Plaudits, pats on the back unmerited; State legislator Mike Gipson ‘states the obvious, while missing the point’
Editor’s Note: California legislator Mike Gipson’s viewpoint of Jan. 13, 2017, “Closing loopholes reduces gun mayhem” (Jan. 13, 2017), elicited in part the following response: “Of course, come re-election time, Mr. Gipson can point to that wallpaper and proclaim, ‘Look what I did for you! Re-elect me and I promise to create even more wallpaper for you because I care about you and I come with solutions!’”
By JOHN C. PLANTADA
It seems to me that Assemblymember Mike Gipson states the obvious while missing the point. Resolution 52, National Gun Awareness Day is a great example. We don’t need any testament to the work that has been done because it hasn’t worked. How nice to give out a “Participation Medal” to his colleagues and himself. Everybody is already aware what guns violence does and how ineffective all that work has been.
Almost all the “work over the past 30 years” equates to restricting guns from law abiding citizens. The ones causing the mayhem are the outlaws who don’t comply with anything that doesn’t promote their own agenda. AB 1673 is another example of an “accomplishment” that does nothing to curb “ghost guns”. The bad guys don’t really care what Mike Gipson introduced and got passed. They just use illegal AK-47s or “ghost guns” in spite of the wallpaper legislation. And open carry of long guns in unincorporated areas don’t kill anybody.
Of course, come re-election time, Mr. Gipson can point to that wallpaper and proclaim, “Look what I did for you! Re-elect me and I promise to create even more wallpaper for you because I care about you and I come with solutions!”
And then somehow he comes around to referring to doing even more by saving us from Trump? He and his colleagues are going to do everything they can to restrict law-abiding citizens’ access to and use of guns even more because [of] … Trump! It’s just incredible.
At some point, I hope readers take a hard look at all the “nothing” our elected officials say to placate us while effecting no real improvement and will insist on leaders proposing actual solutions that address the actual problems we face.
John C. Plantada is a resident and merchant of Compton, Calif.