Sid Berg: Humboldt Democrats Are Buying Into Gun Control Panic

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I have been a registered Democrat since I was old enough to vote (1966), and in that time I have never missed an opportunity to cast a ballot. I always believed that the Democratic Party represented working class values and upheld common sense social issues. I am also a strong supporter of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which guarantee our freedoms.

In the wake of the psychotic tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, President Obama has called for gun control. His political arm, “Organizing for Action,” has reached out for support. At its last meeting, The Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee introduced a “Resolution In Support Of Ban On Assault Weapons” authored by Southern California Democratic Party Executive Board member, Sanford D. Cook.

Humboldt County is a rural area, and I am disturbed that as “loyal Democrats,” we rubber stamp mandates adopted by leadership from state and national parties without reasonable debate, or any input from rank and file Democrats in our community.

This Resolution passed by an overwhelming vote and as a result, letters will be sent to the President, Vice President and the rest of our legislative representatives stating that Humboldt County Democrats support a gun ban along with other restrictive gun control measures.

With sadness and serious contemplation, I have resigned as a Central Committee member representing the Fifth District. The Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee no longer reflects my values or the values of many law abiding, freedom-loving Democrats I believe still make up the heart of Humboldt County.

As a former labor representative, I persuaded many voters in the past to vote for their jobs and lobby their hobby. “Democrat candidates are not going to take your guns.” AB 174 introduced in the California Legislature would lead to the confiscation of legally acquired registered guns.

The Feinstein Bill and California SB 374 redefine “assault weapons” to include common .22 smallbore rifles used in plinking, target shooting and competition. I feel betrayed, and worse, I am sorry if I have unintentionally misled others. Few if any, lives will be saved, by these ill-conceived proposals.

Please, take the time to check the FBI Homicide Statistics for 2011: 15,953 homicides in the U.S.: 6,220 by handguns, 1,694 by knives or cutting instruments, 726 by hands, feet, 496 by hammers and clubs, 356 by shotguns (VP Biden’s weapon of choice) and 323 by rifles (.02 percent of homicides).

Of the 323 murders by rifle, the FBI does not distinguish between bolt action, lever action, pump, semi-auto or inexpensive .22 caliber rifles which are more likely to be used in crime then an expensive $1,500 AR-15 (the most popular target rifle in America) which is on the proposed ban list.

It is unknown how many of these rifle homicides are attributed to so called “assault weapons” (a term coined by the gun control lobby-Wikipedia). Data from earlier years reflect the same percentages. If the proposed AW ban were to pass and survive court challenges, costing taxpayers millions of dollars, it will open the floodgates to the ban of handguns, which are 19 times more likely to be used in a homicide than rifles.

Criminals ignore the laws. Good people will lose a tool to protect themselves in rural areas where law enforcement can be more than a half hour away. In California, there are approximately 19,700 felons and mentally ill people in possession of approximately 40,000 firearms, in violation of existing law. (CA-DOJ Armed Prohibited Persons Data Base).

How about disarming felons instead of going after law abiding citizens? Our government has been implicated in sending “assault weapons” to drug dealers in Mexico (Operation Fast and Furious.) We are giving warplanes to the Muslim Brotherhood controlled government in Egypt. Banning and or confiscating lawfully owned semi-automatic rifles with objectionable cosmetic features, raises serious questions.

Our country is better served by addressing the economy, mental health, violence in the video gaming and movie industry, and rebuilding our aging infrastructure.

I encourage all registered Democrats to attend the Central Committee meetings held at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday every month at 129 Fifth St., Eureka and shape the party in a way that benefits society without destroying our freedoms.

Sid Berg 

McKinleyville

 

21 Responses to “Sid Berg: Humboldt Democrats Are Buying Into Gun Control Panic”

  1. George Zeiter

    CA dims are seriously wacked and certifiable.

    #65141
  2. Well, it is California. No surprise.

    #65143
  3. As a lifelong registered Democrat, I am with you. My rights are not Democrat or Republican. Sadly I am going to have to drop my affiliation with the Democrats.

    #65161
  4. Well stated, Sid. This is common sense. As you said, let's disarm felons not law abiding citizens.

    #65163
  5. Excellent opinion sid and well stated. As a Republican it is good to know we are on the same page when it comes to our 2nd amendment rights.

