After San Bernardino, We Need More Guns, Not More Gun Control

M1 Carbine Close Up (Tim Donnelly)
Tim Donnelly

Before the bodies of the 14 slain in San Bernardino, were even cold, President Obama launched into his usual hysterical invective about how we need more “gun control.”

It was as predictable as the inability of the political and media establishment simply to state the obvious: the killings were most likely inspired by Islamic extremism.

Naturally, their solution to this ideological insanity is to disarm Americans.

At least that’s the direction California is headed.

Democrat Gavin Newsom, running for governor in 2018, wants to limit how many bullets you can have in your gun to shoot back.  Newsom, who is the Marxist progressives’ next great white hope, is pushing a 2016 ballot initiative that would force you to surrender any magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

That means my original magazine for my M1 Carbine–a WWII era semi-automatic short-barreled beauty (pictured above)–would have to be sold out of state or surrendered to a California peace officer because it can hold 15 rounds.

For me, yesterday, this became very personal issue. For those chilling hours when the San Bernardino Killers were on the loose, I prepared for the possibility they might flee to my neighborhood in the mountains, only a short drive away. After all, Cop killer Christopher Dornan holed up here.

And we had no idea who they were, what they looked like, or why they did it.  I laid out a few of my firearms, and selected those highest in the following order: knockdown power, magazine capacity and ease of reloading.

If Gavin Newsom or any other government official thinks they’re going to limit how many bullets I can have to shoot back against a cold-blooded killer, they’d better think again. Making me and millions of other law-abiding Californians into criminals isn’t going to stop a single mass-murderer—whether she’s an Islamic Jihadist, or he’s simply a garden-variety sicko.

The only way you can stop someone hell-bent on killing innocent people in a free society, is by arming yourself, and being prepared to act in that critical moment. Leftists only trust guns in the hands of “trained personnel,” by which they mean their bodyguards or police.

The irony is that these are the same leftist, who support the #BlackLivesMatter movement’s war on the cops, who they claim–you guessed it–can’t be trusted. 

The price of freedom, and living in a free society, is risk.  Political correctness, defined as the inability to speak truth for fear of offending someone, is much more dangerous than the availability of guns.

Neighbors of Sayd Farook and his jihadi bride, Tashfeen Malik, ignored their instincts and failed to alert cops for fear of being called “racist,”  According to a CBS News report, “he noticed a half-dozen Middle Eastern men in the area in recent weeks, but decided not to report anything since he did not wish to racially profile those people.”

Whether or not it was part of an Islamic jidahist plot, or a workplace grudge, or a combination of both, really doesn’t matter.  Our government officials have proven they cannot identify or speak about the true nature of evil posed by Islamic extremism, so we can’t expect they’ll do anything to address it.

And since our government cannot protect us, we must protect ourselves.

When our government officials decide to disarm us instead of keep out or root out the evildoers among us, that’s when it becomes a question of life and death.

Does the government have the right to disarm you in order to pretend it’s taken action and “done something” about mass shootings? Or do you have a moral obligation to oppose a law that willfully infringes your natural, civil and constitutional right to defend your own life and freedom from all threats, foreign and domestic?

That’s the question. And every American will answer it in his or her own way.

But as for me and my house, we are ready to send every mass murderer to the depths of hell, where there’s no chance of finding 72 virgins, and save the government the money of a trial.

Former California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly is the host of the Tim Donnelly Show. Email him at


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