Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
We have been over this before:
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images. . . Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God. . .
Those who have made religious idols of guns and treat them as if they are holy relics ought to reread the first two Commandments. And then there are those who have a psycho-sexual fetish for guns. That is disturbing on many levels.
Arizona Daily Star editor Sarah Garrecht Gassen responded to the gun idolatry and fetish crowd who insist that no gun may ever be destroyed in an op-ed, Gun owners have the right to destroy weapon if they choose.
Now the "happiness is a warm gun" worshipers/fetishists are at the state capitol seeking to prevent the right of individuals to destroy their own firearms if they choose. They seek to make the secular sacred by force of state law. In doing so they seek to use the power of "Big Brother" government to trample the rights of individuals to do with their private property as they see fit, which these groups comically pretend to defend. And they violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment by making the foundation of their idolatrous religion a sacred religious icon or holy relic that cannot be destroyed, by force of state law. Their idolatrous gun worship is elevated to a state religion.
These people are truly insane. Group seeks to ban destruction of guns that owners turn in:
The Arizona Citizens Defense League requested a change in the law adding guns "surrendered" willfully by the owner to the list of firearms police departments must recirculate back into the market.
The law now requires police departments to sell confiscated or found guns to a licensed dealer, once they ensure the firearms weren't stolen or needed for evidence.
Defense league Communications Director Charles Heller said it is important to clarify the law so cities can't circumvent it, as he believes TPD did in early January, when it destroyed more than 200 guns collected during the buyback.
"It's already in the law. The problem is they're misconstruing the law. So we're changing the words so their perfidy is made very clear," Heller said.
Heller said if another "buy-up" occurs, the new language would make it clear the weapons must be sold to a licensed dealer.
"What that does is, it takes them out of the hands of a person who doesn't want it, and puts it in the legitimate hands of someone who does," Heller said.
Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik captures perfectly the insane inconsistency among people who would normally champion property rights.
"This bill clearly illustrates that some people don't view guns like toasters. When it comes to guns, it's as though they hold some magical or sacred designation in their lives," Kozachik said. "They go around proclaiming to be for private property, but civil liberties are out the window when it comes to guns. I guess the message is, we can't do what we want with our property in this state if that property is a firearm."
Unfortunately, the insanity has reached epidemic proportions.
"Since we firmly believe that the cities have no business regulating firearms in any way, the NRA and the ASRPA (Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association) both support the bill," Todd Rathner, lobbyist for the state organization and a national board member of the National Rifle Association, wrote in an email. "And we believe that this is a good first step toward stopping cities in Arizona from destroying perfectly good firearms."
17 state representatives have lined up to sponsor the bill. No, really.
You would think the state's religious leaders from all denominations and faiths would rise up in opposition to this bill before the state of Arizona gives sacred status to the false idol of guns and establishes idolatrous gun worship as the state religion.