Monday, January 26, 2004

When does paranoia start?

Yesterday's news reported on antigun groups (and that *is* what they are) shrieking because a provision in a recently passed law requires disposal of background checks within 24 hours. Or something like that - I'm too lazy to get a link.

We heard a local cop saying something really silly - "We don't throw away car registrations...". Learn some civics and history, creep - has a govt ever come to confiscate cars? Is there a Constitutional right to bear cars that must be defended?

We've also heard a lot lately about Northwest Airlines' and others' release of passenger data to the feds to help in developing terror risk evaluation software for airline passengers. This sounds harmless enough to me, but apparently it violates some privacy promises. And when in doubt I lean toward denying the govt information "just because".

When AIDS became a political issue in the 1980's our ignorance was such that extraordinary control methods were justified IMO. Then as the picture became clearer we noted that the early victims were almost exclusively gay. Militant gay groups immediately decided to tell the rest of us to go to hell with our concerns for public health, insisting that we keep the identities of AIDS patients secret instead of using public health measures we had used for decades for other diseases.

There might have been some justification for this if they had acknowledged that the disease was confined largely to gays, but no - they claimed that "anybody can get AIDS". Even then that was known to be a lie, and even now the cases found among straights can be traced almost exclusively to needles or hemophilia.

Now we have people pushing for "gay marriage". Hmm - where's the paranoia now? Gosh, wouldn't oppressors just love to have lists of the names of gays?

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