Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Our friends in Trenton: New Jersey's absurd gun law 

The incompetent buffoons who managed to turn the highest per capita income in the country into the nation's worst fiscal problem have beclowned their way to mandatory sentencing -- three years of hard time -- for possession of a BB gun.

Good job, guys. Because cracking down on BB guns was so much more important than getting a handle on the state's crippling debt load or ridiculously feather-bedded government.

CWCID: Glenn Reynolds.


By Blogger Georg Felis, at Tue Jul 08, 12:25:00 PM:

Can we get that reader poll now from Charlottesvillain ’s post in March?

Q: Normal US Citizens should not be permitted to own:
1. Atomic bombs
2. Free-fall bombs
3. Howitzers
4. Mortars
5. Machine Guns (as in M240 or M2)
6. Fully automatic weapons (as in M16 or AK with full selector)
7. Military rifles
8. Handguns
9. Hunting rifles/shotguns
10. Paintball guns
11. An official Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time

I’m still around a 5.5 or so. Sounds like DC is going to split 8 into Revolvers and Automatics. Jersey has hit 11+, because a tight reading of their law seems to outlaw spitballs and slingshots too.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Jul 09, 04:50:00 PM:

I love how the NYT blames the fiscal mess on the legislature. Here we are, with the country's strongest Governor, an office capable of essentially dictating the budget to the legislature, but it's their fault when the mess gets out of hand.

And, who cares about the "pension debt" anyway" What pension debt? The state is incapable constitutionally of incurring debts out past the ability of the legislature to appropriate funds, or one year (probably, some states allow two), without voter approval. There is no "pension debt".

What there is a Governor and a Democrat Party in bed with the public employee unions (literally, in the case of the Governor) and trying to grab the states only large asset in order to monetize the "pension debt" right now, before some aggressive populist decides to go after the issue. The fact that newspapers like the NYT so willingly engage in covering smoke propaganda for the Democrats and the Governor on this makes me think that the only solution is to pass legislation taxing the importation of out of state newspapers, taxing print adds placed in newspapers headquartered on Times Square, charging special fees for the entry of reporters from said newspapers into the state, and prohibiting anyone named "Sulzberger" from using Teterboro Airport, yea unto the fifth generation.

We need a small revolution in this state.  

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