Monday, October 22, 2012


Saying something unpopular on the internet? Oh, that's sufficient provocation to strip someone of their constitutionally enumerated right.

Giving alcohol to minors? That's a slap on the wrist.

Former Arlington Selectman May Face Charges For Underage Drinking Party
ARLINGTON (CBS) – Police broke up a 33-person drinking party at a former selectman’s home Friday night and it wasn’t the first time.

Police say they were called to the house after receiving a report of a teen urinating on the street and found 33 16 and 17-year-olds. Police say 21 of those teens were drunk. Alcohol was found in the home as well.
This isn't the first time, either - the cops responded to a similar party three years ago. Which, naturally, makes me wonder if the kids in question were 13 and 14 at the time. In 2009, they were not charged. Less than two years later, in the same town, TJIC was stripped of his right to keep and bear arms for writing something unpopular on the internet.

Got that, folks? In Arlington MA, you can provide alcohol to minors and not be charged with a crime, but if you say something untoward online you lose your right to keep and bear arms. Makes sense, doesn't it? This is what happens when you have "may issue" licensing - for any reason whatsoever, the licensing authority in your town may decide that you are "unsuitable" and pull your permit.

Hell, I hope my chief isn't friends with the chief in Arlington...

That is all.


Weetabix said...

What's Travis's status, anyway? I think about him from time to time, but I don't quite know how to find out how he's doing. I really liked his blog.

Jeffersonian said...

I miss TJIC too, used to link his stuff often.

Ed said...

The 2nd protects the 1st, but in this town invoking the 1st revokes the 2nd?

Maureen said...

My home town, sadly. Also just banned gas-powered leaf blowers from October to May.