    #65170
  6. This is exactly what's needed, so these Authoritarian Socialist Control Freaks expose themselves!
    "Liberal" has nothing to do with "Liberty," at all!

    #65178
  7. This is exactly what's needed, so these.
    Authoritarian Socialist Control Freaks expose themselves!
    "Liberal" has nothing to do with "Liberty," at all!
    "THIS PARTY'S O-V-E-R!"

    #65179
  8. I know… That's what I was thinking!

    "Who's The Arcata Eye?"

    #65180
  9. FACT: Rifles<0.2% of Homicides?
    So ban what's NOT the problem? Typical Libtard logic!
    "Please, take the time to check the FBI Homicide Statistics for 2011: 15,953 homicides in the U.S.: 6,220 by handguns, 1,694 by knives or cutting instruments, 726 by hands, feet, 496 by hammers and clubs, 356 by shotguns (VP Biden’s weapon of choice) and 323 by rifles (.02 percent of homicides)."

    #65181
  10. Kevin Hoover

    Are you arguing for a handgun ban then?

    #65182
  11. Under Heller, a handgun ban would be unconstitutional.

    #65183
  12. It is that attitude, along with the strong anti-Christian stance, that drove me out of the party about 15 or 20 years ago.

    #65204
  13. We're ready for ya', already Kevin! Your opinions really mean NOTHING, nationally! We already knew that's your next statistical angle, Kevin Hoover! "So what's the next worse Homicide number (based on FBI stats.)… Handguns?" You own no Firearms LEGALLY, do you? Next, I understand completely, you believe my personal, LEGAL-life is just some dirty window, that you see me through…
    "It's nasty, mean, EXTREME, and bad?" Keeping my CONSTITUTIONAL Rights currently L-E-G-A-L is "EXTREME!"
    "Constitutionality is soooo baaaaaaaad! Waaaaah! Legal-Cnstitutional life is sooo gross! I'm so sure! He's RACIST!"
    How's that FREE SPEECH werkin' for ya', Kev? ARE YOU A STATISTICIAN OR A CONSTITUTIONALIST!
    I HAVE A RIGHT TO PERSONAL DEFENSE! I AM NOT A CRIMINAL! MY RIGHT TO PERSONAL PROTECTION AND SELF-DEFENSE IS A GOD-GIVEN RIGHT, DETAILED IN THE US CONSTITUTION! Fine! Don't believe in God! What is "God's Law"? I must ask, is it OK to own Humans as other People's Property? Who's Law is that? Solely the Constitution? I don't outsource my Right to Self-Protection! So, to answer your question, Kev… No! I am not saying I am, "…arguing for a handgun ban then?" Good luck waitin' for Cops, when your life is in danger, someday, DUMBASS!!! Do you live in a bubble??? The average response time for a HumCo Sheriff is ~ 48 min. and Humboldt County is 185 mi at it's widest point. Do you know how many Officers are, or MIGHT BE on duty, at any one time? Go waste your time posting maps of Humboldt County and Arcata Gunowners, already! See what happens to your "Toilet-Paper-of-Record!" I will sue your ass off when my home is robbed for my LEGALLY OWNED FIREARMS!!!

    Thanks Mark! What you said, too!

    #65212
  14. Kinda like that yellow star in Germany, that one time… Right?

    #65213
  15. Kevin Hoover

    Steve, thank you for your thoughtful and measured response.

    #65220
  16. But of course… KEVIE!

    #65229
  17. It's interesting when the Brady Gun Cotrol P.A.C. touts support form un-elected "Officials," posessing no power in Arcata, Humboldt, or California, i.e. "…joined by the Major Cities Chiefs, Maryland Chiefs of Police, and the International Brotherhood of Police Organizations."
    None of those "Officials" mentioned are actually "Elected Officials" and neither their opinios nor promotions are actual Law. Police Cheifs are Political Appointees, not elected. Similarly, "Major Cities Chiefs'" opinions and promotions are not actal Law! How about "reporting" a news story on elected County Sheriffs, their opinins on Gun Control, and what they support? You'll see that story is much different and actually real news, as well! Yet, positive stories of legal gun ownership in America are rarely, if ever, shared in the mainstream media. How about comparatively studying Police Cheifs vs Sheriffs, solely for the sake of balanced reporting? Next, why would I care about the opinions of foreign law enforcement and the IBPO, when discussing Gun Control and Gun Confiscation in the United States? I should listen to and follow recommendations from operatives of foreign governments who promote disarming American Citizens? Please explain why, (with your Free Speech, protected by the First Amendment)? Finally, I must ask, are some of the IBPO actually Mexican law enforcement? If so, then why not discuss "FAST AND FURIOUS" and "OPERATION GUNRUNNER" with them, also? Perhaps they have first-hand experience to share… which could be valuable… since we can't get any cooperation from our own "American" Justice Department!

