It’s often said that a conservative is a liberal who’s just been mugged. It’s probably just as often that someone who’s been affected by violence turns into an outspoken and hard working activist for gun control. I know of few people who are truly passionate about the issue who haven’t been personally affected. It’s not surprising, really. We’re passionate about stopping them because we also have a personal stake in the outcome as shooters.
The Ventura County Reporter has a profile of Tim Heyne, who has been spreading gun control ordinances throughout Southern California:
That black day occurred on Memorial Day in 2005. Heyne and his wife, Jan, were with Heyneâ€™s best friend, Steve Mazin, when Mazinâ€™s neighbor, who held a grudge, approached the trio and shot them all. Mazin and Jan were killed. Heyne was left for dead with three bullets to the chest, but he survived and eventually recovered. All this, despite the fact that Mazin had a restraining order.
Mazin’s neighbor, as someone who had a restraining order on them, was not legally able to possess or purchase a firearm.
â€œGun control is an incendiary term which the opposition likes to use because it sounds very condescending,â€ he said. â€œIt speaks to the Second Amendment. What we are about is having sensible, responsible and accountable gun laws to keep the public safe.â€
The group Heyne refers to as â€œweâ€ is the Brady Center headquartered in Washington, D.C. Heyne organized the Ventura County chapter, ignoring the warnings from seasoned gun control advocates that it was the Wild West of gun ownership. In recognition of this feat, the Brady Center will be honoring Heyne for his work on gun control issues in November.
California is the wild west of Gun Ownership? Maybe in 1883, but California’s shooting community has been taking a beating since 1989, and isn’t wielding a whole lot of political power these days. I’m all for having “sensible, responsible and accountable laws that keep the public safe”. But gun control doesn’t do that. Mr. Heyne is a shining example of its failure, as the federal and state laws that disarm people subject to a restraining order did not stop someone that was intent on murder. Is it so crazy to suggest that an honest man with a gun could have?
UPDATE: Joe Huffman has a telling quote as well.