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Why the Mulford Act is relevant today

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  • Center Left Democrat
    Flagstaff, AZ
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    Few people today are familiar with the Mulford Act, and even fewer people are aware of why it is still relevant today.

    The Black Panther Party was formed in 1966 by Bobby Seale and Huey Newton to protect black neighborhoods from police brutality. After Newton was jailed for killing a police officer, his leadership role was assumed by Eldridge Cleaver, and the group became more radical.

    The group received national fame on May 2, 1967, when 30 Panthers marched into the State Capitol in Sacramento with loaded weapons, prompting a very rapid "oh s**t" response from the legislators. On June 28, 1967, Governor Ronald Reagan signed the Mulford Act, which prohibited the carrying of weapons in public places. At the time, it was one of the strictest gun control laws in the country.

    Throughout the 1960's and 1970's, Reagan remained a strict gun control advocate, as did the NRA. However, a 1977 "coup" by Harlan Carter changed the NRA into a more radical organization. Although Reagan signed the Brady Bill in 1981 (getting shot at will definitely give you "religion") he gradually became more supportive of gun rights. In 1980, Reagan was the first political candidate to be officially endorsed by the NRA.

    In recent years, the NRA and ALEC have had tremendous influence on gun laws, and 26 states now have "stand your ground" laws, and a fair number also have "open carry" laws. Surprisingly, Texas is one of the six states that do not allow open carry of any kind (the other states are California, Florida, Illinois, New York and South Carolina), which makes you wonder why all those Open Carry Texas clowns aren't being arrested. 29 states, by the way, allow open carry without a permit.

    Although Arizona traditionally has had the nation's loosest gun laws, Georgia's recent "guns everywhere" law should give that state the dubious honor of having the country's dumbest gun laws.

    You and I may think that groups like Open Carry Texas are absolutely stupid, but there's a method to their madness. Chipotle recently became the third national chain to issue a request for customers to leave their guns at home, but no chain (so far) has specifically banned them.

    You and I both know that it's not really necessary to bring your gun to Target to buy Oreos, but not everyone will agree with us

    Since businesses would rather not be put in the middle of a volatile issue like gun control, you're not likely to see any stronger actions on their part for the time being. The only recourse, really, is Federal regulation, and that isn't likely to happen until the Democrats control both the House and the Senate. The Arizona legislature keeps trying to allow guns in more places, and I keep fighting them every chance that I can. So far, I've been successful, but it took a veto by Jan brewer to kill the most recent bill.

    On average, 2 people a day die in our country from accidental shootings, which SHOULD prompt an "oh s**t" reaction from the general public every time they see one of those "ammosexual" clowns carrying a loaded weapon into a retail store or a restaurant. For my part, I would immeidatley call 911 if I saw somebody with a loaded weapon in a store, and tell the officer who answered the phone that I was being threatened by a man with a gun. With a little luck, the officer might actually arrest the guy, and give him "a good talking to".

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  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Guy,good piece. Looking from the outside to the US; it is pure laughable what happens here; In Ft. Myers there is a shooting just about every day; it has become very normal now; no one blinks. I wonder on how things will look in 10 years from now. Even when any gun laws are created; then I think it will not make any difference at all, because of the quantity of unregistered guns around as well as all the nutheads which need mental help etc.
    So my personal thoughts are that it only will get worse and (if) any laws; they will be half ass anyway, so take it in stride and buy your own flak jacket or buy a bigger gun than the neighbor. (I have some cheap addresses in Afghanistan, LOL)