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Every gun-related arrest has the potential to spark debate

Many of our Roseville readers may have noticed an uptick in news coverage related to arrests involving weapons charges as certain parts of the political establishment seek to steer public opinion toward a favorable view of more restrictive gun control legislation. Calling attention to a problem is one thing, but attempting to abrogate constitutional rights as a part of sound "public policy" can leave many gun owners feeling left out of the process. What should the gun control debate center on - mental health or gun ownership? Knowing how to discern news coverage from a party pushing a political agenda can take years to master. In reports about a recent incident in Placer County, both sides of the spectrum may be involved.

Reports indicate that a man was arrested on August 24 after a standoff in the woods with law enforcement officials. Apparently this man was suicidal, which was particularly concerning to the law enforcement officials on the scene because he was also allegedly in possession of a 12-gauge shotgun with a pistol grip. The problems that day appear to have started with a domestic altercation, during which the man allegedly fired a couple of rounds from the shotgun. He then slipped off into the woods. The authorities also indicated that the man was intoxicated at the time of the confrontation.

As bad as this situation could have gotten, it appears that things ended peacefully enough. The man eventually dropped the gun and was taken into custody. He was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, among other charges.

In the wake of many gun-related tragedies that have shaken the public in recent years, now is not the time to be facing a gun charge in America. Just as drugs were aggressively pursued in the 1980's, now appears to be the time when law enforcement have taken the initiative in cracking down on gun-related crimes. In times like these, the shifting attitudes of American citizens may be the only thing that can provide checks and balances.

Source: Rocklin and Roseville Today, "Felon Arrested on Domestic Violence and Firearm Charges," Aug. 24, 2013

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