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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

'Who really cares about it being unconstitutional?'

Sebastian, at Snowflakes in Hell, has found the Quote of the Day--if not the Quote of the Month.

“Who really cares about it being unconstitutional?” said Councilwoman Tonya Payne. “This is what’s right to do, and if this means that we have to go out and have a court battle, then that’s fine … We have plenty of dead bodies coming up in our streets every single day, and that is unacceptable.”
Councilwoman Tonya Payne was referring to Pittsburgh, PA's adoption of "lost or stolen" reporting requirements for gun owners.

Ignore, for now, the uselessness of such an ordinance.

Ignore, for now, the wrong-headed evil of "blame the victim" legislation.

Ignore, for now, the fact that felons and other people prohibited by law from possessing firearms are the ones who cannot be prosecuted under a law like this, because of the Fifth Amendment's protection against self-incrimination.

I assume Ms. Payne was referring not to the U.S. Constitution, and the Second Amendment, but to the Pennsylvania state constitution, and its mandate for state preemption of firearms regulation. [Correction: the Pennsylvania mandate for state preemption of firearm regulation is apparently not part of the state constitution, but was instead a statutory measure. Sorry for my misunderstanding.] In the end, though, that doesn't really matter--her attitude is a classic example of the mindset of the forcible citizen disarmament crowd--the mindset that believes the agenda is more important than protections against a government drunk on power.

It is, in fact, government officials with that kind of mindset who are the reason that the Second Amendment is so necessary.


Anonymous said...

So...when someone comes to you and says "The gun you own was used in a crime" the answer is no longer "it was stolen"...even if it was.

The answer is "Oh...I sold that to some guy a couple of years ago. Nope...sorry, didn't get his name and address."

Unless you live in a state that requires records of private sales...that should cover you.

At least for now.

Anonymous said...

So who cares if rape is illegal? There are too many tumescent penises on our streets and that is just unacceptable. Take your place in line Tonya.

Anonymous said...

Something tells me that idiot has no idea states have their own constitutions.

Armed US Citizen said...

Unfortunately I think the new President and most if not all of his cabinet have this same attitude of "I dont care if it's against the constitution"

Heaven help us all!

me said...

Tonya, if you decided it right to reestablish slavery for the benefit of the State, would that be OK?

Strike, go on strike, or sit waiting for inevitable death are quickly becoming the only options.

me said...

D'oh! Hadn't looked at SIN yet when I wrote that was busy trying to get the damn article to come up.

B Smith said...

Years ago, Bill Clinton Himself (I believe he was talking about his AWB) offered this gem: "We're going to push this (legislation) through, regardless of the will of the people."
And does anyone remember this one? "We can't be so concerned with the rights of ordinary citizens." Also a Clinton zinger.
Oboyma's gonna make Slick Willie look like a piker. 'Civilian Defense Force', anyone?