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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 31,2015 This editorial appeared in The Orange County Register, Dec. 27, 2015. Almost all mass murders committed with guns prompt murders nationally. Califor- nia already bans high-capac- ity magazines that hold over 10 rounds and already highly restricts public carry licenses in most localities, with only around 70,000 issued in the state. The rest of the country, calls for tougher gun laws. The though, has over the past problem is, in pretty much every recent mass shooting in America, any newly proposed gun control law would not have stopped the crime, even if perfectly enforced. In this month's horrific at- tack in San Bernardino, the guns were legally purchased, then illegally transferred and altered. California's gun laws already encompass most of the supposed "commonsense gun safety" laws President Obama and his party call for nation- ally. The state already requires background checks on all transfers or sales of guns, not just guns sold by licensed fire- arms dealers. It already bans an arbitrary set of semiauto- matic rifles that the state calls "assault weapons" - even though rifles of all sorts are used in, at most, 2 percent of couple of decades expanded public carry rights enormous- ly, and seen gun crime plunge alongside. An America without the possibility of gun violence is not reasonably achievable. But Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, already running hard for governor in 2018, seems to think more laws would end gun violence. He used the San Bernardino massacre to push a gun control initiative he was already promoting for next year's ballot. That initiative would extend existing background-check requirements for gun pur- chases to ammunition as well. It would also extend the exist- ing ban on magazines holding more than 10 rounds to include currently grandfathered maga- zines. That would require trying to confiscate all existing such magazines and would create an instant new class of "crimi- nals" statewide who have harmed no one. Anyone concerned with the civil liberties of Californians might wonder if we need more contraband for overzealous police to hunt down in our homes, cars or on our persons, especially contraband that al- most never causes any harm. "What more evidence do you need that we need to step it up as it relates to gun safety in the state?" Newsom said after San Bernardino. Gun control advocates don't talk about it much, but in the past 22 years, the rate of gun murders in this country has gonedown by half. In the past decade, U.S. gun murder rates have dropped by 16 percent. California has done even better, with gun homicides dropping 36 percent from 2005-14. We have no reason to believe our tough gun laws are significantly responsible for those great results. We've seen very large, though not quite as large, drops in all vio- lent crime and property crime as well over the past decade, and gun laws can't be credited for that. Social scientists agree that, despite our national gun mur- der plunge beginning after the national Brady Law back- ground check was passed in 1993, that law was not the cause of the drop. Laws are easily breakable, and no amount of background checks can prevent the previously law-abiding from committing a crime with a gun, which is what we've seen in most prominent mass shoot- ing tragedies. Laws are not why our gun violence trends are improving so much. But those trends are real, and wonderful. Since gun laws more often restrict the rights of the peaceful and law-abid- ing than they prevent crimes against others, and since even the vast majority of most hid- eous public tragedies were not stopped by existing laws and would not have been stopped by proposed ones, there's no good reason to think we need more gun laws in California. Distributed by Disclaimer: This views in this guest editorial do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Cheney Free Press. Write to the Point Songs ring k th many memories of Christm By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Editor's note: Capitalization, phrasing and line breaks from John Lennon's song "Happy Christmas" used in this column have been retained in keeping with the original meaning of the work. I'm not sure why but once i heard John Lennon's 1971 song, "Happy Christmas," it was one of those tunes that became permanently trapped inside my head. Surely you know the lyr- ics: "So this is Christmas, And what have you done, Another year over, And a new one just begun," just as you do "Jingle Bells," or any number of other songs of the season. Like songs - be they good or bad -- we can never seem Paul Delaney to get out of our heads, my holiday memories are equally stuck this time of year. The memories of this spe- cial family time go back de- cades and are permanently etched in my mind because of how the season was always treks crossing the Columbia There were the Hansens. made special by family, both at Grand Coulee and over Don would share his favor- immediate and extended. Disautel Pass. ite gift, usually another tool My first recollections areI felt privileged to be treat- for his vast collection as he of holidays spent with my ed as an adult and allowedwas the guy you called to fix grandparents who lived in to attend midnight mass, but whatever was broken. Ailene, Okanogan, Wash. It's fun to then also like a kid who was meanwhile, shared her addic- look at the black and white quickly ushered to bed, "Be- tive English toffee recipe, one snapshots of this kid with the cause Santa won't come if that I still make religiously this crew-cut all wide-eyed over you are awake," the adultstime of year. his first model train, reminded me. And later it was off to visit We actually lived the song, Christmas days in Okano-Vince and Marie White. The "Over the river and through ganwere spent doing presents house at the edge of their or- the woods to grandmother's and later visiting |ongtime house we go," with yearly family friends. 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