What started at Cleveland School …

Is culminating in California in a flurry of new gun-control bills.

The S.F. Chronicle reports that proposed regs include:

“— Requiring all handgun owners to obtain an annual safety certificate akin to that required for obtaining a concealed weapons permit, which requires holders to take hours-long courses in gun use and safety.

“— Requiring gun owners to purchase insurance to cover the cost of any damage that could result from use of a firearm.

“— A 5-cent tax on each bullet purchased, with the money to be spent on either policing in high-crime areas or mental-illness screening and treatment for children.”

What’s interesting is how the public shift over gun control has not moved the needle one bit at the NRA. No compromise, even on assault weapons. With their absolutist stragegy they’ve painted themselves into corner. They’re going to lose ground. And when after years pass the result is not tyranny but lower rates of gun violence, sensible gun regulation will be even more popular.

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