ALL LAWS ARE EQUAL? Re: look out! long-haired gun loon!

Michael M. Butler (butler@comp*
Tue, 16 Dec 1997 23:36:02 -0800

I'd add one other point to what Twirlip wrote:

>> more blood won't be spilt. There is no valid purpose today to own or use a
>> gun, unless you are an enforcer of the law, and it is absolutely dire that
>And we can all trust all of the enforcers of the law!
>> Do you think that gangs would be as previlent today if
>> the members went around armed with wooden sticks?

These two are interrelated. Some of the laws around the world still in
effect are to my mind extremely uncivilized and relics of feudal thinking.

Are all laws created equal? If a law were enacted tomorrow, not necessarily
here in the Good Ol' US of A, that turned all left-handed people into
slaves, would it be all right, because it was the law?

How about the place where chewing gum on the rapid transit system is a
capital offense? I swear I am not making this up. This is the genuine
current state of affairs there.

If you got instantly teleported into a train car there, and got caught with
chewing gum that happened to be in your pocket, are you honestly going to
tell me that it would be _right_ and _fair_ and _just_ that you be put to
death by enforcers of that law?

So the question becomes:

And we can all trust all of the enforcers of *ALL* the laws? No matter what?


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