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FirstFlight
06-21-2010, 2:37 PM
CA Assembly San Francisco Politics Gun Rights Examiner


Saldaņa testifying in a body armor vest.
(Rich Pedroncelli / The Associated Press)Oakland's KTVU.com has posted a video of an open carry debate hosted by the Commonwealth Club in the East Bay city of Lafayette. At the end of it, we learn that CA Assembly member Lori Saldaņa, author of a bill to ban the practice of open carry in California, travels under the protection of an armed security detail.

Click here to watch it and then come on back for a discussion.

The first thing that strikes me is how the media frames terms, and correspondent Debora Villalon crossed a line from objective reporter to editorialist when she characterized citizens carrying firearms as "flaunting their right to pack heat."

Karen Arntzen of the Brady Campaign stuck to the talking point that armed citizens are "extending personal risk out to society." This, of course, is the same argument they've used to fight concealed carry laws as well (along with making insulting and unfounded Dodge City analogies). Among the numerous problems with her contention: It directly contradicts a new admission by Brady Communications Director Peter Hamm:

Hamm said criminals are more likely to pick a target who isn't armed.

Of the attendees interviewed, the one who disappoints is the self-described "Second Amendment guy" who says he doesn't care. Just great, buddy. If it's not your ox being gored let the government do what it wants. So who's going to care when it is your ox?

Come we now to the focus of this piece, Lori Saldaņa, a politician who is working to ensure you have no choice when it comes to armed personal defense. Saldana claims "it's really about intimidation" and "a real mistrust of law enforcement."

It's not that the irony of cops being the "Only Ones" armed (aside from criminals, of course) escapes her, it's that she doesn't care. She's got hers and intends to keep it that way as we learn she is traveling with an armed security detail because, as with testifying in a protective vest (see photo, above), it creates great media theater and provides an instant visual that her political opponents must be violent armed extremists.

Her justification for the armed escort? She's become a "lightning rod" and "she's had to step up her personal protection."

And if you have to "step up" yours?

All I can say is........Jezzzzzzz
http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner~y2010m6d19-Antigun-assembly-member-travels-with-armed-security-escort

Barabas
06-21-2010, 5:07 PM
I think Assemblywoman Saldaņa is suffering from pathological narcissism. Her delusions of grandeur are epic in proportion. A lightening rod for self-aggrandizement, perhaps. It must be nice thinking oneself to be royalty with needs above the peasantry.

socalblue
06-21-2010, 5:46 PM
I think Assemblywoman Saldaņa is suffering from pathological narcissism. Her delusions of grandeur are epic in proportion. A lightening rod for self-aggrandizement, perhaps. It must be nice thinking oneself to be royalty with needs above the peasantry.

Pure theatrics. She's on her way out (term limits). JB would not want anything to do with her so no appointment to a cushy state commission if he wins in Nov. No way she could beat the Democratic Congressional incumbent.

N6ATF
06-21-2010, 9:50 PM
Saldana is a federal felon (treason). It's unfortunate that it's not a crime to wear body armor in the commission of a indirectly violent felony, as well.

Hogxtz
06-21-2010, 10:01 PM
How the hell did we wind up with irresponsible activist law makers like her in the first place? Where did these idiots come from? Tools like her prove there is a genetic fault in progressives brains that prevents them from processing simple logic.

stitchnicklas
06-21-2010, 10:45 PM
i hope someone piss's in her wheaties

Whiskey84
06-22-2010, 12:59 AM
i hope someone piss's in her wheaties

I'd volunteer for that duty. I'd even make sure I ate some asparagus. :43: LOL

Good to hear she's on her way out. Sad how so many people fail to see the blatant hypocracy of her actions with the whole disarming the public/armed escort thing.