NYC Knows What’s Best

Let’s see… New York City has some of the most bizarre restrictions on what citizens can and cannot do with their rights. Wanna have a pistol? Get a permit. Wanna actually fix up your place? Get a permit. Now, you gotta get a permit if you want to know that there is a situation that requires the ever-vigilant NYPD to come save you. Richard Falkenrath, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for counterterrorism, Mayor Michael Bloomberg have asked the City Council to pass a law requiring anyone who wants to own biological, chemical, and radiological detectors to get a permit from the police first. And it’s not just devices to detect weaponized anthrax that they want the power to control, but those that detect everything from industrial pollutants to asbestos in shoddy apartments. Want to test for pollution in low-income neighborhoods with high rates of childhood asthma? Gotta ask the cops for permission. Why? So you “will not lead to excessive false alarms and unwarranted anxiety,” the first draft of the law states.

So, it’s much better for the population at large to remain ignorant, and the over-burdened police be unaware of any potential situation, than for citizens to be able to at least take steps to protect *themselves* should a potential situation arise. Al Qaida won this round. He’s got NYC keeping their own population docile, like little sheeple, just waiting for another attack.


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