Following the terrible crime in Isla Vista, it was no surprise that there would be demands for someone to do something. The Tribune editorial writers quickly followed suit with a noncommittal piece promoting a flawed law and a flawed organization.
The Gun Violence Restraining Order law that The Tribune endorsed sight unseen has now been unveiled, and it’s a mess. The bill would allow anyone to go to court to remove someone else’s guns from their possession. If you’re a woman with an abusive ex and you have a gun for self-protection, he can go to court and get you disarmed.
Mom’s Demand Action is the first “grassroots” organization backed by $50 million from a billionaire. It would only be comparable to MADD if MADD had advocated a return to Prohibition and stringent background checks for auto purchases. If The Tribune wants to save lives, it should urge sheriffs to go “shall-issue” for concealed carry permits for law-abiding citizens. The Isla Vista killer, in his manifesto, said that his biggest concern was being stopped before he could rack up a big body count by armed officers. A responsible, armed citizenry is a boon to law enforcement and the public at large.