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

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

So, You're Saying Louis Manzo Would Have Liked to Take Joseph Pelleteri's House?

Ravenwood reports that New Jersey Assemblyman Louis Manzo has introduced legislation that
authorizes the forfeiture of "motor vehicle, building or premise" if a firearm is found in it that is not possessed legally per state law – "even if the firearm was not possessed by the owner of the motor vehicle, building or premise," states a summary of the bill, A3998.
I bet Assemblyman Manzo got the idea from El Cajon, California's practice of confiscating automobiles from men who solicit prostitutes. Even if the men don't own the cars they're driving at the time. However, Ravenwood points out:
If you catch a robber who has an illegal gun, will the police come arrest the guy, and then take your house? What if the guy that steals your car has an illegal gun? Will you never get it back?
Good questions, and grounds, I think, for this legislation to die a pretty quick and vicious death. But what if (as a compromise measure, you understand) the "even if" language is struck from the bill?

What comes to my mind is the story of Joseph Pelleteri and his eeeevil assault weapon, a Marlin Model 60. Under this legislation, Mr. Pelleteri could have lost his house, not just his firearms collection, freedom, and livelihood.

And in New Jersey, I can believe that legislation would be viable. Remember, in New Jersey the state Supreme Court says:
When dealing with guns, the citizen acts at his peril.

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