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The Tyranny of Bureaucracy

By Nicki Fellenzer

It’s official. The members of the New York City Council have lost their collective minds.

Nicki FellenzerThe lawmakers in the gun control utopia where murder rates are sky-high, where the law abiding have to jump through flaming hoops on one leg just to be able to practice their right to keep and bear arms, and where the criminals are armed, while the innocent are helpless against them, have decided that draconian gun laws – some of the most rigid and inflexible in the country – are just not enough.

Apparently, according to a recent news report, the death of City Councilman James Davis has rekindled lawmakers’ interest in yet more gun control.

Never mind that the city, which has arguably shredded the U.S. Constitution and replaced it with the tyranny of the bureaucracy, already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the United States.

Never mind that the process for applying for a license to practice a constitutional right – and a human one – is so daunting that it often costs hundreds of dollars, months of bureaucratic hassle, lots of grey hair and perhaps one’s sanity.

Never mind that despite the ritual rigmarole, interviews, intrusions into one’s private life and pre-requisite anal probing of those who dare try to exercise their constitutional rights in New York City, the violent crime rates are some of the highest in the country.

As long as City Council members do SOMETHING by venting their impotent rage at the criminal haven that is New York City against the law-abiding, the ignorant morons accustomed to sucking at the government teat while being ruthlessly shackled by that same band of tyrants will be mollified.

Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s that easy. It’s not about protecting the public or even placating them with empty legislation. It’s not about making the city safer. And it’s not about fighting crime. A quote by one of the aforementioned slugs says it all: “There was no urgency prior to the shooting," said Councilman Peter Vallone. "But now there is a sense that we all want to move as quickly as possible on these bills..."

And there you have it – the motivation behind these cowards’ sudden interest in yet more tyrannical limitations on the right of the people to keep and bear arms is not a selfless desire to protect the citizenry or a committed ambition to cut down on crime, but a gutless, spineless, sniveling fear that something like that could possibly happen to one of them. They weren’t motivated by the 660 murders that took place in the city in 2001 and the 590 murders committed there a year later. They were motivated by one deranged loon, who decided to finish off his political opponent – one of them.

No, there was no urgency to even misguidedly attempt to protect the public from violence. But now that it’s one of them – one of their own that was harmed – all of a sudden someone lit a fire under their voluminous derrieres. Now – all of a sudden – it’s urgently important to punish someone, to hold someone responsible for the death of one of their fellow goons. And since the real bad guy has already eaten a lead sandwich, it’s time to hold the innocents’ feet to the flame. It’s time to hold those who manufacture a perfectly legal product responsible for the misdeeds of an evil few. It’s time to hold those who are trying to make a living by selling a tool of self-defense responsible for those who misuse that tool.

So what do you think these gutless twits are proposing?

One proposed change would hold gun makers and sellers liable for damages for deaths caused by their weapons. Another proposal would require gun owners to have liability insurance.

Anyone with a shred of sanity must wonder why these petty tyrants wouldn’t impose similar liabilities for car manufacturers and car dealers for deaths caused by their automobiles or alcohol distilleries and beer breweries for the criminal deeds done while under the influence of their product.

One must speculate how these insignificant dictators can justify trying to legislate what the courts around the country have rejected time and time again – holding the gun industry liable for the misuse of their product.

And anyone with a scrap of intelligence must ask how much money the insurance companies poured into the coffers of these “public servants” for the right to siphon thousands of dollars from those wishing to exercise their constitutional rights.

Of course I shouldn’t be surprised. This is the same city that fined a pregnant Crystal Rivera $50 for sitting on subway steps for blocking the stairway.

This is the same city that fined Jesse Taveras $105 for unauthorized use of a milk crate when the poor guy tried to cop a squat during this work day.

And this is the same city that fined Pedro Nazario $50 for feeding pigeons in a park and fined Sal Boyd, a Greenwich Village merchant, $400 because, according to the donut munchers of New York, there were too many words on the awning over his store!

No wonder New York has some of the highest murder, rape, aggravated assault and burglary rates in the country! Apparently many of its finest are too busy generating income for its pathetic statist government and the mayor who spends every weekend he can in the Bahamas, while the citizens who elected him are getting shot, mugged and raped by armed thugs and then fleeced by their own elected officials!

I’d be in the Bahamas too for fear that the populace would tar and feather me!

But I digress…

Back to the spineless hypocrites who are making concrete plans to make their little Politburo safe from armed thugs, while unilaterally disarming the rest of the good citizens of New York who can’t afford fancy security systems, metal detectors or armed guards at their gates.

It’s unbelievable to me that a city that has symbolized freedom to so many immigrants who escaped their tyrannical hellholes and headed for the shores of Liberty, has mired itself so deeply in the tactics of its supposed diametrical opposite – communism.

It’s incredible that a city that is still home to the Statue of Liberty is acting like a third world dictatorial Gestapo.

When my family and I first came to this country, we landed in New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. After being oppressed, beaten down, disarmed and abused at the hands of the state in the Soviet Union, my parents breathed a long sigh of relief to be able to finally live in a place that didn’t tyrannize and subjugate its citizens.

We left New York a short nine months later.

I don’t know if my parents realized that the city they thought was a beacon of light and freedom was, in fact, only marginally better than the socialist hellhole from which we escaped. I don’t know if their primary reason for moving was a subconscious awareness of the dictatorial nature of New York City’s government.

All I know is that nine months later, my parents moved out of the roach-infested dump that was our first home in the free land – a home which they were not allowed to protect with the most effective tool in existence, but were rather expected to give to armed thugs freely, while praying for their lives and hoping that the thugs didn’t harm their young daughter.

Today, my parents know what kind of city they left.

They left a city whose legislators are so paranoid, they would ban toy pistols.

They left a city whose legislative whore of a district attorney would prosecute a father for protecting his family with a firearm not approved by the nanny state.

They left a city where a son would be prosecuted for defending his mother with yet another “illegal” gun.

They left a city where an immigrant who has worked hard to create a business and a source of pride as well as income would be prosecuted and possibly deported for using a gun against an armed invader without asking the permission of the petty legislative tyrants who run that grimy hole.

And it’s now a city where the imbeciles at City Hall are attempting to blame and punish law abiding merchants, manufacturers and consumers because they feel powerless against the armed thugs who have overrun the city where self-defense is treated like a crime, instead of a virtue.

It would be laughable if it wasn’t so frightening and sad.

Nicki Fellenzer

Nicki is a US Army veteran, who spent nearly four years in Frankfurt, Germany on active duty at the American Forces Network. She is a former radio DJ and news anchor and a Featured Writer and Newslinks Director for Keepandbeararms.com. She is also a former contributing editor to the National Rifle Association's newest monthly magazine, Women's Outlook and writes occasionally for the Libertarian Party. She resides in Virginia with her family. We are also proud to have Nicki as regular contributor to Armed Females of America.


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