Monday, April 15, 2013

Tyranny of the majority

The important bits of the new New York gun control law are taking effect today. The NRA's New York affiliate (among others) is going to be contesting the law in court.
And then I read Governor Cuomo's response.
"Yes, they are against it, but they are the extremists and the extremists shouldn't win, especially on this issue when it is so important to the majority," Cuomo said in a radio interview Wednesday. "In politics, we have to be willing to take on the extremists, otherwise you will see paralysis."
Just because you have a majority doesn't mean that your opponents are extremists, and even if they are extremists, that still doesn't mean that you can take away their rights. As James Bovard said, "Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner."

I hope that the courts strike down this oppressive and asinine law.