Is SB18 a Doorway to More CA Gun Regulation?
Is SB18 a Doorway to More CA Gun Regulation?
Each year California whittles away at our constitutional right to bear arms a bit more and more.
And this time their newest idea is even more sneaky.
Introducing SB18, a sweeping bill that declares that the state of California has the final say in every aspect of a child's life from birth to eighteen. It outlines the following rights for children:
1.The right to parents, guardians, or caregivers who act in their best interest.
(2) The right to form healthy attachments with adults responsible for their care and well-being.
(3) The right to live in a safe and healthy environment.
(4) The right to social and emotional well-being.
(5) The right to opportunities to attain optimal cognitive, physical, and social development.
(6) The right to appropriate, quality education and life skills leading to self-sufficiency in adulthood.
(7) The right to appropriate, quality health care.
Sounds wonderful. It is a noble cause to protect all children as each and every one of them deserves the best. However who should decide, parents or the state?
And how does SB18 relate to gun ownership?
These declarations could become the perfect way to take your guns if they decide that gun ownership is not a "safe and healthy" environment for your children to live in. Or perhaps they will profess that guns have the potential to hurt your child's "emotional well-being". Or maybe they will tell you that you are not acting in your "child's best interest" with guns in the home.
You may be the parent, but California wants to tell you how to raise your children and most likely it will not include your second amendment rights.
Who is behind this egregious bill?
Senator Richard Pan, in a self appointed "father knows best" manner, introduced SB18 on December 5, 2016. Don't worry he's ok with you being the parent as long as you play by his rules.
So what does this have to do with gun regulation?
Right now, we don't know. But we do know from ample evidence that California is not a gun friendly state and each year they pass more and more restrictions. And this bill allows the state to decide what is a "safe and healthy" environment for your child. So we think, with quite a bit of logical inferences, that it could be used to take away guns.
Here are just a few examples of how unfavorable California is to gun owners already.
Just recently California created the Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS) to collect guns from citizens that it deems to be "prohibited" persons. It allows for arbitrary abuse of our constitutional rights, as this law just like SB18m is wide-open for interpretation. All the state has to do is declare the gun owner is a danger to himself or others by the state's welfare system. The person does not have to be a convicted criminal. The search is also warrantless.
Another example (AB-1014) came to California in January 2016 whereby family members can try to get a temporary restraining order restricting gun possession for relatives that they think are experiencing a mental health crisis. While this law has it's merits who's to stay that quarreling family members won't use it against other family members. All that is needed is a "gut" feeling to start the process.
SB18 could make life very difficult for one party of a divorce. In fact, I just learned of a man in one of my gun forums (name not given for privacy to him and his family) that while in divorce court he was ordered to relinquish all of his guns to law enforcement for six months until he could prove his daughter took a gun safety course. It didn't matter that all of his guns where locked in a safe away from harms reach.
And while the bill in its current format does not mention gun ownership, the language is so vague that it's easy to assume that Californian government authorities could suddenly state that gun ownership does not create a healthy and safe environment for children.
And it is more dangerous than what we already have on the books because it will hit anyone with children around, not just mentally ill, criminals, or those divorcing.
You see this bill is a sort of carte blanche for the state to decide what's best for your child in every aspect of their lives.
So how could the bill possibly do that? parentalrights.org, an advocacy group for parental rights, sums up the main problem.
"SB18 does not enact any codes. It does not establish new laws. But it sets up a mechanism for new laws, and it sets a trajectory in the wrong direction: toward more state interference with a fit parent's well-recognized right to rear their child as they see fit."
And it does so in very flowery and sneaky language by asserting that all children deserve loving parents who will take care of them so they will be healthy and succeed in life. Who wouldn't want that?
And that's when you have to read between the lines to figure out what this bill is really trying to accomplish. Total nanny state and control of your children by regulating every aspect of their lives from health, to safety, to nutrition, to education, to mental health, to medical care and more.
That's why it's not far fetched to believe that Californian government officials to also decide that your gun ownership threatens the health and safety of your children. (Oh wait, I mean their children.) And they know if it comes down to it we will chose our children over our guns. It is coercion at its best.
The bill author opening admits that there is already existing law that protects children. This new law is not needed and the author already states in the introduction of the bill that California already has laws in place to protect children.
And so this law begs another question. Should the state remove the parental rights of all parents due to the negative behavior of a few? That is exactly what this bill proposes.
So what can you do to help stop this bill?
Contact any gun rights groups you can think of and let them know about this bill and how it potentially infringes on our second amendment rights. Mostly importantly stress that infringing on parental rights is the root of the problem.
Join the FB group SB18 - CA Children's Bill of Rights Take down. The group is organized and ready to fight this bill and will be giving action items for steps people should take if they want to help. You can find the group here. http://www.facebook.com/groups/700258600125058/.
You can also join this specific group against SB18 for gun owners. Please join it here. http://www.facebook.com/groups/OpposeSB18ResponsibleGunOwner/
If you live in California contact your Senator and Assembly people and ask them to not co-author or support this bill in any way.
And please even if you are not a Californian resident this is bad for children and their families every where. Once a precedence is set in a large state like California it tends to spread like wildfire.
The special interest groups who would benefit from increased required services to children stand to make a lot of profit from you losing your rights. Once they achieve their goal in California they will look to other states to pass the same laws. And they will have plenty of practice making sure it happens.
Elizabeth Hanson is a responsible gun owner and mother of three awesome little boys. You can follow her on her blog www.bullseyehuntingandshooting.com.
1.For more information on the APPS read http://www.truthandaction.org/californias-new-gun-confiscation-squads/
2.Info on the new AB1014 law regarding a temporary restraining order http://www.krcrtv.com/news/california-gun-confiscation-law-takes-effect-jan-1-1/11503732
3.Read about AB1014. http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1014
4.You can read the bill and follow its status here. http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB18
5.The Right Start Commission is one of the biggest proponents of this bill. They have completed extension reports on what services all California children should have including but not limited to mental and physical health check-up. You can read their report here. http://www.commonsensemedia.org/kids-action/our-initiatives/the-right-start-commission
6.If you do not know who your Senator or Assemblymen are you can find them here at http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.
7.Some of the special interest groups backing this bill are: Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Common Sense, Jim Steyer, and George Halvorson; Chair and CEO for the Institute of InterGroup Understanding; Former Chairman & CEO, Kaiser Permanente; and Chair of the First 5 California Commission.