Some people want a police state

How sad.  In Philadelphia of all places–where our constitution was written, debated, and presented to the individual states for ratification.  The people there are practically begging for a police state:

“If you get caught carrying a gun, you should automatically do time. Mandatory. No trial. Just like when you get caught driving without a license.”

“It should be 25 years in prison, no questions asked, if you get caught with an illegal handgun,”

… prospective gun purchasers be required to install a handgun safe box in their home or workplace. The vault-like box must be mounted, secure and inspected by the police before the gun purchaser would be allowed to take the gun home.

I’m reminded of a Machaivelli quote I posted a few weeks back.

Update: Because of the requirement to register to read the entire article I have included the entire article below:

Posted on Thu, Mar. 31, 2005

GUN CONTROL? ASK DN READERS

Daily News readers have big ideas to keep guns out of the hands of shooters.

More than 100 people e-mailed and phoned ideas to the newspaper yesterday. Many said they’re sick of gun violence. Some wonder at the sorry state of mayhem. Most have ideas that can help.

“Why is it easier to get a gun than it is to get a drivers’ license?” asked one reader. “If you get caught carrying a gun, you should automatically do time. Mandatory. No trial. Just like when you get caught driving without a license.”

Many callers urged lengthy mandatory sentences for gunslinging lawbreakers.

“Bottom line – give them some time,” said one reader.

Another said creeps don’t seem to respect the mandatory five-year sentences for gun crimes, so mandatory sentences should be longer.

“It should be 25 years in prison, no questions asked, if you get caught with an illegal handgun,” said one reader. “Five years is not scaring these guys. But if it were 25 years, the criminal might use something else besides a firearm.”

One thoughtful reader suggested that prospective gun purchasers be required to install a handgun safe box in their home or workplace. The vault-like box must be mounted, secure and inspected by the police before the gun purchaser would be allowed to take the gun home.

Do you have an idea to keep guns out of the hands of creeps? Tell us.

It can be a simple suggestion, like banning all handguns in Philadelphia. Or it can be complex, like mandating anti-gun classes in public schools.

Send your ideas to:

Stop Gun Violence
Philadelphia Daily News
Box 7788
Philadelphia PA 19101

E-mail: guns@phillynews.com
(A computer error blocked many of your e-mail suggestions yesterday. If your message was returned, please try again.)
Call: 215-854-2600

2 thoughts on “Some people want a police state

  1. I think they should make it like driving without a license. You get a ticket and you go on. Maybe they do things differently in Phillie, but around here, they don’t arrest you unless they think that you are trying to give them a false identity.

  2. That is straight out of the book 1984. Just go to jail…no trial…25 years! Are these people smoking crack or something? It will be the end of things as we know them if the police have to inspect ANY part of your home BEFORE you take any kind of action. Your rights, all of them, will disolve and we as a collective will become a puppet pulled around by the strings of whoever is in charge at that point in time! Scary!

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