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

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Saturday, February 07, 2004

Remember This, and Remember it Well

In relation to the story below of Cook County prosecutors dropping charges against Hale DeMar for failure to renew his Firearms Owner ID card, let me quote the prosecutor:
Declaring "we choose to prosecute the real criminal," a Cook County prosecutor declined Friday to press state firearms charges against a Wilmette man who shot an intruder in his home.

Hale DeMar "purchased a gun legally. It was registered. What he failed to do was keep current" his state firearm owner's identification card, said Assistant State's Atty. Steve Goebel.

Prosecuting DeMar, 54, of the 0-99 block of Linden Avenue for a "memory lapse" would violate the spirit of the law, he said.

"We choose to prosecute the real criminal here, the person who broke into this house not once but twice," Goebel said.
The sweet voice of reason, right? While failure to keep an FOID current is a misdemeanor, it carries a possible fine of up to $2,500. (Nice how the report targets where Mr. DeMar lives for any criminal wishing to invade his home now that his handguns have been confiscated by the State. Hopefully the next one will have a close encounter with Mr. DeMar's 12 gauge.)

As noted below, the town of Wilmette is going ahead with prosecution of DeMar for violation of the handgun ban. This is a civil matter with a maximum fine of $750.

State Representative John Bradley (a Democrat, no less!) as noted below has introduced legislation to protect people like DeMar from prosecutions such as Wilmette is now pursuing. According to this story:
District State Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion), who called DeMar a "law-abiding citizen," has introduced HB 4075, which would override local handgun bans when the handguns are used in self-defense.
Now, remember, we're talking about a civil violation that has, at most, a $750 penalty. Here's what Chris Boyster, spokesman for the gun ban control "safety" organization Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence had to say about that:
"He was not a law-abiding citizen," Boyster said. "He had a handgun, there was a handgun ban, he broke the law.''
Remember that. Burn it into your brain. As far as the gun ban control "safety" organizations are concerned, if you violate any law, you should be disqualified from gun ownership.

Carry that to its logical conclusion: Get a ticket for speeding? You're not a "law-abiding citizen." Do some remodeling on your house without a permit? You're not a "law-abiding citizen." Violate any of the almost innumerable, often contradictory Federal, State, county, or municipal laws, ordinances, regulations, or edicts and you're no longer a law-abiding citizen. And you have, in their eyes, no right to arms.

So the next time you hear a spokesweasel for a gun ban control "safety" organization say that they support the right of "law-abiding" Americans to possess firearms, remember how they define LAW-ABIDING.

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