03 March 2016

Excellent Question

Justice Thomas raised an interesting point.

Something that'd been staring us in the face as we talked about the trees of gun-control missing the larger forest of general government malfeasance.

What other rights are gone for good when your convicted of a felony besides owning a gun?

Can I still say what I want as a felon?

Can the government make my house into a barracks?

Can they just walk into my house without a warrant?

Can I be compelled to incriminate myself?

Am I no longer entitled to a jury trial or to have a legal representation?

Can I be tried for the same thing twice?

May I now be subjected to cruel and unusual punishments?

Seven times the answer is no.

Yet I can lose the right to own a gun?  Forever?  Without redress?

No wonder Justice Thomas broke a ten year silence.

3 comments:

  1. As a felon you lose the right to vote...

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    1. Not forever and you have redress. Some states you don't even lose it and some of the states where you do, you get it back automatically after a set time period.

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    2. Part of the problem, IMNSHO, is that "felony" covers both violent and nonviolent crimes. Patrick Purdy (the asshole who shot up the school playground) had a lot of violent crime on his record, but since he'd plea-bargained down to misdemeanors, he was legally able to buy that AK clone he used. Meanwhile, I wouldn't be afraid of the likes of Bernie Madoff (if he were ever to walk free) with a gun.

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