Sometimes, even when you don’t agree with the message someone delivers, principled people, of which I consider myself one, must stand up for someone’s right to say something unpopular or even offensive without fear of retribution. For that reason I join with Borepatch and other bloggers in declaring that,
I’ve read Dispatches from TJICistan but have not linked to him. He is, as Borepatch points out a an extreme, maybe even radical, small government kind of blogger. While he has some good points about government waste, I see a slightly larger role for government, especially at the local level, where it’s easier to control spending. Or should be. I didn’t read this post that prompted the suspension of his License To Carry, but while it’s not the kind of thing I would have written, he certainly should be free to exercise his First Amendment Rights without having his Second Amendment Rights curtailed. This is an example of the unfettered discretion which police chiefs have in Massachusetts when it comes to issuing Licenses to Carry Firearms. It’s also an example of the capricious, arbitrary, and unreasonable decisions that some chiefs feel free to make without accountability to anyone.
While the government of Massachusetts will no doubt go down kicking and screaming when it is finally forced to follow federal law when it comes to the Second Amendment, it will in fact be forced to do so. Cases like this, just hasten the inevitable.
If you are a reader and a blogger, I ask that you join us. Remember, if they can trample TC’s rights, they can trample all of our rights.