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Steve Lunetta: Shooting down RINOs

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Posted: May 16, 2010 9:02 p.m.
Updated: May 17, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Oops, I did it again. Uncle Earl and I went over to Big 5 and bought another gun. This one is a Remington 870 Express 12-gauge with a 28-inch barrel. We got the last one.

For all of you non-gun-nuts, this is a shotgun used for shooting ducks, quail and geese. And best of all, I paid the state-mandated $25 background-check fee and had to wait 10 days.

All the while, the gang member in the street bought his pistol for $20 and has it in his pocket now. Argh. Well, at least I can buy ammo without any problems.

Oops, they did it again. Assembly Bill 962 prevents me from getting ammo easily.

A fellow conservative sent me this e-mail last week. I found it fascinating, since it involves gun ownership and a strange twist of political fate.

"As a lifelong conservative Republican, I have an assignment for you. Find out how many GOP voters are going to vote like me.

"I am a life member of the NRA, a member of the California Rifle and Pistol Association and a member of Gun Owners of California. As such, I e-mailed Meg Whitman three times with the same question, and even sent her a snail mail.

"I got terminally ignored. No answer. I found out that Meggie doesn't answer questions. I also asked Steve Poizner and Tom Campbell the same query.

"The question I asked Whitman, Poizner and Campbell was about AB 962, signed into law by Gov. (Arnold) Schwarzenegger. This law is designed to make firearm ammunition costly, scarce and mostly unavailable to California citizens.

"And in case you are interested in civil rights, AB 962 expressly violates not only the Second Amendment, but also violates the Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and 14th Amendments; as well as Article I, Section 8, the Commerce Clause and Article IV, Section 2, and the ban on Bills of Attainder.

"And as if that isn't enough - and it isn't - AB 962 also violates the FOPA, Firearm Owners Protection Act, in the U.S. Code.

"However, it really should be called the Criminal's Protection Act, as they will know some homeowners might not be armed. And the street gangs will have a new product for their line, by smuggling and trafficking in ammo in addition to their drug trade. Twenty-two-caliber ammo will become the medium of exchange.

"When AB 962 gets to the Supreme Court, the Justices will fall off their seats, laughing.

"I asked each of the three GOP candidates, whether he/she would have approved AB 962.

"Here are the replies I received: Whitman - no answer. Not even the usual one-size-fits-all non-sequitur from most politicians about how they ‘support the Second Amendment.'

"Tom Campbell, to his credit, was upfront about his approval of any gun law that disarms citizens. Tom says, yes, he would have approved of AB 962, because the police like it. Tom lives up to his resume of never finding an infringement on gun rights that he didn't like.

"Steve Poizner, on the other hand, (through one of his minions) flatly replied he would not approve any more gun-control laws. But then, with Steve's flip-flopping resume, could we ever trust him?

"Gun rights are merely my litmus test. But this trio of liberal Democrats with an "R" after their names also fails other tests for genuine Republicans (abortion, unions, government spending, etc). So who does a conservative GOP member vote for?

"Ready for this? I'm voting for Jerry Brown. One reason the lefties don't like Jerry is that he has a record of working with the NRA on many issues. The NRA has given Jerry Brown a ‘C' in the past, while the three RINOs are surely headed for ‘F' grades.

"I vaguely recall Jerry Brown once saying, ‘If you want to be successful in politics, don't mess with a man's car, his booze or his guns.' Sounds good enough for me.

"Now as your assignment, my paisano, should you choose to accept it, is to research and find out how many other GOP voters are going to eschew the three RINOs, and vote for Jerry Brown."

OK, folks. Is this reader crazy or do you agree? E-mail me and let me know.

Steve Lunetta is a heavily armed Santa Clarita resident and can be reached at His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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