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January 17, 2013

HAMILTON: Can there be a change of mind on guns?

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Niagara Gazette — Coincidental to that, there is also the likelihood that, if compliance by good citizens is slow, the law will create more criminals in the state than ever before — all while not saving a single life — because the real criminals are not going to follow the law.

If politicians’ thinking are indeed just a hair’s breadth from that of a criminals, you would think that they would understand that. But, like the law’s stated intent, they have failed at even that.

There’s another segment in the public sector whose thinking is also similar to those of a criminal, and these people are not as exuberant about the new laws as are their political bosses. For you see, these are the people who have to go out, find and fight the actual criminals.

And not only is it alright for policemen to think like a criminal, it is what we want them to do. When my uncle once went to the woods to rung his beagles, his hopes were that those canines would think less like a dog and more like a rabbit when they were on the trail of those critters. Our hopes are similar to my uncle’s when it comes to the cops chasing the robbers.

But, there is a difference between the police and the criminals. Most police officers are constitutionalist and believe in the sanctity of that document and they try to keep that document between their conduct and that of the criminals. They understand that with a free and moral society, their jobs become easier than it would be with a society that once knew freedom and now feel themselves sinking deeper and deeper into the sands of intransigency as their feet are washed with the constant waves of political expediency. They would rather that the politicians pass laws that keep criminals locked up, rather than the ones that bind a free citizenry.

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