May Issue Laws Originated as Tools of Oppression and Continue to Oppress Law Abiding Citizens in San Diego County

Some of you may not be aware of the history behind the “may Issue” concept regarding gun control laws. The idea of local authorities having the power to decide whether citizens could own and carry firearms began for the most part after the Civil War during Reconstruction. The former southern states used the concept to enact laws to prevent freed slaves from being able to arm themselves. This had the effect of keeping the former slaves defenseless and oppressed. These laws were used this way in America from Reconstruction through the 1960s. The same concept is being used today by Sheriff Gore to keep the citizens of San Diego County defenseless and oppressed.

I want to state here that I absolutely do not mean to imply Sheriff Gore is racist in any way. Sheriff Gore oppresses citizens of all races equally. Open carry is banned throughout most of California. Sheriff Gore’s policy of refusing to issue CCW permits to qualified citizens for the purpose of self defense leaves us all defenseless and at the mercy of criminals, terrorists, and anyone else who would do us harm outside the home.

The following are three truths of life in the United States today:

  • There will always be crazy or evil people intent on harming others. This is an unfortunate reality of living in a free, open society of 321 million people. These individuals will always have access to weapons to do others harm. Those weapons may be guns, knives, trucks, explosives, or anything else limited only by imagination. Recent attacks in New York and Texas are examples.
  • The police cannot protect us. I’m a strong supporter of law enforcement. I believe that, for the most part, the men and women of law enforcement do an outstanding job performing work that is extremely difficult and dangerous often with much less support than they deserve. Given that, I would state that it is impossible for them to be there 24/7 to protect us. With the occasional exception of being in the right place at the right time the police will arrive after the incident is over.
  • Individuals are ultimately responsible for the safety and protection of themselves and their loved ones. Some may choose not to accept this responsibility, which is their right. For those of us who do accept and take this responsibility very seriously Sheriff Gore’s CCW policy prevents us from doing so. San Diego County residents deserve the right to self-protection enjoyed by the overwhelming majority of Americans.

Thirty states are shall issue states meaning they issue CCWs to any qualified adult who asks. Eleven other states are unrestricted meaning citizens eligible to own firearms can carry without permission from the government. Only nine states still make use of oppressive “may issue” laws. Even in California 43 of the 58 counties have reasonable CCW policies. It’s time San Diego County joins the rest of America.

There are many problems in California that are difficult to resolve. This fortunately is not one of them. One man who is up for reelection in 2018 causes this problem. This problem can be resolved with your vote. Be thinking about oppression and “may issue” laws when you enter the voting booth. Be thinking about your right to defend yourself and your family when you enter the voting booth. Be thinking about the candidate for Sheriff who doesn’t believe citizens are incapable of the safe and responsible use of a firearm and who will not endanger you and your family. Think about these things when you enter the voting booth. This time you have a choice.

Do not allow anti 2A politicians to destroy our rights. Please get involved by joining San Diego County Gun Owners, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, and the National Rifle Association. Join the fight and help us restore and preserve our second amendment rights. Together we will win.

©2017 Joseph T Drammissi

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