Monday, July 23, 2007

That's Not A Knife. This Here's A Knife!
Seems there's a little confusion in paradise. That is, the small part of paradise we call Stalag California. The confusion is about state law. The confusion is so all-encompassing that it even includes California's Finest, those we select to enforce the law.

According to a story in Orange County's Register, Miguel Ramos bought a knife in The Block shopping center in Orange, thinking it was a legal item. Police found the knife during a routine traffic stop, probably during an unConstitutional search, and arrested Ramos.

Prosecutors observe that it's the duty of each individual to know the law. "Ignorance of the law is no excuse" is the bromide to which we were all introduced in children's prison. I wrote an entry on that topic here.

The problem in this case, and many others like it is this: The law in question, 653k of the Penal Code, has been revised several times in recent years. Most police officers aren't up to date. If the police can't figure it out, along with the hundreds of thousands of other laws on the books in our once-free collection of states, how are we to expect, let alone require, the average young man, just out of high school, to know them all?

More important by far, is the fact that 653k stands in violation of Amendment the Second to the US Constitution. "....The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms shall not be Infringed." is a pretty absolute phrase. Nowhere within is it specified what kind, caliber, range, length, weight, composition nor configuration the arms must be.

My recommendation is that 653k, and all the other tens of thousands of laws designed to make self defense all but impossible, be scrapped and forgotten, but not before their proponents are removed from positions of civil responsibility and publicly labelled Criminal Enablers.

"Every human being, by his nature, is free." --Rose Wilder Lane

Warm regards,

Col. Hogan
Stalag California

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