The Spot-On Quote Of The Week…
…is awarded to Jeff Goldstein for seeing through the Leftist fog, unlike so many of our brethren on the Right [this is worth quoting in full]:
First off, doesn’t any admission that a failure to exempt police officers from magazine size restrictions is a problem with the hurried-through anti-gun legislation (because, to quote one state senator, “you can’t give more ammo to the criminals”) suggest that the law itself is intended to make sure that only law-abiding citizens have less cartridge capacity in their firearms than do criminals? And given that the police are second-responders (the individual being the first responder) — and are under no legal obligation to protect you — isn’t this law essentially a means to creating a stratified populace in which police and criminals are both better armed than law-abiding citizens exercising their right to bear arms under the second amendment?
That seems troubling to me, both on a personal and Constitutional level. If we take into account that one of the main concerns of the second amendment was to balance State power, why is it permissible under the Constitution to give special exemptions to those who use force in the service of the State?
Further, why is the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association in NY pushing for an exemption on the “high cap” ban for both active police and retired officers. Or as I like to call them, civilians, who though once active duty police, no longer are?
It really does seem to me that in every bastion of progressivism, the populace is being balkanized — and individual liberty is being replaced by government beneficence toward its clients or enablers.
That’s not a constitutional republic. That’s liberal fascism.
Spot-on and dead solid perfect.
Jeff understand what’s in the Leftist Playbook, how they wish to divide and conquer America through their fostering of tribalism and hatred in all areas of our society. The Left cleverly whispers to each tribe: ‘We’re really on your side and ready to help you fight against those scum who are trying to destroy you — they are, you know‘. They encourage the tribes to be paranoid.
…the retired police officer exception is a clue that they (at least the PBA) thinks they are more equal than others.
Damn it, 1984 and Animal Farm were meant to be warnings, not instruction manuals!
And given that the police are second-responders (the individual being the first responder)
I encourage everybody to keep hammering away on this point. We need to crush the default assumption that nobody can do anything until the authorities arrive….
Indeed. When the people of The United States in their local communities and in the Several States began allowing for the creation of police departments, they never relinquished their right to self-defense or their right to exercise policing powers. They merely delegated the day-to-day business of it to an organized [training came later in the 19th Century] group run by a government entity, much as they had delegated protecting our borders and other national security matters to the government. This creation of police departments was done because it freed-up individuals to concentrate on other concerns, such as earning a living, making one’s lot in life better, taking care of one’s family needs. We never gave up our power to police. We never made ourselves subjects to governmental beneficence. Sovereignty rests only with the people of The United States.