Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

Thursday, February 28, 2013

To Quote Tam (Again)

Every day, I feel more like an extra in Atlas Shrugged.
Remember this passage from that novel?
There is no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking the law. Create a nation of lawbreakers and then you can cash in on the guilt. Now that's the system!
Were you aware that in at least one jurisdiction sneaking into a movie you haven't paid for in a multiplex is a FELONY?
Couple Faces Felony Rap For Movie Sneak

The married couple went to the movies Saturday night at a multiplex in Portage, Indiana, where they watched "Snitch," starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. When the action flick ended, the Harbins exited theater #13 and headed into theater #15, where the zombie film "Warm Bodies" was about to start.

The Harbins, however, had not purchased $6.75 tickets to the second movie, which resulted in the duo's arrest for felony theft, according to a Portage Police Department report.

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The duo was "taken into custody without incident" and transported to the Porter County jail, where they were booked on the felony count and later released on their own recognizance.
A $13.50 felony.

Once again, I'd like to point out that 18 U.S.C. § 922(d) states:
It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person -

(1) is under indictment for, or has been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;
And 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) says:
It shall be unlawful for any person -
(1) who has been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year
to ship or transport in interstate or foreign commerce, or possess in or affecting commerce, any firearm or ammunition; or to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.
In general, a felony crime is one defined as:
(A)n offense for which a sentence to a term of imprisonment in excess of one year is authorized. Felonies are serious crimes, such as murder, rape, or burglary, punishable by a harsher sentence than that given for a misdemeanor.
So, if they plead to anything that could result in a jail term "exceeding one year" - regardless of what the sentence actually is - then they have forever lost their right to arms.

Over a $13.50 theft.

This is a "serious crime"? On what planet?

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