Newsom’s November ballot initiative remains hell bent on regulating ammunition by requiring background checks for all ammo sales and banning the possession of magazines capable of holding 10 or more rounds.
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood stood in front of the Liberty Bell in Bakersfield, CA on Thursday to tell residents how Newsom’s measure won’t curtail crime or bring down the number of deaths in Kern County, but it would restrict the number of law-abiding citizens able to shoot back.
“We’re having a gang war in this county with gang members in retaliation, which has nothing to do with gun control, that’s human behavior,” said Youngblood. “The ones who aren’t going to be armed, are the people who have the right to protect themselves from these predators.”
“There’s been laws against heroin use and methamphetamine use for how many years? Have we stopped it? No, because those people aren’t following the law,” Youngblood added.
City of Taft Police Chief Ed Whiting also spoke out against Newsom’s measure, saying the key to lowering crime rates isn’t more gun laws, it’s keeping criminals behind bars.
“Dumping inmates is not working and I think it’s causing crime rate to go higher and I think we all see that,” said Whiting. “Prop 47 is one of the most horrible proposition laws I’ve seen in the almost 40 years I’ve been in law enforcement.”
Whiting also shared his concern with how much the measure would thrust the state into more debt by adding 200 more jobs to the California Department of Justice will have to grow and suck $25 million dollars out of the state’s general fund.
“That’s 200 more tables and chairs, computers, and phones. You have to rent, lease or buy office space for those people to track record and report on all those ammo sales,” said Whiting. “That (money) could be used for water storage, we’re in a drought right now. Who thinks this is a good idea?“
Apparently, only Newsom and his liberal gun-control cronies.