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

Monday, March 15, 2004

New Jersey Strikes Again

This time they crack down on evil imitation firearms. Seems one Robert B. McManus was pulled over for speeding when the officer saw what he thought was an H&K MP5 submachinegun in the back of McManus's hatchback. The story says:
McManus was immediately ordered out of the vehicle and handcuffed, police said.

Further investigation showed the gun is an imitation firearm used to fire pellets and paintballs.
Ok, I'll go along with the reaction of the officer. But wait! There's more!
Police then found a virtual arsenal of other imitation guns that were properly cased.

Police allegedly found an imitation Remington Model 700 sniper rifle with an imitation silencer, an imitation M-16 rifle, an imitation Beretta .9-mm
(sic) handgun, another imitation machine gun and an imitation hand grenade.

All of the guns fired pellets and paintballs, police said.

Police said the guns are legal in New Jersey
(For now) except under certain circumstances where they are deemed to pose a threat.
A threat? To whom? I imagine the officer drew down on McManus, so he was the one at risk. What was he going to do, put out the officer's eye?

So, instead of the officer explaining to Mr. McManus why having that piece exposed on his back seat wasn't such a bright idea, they cited him with "a fourth-degree criminal offense." I've no way of knowing if that "fourth degree criminal offense" is a misdemeanor or a felony in New Jersey.

And note the clever use of "virtual arsenal" in the story. Was it virtually an arsenal, or an arsenal of virtual weapons? And did McManus get to keep his "virtual arsenal" or is it now the virtual property of the State? Those things aren't cheap.

(Link received from the proprietor of Feces Flinging Monkey.)

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