Monday, April 20, 2009

Tories Will Let You Pack As Much Heat As You Want On Facebook

Chris Reid and Gerry Nicholls have been leading a small group of Tory dissidents in an online revolt designed to force the party functionaries to let members display guns in their profile pictures on the CPoC and PCPO FaceBook groups. As you can see, they have been arming up and daring the party to "defriend" them.

Yesterday I asked Gerry how went the rebellion. Had they been turfed from either forum?

Hi BigCity Lib: Nope so far Chris and I are still in the group.
Here's to the struggle for freedom on social networking sites.


Ti-Guy said...

Per Nicholls the Nebbish:

As Chris says it's "ridiculous" to censor people's profile pictures, especially when owning a gun is a constitutional right and a completely lawful object.

Since when is owing a gun a constitutional right?

It's just layers of stupid posturing. What if Chris decided to use a picture of his other "deadly weapon" as his profile picture?

RuralSandi said...

Interesting question Ti-Guy. In the US it is a right, but does it say anything in our Constitution?

Gayle said...

In answer to your question Sandi - no, it does not.

Ti-Guy said...

I didn't think that needed an answer.

RuralSandi said...

Am I to be tarred and feathered because I didn't know?

Good gawd.

I confess, I never paid attention to the gun issue until Harper and his gang got in power and I was to lazy to check it out.

Forgive me, for I have apparently sinned.

Ti-Guy said...

You are forgiven.

I won't forgive Nicholls for this though; he should know better and probably does.

But like all Conservatives, he just doesn't care about the truth.

Chris Reid said...

Well if we want to live in a civilised society, that means having a rule of law, and things like constitutions. If we don't like a part of law or the constitution, we don't simply ignore it, but we change it.

When Canada became a Dominion, the Constitution read into it, all previous British legal precedence. One of those precedence was the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta dramatically altered the relationship between citizens and government (the crown), subjects no longer served the crown, but the crown now served the citzenry. The Magna Carta guaranteed individuals certain rights. Included in those rights are such things as one cannot be randomly searched without suspicion, another is the right for citizens to arm themselves to protect their property. The Magna Carta is one of the cornerstones of the constitution, and the Charter of Rights does not supercede it, as the Charter says so, but compliments the previous BNA Act.
The Charter of Rights also grants citizens the right to life, liberty and security of the persons. These are individual rights, which means the state has no right to deprive individuals of such things.

Western society is unique in its concept that citizens are subjects of government, but are free individuals. Laws aren't created to control citizens, but to maximize freedoms. It's the people that can't see the difference but get involved in politics are the danger.