by T.L. James | 10:41 am, January 27, 2013 | Comments Off
Looks like some New York residents are not planning to meekly comply with their state government’s new requirement to register their weapons: New York Gun Owners Flip the Bird to “Assault Weapons” Registration Law.
Personally, I’m skeptical about this. I think it’s great in concept, if enough people can commit to it to make it effective (ie: render the law impossible to enforce and embarrass the state government into rescinding it). It’s an idea whose time may come for Colorado should the legislature here attempt a similar ban – which perhaps they will, if the rumors are true that Colorado will again be used by Progressives as a national “model” for coordinated action.
The problem lies in the possibility that those out there shouting “Molon labe!” at this point may merely be engaging in bluster, hoping to reap the benefits of civil disobedience by calling for it rather than actually engaging in it or standing behind it when the time comes. While this civil disobedience may be of a more passive and invisible sort than the deliberately provocative law-breaking of the Civil Rights era, there still needs to be a similar organized movement behind these calls for disobedience in order to reassure individuals inclined to heed them that they won’t be left without support should the state government discover their willful noncompliance and decide to selectively prosecute them as examples for others. If there isn’t this sort of support (unwavering public solidarity with targets of prosecution, a legal defense fund, persuasive moral champions, etc.), fewer people will be willing to risk participation, and few of those targeted for prosecution will have the resources or the personal fortitude to fight their cases alone. Nobody wants to be the martyr who is thrown to the wolves by his own side.
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