Removal of individual rights demands stricter scrutiny

06/21/2014 6:06 AM

06/23/2014 9:33 AM

Re "We need to help family.and friends prevent gun deaths" (Viewpoints, June 21): Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner wants to use domestic violence restraining orders as the template for her new law allowing the same process be put in place to take away lawfully owned firearms.

What she fails to mention in her editorial is the fact that domestic violence restraining orders are handed out like candy, often with little to no input from those being restrained. Judges are so afraid to take responsibility for their decisions that they often decide to err on the safe side and grant the restraining order, whether or not it is really justified. Applying this concept to a fundamental constitutional right could very well prove disastrous for those on the receiving end of these orders.

Assemblywoman, while your intentions might be benign I am afraid that the potential consequences of such a law are dangerous to the freedoms we all enjoy.

-- Brian Bainter, Elk Grove

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