Tuesday, August 27, 2013

You *Sure* We Want To Treat Guns Like Cars?

I'm pretty sure you only want to use that argument when it suits you...

Suspect in crash could face ‘immediate threat’ status
Cape cops are weighing whether to seek “immediate threat” driver status for a Yarmouth man they say plowed through a convenience store’s front windows — narrowly missing a customer at the register — then backing out and driving away.

“That is under review,” Dennis police Capt. William Monahan said of a possible “immediate threat” designation for Christopher Sprague, 32, of Yarmouth — a move that would allow the Registry of Motor Vehicles to revoke his license indefinitely. Registry records show his license expired in May and is nonrenewable because he owes three years of excise taxes.
Pay attention there. His license was suspended in May, yet here it is August and he's behind the wheel, crashing into convenience stores. You *sure* we want to treat guns like we do cars? Really? They're trying to decide if they should seize his license - which is already suspended - because he's an "immediate threat". Gee, he used his vehicle as a deadly weapon, and there's an argument over whether he should lose his driving privileges. Want to treat guns like cars do you? Imagine the uproar if he had walked into a convenience store and started firing a gun? And the response was "we're looking into whether we can take away his gun permit?"

Not to mention that when the registry revokes your license, they generally don't take away any cars you own. They certainly don't kick in your door on Independence Day and steal the car owned by your significant other, either. When you lose your license, that's all they take. Imagine that. Imagine committing a violent crime with a firearm, and all they take is your license to carry. That's what would happen if we treated guns like we treat cars, folks. F**k up all you want; all we'll do is take away the slip of paper that says you're okay to do this. We won't actually take any steps to prevent you from doing it again...

Just remember this whenever some nitwit says we ought to require training to own a firearm because "we require driver's ed" or something equally vacuous...

That is all.

5 comments:

Erin Palette said...

Speaking of TJIC, is there any update to his story?

lelnet said...

Actually, it sounds like they already do...at least, they're treating his car abuse the way they treat gun abuse by _criminals_. ("If the last talking-to didn't do the job, we'll use a slightly sterner voice this time...")

Whereas God help you if you're a basically law-abiding citizen who makes a small error on the paperwork...whether for your gun or your car, Leviathan will come down on _that_ like a ton of bricks.

(I don't know about Massachussetts. Never lived there, so never had a MA drivers license. Everywhere else I've lived, though, it's been the same story -- harsh penalties for offending the bureaucracy, combined with insane leniency toward those whose behavior demonstrates a clear hazard to public safety. Matches up pretty well, I'd say, with the way the police generally don't even bother _trying_ to get guns out of the hands of violent criminals, but fight tooth and nail against honest citizens having them.)

Anonymous said...

I always laugh about this. Unless you pith this guy like a poor frog, he still knows how to drive. If he has access to a car, his or someone else's, he can still drive.

Lock him up or come up with some way to do a brain wipe.

Gerry

Jay G said...

Erin,

I have heard no additional information on that front, sorry...

lelnet,

Good point. When they start throwing gangbangers with stolen guns in jail for the federally proscribed 5 year sentence, I'll believe they want to get serious on "gun violence"...

Ross said...

Note WHY his licence can't be renewed, even BEFORE he drove into a building.

BECAUSE HE DIDN'T PAY HIS EXCISE TAXES.

Oh, and Jay? Can you lose the stupid post verification? Not only can't the word verifications be read by a computer, about 50% can't be read by HUMAN frickin' BEINGS, either!! What moron thinks that those child's scribbles and out of focus pictures are actually LEGIBLE, anyway?