Monday, April 07, 2008

Stun gun bill violates constitutional rights

Montgomery Advertiser

Recently, I was looking around the Legislature's Web site and I spotted HB175, sponsored by Rep. Steve Hurst, which would outlaw the sale of stun guns and Tasers to the general public, making them available only to law enforcement.

There is no explanation from Rep. Hurst in the bill as to why he seeks to do this. Absolutely no explanation. The audacity. As a member of the taxpaying public, I demand an explanation.

Why would someone seek to outlaw the sale of stun guns and Tasers to the general public? We can have real guns, which have a greater chance of killing someone, so why not a stun gun or Taser?

Why can only law enforcement have them? If someone is trying to rape me and I have to wait for the cops to get there and use their Taser, the outcome probably won't be in my favor or in favor of any woman or anyone being mugged, kidnapped or physically attacked in any way.

Do I not have the right to defend myself? The Second Amendment says that I do. "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Note that the word is "arms," not "guns,"

Government may not infringe on our right to have Tasers or stun guns either.
Loretta Nall
Alexander City

I spoke with a member of the Judiciary committee who agreed with me that HB175 is a really stupid bill and said that all efforts would be made to kill it in committee. While HB175 did not make it out of committee last week HB601 has popped up and will be in committee this week. It is another stupid bill by Rep. Steve Hurst (who also gave us the option to have "God Bless Amercuh" on our car tags). HB601 says we can have tasers and electroshock guns...but only if we have a permit. This guy gets paid $50,000 a year as a legislator to sit down there and dream up stupid shit like this.

I say that is nonsense. Why should I have to have a permit to carry a weapon that is classified as non-lethal? How come I have to sacrifice my privacy to some government registry in order to protect myself?

Please take a moment to contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee and ask them to vote NO on HB601.

An aside....I really hope someone who respects our constitutional rights runs against Rep. Steve Hurst in 2010.

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