Monday, February 18, 2013

This is not at all alarming.

Let's put two things next to each other on the same page here, shall we?

Exhibit A:

Chicago's embattled police superintendent dug himself deeper into a pit of controversy today by claiming that lawful firearm owners are agents of political corruption.  Appearing on a Chicago Sunday morning talk show, superintendent Garry McCarthy expressed his conviction that firearm owners who lobby their elected representatives or who donate money to political campaigns are engaged in corruption that endangers public safety.  McCarthy went on to express his belief that judges and legislators should rely on public opinion polls when interpreting our Constitution.

After totally dismissing the citizen's right to redress grievances, McCarthy trained his constitutional wisdom on the 2nd Amendment.  Despite recent court decisions to the contrary, McCarthy opined that the 2nd Amendment limits citizens to owning smooth-bore muskets.  McCarthy went on to say that he believes that the 2nd Amendment supports mandatory liability insurance for firearm owners and the mandatory application of GPS tracking devices to civilian owned firearms.

I don't have a transcript of Mr. McCarthy's comments, but I'm willing to take the  Illinois State Rifle Association's word for it. Not because I think they're so awesome and infallible, but because I'm 100% sure it would be wall-to-wall on CNN if they misquoted the guy in the smallest detail. Plus that musket meme is DemocRat Party boilerplate this year.

Exhibit B:

The Department of Homeland Security is advancing its plan to use surveillance drones for "public safety" applications, announcing last week that it had received a deluge of "excellent" responses from potential vendors and was set to carry out more tests of the technology.

Yes its infowars, but we do have lots of independent confirmation from other sources. The Infowars piece quotes WIRED magazine, which is run by a bunch of hipster Obama fanboys, in case anyone wanted some view from the Dark Side, as it were. And hey, the FAA promised no shooting:
Last week, a Federal Aviation Administration official told a conference in Northern Virginia that unmanned surveillance drones deployed in US airspace would not be armed with missiles.

So Americans. Your government is actively pursuing technology that looks into your house from the air (infra red, look it up) for pennies an hour instead of helicopter prices,  and the Chief of the Chicago Police thinks the Second Amendment covers muskets only. Oh and if you disagree you're a threat to public order and are causing political corruption. Which presumably means he'd have to reluctantly have drones peering in your windows, just to make sure you weren't trying to bribe him. Or something.

See? Not at all alarming. Well, not for me anyway. I'm a Canadian. I already don't have any rights.

The Phantom

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