Not just anti-gun, anti-freedom

The CalGuns Foundation, SAF, and California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees filed a lawsuit based on infringement of the First Amendment by the state of California against gun dealers:

Tracy Rifle and Pistol, a firearm retailer and indoor shooting range located in San Joaquin County, was recently cited by Harris’ Department of Justice for having pictures of three handguns in window signs that can be seen outside the store. California Penal Code section 26820, first enacted in 1923, bans gun stores from putting up signs advertising the sale of handguns — but not shotguns or rifles. An adjacent window image at Tracy Rifle, which shows a photograph of an AR-15 rifle, was not cited by the DOJ.

From SAF’s news release:

The lawsuit alleges that the California Penal Code violates the First Amendment rights of the plaintiffs by prohibiting them from displaying images of handguns or even the word “handguns” where they would be visible to passersby. However, anti-gun protesters are still allowed to appear with signs that use the words or images, constituting what the lawsuit calls “viewpoint discriminatory.”

What could make it more clear these people are not just anti-gun but they are anti-freedom? This shouldn’t just be a civil action. They should be prosecuted as the criminals they are.

12 thoughts on “Not just anti-gun, anti-freedom

  1. 1923! That’s the good old days that you all speak so kindly about! That’s before FDR and the socialists! That’s pre-gun control!

    • Maybe pre Federal gun control. But certainly not pre State gun control. There were lots of anti-gun laws then, the Sullivan Act was in 1911. There were laws against many minorities owning guns going back much further.

      And I don’t believe I have ever expressed a fondness for “the good old days”. Perhaps you had someone else in mind?

      • Yep, and the NFA was just a few year later in 1934. Ubu really does live in her own little world of ignorance, as I know many of these law have been discussed and lamented widely in the gun community. Bans on “evil” weapons are a staple of human governance, but that does not make them correct.

        When we gunnies do pine for the days of yore, it is not the age we desire, but a yearning for a time in history where liberty was well understood and fresh on the minds of the general population. This does not mean we think that time period was perfect. Anti-liberty types have been well represented in all ages of human history (they are easy to spot, as they typically hold the reigns of power). Even a simple reading of the federalist papers shows that there were many people who opposed liberty, and sought to keep the tools of power (be they weapons, or speech or self governance) from the common man. That is the whole reason that those papers were written in the first place, as an argument against limiting those tools.

        I really do not understand why Ubu keeps posting these kinds of comments, you would think after the first few times she was shown how little she actually knows she would do a little reading before she spouts out her one-liners. . .

        • I sometimes think she is deliberately trolling. But if so she does, at best, a mediocre job of it. So I’m mostly inclined to believe she just doesn’t put much effort into vetting the standard progressive sound bites which run through her mind.

    • Let’s not forget Woodrow Wilson in 1913 (every bit as evil as FDR) and his love affair with the Klan, and then the Bonus March, and Prohibition in 1920 which empowered organized crime and encouraged corruption.

      Progressivism has been around for well over 100 years, T.R, Republican, being our first Progressive president. Margaret Sanger, eugenicist and friend of the KKK, inspiration for Hitler, is still highly regarded among “Proud, Early 20th Century Progressives” like Hillary. Let us not forget also that Mussolini (Marxist) was upheld by American Progressives as a cultural icon, by people of the same ideology who now use “Fascist” as an insult to American conservatives.

      “Good Old Days”? Not so much. I bet you can’t find the phrase on this site, and I haven’t looked. Even George Washington had his problems understanding and embracing the full meaning of liberty and human rights.

      We try to uphold Principles her, imperfect though we may be, and you fight instead with a Straw Man, ubu. You cane your Straw Man. You beat him. Bully for you, but you do not address the principles and so you show yourself to be disingenuous.

      America has never been a truly free country as was Her promise, but the time between the Civil War and 20th century was pretty close in some ways (if you’d been white) yet far, far away in others.

      Be very, very careful you don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater— That America has failed to live up to her promise is no condemnation whatsoever of the ideals on which she was founded. Men are imperfect, but the American ideals are the closest thing to perfection we’ve seen on Earth in over 2,000 years. It’s why Martin Luther King Jr. upheld those principles in his message, though he’d suffered discrimination and persecution in the land founded upon them. Best you’d try to understand that before spitting and throwing stones.

      Progressives like to try hanging that “good ol’ days” millstone around our necks as a way of calling us “old fashioned” or “racist” or “out of touch”. What childish nonsense. It’s more projection than anything else– If they knew the truth, they wouldn’t be able to look in the mirror.

  2. Looks like 26820 specifically says “handgun”. So, we could play the game and remove the pictures of the handguns and replace them with a giant, red, white and blue neon sign that says “FIREARMS”.

    But getting an unjust law overturned is more effective in the long run.

  3. There is a lot of “precedent” to overcome on the 1A front, being that advertizing of alcohol and cigarettes has been restricted for many years. Still, the 1A and the 2A are pretty clear, precedent or no.

    For some reason, the idea of liberty just terrifies and/or enrages some people. Solve THAT problem and you will have saved the world.

  4. Slap a political slogan on the handgun posters, preferably something supporting illegal immigration or abortion, and watch the leftitsts’ heads begin to explode.

  5. soon civil discord will be to good for the anti american, anti freedom and liberty crowd….as the founders once used tar and feathers for the traitors in this country…history has a way of repeating itself…..time will tell….Semper Fi

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