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A License to Tote

Consider the following approach to a gun toting license:

  1. One would obtain said license upon each license-specific qualification being verified: in person, by a temporary occupational waiver, or by an occupational waiver of qualification-specific permanence.
  2. Any weapon toted by an individual must be registered either to the license of said person or to that of the private property wherein it is being toted. When licensed, said person or property will henceforth, be referred to as the licensee.
  3. A weapon may be licensed to more than one licensee, such as to members of the same family, or to a property and its owners; and the license of one licensee may have more than one weapon registered to it.
  4. When a licensee is found to possess a weapon, not so registered, it would be temporarily confiscated, checked, and upon becoming properly registered (to a new or existing license),  returned to that person or private property: in fact, to that licensee.
  5. If the above unregistered weapon had been possessed by someone, later charged with committing a crime, during that possession,  it would have been held throughout its term as evidence, and so long as it were possible for its owner to regain his, her or its license, and register said weapon. Furthermore, were a conviction obtained, two possibilities would emerge: if the weapon had not been fired, an NF% (say 5%) would be added to the sentence; but had it been fired, whether or not anyone had been hit, an F% (say 15%) would be added. After all, with due respect to the Equalizer, and given that a crime had been committed, why should the level of skill or bad luck even matter.

In the Wake of Pearl Harbor

During the months that followed the attack on Pearl Harbor, detention camps were built and filled with Americans of Japanese decent. Furthermore, Japanese expatriates aided the Imperial Army’s takeover of Luzon, as those living in the area of Port Arthur had, 37 years earlier, aided the Imperial Navy’s bringing Russia to terms at the Portsmouth Naval Base in Kittery, ME.

I conjecture that, at this time, FDR twice applied his warning “The only thing to fear is fear[‘s distractive nature] itself”: first, by continuing to withhold any witness of what had occurred during the Imperial Army’s march to and occupation of Nanjing; and secondly, by withholding a newly acquired recognition that, not detaining those of Japanese descent living on the West Coast would have seriously risked a total loss to the Axis. That risk being unabated were even 100% of those being considered for detention known to be patriotic. Forget any active risk; there had been a far more dangerous passive risk in leaving them as they were.

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Justice Delivered; Message Lost

Suppose that a particular right is both worthy of judicial support and in need of it. The details of codification take on an importance equal to that of the right itself, because the final draft is responsible to the entire legal system as well as to its own message (e.g. laws governing illicit drugs and parole boards).

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Freedom (II): Passed by Unrecognized

Understanding and ignorance both shape our choices. The latter may limit freedom with or without an encroachment of our rights, in that we approach the choosing point with its long-term possibilities distorted or otherwise misunderstood and pass freedom by without recognizing it.

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Beyond Three Strikes

 

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Leavenworth Prison

 

 

This approach to the problem of recidivism goes way beyond current three-strikes-you’re-out legislation. Since a criminal may operate in different states, it would become either part of federal law or of state laws for a growing association of states that accept it:

 

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Death Penalty

A community’s best defense against those bent on murder is a reliably applied penalty that coerces each of us. The two front-runners for such a penalty are death and the elusive incarceration that ends in death.

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Marriage at the Crossroads

We Americans are a diverse people. Some find it is inconceivable that a man or woman be allowed to marry a member of his or her own gender, while others cannot fathom the taking upon oneself of such allowing or disallowing. Clearly we are guided by different notions of what marriage is and thus of love itself.

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