Quote of the day—J.D. Tuccille

The philosophical rationale should be clear; if you have to ask permission, it’s a privilege, not a right. Permission can be rescinded, and is always exercised at the sufferance of whoever is empowered to say “yes” or “no.” A license to speak your mind granted in place of First Amendment protections, or an annual fee to keep the cops from tossing your house as a substitute for Fourth Amendment restrictions on search and seizure, might give you a little breathing room, but each breath would be drawn in the shadow of fears about lost paperwork or pissed-off officials. Owning and carrying the means to defend yourself is no different, with the rights embodied in the Second Amendment at odds with any requirement that their exercise requires a stack of forms filled out and filed.

J.D. Tuccille
May 2, 2017
Carry a Gun—Without a Permit
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

3 thoughts on “Quote of the day—J.D. Tuccille

  1. “an annual fee to keep the cops from tossing your house as a substitute for Fourth Amendment restrictions on search and seizure” sounds an awful lot like paying taxes…

    • Or as it was described in Neil Smith’s first novel, “The Probability Broach”:

      Ed looked puzzled. “Slaves make license plates, and if you don’t … purchase? … one, you become a slave yourself? A convenient circularity for someone.”

  2. Q: How on God’s green Earth does having my name on a list somewhere prevent me from misusing a firearm at a later date?

    A: It does not.

    Q: So, what is the purpose of registration?

    A: Confiscation.

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