Afghan-American legislator forgets Taliban thuggery; introduces “Right to Safety” Amendment

Afghan-American legislator forgets Taliban thuggery; introduces “Right to Safety” Amendment
AP Photo/Khwaja Tawfiq Sediqi

In case you missed it, California Governor Gavin Newsom is topping off his recent attention-seeking binge by c̶o̶n̶s̶p̶i̶r̶i̶n̶g̶ working with his Democrat-controlled state legislature to initiate the process for a constitutional amendment to authorize federal gun control.


Newsom’s “Right to Safety” amendment would, “increase the legal age for gun ownership to 21, mandate universal background checks, enforce a minimum waiting period, and ban assault weapons.” I find it amusing because Newsom implicitly admits via this proposal that existing gun laws that implement these ideas are unconstitutional. But what I find even more amusing is who is colluding with Newsom to undermine our rights:

The amendment, proposed by Newsom’s Campaign for Democracy PAC, was introduced in a joint resolution on Monday. Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer and Sen. Aisha Wahab are the authors of the legislation, which advocates for a constitutional convention that would enable states and local governments to restrict firearm ownership.

Wahab’s name is familiar to me because of her sponsorship of the highly controversial caste bill in California, which in a modern era of intercaste marriages and exceedingly rare discrimination is meaningless and unenforceable. But what struck me more when I looked into her is that she has Afghan ancestry (archived links).

Born in New York City to Afghan refugees who fled to the United States in pursuit of safety, Aisha was adopted by a family in Fremont, Aisha is one of the lucky few. Her family raised her with the values of hard work, perseverance, and community service. […] She won her race and became the first Afghan-American woman elected to public office in the United States.

Afghanistan’s history since the Soviet invasion of 1979 is bloody and violent. The Soviets were chased out by US-sponsored mujahideen (holy warriors, i.e., Jihadis), who eventually transmogrified into the Taliban.


The Taliban are a basket case of medievalism. They have committed massacres, tortured and murdered people using barbaric methods, openly persecuted Afghan Hindus and Sikhs for their religion. In 2001, they required Hindus to wear special badges, similar to how the Nazis made German Jews wear yellow stars on their clothing. They destroyed the Bamiyan Buddhas that were built more than 1400 years ago. The totalitarian killjoys even banned movies and music.

The Taliban’s mistreatment of women is legendary. They trafficked women to brothels in Pakistan. They imposed Sharia at gunpoint, forcing women to cover themselves from head-to-toe. They stoned and shot women for allegations of adultery. They whipped women for exposing their wrists and talking to men on the phone. They banned education for girls. They shot Malala Yusufzai in the head for merely attending school.

You would think that all of this would be a nice reminder to Sen. Aisha Wahab to respect the right to keep and bear arms, which applies not just to men but to women also. If she thought more seriously about history, maybe she would remember that the Second Amendment is also meant to protect against the sort of foreign invasion the Soviets did in 1979, which triggered the chain of events that resulted in the barbarous Taliban regime?

Wahab says that her support for Newsom’s gun control proposal is because her father was brutally murdered:

“As someone who values both the Second Amendment and has personally experienced the impact of gun violence, I am proud to partner with Governor Gavin Newsom on the Right to Safety Resolution,” said Senator Wahab.


But it turns out that her father’s murder is unsolved, as stated in her own campaign website (archived links):

Before she could tie her own shoes, Aisha Wahab was placed in foster care after her father was brutally murdered, a case that remains unsolved, and her mother died at an early age.

No one knows if her father’s murderer was less than 21 years old or used a so-called assault weapon. No one knows if the murderer was a prohibited person who would have failed a background check, let alone a “universal” background check. No one knows if the murder weapon was in possession long enough to go past any waiting period.

But her “feelings” have overridden a dispassionate analysis of Afghan history, the Taliban’s mistreatment of women, and even the unsolved murder of her father. It’s too bad Sen. Aisha Wahab is in a position of power, and is using that power to wreck the liberties written into the American Constitution and Bill of Rights. At a minimum, she should stop lying about how she values the Second Amendment.

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