A July 4 assault on liberty

This is still a developing story, and the veil of lawyer-advised silence is descending, but TJIC has again been targeted by the repressive government of Massachusetts and/or his local government. This time, they’ve dragged his fiance into it, confiscating her legally owned firearms after he applied for a new MA LTC. From Tam, who has been in direct communication with the TJIC household:

Well, TJIC got his Massachusetts FID* reissued, and has reapplied for an MA LTC**.

Now the local po-po*** is surrounding his crib, wanting to inspect the premises. Without a warrant. In the suburbs of Boston. On Independence Day.

More from Tam, in various comments to her original post:

Jenn was like “There’s a cop looking at me through the window with a flashlight and his hand on his holster!”

I’m on the phone with Jenn; she’s walking through the house with the officer. They’re seizing her guns as we speak.

They’re already in contact with counsel.

TJIC himself chipped in a little info:

I had an EXCELLENT gun lawyer on speed dial. It took half an hour to get a callback on a vacation day, but after that, he was with us every step of the way.

I repeatedly refused the cops’ requests for a voluntary walk-through of the house.

I repeatedly refused to answer any questions.

The cops repeatedly told me that if I had nothing to hide, I should just allow a walk-through, and if I was a good guy, I’d have a “conversation” with them.

In the end they illegally seized my FID (just plan CAN NOT do it, but they took it and wouldn’t give it back) and they illegally seized Jennifer’s firearms. My lawyer was appalled but not surprised.

Jennifer and I have been talking about moving out of MA in 3-6 years.

We are officially looking for real estate tomorrow; I will not spend one more day than is necessary in this totalitarian hell hole.

and

At the end, some of the cops who ransacked the house tried to shake hands with me. “No hard feelings”.

I refused and said “Gentlemen, please think about what you’re doing. On the fourth of july, the day we celebrate freedom, you stole legally owned firearms from a women who is engaged to a guy who made a joke you don’t like. You are not the good guys. You are ‘just doing your jobs’. Look in the mirror. You’re the bad guys.”

Response: “I’m sorry you feel that way. Have a good Fourth.”

My lawyer says that there’s a decent chance I may yet be arrested.

And with that, I should probably go radio silent for a while.

Words do not describe how wrong this is. Tam seems to have the direct scoop for now, keep your eyes open there for new information.

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I am TJIC

Linoge (Walls of the City) has more on the situation with TJIC, including a quote of the original post behind the loss of his First and Second Amendment Rights recovered from a Bing cache (remember, the internet is forever).

http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/20…U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, Arizona Public Media reported Saturday.

The 40-year-old Democrat, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting a “Congress on Your Corner” event at a Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.

At least nine other people, including members of her staff, were hurt. Giffords was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson. Her condition was not immediately known.

Giffords was talking to a couple when the suspect ran up firing indiscriminately and then ran off, Michaels said.

It is absolutely, absolutely unacceptable to shoot “indiscriminately”.

Target only politicians and their staff, and leave regular citizens alone.

Please!

As I pointed out before, this post and its title are akin to someone telling the old joke of “What do you call 100 dead lawyers? A good start” immediately after the shooting of a local attorney. Tasteless, considering the events that prompted it, but neither a genuine threat nor illegal – and absolutely protected free speech under the First Amendment.

Linoge gives a good number of links to others around the web who have further commentary on this abomination, and he also reminds us, yet again, of something very important:

(As a brief aside, if I have said it once, I have said it more times than I care to count: registration leads to confiscation. Period. Since TJIC had to register all of his firearms with the state of Massachusetts, the police knew exactly where to look when they were ready to infringe on his Constitutionally-protected rights – would the police in non-registration states be so informed, or so bold?)

Go, read, check out the others he links to, and above all, think. We should all be very concerned about this abomination of government.

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Update: Borepatch has a list of people across the web who have linked or commented on TJIC’s plight. Go check it out.

Why we don’t let the government license a Right

Blogger TJIC, who lives in Massachusetts, has fallen victim to the consequences of MA’s “may-issue” firearms licensing scheme, and has had to turn in all his firearms.

ARLINGTON (CBS) – A blog threatening members of Congress in the wake of the Tucson, Arizona shooting has prompted Arlington police to temporarily suspend the firearms license of an Arlington man.

It was the headline “1 down and 534 to go” that caught the attention. “One” refers to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in the rampage, while 534 refers to the other members of the U.S. House and Senate.

There are two things I’d like to point out from that article. First:

The length of the suspension, or whether Corcoran’s license will be revoked will be determined by the outcome of the investigation.

Remember, this is Massachusetts. The issuance and revocation of the license is entirely up to the discretion of the local police chief. He has the power to revoke a gun owner’s license with no more reason than “I felt like it.” If you police chief retires, the new chief can revoke every license in his jurisdiction simply because he’s anti-gun – like what happened with concealed carry permits in a county in California a couple of years ago, when a new Sheriff was elected and decided the previous Sheriff had been too willing to issue carry permits.

Second:

Corcoran, who has no criminal history, has not been arrested and does not face any charges.

His Second Amendment Right has been suspended with no due process, and for an act that did not break any laws. What other Constitutionally guaranteed Right is this allowed for?

The blog post in question was clearly, when taken in context, not intended as a threat. It was not a clear and specific threat that was sufficient to be taken as a criminal act, or else he would have been arrested and charged with a crime. In point of fact, this was a statement similar to the old joke of “What do you call 100 dead lawyers? A good start.” Tasteless, considering the events that prompted it, but neither a threat nor illegal.

This is pure, blatant retaliation against TJIC for using his First Amendment Rights to spread a message which is, I’m sure (since it’s in MA), something the local police chief disagrees with. The post in question brought his blog to the chief’s attention, and/or it gave the chief what he decided was a good excuse to revoke his license. This abuse of power to stifle free speech should chill every American to the bone.

TJIC has commented at Borepatch’s blog, and indicated that he’s “paying through the nose for a high priced attorney, to fight this nonsense.” If he sets up a legal defense fund for donations, and I find out about it, I’ll post a link. Hopefully, he can get one set up soon.

It would be really great if this is the fight that tears down MA’s “may-issue” system in favour of “shall-issue” or (ideally) “no license to required own”, and I hope his lawyer aims for that, but I think everyone will be satisfied with simply getting TJIC his license and his guns back.

[Source: CBS Boston website, retrieved 1/20/11]

(h/t JayG at MArooned)

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