Young Mister Hogg, speaking at the Toronto International Film Festival, made the astonishing — for him — assertion that people should not be deprived of human/civil rights because of a mere felony conviction.
“I think the most important thing to realize, however, is the problems we face as a country, whether it be water in Flint, Michigan or the mass amount of mass incarceration of people of color that can’t vote. In Florida, the number of eligible African Americans that would otherwise be eligible to vote but can’t because of a previous conviction is 21 percent. In Kentucky it’s 26 percent. In Mississippi and Alabama it’s 15 to 16 percent.”
I personally subscribe to the notion that anyone who can’t be trusted with a firearm should not be on the street without a keeper. If they’re safe to be on the loose, they’re safe to exercise constitutionally protected rights. Whether that’s voting or bearingdefensive arms.
I’m pleased to see that Hogg agr… oh. Wait.
“Why didn’t you ban bump-stocks and raise the age to purchase firearm to 21 when you said you would?”
We’ll leave aside for the moment the fact that the befuddled boy has no idea of how our constitutional representative republic works, and that no president has the lawful power to do that. And if he did rule by edict, Hogg would probably call him a dictator; “Hitler” even.
Hogg is outraged that those convicted of felonies lose rights. But stripping Second Amendment rights from people never convicted of any crime is a good thing?
This is the punk who wants the voting age lowered to 16 so they can vote to raise the age to exercise the right to keep and bear arms.
Eighteen year-olds are too immature to safely operate a simple device with three or four controls, but sixteen year-olds can operate massive motor vehicles with a plethora of controls to manipulate?
If they cannot master arms, then they certainly can’t be trusted with the far more complex instruments of democracy.
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