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Drunk breastfeeders, guns required

I’ll be getting back to Cambodia soon but in the meanwhile, a few thought provoking news items.

1. via JoinTogether: Debate on Charging Woman with Breast Feeding while Drunk (original here).

Unless she has a history of dropping the child, or perhaps driving while she is breastfeeding, I once again wonder at the industriousness of the soft brained paternalists.  This ranks right up there with the third hand smoke debacle where it was suggested that smokers should wash and change their clothing before going near babies.

Authorities insist the woman’s decision to breast-feed was not the only factor in her arrest.

“This case is more than just the breast-feeding. It was the totality of the circumstances,” said Grand Forks Police Lt. Rahn Farder. “It is quite unusual for a mother to be breast-feeding her child as we are conducting an investigation, whether she was intoxicated or not.”

So, she was what, stabbing an officer, making meth or some other 5 year jail time type offence but the appropriate charge was breastfeeding?  And I always thought the police chief on the Simpson’s was fictional.

2. also via JoinTogether: Nashville Restaurant Owner Fights Law Allowing Guns in Bars (original here).

I was worried about not being to follow the last news item with something quite as absurd but as you can see…

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – A well-known restaurateur is fighting back against Tennessee’s newly enacted law that allows gun owners to bring their weapons into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

I can’t for the life of me imagine why the notion of those southern states being backward persists. (It could be that if the transcripts were available that there might be someone standing up and saying “You do realize this makes us look like idiots?”)

The new law was pushed by the Tennessee Firearms Association. Its executive director, John Harris, said critics had every opportunity to defeat the legislation — which state lawmakers passed with little opposition — and should not turn to court action at this point.

There are 37 U.S. states that give most people who apply the right to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon. A few U.S. towns have tried to require residents to own guns.

One of those towns is Kennesaw Georgia, where other than for a few exemptions everyone is required to have a gun on hand. Apparently no one has every been charged for not complying.

Maybe this is what the chief above was referring to in regards to the drunk breastfeeding not being the whole story….she was probably doing it without the proper protection.

Another town in Idaho, Greenleaf, ironically founded by Quakers, has passed an ordinance not requiring but recommending everyone own a gun. What I like in the writeup on this situation is the following…

But Jett says that’s exactly the reason his proposal is necessary, and people don’t understand that the ordinance will not require gun ownership. “We all hate government—councilmen, too,” said. Jett, who is also director of the Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center. “We are not for heavy-handed government at all. That’s why I backed off the ‘required’ wording early on, before I even had this printed up. The government does not want to step into your home and say: ‘Where is it? What do you have?’”

And these Quaker gun-toting government haters probably hate anarchists too. It is a particular Canadian pleasure (and unfortunately is sometimes seen on our side of the border with the Conservatives) to watch politicians actually campaign as being against government. Where do these people think the infrastructure comes from?

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