Freedom Updates: January 18, 2001
All Freedom Updates by Ari Armstrong unless otherwise noted.
"Action" Jackson to Leave Politics
Gun News Updates
If you don't believe the drug and gun wars can affect you, you've got to read J.J. Johnson's article published January 17 at the Sierra Times (http://www.sierratimes.com/archive/starticles/2001/jan/arjj011701.htm). A half-blind woman thought her neighbor (an Hispanic man, of course) was selling drugs. So she started recording the times the man -- Alex Gonzales -- came and went from his house. The crazy old coot called the police and told them Gonzales, who was out of town at the time, was shooting guns in the neighborhood. The police got a search warrant, arrested Gonzales at gunpoint, ransacked Gonzales' home while his children were home, and stole all his guns (which were conveniently listed in a government database). Does anyone need more convincing that we're on the brink of a Police State?
Boulder recently passed a slew of new gun restriction laws. I'll have more to say about this later. In short, Boulder required carrying cases for guns and imposed new storage restrictions. There is an especially worrisome addition about "Unlawful Storage of Assault Weapons." You can read the language yourself at http://www.ci.boulder.co.us. (You must download the PDF file. Additions are highlighted.)
Amy Hoffman sent me a letter from the Boston Herald dated January 11, written by David Bergquist of New Hampshire:
Louis "Sandy" Javelle was my friend. On Dec. 26 in Wakefield, he was killed by a madman.
A recent column explains:
The path from the good warrior to the disillusioned bureaucrat is the heart of this film, and a grim and gritty path it is. The movie takes us through three intersecting stories that detail not just the hopelessness of the drug war, but the misery and violence bred by this latest... jihad... There's.... the tale of the drug warrior waking up to the impossibility of his task. He discovers that his war is unwinnable and his allies deluded and corrupt. (http://civilliberty.about.com/newsissues/civilliberty/library/weekly/aa011501a.htm)
Wrongful Death Nets Paid Vacation
Market Growth Gets a Hearing
[On Monday o]ur Senior Fellow in Urban Studies and expert on growth, Wendell Cox, and Ron Utt, of the Heritage Foundation, spent the day poking holes in the logic of "Smart Growth." After being on Mike Rosen's radio program in the morning, the two gave a special lunchtime briefing to over 50 of the 100 Colorado State Legislators. Following meetings with the Denver Post editorial board and the Governor's staff, a presentation was made to Independence members in the evening... The important points made: One, growth control makes poor people even poorer. And two, we don't have a growth crisis, we have a transportation crisis. I find it odd how the elitist left wants to price working people out of homes, then stick them in government subsidized projects and somehow we free market folks are portrayed as anti-poor.
State Representative Glen Scott, who chairs the Local Government committee that will play a central role in the debate about growth, seems open to the concepts of market growth. In a January 16 article for the Rocky Mountain News, Todd Hartman described some of the issues raised by Scott:
What, exactly, is the growth problem? How do you get around the problem that there's just as much distaste for density as there is for sprawl? How do you encourage more people-friendly development -- like grocery stores within walking distance -- when many zoning laws discourage them?
The fact that these sorts of questions are being raised in the legislature bodes well for the advocates of market growth.
Sierra Club: Enemy of the Environment
But the Sierra Club doesn't want to turn over the wilderness areas to private hands -- it wants to continue the same system that has so obviously failed. If the Sierra Club really cared about the environment, it would back my plan to give away half the wilderness areas to environmental groups and sell the rest to other private interests.