

To get the bill out of the lower house, the author promised to amend it later. He promised that he wouldn’t seek to ban purchasing ammo anymore. He would instead amend the bill to require you to present identification to the UPS delivery truck that is bringing you your product. I suppose if law enforcement won’t support your unnecessary legislation, you can just deputize the entire UPS and FedEx fleets to do your dirty work. The goal is to make it so uncomfortable to be a gun owner that your kids won’t even bother. The outcome of this bill remains to be seen, but I know that when one right is stolen away the others will follow.

If this oppressive behavior continues, I just may have to send out my weekly opinion pieces on parchment, handwritten with a quill pen. CRO

Mr. Haynes is a California Assemblyman repesenting Riverside and Temecula and frequent contributor to CaliforniaRepublic.org.


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