“Independence Day” – I’m Not a Law-Abiding Citizen and Neither Are You


“Wherever the law is, crime can be found” — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Three days ago, Moonbeam Brown signed five new gun laws.

  • AB 1135 (Levine): Bans common and constitutionally-protected firearms that have magazine locking devices.
  • AB 1511 (Santiago): Criminalizes loaning of firearms between personally known, law-abiding adults, including family members, sportspersons, and competitors.
  • AB 1695 (Bonta): Makes a non-violent misdemeanor [falsely reporting a firearm as having been stolen] a prohibiting offense.
  • SB 880 (Hall): Bans common and constitutionally-protected firearms that have magazine locking devices.
  • SB 1235 (de Leon): New restrictions on ammunition purchases; creates a DOJ database of ammunition owners.
  • SB 1446 (Hancock): Statewide confiscatory ban on all lawfully-possessed standard-capacity ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 round; exemption for retired police

So, Happy Independence Day, Americans. Just add five more laws to the 23,000 gun laws already on the books.

Ireland, and later India, were once under British rule. At one point in their rebellions, they ignored the outside laws they didn’t like. We are doing that again in the United States. It is hard for me to imagine gun owners breaking the law. Once you’ve been around the gun culture for a while you learn that licensed gun owners are the rule-following type. Many gun owners would like to follow the law all the time, but they can’t. Gun owners are not alone. Neither the lawyers nor the judges who work with firearms law every day can keep up with the 23 thousand gun laws. Breaking our gun laws is more than a matter of ignorance. The very prosecutors charged with enforcing our firearms laws routinely ignore them as well. On second consideration, the government lawyers ignore far more firearms laws than do gun owners. Remember that when you hear a politician say we need more firearms restrictions.

And that’s just one category of laws. Tens of millions of people, including myself, have been happily and purposefully ignoring any and all “drug laws” they please, for decades…from lighting up a dried plant to popping a pill from someone else’s ‘scrip.

I run stop signs when there’s obviously no opposing traffic. And I proceed through red lights once I’ve realized that I’m sitting there, all alone, like some moronic, catatonic drone.

I drove motorcycles on public streets when I was eight, and without a helmet. Started driving cars when I was 10. That was some of the best outlawing ever.

Happy Independence Day.

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  1. sassysquatch on July 4, 2016 at 11:16

    Is that Johnny Cash flipping the Bird?

    You gotta love it!

  2. Evan Eberhardt on July 4, 2016 at 12:59
  3. Daniel F on July 17, 2016 at 21:39

    “The more laws are promulgated,
    The more thieves and bandits there will be.”

    — Laozi, Daodejing, chap. 57

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