"There was a criminal protective order in place in the case."
On Monday, November 18, 2013, Leslie Pinkston was gunned down [link] around 9:30 in the morning as she sat in her SUV. Her killer is a former boyfriend who had been arrested for a whole litany of domestic violence charges.
He was released from jail on November 15th, and Leslie was dead three days later on November 18th.
When I read the, "protective order" comment by the local District Attorney, I damned near puked.
How do the gun-grabbers - which includes the police, the sheriff's department, the DA and the state legislature - think Leslie should have responded to these threats? Hold up the protective order to her murderer, and say, "Back off, asshole! I've got the law on my side!"
I keep reading these stories on her murder, and the commentors all talk about the criminal justice system, and how animals like this should not be let out, and blah, blah, blah. They basically want the government to be responsible for their personal safety.
I wish Leslie had broken California law and kept a loaded gun with her at all times. This guy was stalking her, threatening her, and had a record of violence. I wish she'd said, "Go to hell, state of California! I'm going to protect myself."
If she had made that choice - to illegally carry a loaded gun without the permission of the state - and was then caught doing so, she'd be convicted as a felon. She would then be stripped of her right to legally purchase or possess a gun anywhere in the country.
Let that sink in: Her affirmative act of acquiring and possessing the means to save her own life would have instead resulted in her forfeiting her liberty.
Leslie followed the letter of the law, and ended up dead.
Her county - Yolo - is one of the many "no-issue" counties in California that requires you to be threatened before they will consider allowing you to exercise your second amendment rights to self-defense. They don't have to allow you, but they'll consider it.
WILL SOMEONE PLEASE SHOW ME IN THE CONSTITUTION WHERE THE GOVERNMENT IS ALLOWED TO INTERPRET AN AMENDMENT THAT STATES, "...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed," AS THE GOVERNMENT'S ABILITY TO INFRINGE UPON THIS GUARANTEED RIGHT AS THEY SEE FIT?
I don't give a damn about interpretations for public safety. I don't give a damn about being reasonable. I don't give a damn that guns make some people nervous. I don't give a damn about well-reasoned debate.
From a societal perspective, what I give a damn is about precedence. The legal concept that a law is in effect until it is overturned or new law is written. Well, the last time I looked, the second amendment has not been legally altered since its ratification on December 15, 1791. If you want to change that, the ONLY way you can do that is to get a constitutional amendment passed that grants these infringement powers to the state.
From a personal perspective, if that ever happens, then I, too, can be a criminal, because you'll never take away my chosen method of exercising my God-given right to self-defense.
California's gun laws are the number one reason why my wife and I are leaving this state (taxes and nanny state-isms are close seconds). I'll try to, "color inside the lines" for as long as I can, but I'll NEVER place myself or my family in mortal danger because of some unconstitutional bastardization of the second amendment.
What I've read about this maggot is that he's very self-centered. I pray with every fiber of my being that when he's finally cornered, his vanity and cockiness get the best of him, he resists arrest and is chopped down by multiple 165 grain hollow point .40 caliber pistol rounds.
My second-best alternative is that he return to the town of Winters, Ca., where he killed Leslie. I believe it will be his last visit. Anywhere.
Rest in peace, my friend.
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