Law enforcement and the second amendment
Robert Farago at TTAG pulls this quote (h/t geoffB) from a NJ editorial, which gets to the very heart of the increasingly nannystate-dependence of some of our more vocal activists, who spend much of their time begging that their responsibility for their own well-being be taken away from them — which I suppose frees the cowards up to demand that the non-cowards join them in “willingness to nut up inequality”:
“We want law enforcement to have the ultimate say over who can be armed in public — not lobbyists with the NRA. Thankfully, the Supreme Court’s brush-off of this latest challenge reaffirms that.” – Editorial, U.S. Supreme Court shrugs off weak challenge to NJ gun law [via nj.com]
As geoff notes in his email,
I do realize that by not taking the case the Supreme Court isn’t saying that they won’t take some future case and rule against the New Jersey law but then again they might never do so. What this “exception” to the 2nd amendment does to it could be extended to other amendments too. Think of the way “justifiable need”, as determined by some government designated, government employee could be used to limit all of the constitutional rights that are supposed to limit government.
This certainly is chilling to contemplate for any number of reasons, the most succinct and pointed of which is that politicians, certain civil servants, and top-of-the-chain bureaucrats enjoy petty tyranny, and most — being posturing dicks — are pretty much the last people on earth you want controlling anything unchecked.
Of course, a federal court — the 9th circuit, of all places — struck down California’s attempt to limit CC permits to those who showed “good cause,” noting (correctly and obviously) that the Second Amendment is available to all citizens as a basic right and therefore isn’t subject to such restraints, which in essence amount to a kind of subjective, government-graded literacy test or poll tax.
So I’m not sure how that impacts the NJ law, if at all, but it sure does seem to me that handing law enforcement the keys to the car — then allowing them to remove the unlock mechanism and the backdoor interior handles — is not the best idea, all things considered.
I mean, haven’t we seen how, historically at least, such a diminution of individual rights in favor of dispensation to a singular group with ultimate authority, ends often very very badly for those who agree to sign away their liberty (and those who are swept along for the ride by force of law)…?