Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Easter in Gundon

The forceful quest for entitlements rages onward here in London Ontario, providing further proof that more money is needed for rehabilition treatment programs and community centres.

LFpress:

The violent outburst broke the calm of an east-end neighbourhood about 11:15 p.m. Saturday, when a man pointed a rifle at another man and demanded cash in the parking lot of the Convenience Mini Mart at Culver Drive and Third Street.

A police cruiser happened by and the intended victim hailed an officer while the would-be robber fled on foot.

The pursuing officer heard a rifle shot, but it was unclear at whom it was fired or why.

This past weekend the topic of increased violence in London came up during a conversation with a gentleman of my fond acquaintance. In particular, we were discussing the number of shots fired in the city in a given week. At this point, the gentleman blamed the "right-wingers" for wanting to ax the gun registry, presumably suggesting that more money should be devoted to the scam, because there has been an increase, rather than a decrease, in violent gun crime since the Liberal's introduction of the program. His other proposed remedy was more and stronger firearms for the police. The ultimate outcome for your average generally law-abiding citizen who is prohibited from owning a gun is ducking bullets from 'illegal' and 'legal' gangs who are fighting for territory.

The police don't need bigger guns, nor bigger headquarters. What they should be doing is devoting their efforts to protecting people from forceful invasion of life, liberty and property, rather than harrassing and fining people for not strapping themselves into their motor vehicle. While the real criminals were roaming the streets this past weekend, police across the province were saying Happy Easter during their annual seat-belt blitz:
In the midst of the provincewide OPP campaign to promote buckling up, several un-belted people were nabbed on serious gun and drug charges after being stopped for shirking the seat-belt law.

“It makes me laugh,” Huron OPP Const. Jeff Walraven said Monday.

[..] On Sunday morning, a London police constable noticed none of the three people in a vehicle was wearing seat belts. After checking out the car’s status — and learning it was stolen — it was stopped and police found a handgun and cocaine.

The seemingly routine stop ended with a raft of charges against the three, including theft, drug possession and several weapons charges.

In Central Huron on Saturday morning, an OPP officer stopped a driver for not wearing his seat belt. After learning the man was wanted on an outstanding warrant, he was searched and drugs were found, police said.

The OPP’s annual seat-belt blitz, stretching across Ontario, started Saturday and will last until this Sunday.

The goal, Walraven said, is to remind drivers of the importance of seat-belts. It’s Ontario law that all drivers wear theirs and make sure any passengers younger than 16 are buckled up or in a child seat.

Fines range from $90 to $500, plus two demerit points.
If the people cannot be persuaded to accept the 'justice' of a law that will fine them for failing to act in "their own best interests", the next step is to resort to utilitarian justifications designed to protect the 'collective' from 'stupid' and 'dangerous' drug users. Sensationalist reports in the London Free Press would have readers believe that seat-belt laws and corresponding fines are justified because a handful of people were apprehended during the annual celebration of Christ's cruxificion. Frequent correlations between guns and "drugs" in the crime reports attempt to persuade ballot checking citizens that drug abuse and obesity can be cured with more legislation and bureaucrats.

If more government intervention is all that is required to make us safe, our society should be safer than ever before. This is not the case though, because attempting to correct and prevent one crime by committing another will only serve to keep the jails full and the guns firing. Criminals and wrongdoers will always exist but the answer is not to make false correlations and more business for the black market.

No Treason highlights a relevant observation by Lysander Spooner:
"Lawmakers, as they call themselves, can add nothing to it, nor take anything from it. Therefore all their laws, as they call them, — that is, all the laws of their own making, — have no color of authority or obligation. It is a falsehood to call them laws; for there is nothing in them that either creates men’s duties or rights, or enlightens them as to their duties or rights. There is consequently nothing binding or obligatory about them. And nobody is bound to take the least notice of them, unless it be to trample them under foot, as usurpations. If they command men to do justice, they add nothing to men’s obligation to do it, or to any man’s right to enforce it. They are therefore mere idle wind, such as would be commands to consider the day as day, and the night as night. If they command or license any man to do injustice, they are criminal on their face. If they command any man to do anything which justice does not require him to do, they are simple, naked usurpations and tyrannies. If they forbid any man to do anything, which justice could permit him to do, they are criminal invasions of his natural and rightful liberty. In whatever light, therefore, they are viewed, they are utterly destitute of everything like authority or obligation. They are all necessarily either the impudent, fraudulent, and criminal usurpations of tyrants, robbers, and murderers, or the senseless work of ignorant or thoughtless men, who do not know, or certainly do not realize, what they are doing.

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