Most people know by now that California is a giant, open-air asylum run by the most deranged of the inmates, so this story shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. For background, California passed a law requiring handgun manufacturers to get each weapon to stamp identifying information on bullet casings when shots are fired to make it easier to solve crimes. Now this may sound sensible on the face of it, were it not for the fact that the technology to do this doesn’t exist. However, when gun rights advocates challenged the law on this basis they didn’t reckon on the insanity of the judges:
Writing for six of the justices, Associate Justice Goodwin Liu said impossibility can sometimes lead courts to excuse a failure to comply with a law, but it can’t be the basis for invalidating it.
Yes, that’s right: a law being impossible to comply with does not make it invalid. The ghost of Joseph Stalin is currently kicking himself for not thinking of that one. So if California’s benighted rulers decide to outlaw gravity, residents arrested for remaining stubbornly attached to the ground may only plead for clemency in sentencing; arguments that humans cannot fly and gravity is real will fall on deaf ears.
What this is, of course, is an attempt to circumvent the 2nd Amendment by making it impossible for gun manufacturers to produce weapons that are legally compliant. It’s rather cunning if you think about it, sort of like saying people are free to own a car but only one that uses no fuel and emits no form of pollution. I suspect this attempt will fail, but it’s a warning to the rest of America – and everyone else – of the mindset of the ruling classes.