Thursday, November 21, 2013

The past is another country, they do things differently there

In 1935, in a town in New Jersey called Scotch Plains, there was a dispute over an eminent domain taking for the purpose of running a high-tension line that ended in the resisting landowner being shot and his wife killed by sheriff's deputies when they attempted to serve a court order on him in regards to his pastime of tossing metal onto the lines to short them out. That’s not the odd thing. The odd thing is that the 3 law enforcement officers were prosecuted for the shootings, and the prosecutor evidently wanted to throw the book at them. If anyone can find more details, I’d be grateful.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Another reason not to make transfers hard

Megan McArdle points out one reason that some people might be served by being able to easily and temporarily transfer firearms to another person. This is a case where making it harder and more public to transfer firearms will hurt people.