Edi­tor’s Let­ter

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Here at RECOIL, we’re known for shak­ing things up a bit ... and cov­er­ing sub­jects anath­ema to other gun mag­a­zines. Which is why we made the de­ci­sion this is­sue to in­vite Mary Jane to the party. Just as in edi­tions past where we’ve cov­ered moon­shine and to­bacco, we’re nei­ther en­dors­ing nor con­demn­ing its use, but us­ing it as a way to dis­cuss state’s rights, in­di­vid­ual lib­erty, and gov­ern­ment over­reach.

Us­ing scare tac­tics and or­ches­trated me­dia outrage in or­der to stam­pede elected of­fi­cials into “some­thing must be done” mode is noth­ing new. Nixon and Rea­gan did it with the war on drugs, Clin­ton did it with the war on guns, and Obama tried and failed in the same area of pub­lic pol­icy. All of which pro­duced un­ex­pected costs that we, the tax­pay­ers, had to shoul­der, as well as un­in­tended con­se­quences that ru­ined the lives of or­di­nary cit­i­zens.

There’s an in­ter­est­ing par­al­lel be­tween the time­lines of “shall is­sue” CCW per­mit­ting and the de­crim­i­nal­iza­tion of weed, though the con­stituents for each are some­what di­ver­gent. Once the fed­eral gov­ern­ment stepped in, grass­roots or­ga­ni­za­tions at both the state and na­tional level started push­ing back to cre­ate the reg­u­la­tory checker­board we see to­day. De­spite a loos­en­ing of reg­u­la­tion at the state level, im­bibers of Satan’s cab­bage are still open to fed­eral pros­e­cu­tion just like gun own­ers have to deal with the dis­so­nance be­tween state and fed­eral firearm trans­port reg­u­la­tions, as well as crap like the Hughes Amend­ment, gun-free school zones, and ar­bi­trary bar­rel length re­quire­ments — all reg­u­la­tion meant to pre­vent vic­tim­less crimes.

We’re cur­rently see­ing a resur­gence of in­ter­est in leg­is­la­tion pro­moted by tele­genic mop­pets who, along with use­ful idiots in the me­dia, are be­ing used to drive a pre­ex­ist­ing agenda by well-or­ga­nized and funded net­works. RECOIL will con­tinue to call them out and high­light their use­less, feel­good pro­pos­als, through ac­tions such as the Green Moun­tain Air­lift, where we dis­trib­uted 1,200 Mag­pul 30-round mag­a­zines on the steps of Ver­mont’s capi­tol build­ing to stand with the state’s law-abid­ing gun own­ers and protest new gun con­trol leg­is­la­tion. We’re still get­ting hate mail from that event, so I guess we did some good.

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