Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Quote of the day - right to defy

"The right to defy an unconstitutional statute is basic in our scheme. Even when an ordinance requires a permit to make a speech, to deliver a sermon, to picket, to parade, or to assemble, it need not be honored when it's invalid on its face. "

- Justice Potter Stewart - Walker v. Birmingham

A good example of where this might be applicable would be if a law were passed tomorrow requiring a government permit in order to blog.

I'll never quite understand anti-gunners and their insistence on more laws. They claim that we need more laws to stop "gun violence" yet at the same time rail on about the ineffectiveness of the laws on the books. They don't seem to be able to grasp the concept of laws. That is, law acts as both deterrent and punishment. It acts as as the former only for those who respect it. Laws do not magically prevent me from committing certain acts. Should I choose to break them I am free to do so.

Sure, there may be consequences to my actions but in the end I may break any law I choose. That's how violent criminals operate. They have wanton disregard for the laws of society. They know what they're doing and have decided that the juice is worth the squeeze. Laws are essentially superfluous for them and do not prevent them from engaging in their trade*

*unless of course they're locked up.

I will say this. While I make every effort to be a law-abiding gun owner there are some laws that, if passed, I would not intend to obey. Then of course there are others that would be virtually impossible not to violate even if I intended to comply with the law. That's the point of gun control laws though, to turn me and my fellow gunnies into criminals.

1 comment:

Linoge said...

But... but... but... Joan clearly stated that if something is made illegal, no one can ever do it, ever again! And she cannot be wrong... that would be nonsense!


The simple truth is that the vast majority of them just do not live in the same world we do. Unfortunately, they continue to try to craft our world on theirs' rules, which leads to heartache on all parties...