Letter: Gun laws didn't stop Calif. shooter

EDITOR:

A simple question all citizens should be asking gun-control advocates: How did the gun laws in California protect the victims of mass murderer Elliot Rodger?

The recent California mass murders should have gun control advocates rethinking their position. While Elliot Rodger has direct blame for committing mass murder, Governor Jerry Brown and the government of California share the blame for not allowing those murdered or wounded to defend themselves.

In 2012, California made it illegal to openly carry an unloaded firearm. Do so, and you are subject to one year in jail. Carry it loaded or concealed and you will get an additional three years in a state penitentiary. Protect your life or health against mass murderers and go to prison.

These laws do absolutely nothing to stop criminals from carrying firearms. Why? Because criminals do not obey the law.

It says a lot about the mentality of the anti-Second-Amendment crowd that they are willing to sacrifice the lives of innocent people in order to propagate their baseless ideologies.

If one single person present at the time of these shooting had been in possession of a loaded firearm, several lives may have been saved. Several more people may not currently be in hospitals suffering from devastating injuries. But, to be found in possession of that weapon in California ­- the weapons guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution, the weapon that could save your life or the lives of others - would make you a criminal.

California won't allow me to protect myself or my family without threat of prison. This ideology helped condemn several innocent people to death at the hands of a mass murderer.

Stewart White

Prescott Valley