Can you imagine settling in for the evening and hearing an alarming pounding at your door only to find it is a team of black-clad heavily armed Department of Justice police wearing bullet proof vests when you answer. They come into your house, seize your guns and leave–that’s the peaceful way it’s done. You can imagine alternatives. This is reported by Bloomberg as occurring in Ontario, California on Tuesday March 5. The agents were California Department of Justice and they were confiscating legally purchased firearms from a person who had “lost his right” to own a firearm because of a mental health related two-day stay in the hospital. This California model may become the federal practice.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris told Bloomberg that California is the only state that tracks and disarms people with legally registered guns who have lost the right to own them. She says there are some 20,000 gun owners in the state who are no longer legal because they are under domestic violence restraining orders, deemed mentally unstable, or are convicted felons. She says that California has one of the most extensive “archive of firearm owners” in America. While none of the conditions that require such disarmament are evidence for a search warrant, agents must talk their way into a residence to look for weapons. They take all the weapons in a house–even those who are not registered to the victim.
In the case above, the person who was disarmed was held involuntarily in a mental hospital as a result of a nurse who had exaggerated the magnitude of her condition. She says that she and her husband are law abiding citizens and both their guns were seized because of the hospital stay. Attorney General Harris has recommended to vice president Joe Biden that California’s disarmament program be adopted as a national model. Harris has asked the California legislature to double the number of agents so she can confiscate more than the 2,000 weapons, 117,000 rounds of ammunition, and 11,000 high-capacity magazines that were seized last year.
You see how this works? It starts with gun registration, which sounds very reasonable. Then it steps up to confiscation of those who the government says shouldn’t have guns because of various conditions, and that sounds very reasonable. Then it moves to abuse of that concept. Perhaps conservative, pro-life Christians who believe in the 2nd Amendment are deemed as having a “disqualifying event” and their guns seized. In April 2009, the Department of Homeland Security issued a report saying that such Christians were an extremist threat. All of a sudden it is not so reasonable and it is the reason for a police state. You have become the frog in the boiling pot. Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”
By Bill Wilson