California is taking steps to prevent gun violence with a new gun control law. Assembly Bill No. 1014 allows immediate family members and law enforcement agencies to petition a Judge for a temporary emergency gun violence restraining order. The order allows the removal of guns from an individual considered dangerous who might injure himself or others. This bill came about as a result of the May 23 attack in the community of Isla Vista where Elliot Rodger killed six people. The attack occurred after family members voiced concerns about Elliot’s mental health.
Proponents of this law hail this measure as a preventive tool to help save lives. Opponents voice concerns about infringing on the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the right to keep and bear arms. Is the price of saving a life too high or is the limit to a constitutional right more than justified? Something to think about.