I certainly did not see this coming.
Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) of all politicians issued a veto to pending state legislation (Senate Bill 374) that would have banned the acquisition or transfer of virtually every semi-automatic rifle in existence, stating surprisingly sensibly:
“The State of California already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country… … I don’t believe that this bill’s blanket ban on semi-automatic rifles would reduce criminal activity or enhance public safety enough to warrant this infringement on gun owners’ rights.”
Of course, the burden of proof should ethically rest upon the State when asserting that any infringements on individuals’ rights are effective and thus “warranted” (a separately debatable position), a principle that Governor Brown and the rest of California’s political leadership have largely ignored in other legislative pursuits. Given that a prevalence of murder and violence are influenced by far more complex issues than simply an existence of various implements, there consequently exists no substantively significant evidence that various bans and/or restrictions of any type appreciably enhance public safety either, as has been well demonstrated (see below for non-exhaustive examples).