Thursday, May 16, 2013

"There's no way to rule innocent men"

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”

-Ayn Rand

This story makes me sad.

Boxer arrested at NYC airport with handgun in locked box pleads guilty to disorderly conduct
NEW YORK – A boxer who was arrested at a New York City airport on gun charges has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

Robert Guerrero pleaded to the lesser charge in Queens on Tuesday. He was ordered to pay a $250 fine and complete 50 hours of community service.
Now, yes, I know. Part of traveling with a firearm - especially on an airplane - is knowing the laws of the area into which you are traveling. Guerrero should have done his homework and found out if the firearm he was bringing was allowed in NYC. Given how NY views non-residents and handguns (one word: DON'T), he'd have been much better off hiring a bodyguard for his stay in the city. And he got lucky, too - I wager the "disorderly conduct" charge has a much lighter penalty than a firearms violation.

It shouldn't be that way. He was obviously trying to play by the rules, as evidenced by the proper storage of the firearm unloaded and in a locked container. Had he traveled to the vast majority of the United States he wouldn't have been guilty of anything whatsoever; since he was in NYC, though, he faced a host of potential charges. It's not right; it's unconstitutional as all get-out; but, as of now, it's the law.

Sometimes, though, the law sucks pig doots and needs to be thrown on the ash heap of history...

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)

1 comment:

Ed said...

"The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Looks like his right has been infringed, as there is no way that NYC would allow it. Since the 2nd Amendment applies to the states (and cities withing those states), then the near impossibility of anyone to keep and bear arms would be an infringement.