Quote of the Day–Kevin Baker (3/20/2013)

When dealing with the State, the citizen acts at his peril.

Kevin Baker“When dealing with guns, the citizen acts at his peril.”

March 20, 2013


[And as Kevin points out, that’s not how it is supposed to be.  I find this a much more applicable description.

I should not be fearful that someone is calling the state because I took a picture of my child with a firearm.  I should not be afraid that the state is going to come kick down my door because someone provides some false information for the “war on drugs”.  We are living in a police state.

I have an idea for a post but I’m just not sure how to write it or string the thought out completely.  The premise though is the meaning of the law is becoming worthless.  More and more laws are being created, laws the creators admit are unenforceable.  This leaves two different options:

  • The law no longer really matters and is nothing more than an empty symbol.
  • The law now exists as a tool to manipulate, scare, and intimidate those they deem undesirable.

Tell me, what good do these new gun control laws do?  How does that actually benefit society, especially given they admit it will not make a difference and innocents will be caught in the crossfire?  The actual effects will cause people to choose between being safe or committing a felony.

But that’s their goal, scare and intimidate law-abiding people into giving up their rights.  Cause them to have to be unsafe to adhere to the asinine laws.  I’m of the opinion if the law has degenerated to the point that it is criminalizing the free exercise of a right, that it’s sole action is to criminalize the innocent, I might as well just accept the fact they want to treat me as a criminal.  If that’s the case and I’m going to be punished for owning something or doing something that doesn’t affect anyone else, maybe I should actually do something worthy of being called a criminal.  If I’m going to be given a penalty anyway, why not actually do something to earn it?*

The law is loosing its worth and these people are rejoicing at it’s destruction.  They don’t seem to understand it’s perversion is being done in such a way so the state can consume them just the same as it consumes us. –B]

*I am not saying one should currently, but certainly this does factor into the tripwire question.

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.

He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do it’s thing.

About Barron Barnett

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do it’s thing.
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7 Responses to Quote of the Day–Kevin Baker (3/20/2013)

  1. Old NFO says:

    Oh so @$#$ true… sigh

  2. Wolfman says:

    The sheer weight of legislation is reaching the point, in ths nation, that selective enforcement is the only option left to Peace Officers. The only thing that restrains the corrupt is the free flow of information- unofficial information, that is. We have only to wait until someone decides that the various Internet Censorship laws are a REALLY good idea for that to change. Once we are gagged, there will be no reason to hold back, and no way of knowing when a petty tyrant abuses the law of the land. It feels more and more like this has been orchestrated. *sigh* I’m starting to think I should just line my Wookie Suit head with my tinfoil hat NOW.

  3. BobG says:

    “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

    H. L. Mencken

    • Barron says:

      Yup, which also ties to this quote.

      Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom, It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. –William Pitt

  4. .45ACP+P says:

    How in good conscience can a felony occur with no harm to person or property? Magical lines where you go from law abiding citizen to felon by crossing over, though no harm is caused. I find our society has been flushed. We are still swirling, so we think there is a chance, but it is really too late. Ignoring stupid laws is all that is left, even with the peril that puts us in.

    • Barron says:

      Well sadly there has also been an attack on the last line of the law, Jury Nullification. Juries can and should vote to acquit if they feel the law is wrong, immoral, or unjust. Just because you broke the law doesn’t actually make you guilty of a crime.

      I just wish jurors could turn around and nail the people who levied the charges in those cases.

  5. Lyle says:

    “If I’m going to be given a penalty anyway, why not actually do something to earn it?*

    Just do the right thing. We’re supposed to live our own lives. If you comply or if you rebell, you’re no longer living your own life. You’ve rejected living your own life either way. Either way you’re responding to the aggressor, which is the plan. You have been robbed.

    Schoolyard bullies understand this perfectly. As I see it there are two possible ways to stop them; induce a change of heart in them through reason, or make sure that their bullying is too costly for them to continue. The first is unlikely without doing the latter to kick off the relationship. A bully can change in a couple of seconds, that is, when he’s on the floor begging for mercy.

    Now; that’s not rebellion. This whole planet is a slaughterhouse, and a person must stand up for himself. That’s taking care of business. There is a big difference. Rebellion as I used the word is more like going after the bully out of anger, hating him, bullying the bully and eventually taking his place in the pecking order.

    In short; standing up for yourself is one thing, and “earning the title of criminal” CAN BE quite another.

    I was very proud of something my son did when he was in high school. I’d shown him a few self-defense moves when he was very young. Concepts really. Years later in high school there was a kid who’d become a habitual bully. Everyone knew it. One day the bully started in bullying someone next to Son. There was no thought to it, no discussion, no anger– Son, without a second’s thought, had that bully on the floor crying before either of them knew what was happening. He acted. He did not react. There was no malace in it; he simply did what needed to be done. That other kid started being a lot nicer to people in general after that too (go figure). I believe that the shock of it made him re-think his ways.