Lori Saldana is California Dreamin’

Lori Saldana is not only smarter than you but she has the power to dictate how, if at all, you’re able to use your own rightfully-acquired property. Or so she thinks.

Recently Saldana, who purports to represent San Diegans in the California state assembly, stated that “People should be free from the fear and the potential for violence firearms represent”.

Her solution? Allow known thugs responsible for countless homicides and assaults and the theft of billions of dollars of money and property each year who are guided by a belief that ‘doing their job’ justifies the  usurpation of the rights of others (shown by their adherence to the “thin blue line” and frequent testilying) to carry firearms while while denying the practice for those not initiated into the gang.

Does such a scenario – a community where only State actors like cops and soldiers have the ‘right’ to carry firearms – make you feel free from fear?

Saldana has already convinced enough of her colleagues in the assembly who too survive off the political means to support her efforts and she’s now waiting for those in the senate to do the same. But what she and unfortunately many of those who appear to be on the opposite end of this issue fail to grasp is that her actions and the eventual outcome of her efforts aren’t important.

Man-made legislation is no substitute for natural law and it can be justly ignored when it’s in direct conflict with the rights each of us have. Hell, Saldana’s own actions – her brazen disregard for words she’s agreed to uphold (the California Constitution) – proves this point and underscores the arbitrariness of such “legal”claims  and the inability of a piece of parchment to guarantee and safeguard our rights:

All people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights. Among these are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.

Can Saldana or any of her co-conspirators claim that their goal – victim disarmament – does not violate each individual’s inalienable rights and lessen their ability to defend their life and liberty?

Rather than allocate your scarce resources – your time, talent and treasure – to try to oppose Saldana or any similar man-made legislation, refuse to grant her or the State – the great fiction that rests on violence – any authority. Know that you have inherent rights that Saldana or a piece of paper, even if signed by 99.99% of others, cannot infringe upon. Such dictates have no authority over you. You own yourself. You have the right to defend yourself from aggressive force.

As Alfred Hambridge mentioned in a recent post on Strike The Root, “If you are not free to have a firearm at hand for self-defense, no matter where you go, you are not free.” Continued petitioning of Saldana or the backing of others who have different views to replace Saldana only further centralizes the power and authority of the political system. Do yourself and your neighbors and future generations a favor and ignore the State.

For more on this simple, moral and consistent idea, check out the classic Philosophy of Liberty below:


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Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.