Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bush's Declaration of Dictatorship - How are you Going to Defend Yourself?

Blogging is great, but when Bush acts on his self-given dictatorship, what are you going to do?

The Salt Lake City Weekly has an blog of interest to those of you concerned with such a scenario:
According to provisions of Madsen’s S.B 157, every man, woman and child will be able to carry a gun on the streets during a “declared state of emergency.” No policeman, mayor, or city council could confiscate a gun, or, in fact, do anything to stop gun owners from “the lawful possession, transfer, sale, transport, storage, display or use of a firearm or ammunition.” Utah’s governor would be specifically barred from interfering with guns. And anyone who had their weapon confiscated could sue.

Ok, they had me until that last sentence. Seriously, if someone takes away your gun during a state of emergency, you get the right to sue? I'm for something a little more meaningful, like the right to shoot them as they try to take it away.

But, still - although the description given makes me wary (kids? really?), one of my main reasons for being against most gun restrictions is that if it ever comes down to it, it's downright American to take up arms in defense of yourself and your country. Even if it's your president, or in the case of our ancestors, your royalty, that you are defending yourself against.

Cold. Dead. Fingers.


  1. Interesting... I am with you on this, but that does not appear to be Obama's perspective. How do you reconcile this?

    As an aside, I'll be photographing a big arms show in Vegas this weekend for Wired and will be curious as to the social aspects of politics and guns in this election cycle.

  2. What doesn't appear to be Obama's perspective? I would guess you're talking about guns in general? Obama very much does support our Second Amendment rights, and has said many times that he doesn't want to make new gun laws, he wants to enforce the ones we have.

    If you're talking about this particular blog entry, I'm fairly certain that Obama hasn't ever held a position on it, although I could be wrong.

    Gun show in Vegas, huh? Sounds like a blast!

  3. Actually, I *hate* Vegas. The more exciting prospect for me is covering what has been going on with unmanned vehicle operations in the Defense Dept. The arms show thing is secondary, though the social aspect of people watching has a certain voyeuristic appeal.


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