    #65256
  18. Steve Meurer · Model at Western Dildo and Plug.

    It's interesting when the Brady Gun Cotrol P.A.C. touts support from un-elected "Officials," posessing no power in Arcata, Humboldt, or California, i.e. "…joined by the Major Cities Chiefs, Maryland Chiefs of Police, and the International Brotherhood of Police Organizations."
    None of those "Officials" mentioned are actually "Elected Officials" and neither their opinios nor promotions are actual Law. Police Cheifs are Political Appointees, not elected. Similarly, "Major Cities Chiefs'" opinions and promotions are not actal Law! How about "reporting" a news story on elected County Sheriffs, their opinins on Gun Control, and what they support? You'll see that story is much different and actually real news, as well! Yet, positive stories of legal gun ownership in America are rarely, if ever, shared in the mainstream media. How about comparatively studying Police Cheifs vs Sheriffs, solely for the sake of balanced reporting? Next, why would I care about the opinions of foreign law enforcement and the IBPO, when discussing Gun Control and Gun Confiscation in the United States? I should listen to and follow recommendations from operatives of foreign governments who promote disarming American Citizens? Please explain why, (with your Free Speech, protected by the First Amendment)? Finally, I must ask, are some of the IBPO actually Mexican law enforcement? If so, then why not discuss "FAST AND FURIOUS" and "OPERATION GUNRUNNER" with them, also? Perhaps they have first-hand experience to share… which could be valuable… since we can't get any cooperation from our own "American" Justice Department!

    #65257
  19. It's interesting when the Brady Gun Cotrol P.A.C. touts support from un-elected "Officials," posessing no power in Arcata, Humboldt, or California, i.e. "…joined by the Major Cities Chiefs, Maryland Chiefs of Police, and the International Brotherhood of Police Organizations."
    None of those "Officials" mentioned are actually "Elected Officials" and neither their opinios nor promotions are actual Law. Police Cheifs are Political Appointees, not elected. Similarly, "Major Cities Chiefs'" opinions and promotions are not actal Law! How about "reporting" a news story on elected County Sheriffs, their opinins on Gun Control, and what they support? You'll see that story is much different and actually real news, as well! Yet, positive stories of legal gun ownership in America are rarely, if ever, shared in the mainstream media. How about comparatively studying Police Cheifs vs Sheriffs, solely for the sake of balanced reporting? Next, why would I care about the opinions of foreign law enforcement and the IBPO, when discussing Gun Control and Gun Confiscation in the United States? I should listen to and follow recommendations from operatives of foreign governments who promote disarming American Citizens? Please explain why, (with your Free Speech, protected by the First Amendment)? Finally, I must ask, are some of the IBPO actually Mexican law enforcement? If so, then why not discuss "FAST AND FURIOUS" and "OPERATION GUNRUNNER" with them, also? Perhaps they have first-hand experience to share… which could be valuable… since we can't get any cooperation from our own "American" Justice Department!

    #65258
  20. No surprise there, Kev. No love lost… The SacBee loves my perspective! You said the same thing about the Tea Party Protest at the local Post Office, while taxes are a local issue, reaching far beyond the city of Arcata. We know you're anti-Second Amendment, Kevin. Gun Control affects people in Arcata, more than you think. I run a tax-paying business and my last customer purchased a long gun for more than $2,000.00. He's a Eureka PD Officer. You have to admit, that's significant tax revenue for your collectivist police state, that you love sooooo much. You could buy a new spy-drone with that! Here's another tip. Write a story about how local Law Enforcement is purchasing semi-automatic firearms as fast as possible, since they're expecting more proposed bans in the future. That's doesn't mean it's Constitutional or anything, but knowledge of Constituional Law never stopped the Authoritarian Collectivist Control Freaks from continually attempting to destroy the US Constitution. It even protects po'dunk newspapers, sometimes!

    #65259
  21. Kevin Hoover

    I'm pretty sure there's a Steve somewhere in among all those straw men.

    #65260

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