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  •  It's not Milk and Eggs (9+ / 0-)

    It's a gun - and while this exact case probably isn't the intent of the law - the law is the law.  The intent of the is to keep guns out of the hands of criminals - which is true - to achieve that goal, the law targets straw buyers - not just those with criminal intent.  It may be unfortunate but considering the guy was an ex-policeman - he should have known better, regardless, one cannot use ignorance in their own self-defense.

    The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

    by ctexrep on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 10:18:09 AM PDT

    •  But....but....... (7+ / 0-)

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      considering the guy was an ex-policeman - he should have known better
      Being an ex-policeman, he still believed he was above all laws!

      I guess they need a little more rope

      by suspiciousmind on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 10:44:50 AM PDT

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      •  You're probably correct (3+ / 0-)

        he figured he wasn't really doing anything wrong......again, in this particular case - I think it's the reason we have courts...juries - to make decisions.

        I'm not that familiar with this law - if there are minimum sentencing requirements etc - but considering it went to the Supreme Court- it's due process at work.

        I once worked at a job that had mandatory drug testing - I wouldn't take an aspirin unless I double checked.

        The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

        by ctexrep on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 11:00:12 AM PDT

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        •  Abramski knew very well what he was doing. (0+ / 0-)

          That is why he consulted three - count 'em three - Federal gun dealers who, Abramski averred, all told him that the sale he was considering was OK. When, in law, in fact, in practice It. Was. Not.

          2014 is HERE. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

          by TRPChicago on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 05:00:59 PM PDT

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      •  Same as very many other Americans. (0+ / 0-)

        Americans like to pick and choose the government laws they follow and to what degree about as much as they do religious laws.  And when they get caught going 80 on a 65mph highway (alongside most everyone else) they complain and say things like, "why you pickin' on me? Everyone else was going 80 too!"  or "Don't you guys have better things to do than worry about me when there's bad guys out there?"  

        America, where a rising tide lifts all boats! Unless you don't have a boat...uh...then it lifts all who can swim! Er, uh...um...and if you can't swim? SHAME ON YOU!

        by Back In Blue on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 11:56:57 AM PDT

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