A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed - 2nd Amendment, U.S. Constitution
Our U.S. Constitution gave all of us the right to bear arms and I will fight to protect that right.
California legislators are constantly trying to pass laws that infringe on our rights.
It should be noted that with every right there comes responsibility.
My full name is David Douglas Fennell with my middle name Douglas having been given to me by my parents in memory of my late Uncle Dougie who died before I was born when at age 12 he got hold of a firearm that he should never have had access to and accidentally shot himself. He lived long enough to apologize to my extended family and it is a tragedy that has permanently scarred my family.
I first learned to shoot a gun at Marin Sierra & Cutter Scout Reservation where we were trained by retired military professionals on the safe handling and maintenance of firearms. My extended family has a history of owning and safely maintaining fire arms and my grandfather, father, uncle and cousins have all served in the military. I am an Eagle Scout who has been trained in firearm safety including using historic black power rifles.
A memory that will stick in my mind forever is when I was 8 years old and my 75 year old next door neighbors were held up at gun point in their driveway. While the criminals held the elderly husband at gunpoint, his elderly wife reached into her purse where she had a handgun and a permit to carry a handgun and shot both of the robbers through her purse. My father hearing the gunfire, opened our front door and the injured robbers retreated across our front yard. The next day they were arrested at the hospital. The situation could have ended badly for my neighbors if they had not been armed.
As we all know, there has recently been news of heart breaking shootings at the workplace, at public events and at schools. One cannot help but be heartbroken by these tragedies which are brought into our living rooms and the emotional outpourings that come after these events. Every loss of a life is a tragedy and the senseless loss of a young life is particularly tragic. I am named after such a tragedy.
However, US Citizens own over 200 million guns and statistically in a country of over 300 million people, if you look at the numbers, the odds of being involved in a shooting by a legal gun owner is almost zero. Most criminals who use weapons are not legal gun owners. With all of the push for gun laws, there is little evidence that any of these proposed gun laws would have prevented these recent tragedies.
That does not mean that we should not address the problem of preventing future mass shootings.
One key problem that has surfaced out of the recent mass shootings is that many of the individuals had known mental health issues and law enforcement were aware that these individuals were a potential risk but were unable to take steps to prevent the tragedy.
Another problem that has surfaced is that there needs to be greater improvement in the technology systems and communication between Federal, State & Local law enforcement to be able to prevent mentally ill individuals from having access to firearms. I can tell you from personal knowledge that the software computer systems in Sacramento are extremely antiquated and there is a complete lack of communication between many agencies.
This is where I would put my effort to prevent future shootings. Addressing mental health and government systems to track such individuals. Not creating new California laws which restrict US citizens Second Amendments rights to bear arms.
The right to bear arms in the U.S. Constitution was not just for hunting or self defense but it was also to prevent potential tyranny in the future by an overreaching government. Having just fought the Revolutionary War against a tyrannical state, our founding fathers wanted to prevent that from happening in the future.
I found it refreshing as found in links below by actors and rappers and even comedians such as Penn & Teller that as much as we hear otherwise in the media, the majority of Americans believe in the 2nd Amendment. This includes some of our best West Coast entertainers. These 2nd Amendment links are worth a quick watch (I have seen both Penn & Teller & Ice-T perform live in California. Great shows).
Ice-T on the 2nd Amendment
Penn & Teller on the 2nd Amendment
As your California Lieutenant Governor, I will defend the U.S. Constitution and your 2nd Amendment rights.