In this article in the NY Times, Jerry Brown was set with an ultimatum. Democrats tried to pass a large amount of gun control laws after a large string of mass shootings occurred. They wanted to crack down on semi-automatic weapons, as well as crack down on high capacity magazines, and lead ammunition. Jerry Brown vetoed the strongest part of the bundle of laws. He vetoed the ban on semi-automatic weapons that, if passed, would of made semi-automatic weapons banned. The state of California, has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States. Mr. Brown said, "I don't believe that this bill's blanket ban on semi-automatic rifles would reduce criminal activity or enhance the public safety enough to warrant this infringement on gun owners right's."
I'm very glad Jerry Brown vetoed parts of this bill, especially the semi-automatic ban. The semi-automatic ban, if passed, would of caused an immense amount of controversy with the 2nd amendment. The National Rifle Association(NRA), would of rallied up their troops and protested the decision. I feel that banning semi automatic weapons would not help decrease mass shootings at all. It is not the guns fault, it is the person behind the weapon that is the problem. If you look at the recent school shootings: Columbine and Newtown, you will see that the shooter had problems. Whether that's bullying at school or family issues, the person is not completely sane. The people are the issue in the situation. Saying that guns kill people is the same as saying that cars kill people. As it states in the article, California has some of the strictest gun laws, and we have some of the least amount of gun violence compared to the rest of the United States. As well as, the percentage of people who own guns are very low considering every other states percent of people who owns guns are much more than California. I am very glad Governor Jerry Brown did not pass the law that would make semi-automatic weapons banned. I hope Brown or the government never decide to ban semi-automatic weapons.