Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hold on to Your Squirt Guns: There's Trouble in Paradise

Behold the evil squirt gun -- according to island legend, it holds strange evil powers that no child shall touch.

Consider this pending legislation in Hawaii:

SECTION 1. Chapter 709, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
Ҥ709- Sale of toy guns to minors prohibited. (1) It shall be unlawful to sell, attempt to sell, or offer for sale a toy gun to a minor under eighteen years of age; provided that it shall be an affirmative defense to any prosecution that the:
(a) Purchaser falsely represented the purchaser‘s age by producing a driver’s license bearing a photograph of the licensee, a state identification card, or similar card purporting to be a valid identification card indicating that the purchaser was eighteen years of age or older;
(b) Appearance of the purchaser was such that an ordinary prudent person would believe the purchaser to be eighteen years of age or older; and
(c) Sale was made in good faith relying upon the indicators of age in paragraphs (a) and (b).
(2) Any person who violates this section shall be subject to a fine of not more than $2,000, imprisonment of not more than ninety days, or both.”
SECTION 2. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.

So it’s come to this, the elite Nanny State is making its application of political correctness such an exercise in pure behavioral fascism, they seek to outlaw toys guns subjecting those who violate the law to fines of $2,000 or up to 90 days (as in THREE months) in jail. For starters, do not Hawaiian Police, Prosecutors, and Courts have better things to do with their time?
Attempting to get to the underlying psychology of this nonsense is fascinating. Are they so frustrated that they cannot get to the real deal, real guns for adults because of a dirty little thing called the 2nd amendment? Their obsession with guns as being some kind of evil fetish is extreme neurosis at best and seems at least intellectually psychotic.
Isn’t it funny that violent youths was not perceived as a major social problems when toy guns including cap guns were staples in every little boy’s toy chest. Of course these days why do kids need toy guns when they can wipe out entire planets or even galaxies in video games.

As it stands right now, this measure is only a proposal, but that something so totally absurd could even surface in the halls of the Hawaiian legislature is insane enough. That elected officials have such casual indifference to setting meaningful priorities for their agenda and would even spend one moment of time on such nonsense shows ideological extremism and gross incompetence.
Let’s hope that our tropical paradise state is fully aware of the insanity that grips their legislature and that this insanity will be tossed out to the obscurity it deserves. Voters should take note of any and all officials supporting this measure and respond accordingly when the next election is held. This kind of absurd nonsense, Nanny state extremism, insane intrusion into private affairs, and total contempt for limited government and individual liberty, couldn’t be more obvious and must be countered with full force.




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Right Minded Fellow said...

Yeow, I'm not sure I like the idea of kids having toy guns that look so much like the real deal as are found in the link you sent me, but is it the government's job to say no?

I would really think it would be extremely irresponsible for parents to buy their kids toy guns that look like AK-47's, but you know how that goes. There are some pretty lame parents out there who will get their kids almost anything if the kids whine loud enough.

I guess this whole issue comes down to teaching kids responsibly from the get go. Although it's been a long time (the 1950's and 60's since I was a kid of toy gun age, we never had any hassle about them. Toy guns were just normal boy toys.

What kind of murderous fantasies do the video games kids are playing with today involve BLOWING UP WHOLE STAR SYSTEMS?

There are certainly things to discuss here. I'm not sure I have the answers, but thet issue that stimulated my blog is pure insanity. You'd think especially in the warm climate of Hawaii, squirt guns would be kind of cool.