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Above: “Dora” aims an IWI X95 rifle, one of the many guns she can’t use in California.

Behind Enemy Lines: How to Dismantle the Gun Control Agenda in California

By Yih-Chau Chang

As someone who is fortunate enough to have the honor of defending and promoting the 2nd Amendment in one of the most anti-gun states in the Union, I have often examined the tattered state of our basic, fundamental and enumerated civil right to self-defense with a sense of rueful disgust. As Californians who believe in the one liberty that most meaningfully guarantees the others listed in our hallowed Bill of Rights, the question with the difficult answer becomes, what can the individual do to meaningfully stop the onslaught against 2A by the rabid, gun-control-promoting State Legislature?

Does a meaningful answer even exist? One would be forgiven to feel a sense of powerlessness and frustration inspired by political results that even the most prominent gun rights groups in the entire state and national community cannot seem to overcome—and that’s precisely where our opponents want us.

So, where do we go from here?

Like many concerned activists, I have spent years carefully examining this question. Ultimately, taking an objective look at how we arrived at this point is going to provide the most illuminating path forward. Political history from our opposition teaches us how we got here and, after a significant amount of rumination, I realized that this lesson learned is a knife that can cut both ways.

Let’s be honest. The reason that California and, indeed, so much of the country has grown to support issues like gun control is because, generations ago, the political left despised traditional values such as gun ownership and decided that the most meaningful way that they could subvert such critical foundations of American culture was to do so through the avenue of public education.

While the left might be loath to admit every aspect of their takeover in America’s public education system, it would be difficult to refute that liberal indoctrination directly contributed to the elimination of gun safety and marksmanship programs that were regularly taught in American classrooms in the...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V21N7 (September 2017)
and was posted online on July 21, 2017

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