Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Quotes of the Day

In looking for info on today's hearings on Heller v. DC, I have run across a few quotes that begged to be commented on.

The first is a comment that was listed by the Associated Press. The title is Reactions to Gun-Ban Arguments. The quote is one that scares the living crap out of me.

Acting D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles: "In my view, the ultimate issue here is can the city impose reasonable regulation on a constitutional right? There is no constitutional right that is not subject to reasonable regulation."

Forgive me, maybe I'm just dense. But see, I was taught that a right is not something that can be regulated or denied. If it can be, then it's not a right. It's a privilege. But then, I'm not a politician. Apparently, their vocabulary has different meanings than, you know, ... English.

The second comment is from "a coalition of park rangers and park service retirees" quoted in an article covering a proposed piece of legislation that would allow the carrying of loaded firearms in national parks. They claim: "There is simply no legitimate or substantive reason for a thoughtful sportsman or gun owner to carry a loaded gun in a national park unless that park permits hunting."



My first thought when I saw this was that the group must be made of rangers who never left their offices. I can think of any number of "legitimate and substantive" reasons for carrying a loaded firearm in the wild. The first ones that come to mind are bears, mountain lions, snakes, rabid animals... (That's even ignoring human predators who use the isolation of these parks to commit crimes.)

I suppose they think I'm just not a "thoughtful" gun owner. But quite frankly, I don't think I'm the one who's not thinking.


Richard said...

Don't forget that this is coming from the same administration that said that while the Constitution would protect habeas corpus it doesn't actually acknowledge it's a right. It would only protect it if it were really a right.

And we thought Clinton was stupid for not knowing what "is" meant....

Richard said...


I just read through those quotes.

I love how the AP put McCain's quote on there. He's such a great defender of our Second Amendment liberties that the Gun Owners of America gave him an F- for his Senate grade - lower than Obama.

I'm going to bed, but I bet I won't be able to sleep.