Brad_in_ma and PISSED both sent me this story:
Police: 40 guns stolen from Lowell home
Aside from spelling the name of the city wrong (It's Lowell, guys!), sounds like an unfortunate turn of events, right? Pretty much every gunnie's worst nightmare - you come home from being out to find your sanctuary violated, your gun room in disarray, and safes torn asunder (side note: We are all keeping meticulous records, right???). This gunowner made one serious mistake, though. He lived in MA:
LOWEL - Police say federal and state investigators are trying to figure out who stole about 40 handguns and rifles from a Lowell home.
Police said Tuesday that officers responded to a Dublin Street home Monday afternoon after the owner reported that someone had broken into the cellar in which he stored a vault containing the guns.
Police immediately revoked the gun owner’s Massachusetts license to carry a firearm, saying the potential of the missing firearms being used on Lowell streets is disconcerting.Got that? This poor bastard was a victim - his castle was breached, his possessions stolen, and the Lowell police compounds the damage. If he had a firearm on his person, he has to surrender it. If the thieves missed other safes and guns, they're now gone, too. Because some lowlife broke into his home, he has now been stripped of all Second Amendment rights - read that again:
HE COMMITTED NO CRIME, YET THE COPS TOOK HIS GUNS AWAY.
First off, does that make any sense to anyone that the cops would revoke his permit because his house got broken into? That's like charging a rape victim with indecent exposure IMHO. This guy's home has been broken into, and rather than doing some actual police work and going after the criminals responsible, they yank his permit so they can feel like they've done something. Unreal. Secondly, this absolutely highlights the folly of "discretionary" licensing - at the chief's whim - with no crime nor disqualifying event - this citizen has lost a civil right.
Welcome to Massachusetts - the birthplace, and graveyard, of Liberty.
That is all.