Monday, March 17, 2008

Pimp My Ride

I'm not dead yet
Well I'm a wild card hidin' in the middle of the deck

You better get a bigger gun,

you better get a bigger gun
--Not Dead Yet, Styx

While the courts concern themselves about the extent of individual gun ownership rights, the April Blue Press features this baby: a 4,000 round per minute machine gun being sold to security and law enforcement agencies.

"The Dillon Aero M134D is an electrically powered, six-barreled, Gatling gun. . .powered by DC power sources." It is chambered for 7.62 NATO rounds, with mag capacity up to 4,400 rounds.

"Initially available only to military and other government entities, Dillon Aero is now accepting orders from foreign governments, security and law-enforcement agencies, motion picture companies, and qualified collectors."

Isn't that special? You won't be so quick to walk that picket line next time, huh?

Why on God's green earth does law enforcement need such firepower? Unquestioned, while the courts examine whether to curtail your right to own a weapon. The government is worried about my Smith and Wesson, while the police have assault weapons, vehicles and aircraft. Is this power disparity what the Founding Fathers had in mind?

The courts should instead be addressing the issue of the growing militarization of civilian law enforcement.

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Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

Is this power disparity what the Founding Fathers had in mind?

even a casual reading of the federalist papers shows that the "well-ordered militia" neccessary to the state was the force the founders had just spent over a decade fighting. the armed citizenry was to be a bulwark against that. they intended us to be dangerous. it was another area of pretty much universal agreement among the founders.

the only other concept of militia that would make historical sense would be the citizens of the frontier who grabbed their personal weapons and ran to the village green when the bells sounded.

the separation of armament and technology between the governments and the people has reached a level unseen since the armed knights of the middle ages. and their main job was not to go into combat against other armed knights or squares of massed pikes. the main job of the armored knight was to run down unarmed peasants and fleeing archers.

when i hear legal scholars saying things like "the founders never envisioned a society like ours" it worries me greatly. in one sense it is true. the founders never envisioned a society that would attack the very freedoms they risked all to obtain.

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 11:07:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Mr. Oblivious said...

Nicely put, minstrel boy.

It truly frightens me to think about how bovine much of the U.S. has become.

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 2:59:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

mr. o., yes we are assuredly a bovine nation but even as such we can get mad. jim

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 9:08:00 AM GMT-5  

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