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A Judge Distorts Gun-Facts

August 16, 2014

District Court Judge Catherine Blake said military style rifles are unusual and dangerous.  That wasn’t an easy decision to reach.  Judge Blake concluded the government needs guns for its protection, but you don’t.  It is her conclusion that doesn’t make sense.  She said our modern semi-automatic magazine fed rifles are unusual.  Maybe we shouldn’t expect much acuity from her given that she was appointed by President Clinton.

Judge Blake said the government may deny civilians the right to own a firearm because the firearm is too dangerous.  Set aside the historical fact that magazine fed semi-automatic rifles were designed over a hundred years ago.  Look at them today.  Modern military rifles are designed to be easy to carry, easy to operate, and adaptable to fit a soldier of any size.  Those features make modern rifles popular with civilians even now.  Set that fact aside too.

Understand that these are the same firearms widely used by law enforcement organizations today.  The government calls these small arms “self-defense” or “personal-defense” weapons.  The judge said is illegal for civilians to own a particular firearm but legal for a government employee to carry that same firearm for the exact same purpose of self-defense.

The judge can not claim that legal gun owners are violent.  Civilian gun owners are more law abiding than law enforcement officers.  Civilians have fewer firearms violations than law enforcement officers.  Civilians are less likely to shoot innocent or unintended victims than law enforcement.  Those facts show that civilian gun owners are not a threat to society.  Judge Blake chose to ignore that fact, but I can’t.

Criminals are a threat, and criminals prey on ordinary citizens.  While each policeman sees many criminals, each criminal will victimize many citizens before he meets a law enforcement officer.  Citizens are at the cutting edge of crime while law enforcement officers are at the cutting edge of evidence collection.  Whatever needs the police have for self-defense, citizens have a greater need.  Judge Blake chose to ignore that.  It is hard to set aside the judge’s biases.


Despite these facts, Judge Blake said the state’s alleged concern for public safety justified disarming civilians.  At the same time, law enforcement says they need these modern rifles for police officers, sheriff’s deputies and for the highway patrol.  The State Department of Fish and Game needs modern rifles too.   Maybe they are imitating the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management who say they need modern rifles.  Don’t forget the Environmental Protection Agency either.  The Post Office, the Department of Education, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association, and the Railroad Retirement Board all say they need modern rifles.  Civilians with a badge need these firearms, but civilians without a badge may not have them.

Judge Blake said these modern rifles are extremely lethal and only used for lethal assault.  According to the judge, every law enforcement officer who carries his patrol rifle intends to engage in a deadly assault and kill civilians.  Somehow it is legally permissible for civilians with a badge to have these lethal firearms but not permissible for you to have them because you don’t have a badge.  The judge is wrong and the facts show it.

Let us ignore the facts and talk politics for a minute.  It makes sense that the government always wants more power.  It makes sense that a power hungry government wants its citizens disarmed.   The judge’s argument is a political rationalization.

This power grab is not unusual, but it is dangerous.  This power grab cannot be ignored or excused.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 17, 2014 12:26 pm

    Ownership of such firearms has been found to be constitutional by the Supreme Court. Most politicos with no real positions throw the gun issue out there because they know it is inflammatory. Freud said an fear of firearms is an indication of feelings of sexual inadequacy.

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  2. August 18, 2014 5:51 am

    What shows how the elites are so out of touch with their constituents is that the citizens are preyed upon much more than the police are. Citizens must face their attacker alone; police have radio communications, dispatch’s knowledge of their location beforehand, distinction of a uniform to be recognized by police, and probable experience. Citizens have their legal authority to act, they have training, no immediate backup, no one is aware beforehand of their location and immediate circumstances, … alone. Who needs to be armed at all?

    The citizen.

    Sheriff on FOX News to Judge Janine reminded the Judge that all authority of police rises up from the people. Sounds good to me.

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  3. Ol' Jim, hisself permalink
    August 18, 2014 8:34 am

    This judge inferred that the government has a “compelling interest” in banning certain firearms.
    Given that the Constitution specifically guarantees that the government will not infringe upon the citizens’ God given right to keep and bear arms, and that there nowhere in the Constitution that gives either party the right to violate said Constitution, how does this judge reconcile her position?
    Either she fulfills her oath to ‘support and defend’, or she willingly violates it. By her ruling, she has violated her sacred oath and must be removed from office!


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