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#1 The Smith-Suprynowicz Test. Do you pass?07-07-2008, 02:35 PM
Do you support the right of a nine-year-old girl to walk into a hardware store and, without signing anything or producing identification of any kind, pay cash for a submachinegun, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a supply of morphine?
07-07-2008, 02:47 PM
I pass. I also support the right of the police to take her out in a blaze of glory if she uses any of those items in a way that endangers my life or property. :)
07-07-2008, 03:23 PM
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I support the hardware store's right to refuse to sell an inherently dangerous item to someone that they believe is incapable of responsible use.
07-07-2008, 03:44 PM
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Rights are unequivocal. The right to vote can't be contingent on the judgment of the ballot supplier. The right to speech cannot be contingent on the opinion of the microphone supplier.
Even if you do provide for the gun seller's judgment in your scenario, the instant an individual uses the gun to inflict harm, the issue of the seller's negligence comes into play. The argument is simple: the gun seller should have known that the 9 year old was incapable of responsible gun ownership. He sold her the gun anyway. Therefore, when she was playing with her friend and blew his brains out, the act was foreseeable and the gun seller should be held liable.
Apply this to every situation - mental distress, convicted felons, minors - and soon you have gun liability strict enough to satisfy even the most stringent fantasies of the left. Sure, you could sell a firearm to that guy. But if you do a background check for felonies and mental defects, you wouldn't risk being sued out of business in a week.
Quick question for you Feebmaster: Do you support the RIAA's ability to sue (on behalf of their clients) those who download copyrighted works of music without paying royalties to the RIAA?
07-07-2008, 04:14 PM
Microphones aren't required to exercise your freedom of speech, but even assuming they were, I'm sure you could find a retailer or manufacturer who would be more than happy to supply you with one.
Basically, they were lazy and they've screwed themselves. They wanted the government to ensure their profits without innovating on their own. Now people have an expectation of free, or close to it, music without unpleasant DRM schemes built in. It doesn't matter how many people they sue now. The cat's out of the bag.
07-07-2008, 04:44 PM
She should be immediately declared an enemy combatant, arrested, stripped of all rights and shipped to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba unless she’s Arab in which case she should be sold the items with no questions asked because anything less would be racial profiling.
What do I win?“Progress is Providence without God. That is, it is a theory that everything has always
perpetually gone right by accident. It is a sort of atheistic optimism, based on an
everlasting coincidence far more miraculous than a miracle.”
G. K. Chesterton
07-07-2008, 05:28 PM
I'll pass on this poll.
I do support the right of witless leftists to post leading polls to try to fulfill their worst expectations of what they think of conservatives though. So Kudos.
Last edited by asdf2231; 07-07-2008 at 06:23 PM.
JohnGuest07-07-2008, 06:18 PM
I also support the right of that girl's mama to take a strap to her backside for wasting good money on the morphine. The submachine gun and ammunition are passable in my house though.
That and I want to know where this hardware store is and how I to get it. Sounds like a good store to me.
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