Sunday, May 25, 2014

Protecting the right to bear … opinions. About guns

Alan Korwin wanted to splash his in-your-face pro-gun message on bus-stop billboards across Phoenix but the city stopped him, forcing Korwin to tone down his language.

Korwin then took his case to court. Not long ago he won the latest round in what has been a nearly four-year legal slugfest. If the city doesn't appeal that decision Korwin will finally get to say what he wants to say about firearms in the way he wants to say it.

Phoenix officials removed 50 of Korwin's original ads, which said in big letters within a big red heart "Guns Save Lives." There was lots more language on the signs in small print and a reference to Korwin's commercial website (The city required him to change the wording on the signs to "Guns Stop Crime" on a blue background.)

Lawyers from the Goldwater Institute's Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation argued Korwin's case. The local American Civil Liberties Union filed a supporting brief.

The government is supposed to stand up for the little guy, not make his life more difficult. Little guys have limited resources. Governments have access to what seems like an unlimited amount of our tax dollars. That's why Korwin worries about an appeal.



Anonymous said...

"guns saves lives" is a paradox as it depends on who has most gun power or is quicker-on-the-draw, and then only if they had the certain intention of minimizing loss of life confronting others who have fewer scruples.

Anonymous said...

I like the second, more far reaching, slogan better. It would encompass the first slogan.

Anonymous said...

It seems that the bureaucracy is becoming more and more the enemy of basic freedom !

Anonymous said...

The government is supposed to stand up for the little guy, not make his life more difficult.

Not sure I agree with this as an absolute statement. The government is supposed to stand up for and protect the rights of the people. It doesn't matter if that person is a "little guy" or someone who has a ton of money.

It is the rights of all people that need to be protected.

Anonymous said...

I've met Korwin on several occasions.
He seems to be a very reasonable, sane guy.
Political correctness has never seemed either reasonable or sane to me.

Random Ink Blot said...

guns may save lives but
bullets take lives (actually bullets are one thing among many that take lives, with God at the top of the list)

Bird of Paradise said...

Make this city officials eat crow make them acconage there is a U.S. Constitution there is the 2nd AMENDMENT and were not living in a Monarcy and thheir not prilaged nobelmen