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

Thursday, May 08, 2008

well hell I'm a felon

Well, Hell, I'm a Felon

There's been a lot of talk around the gunblogosphere about this case, but this is the first legacy media coverage of it I'm aware of:

David Olofson is a member of, and has been posting regularly on his case.

Under the conditions that gained him his conviction, I'm a felon, too. My AR15 is equipped with a Jewell trigger. When I first received it, the trigger was adjusted too light and it doubled on me twice in initial testing. I would imagine it would be a simple thing for any ATF "technician" to misadjust any Jewell-equipped AR to do the same.

According to the BATFE, that makes it a machine gun, if this case stands.

Here's the quote that grates on my nerves:
Critics say the problems stem from a lack of uniform testing protocol at ATF.
My aching ass. They were told it was a machine gun, it was damned well going to be a machine gun. The BATFE doesn't make mistakes! Remember, this is the organization that told its agents to perjure themselves on the witness stand by declaring that their NFA records were 100% accurate.

Mr. Olofson is scheduled to be sentenced next Tuesday. What he ought to get is an overturned decision, full restoration of his rights and property, and a big damned settlement check from the pocket of the local head of the BATFE.

Every time I hear about something like this, I think to myself that just perhaps John Ross's Unintended Consequences isn't so far-fetched after all.

And remember: This is the same group that is now after CavArms. David Codrea has been keeping tabs on that travesty.

Edited to add:

How do you like this? (TIFF file, download and blow up to read)

Here's what it says: "Third notice. Final Claim Date May 25, 2008" At the top of the page (it's cut off) it says that if the material is not claimed it is forfeit "and will be disposed of according to law."

Here's a partial screenshot of what was seized from CavArms that the government - without charging anyone with anything as of yet - is ready to "dispose of according to law":

"Always Think Forfeiture" anyone?

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