Posted: December 3rd, 2010 by Militant Libertarian
Mili Note: As most of you are probably aware, I am not “for” any new “laws” or ordinances. I would rather see lawmakers spend their time becoming law-rescinders, reducing our government by systematically destroying the code books. That said, these aren’t bad suggestions. They’re at least libertarian at their core.
(Sent to Wyoming liberty-minded State Representatives Allen Jaggi, Sue Wallis, Bob Brechtel, Lorraine Quarberg, David Miller, and liberty-minded Wyoming state senators Curt Meier and Cale Case, and my liberty-minded Wyoming state representative-elect, Gerald Gay. Also CCed to Wyoming Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, and Wyoming Congressperson Cynthia Lummis.)
Hello Cale, Sue, Allen, Gerald, Bob, Lorraine, David and Curt
SMOKING BAN BAN:
I think there should be a state law superseding local law with regards to smoking bans, based on this:
“Article 1, section 7, of the Wyoming State Constitution says that ‘absolute, arbitrary power over the lives, liberty and property of freemen exists NOWHERE in a republic, not even in the largest majority’.”
If nothing else, even proposing this bill would attract a lot of good attention to Wyoming. And if passed, it could set a precedent for other states. Smoking bans are a “camel’s nose under the tent.” Where smoking bans have passed in other places, they have lead directly or indirectly to more silly bans, including prohibition on some food and some guns.
I think Cale Case put it well when he said “I don’t like being exposed to Kenny G’s music, cigarette smoke or patchouli oil, but I will defend the right of other folks to have all that junk, the right of business owners to allow it, and my right not to have to be around it. Government should not regulate anything that citizens can avoid by turning around and walking out.”
STRENGTHENING CASTLE DOCTRINE:
Is there anything in the state Castle Doctrine that could use strengthening? This coming year would be a good time to get that through. I know the current Wyoming Castle Doctrine, HB0137, which passed, has no Duty to Retreat anywhere you have a lawful right to be, but is there case law contradiction that? According to a new book I’m reading now, “Self-Defense Laws in the 50 States”, there seems to be.
TEACHING THE CONSTITUTION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
Next week I’m writing to all the new Republicans in the US Congress suggesting a bill requiring that all public schools, K-12 and state colleges, teach an unbiased unit on the US Constitution (particularly the Bill of Rights) or lose their federal funding. I mentioned this to my state rep-elect, Gerald Gay, and I believe he is planning on proposing a similar bill in Wyoming at the state level, not contingent on funding, but that the US Constitution and Wyoming Constitution should be taught in Wyoming schools on Constitution Day.
Michael W. Dean