Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Interesting Choice of Words

"Gun-control law overcomes amendments to pass legislature" read the headline on wsoctv.com after the NC Senate passed a gutted version of H562, which actually loosens some gun laws in North Carolina. They're just spinning it, I thought. If so, they may have inadvertently swerved into something here: any legislation that targets law-abiding citizens, such as pistol permit requirements, restrictions on places to carry, and special privileges for politicians is gun control, even if it is intended to "grant" more rights.

The very fact that politicians think that they're doing citizens a favor by "allowing" them to exercise a God-given right indicates that they are in office for the wrong reasons.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lenoir Doesn't Trust You

Back in December of 2014, the City of Lenoir, NC passed an ordinance regulating firearms on city property.

It's a little wordy, and pretty much duplicates what is already State law for local governments that wish to post against concealed and/or open carry. This is their prerogative as granted by their patrons in Raleigh, as long as those who run Lenoir understand that they are guaranteeing the safety of those they strip of their inalienable rights.

But it's the very last section, Sec 13-19(f), that makes my blood boil every time I read it:

(f) Any person in violation of the prohibitions of this section 13-19 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor pursuant to N.C.G.S. 14-4. Any firearm, handgun or other weapon possession in violation of the provisions of this section is and are declared to be contraband, to be disposed of in accordance with applicable North Carolina law (italics mine.)

So not only is the "City" of Lenoir determined to deny your natural right of self-defense, they are claiming the authority to seize and "dispose of" your personal property should you be caught on publicly-owned property with your defensive weapon. Not sure where they're getting their information from, as NCGS 14-4 describes sewerage district and parking ordinances.

As usual, the worst laws are the ones that target law-abiding citizens.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Does This License Plate Make Me Look Racist?

Today I walked past a car in the parking lot. I did a doubletake when I saw the license plate, a personalized tag like this one:

How racist, I thought.

No? Why not? Where I'm from, white people have traditionally associated watermelons with African-Americans and other black people. This is racist, and it is wrong. So shouldn't the State of North Carolina end the sale of license tags with watermelons on them, based on the fact that watermelons are racist? If some have used watermelons as a symbol of racism, shouldn't they all be banned?

If not, then the Confederate flag should be left alone as well. (NC sells a Sons of Confederate Veterans tag as well; don't tell anybody.)