The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
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"... so we'll never be able to legally test that proposition, given that all criminals obey the law once convicted ..."
There. Fixed it for you.
I believe she could still own black powder firearms in some states, although those are not always accurate enough for target shooting.
We could find out if she is ever in the Tucson Area and gives "someone" a call!!
Respectfully, sir, I'm kinda disturbed about a certain aspect of this, as I think you are too quick to dismiss Martha regarding her "lying" to the FBI.
If she did or didn't isn't the issue, and personally, I don't care one way or another about it. I don't think she did anything that was truly devious, but acted in her own interest (as any rational person should) when her insider told her to sell, albeit a foolish and naive action.
It didn't occur to her that there was a law that was being broken in doing that, and I see no reason to deny someone the rights-to-arms for simply being a white-collar felon.
The same could be said for any number of other circumstances, and I think if you took an opportunity to reflect on some of the victimless "crimes" that we routinely punish with such severity in this country, you may change your tune about this matter.
On a broader subject, I see NO REASON to ever tell the truth when it comes to the authorities. The cops, from a town constable, all the way up to the Fibbies, have absolutely no responsibility to telling YOU the truth while they question you about your actions. They are allowed to lie about why they have you, who they've talked to about the circumstances of an arrest and they will hang you with whatever you DO say, just so they can puff their chests about it and look high and mighty. Piss on them all, as law enforcement, as far as I'm concerned, are little more than organized, and lawfully sanctioned thugs in this nation. I don't see it changing anytime soon.
No offense intended, but I think you haven't read much of TSM if you think I am "too quick to dismiss Martha regarding her 'lying' to the FBI."
I think, and have stated on numerous occasions, that the number of things that can garner one a felony conviction is ludicrous, and that the point seems to be that which author/philosopher Ayn Rand said it was in Atlas Shrugged, a point I made about the Martha Smith case in particular, as a matter of fact.
I appreciate how you could misapprehend my position based on a single post (and I appreciate also your respectful dissent to the misassumption), but I have a hard enough time getting stuff posted as it is without reiterating my personal philosophy with each and every one of them.
Being a blogger yourself, I sure you can understand.
Kevin, I've only been a regular reader here for about 4 years (or more)now, so I think I have a pretty firm handle on your philosophical bearing.
It did seem a bit out of character for you to write such a thing, and being as dismissive as it appeared.
I stand corrected.
Oh well, no harm no foul.
Yeah, let's not make Kevin be even MORE wordy.....
Just kidding KB....