Dominic Gaines’ gun turned out to be a BB gun. But that doesn’t matter.
(This case made me think of the movie Minority Report, where law enforcement used psychics to identify and arrest people before they’d committed a crime. The crimes were inevitable … or were they?)
Were the arresting officers, the prosecutor and the court really motivated by child safety? Or could their primary motivation have been the vilification of firearms and the intimidation of firearm owners?
Perhaps. Regardless of their motivation, they made an arbitrary decision to arrest, book and detain a man based on an unreasonable interpretation of an unconstitutionally broad statute. In the scheme of things, it was a small exercise of tyranny, something Mr. Gaines’ should be upset about, but of little consequence to you and I, right?
Wrong. Little tyrannies, left uncorrected, will multiply and expand, until the individual liberty and the rule of law become quaint, subversive notions.
No, this wasn’t about child endangerment. What was really endangered here was liberty. Not just Mr. Gaines’ liberty, but my liberty, and your liberty.