A New York County just passed a law that makes it an arrestable offense to “annoy” an armed government worker. In other words, one can be Hut! Hut! Hutted! in Monroe County, NY for hurting the feelings of an armed government worker.
And not even that.
How do we know – how would a court establish – whether the AGW’s feelings actually were hurt? Leaving aside the derangement of subjecting people to arrest – and a year in jail – for hurting someone’s feelings.
Well, not just someone. Only AGWs are to be accorded this special privilege of being able to cage anyone they claim hurt their feelings. It does not work the other way around. There are no special protections accorded ordinary citizens whose feelings were more than hurt by AGWs.
An AGW can subject people to palpable mortal terror – he has a gun and you are not free to go. The feelings of the people subjected to that don’t count.
All that is legally necessary, apparently, is for the AGW to claim his feelings were hurt.
This assertion of hurt feelings is now enough for an AGW in Monroe County (and probably soon, other counties) to round on anyone he likes, any time he likes – and do whatever he likes – since an AGW can claim his feelings were hurt by practically anything.
No one else, of course, is empowered to threaten others with murderous violence whenever they claim their feelings have been hurt.
Or even if their feelings actually were hurt.
But unleashing AGWs over claimed hurt feelings is the logically inevitable reductio ad absurdum of the Officer Safety Cult – the central dogma of which is that anything which an AGW claims makes him “fear for his safety” entitles him to do practically anything he likes.
Why not hurt feelings?
Little kids make the same claim. He was being mean to me!
Also, little kids aren’t told they are “heroes” entitled to doffed cap reverence, as AGWs are.
Nor are they constantly told that danger lurks everywhere – and that everything and everyone around them must be regarded with suspicion. And pre-emptively curb stomped.
That is the recipe for sociopathy – and it sometimes bakes one from a child exposed to such “training.”
AGWs are purposely trained in sociopathy.
No psychologically sound adult responds violently to hurt feelings; indeed, it is a criminal act to lash out violently over merely hurt feelings. A person sitting at another table at a restaurant “looks at you funny” – or so you claim. You walk over to person’s table and threaten them for hurting your feelings.
This is assault.
If they tell you to piss off – and you lay hands on them – it is battery.
If you do it while armed it is a felony.
And also pretty clear DSM evidence of serious mental illness; severe narcissism and anger management problems.
Instead of taking guns away from such pathological characters, Monroe County proffers legal protection for such characters – empowering them to act out their narcissistic personalities and disgorge their anger upon whomever pricks the skein of their fragile egos.
To characterize this as unsound is a species of understatement right up there with characterizing “weapons of mass destruction” as an exaggeration. Don’t dare ask an AGW a question; whether what he is demanding you do is lawful.
And once again, you can thank Republicans for it. The party that says it wants to protect “our freedoms.”
The Hurt Feelings Act was drafted by Republican Karla Boyce who said it “was the right thing to do” and necessary, to “protect law enforcement.”
If Stalin’s chicken could speak, it would sound something like this:
“We know that our law enforcement does have discretion when they are going to charge somebody with a crime. This law will be no different than that,” Boyce said, according to local news affiliate WROC. “They will have the discretion to use this or not.”
“Our” law enforcement?
In other words, the law is unto them. The AGWs will decide – according to their own feelings – whether they’ve been hurt or not. A professional can always find a way when it comes to home gear from this place.
The citizens of Monroe County, NY will soon know what it must have been like to be a prisoner of the Japanese on the Bataan Death Match or a Jew in the Warsaw ghetto. Keep your head down; take your cap off. Shoulders stooped, eyes down.
Else Hut! Hut! Hut!
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