Freedom Updates: April 8, 2002
All Freedom Updates by Ari Armstrong unless otherwise noted.
Tattered Cover Wins!
The Colorado Supreme Court today reiterated this state's long tradition of protecting expressive freedoms in unanimously holding that a city's attempt to obtain customer book-purchasing records from a bookstore was precluded by the government's inability to demonstrate a compelling need for the records. Recognizing that book-purchasing records are protected by both the United States and Colorado Constitutions, the Court further held that in the future, anytime the government seeks to obtain such records, the bookstore must be afforded a due process hearing in advance where a court will determine whether law enforcement officials have a sufficiently compelling need for the information.
Project Exile a Sham
State Senator Wrongly Denied for Gun Purchase
Dyer told the Post, "How many people are denied for no legitimate reason? This is a classic example of someone being denied a firearm that shouldn't have been."
I'm sure Socialist Alternatives to the Freedom Epidemic is proud of its accomplishment.
Bigotry Against Gun Owners
Of course, the truth is that the overwhelming majority of gun owners are highly responsible. While some people misuse guns, most use guns to deter and prevent crime (as well as for sporting purposes).
A March 11 story in the same newspaper began, "An apparent domestic dispute turned deadly early Sunday when a woman was beaten to death, possibly with a hammer, and the suspect stabbed himself while calling police." When does Dana Franklin intend to write in, "Why can't people be responsible with their hammers? It's been proven again and again that we can't expect anyone to be safe from hammer owners." Apparently she isn't bigoted against hammer owners or knife owners, only gun owners.
That's the remark Bush used to rationalize placing new tariffs on imported steel. Freedom is slavery, and free trade is restricted trade.
Brady's Son Gets GOA Membership
Of course, Pratt argued the law is unjust, anyway, as a means to register gun owners with the government. "Registration and confiscation have been problems even in this country. New York City registered long guns in the mid-1960s, after promising those registration lists would never be used to confiscate the guns. But in 1991, Handgun Control, Inc., supported the city when it banned many of the very guns which were previously registered. Some homes even received visits from police, who confiscated the banned firearms from the clutches of non- compliant gun owners."
Campaign Finance Deform
Apparently, the Bill of Rights is little more than a joke to the law makers in Washington, D.C. Tibor Machan, an Objectivist philosopher, recently pointed out the origins of campaign finance problems, as well as the only solution for those problems (March 26, http://www.cato.org/dailys/03-26-02.html).
" So long as government is in the business of taking wealth from us and then sending some of it back to a select few, citizens will try to pay off officials so they are the recipients of the largess, not others. Those who believe they are entitled to be given support by this method will work hard to make sure they have the best chance to be the beneficiaries of such wealth redistribution. Yet the evidence of the ineffectiveness of restraints is clear. People in all ages have done their best to get in front of the line waiting to get a handout from the state. And all the hand-wringing and double talk about reform has done nothing to alter this fact. Reason, wisdom, insight, prudence, and common sense counsels that campaign finance reform is a ruse. Yet millions of people put their faith in various measures to produce such reform. It's not unlike tax reform. It starts off with the dream of fairness and efficiency, but quickly becomes no more than the production of loopholes and special privileges. The bottom line? There is no way to make a corrupt system good."
Quillen Takes Drug Czar to Task
"[I]f it's a global financial network that puts drug money into terrorist organizations, why are the feds still so rabid in going after people who grow their own? It's hard to imagine how that could 'help a bomber get a passport,' but the Bush administration believes we're stupid enough to believe such things, especially if they're repeated often enough in prime time... And here's the big question - why is there so much money in the drug trade? Because drugs are illegal... If we were serious about taking the immense profits out of drugs, we'd be trying some other approach."
Superman For Stem Cell Research
Lovell Takes on Littwin
"To Mr. John Temple, Publisher and President of Rocky Mountain News: Sir, we've been loyal readers of Rocky Mountain News for over 34 years. We intend to remain loyal readers. However, we think you should know we feel there has been a recent slippage in competence evidenced by one of your Columnists - Mike Littwin. - His articles are certainly not the principled, logically objective, substantive [articles of] integrity we have come to expect from the Rocky Mountain News... Mr. Littwin's theatricals, hysterics and emotionalism may admirably suit his background as a sportswriter - but hardly suitable for serious matters relating to unalienable rights, Bills of Rights, rule of law, history. Politics etc. demand serious, sober thought and are too serious for flippant, "cute" writing. Mr. Littwin's articles are certainly disgusting to the more educated readers of your paper. We hope you can continue to strive for the moral and educated standards we have come to expect of your paper."
Littwin wrote three articles about concealed carry:
Incidentally, I do agree with one of Littwin's points. He suggested the NRA is not forthcoming about its intentions. That is often true. Instead of seizing the moral high ground and arguing for justifiable changes, the NRA often sneaks around and avoids making the moral and practical case for gun ownership.