Thursday, April 24, 2014

Who is to be trusted?

Print Friendly and PDF The state of Georgia has now expanded the people and places where guns can be, and in many cases has paced the burden of their presence or absence not on the gun carrier, but elsewhere. It seems that a restaurant owner cannot ban guns, but can ban people carrying guns, which means he/she needs to know who is carrying a gun.  I believe the burden of proof has been tragically misplaced.

Suppose we passed a law that allowed a person stopped for DWI on the highway a "free pass" provided that they agreed to stop driving in that location for a while. Why not? A person can bring a gun into a Georgia airport, and get away freely as long as they leave the premises when asked. Evidently the only way a person can break the law with a gun is by actually committing some crime with it. Walking in an airport with a gun is not to be considered a crime.  By the same logic, a person drunk who is driving is not committing a crime: driving is legal.

The way I understand it, the lawmakers really do not want guns in the airport, but see no legal way to stop them except by asking nicely, please, "could you and your gun leave."  If the person refuses to leave, what law would they be breaking? Unwillingness to submit to authority? Isn't that what this business is really all about?

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

These are the words that many gun owners hide behind.  I must admit that I have not seen a militia in my lifetime, but there must be one hiding in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

I also cannot help but wonder if counterfeiters are going to enter the business of gun permits.

While we are at it, the 7th amendment says: In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

I hope that all those NRA people are also campaigning to see that the $20 limit is stringently followed. After all, this is our Constitution.

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