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“There is no reason to restrict liberty in any way if exercising that liberty is not hurtful. Open carry is not hurtful.” – Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson in Moms Demand Action Anti-Gun Group Opposing Open Carry in Texas [at breitbart.com]

24 Responses to Quote of the Day: Strict Scrutiny Edition

  1. The problem is that to MDA and like minds simple not approving of a thing makes it hurtful to them.
    A good 98% of all the laws we suffer under exist because some nanny ninny didnt like a thing despite a lack of caused harm.

  2. Now Texas moms will be able to “accesorize” for real! Gonna be hard to screech us out of our rights when a holster becomes a fashion statement.

  3. Unless you’re a Kennedy and use a car murder is already illegal everywhere. Having the right to carry a gun, concealed or openly, doesn’t exempt you from the law against murder. Of course, in the simple minds of mda anyone carrying a gun is just doing so to committ murder.

    You know, Streets running red with blood. Yada, yada.

    • If the antis want to see what rivers of blood look like, allow cellphone calls and texting on airline flights…

  4. ‘…Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who told Fox 7 Austin that the Moms Demand Action group “don’t really know what they’re talking about…’

    There’s the money shot right there.

  5. It’s too bad he didn’t win his primary… The most sane candidate in that race… Instead we’re stuck with Dan “deadbeat debtor” Patrick…

  6. If it becomes hurtful, then it has crossed a line into an exertion of power over others. In short, there is no reason to restrict liberty.

    I have a liberal friend who, judging by comments be has made, believes liberty includes the right to rape, steal, and murder, therefore liberty has to be limited. He is absolutely deaf to the idea that deliberately harming others is not liberty but power, and is limiting the liberty of others at that point.

    Some people put real effort into not getting it.

  7. Bravo, Bravo, Bravo. This is the essence of how Government should view our rights and their ability to restrain it.
    Next they should add this principle: we should only offer those services that can really ONLY be offered by a government.
    In the 1980s the Labour (liberal) government of New Zealand finally clicked to that last principle, right on the brink of total financial failure, and dramatically changed things. The Department of Forestry, for example, shrunk from 30,000 to, I think, 5. They realized that most of what they were doing should be done my the private sector, and most of their employees ended up making more money doing the same work, but in the private sector.
    They also ended ALL farming subsidies, and scrapped lots of rules and regulations. Today farming is NZ’s top industry, and her agricultural products are of high quality.

    • +1
      Beat me to it. It hurts their feelings and they can use it as emotional manipulation to coerce the herd into pushing their political agenda.

  8. Come to think of it, concealed carry is not hurtful either. So why should we have to fund DPS to be able to do it?

  9. “If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it’s good enough for the state of Texas.” He doesn’t understand how things work in MA. It’s “technically” not against the law to open carry in MA, but if you’re crazy enough to do so you’ll be arrested for brandishing a firearm and the local chief will pull your permit. You never see anyone open carry in MA except for law enforcement. RI only allows open carry if you have a permit from the Attorney General, and you still don’t see anyone open carry. I remember RF OC’ing down Thayer street as a test and no one bothered him. You have a better chance of seeing a leprechaun than seeing anyone open carry in RI.

    • The problem is that THEY think their rights begin way before they actually do begin.

      For example:
      You do not have the right to never be offended.
      You do not have the right to never be afraid.
      You do not have a right to a job or an income.
      Etc., etc., etc.

  10. I’m ignoring MDA – clearly gun control politicians got hammered this last election.
    And Wendys War on Wimmen Whining got her nowhere.

    Don’t interrupt the enemy when they are shooting themselves in the foot.

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