Legal eagles make head-scratching decision
Editor of the Reformer:
The legal wizards on the 9th circuit court have ruled that people with medical marijuana cards cannot purchase guns because they may act irrationally.
I have a couple of questions. First, does this now mean that some other legal genius might decide that people who use pot recreationally should be subject to the same regulations. That might mean that when applying for a gun purchase, one would have to swear that she or he does not partake in weed. Should they be found to lie in said application, they could be found guilty of a felonious crime. Wow! Talk about filling the jails with non-violent criminals.
My second concern is why limit that loss of rationality to pot use? As everyone knows, alcohol is much more likely to cause irrational behavior, particularly in view of the fact that drunks have more of a tendency toward violent behavior.
So I would suggest to the learned legal eagles on the 9th circuit court that they disallow anyone from buying a gun who has ever had a DUI, has ever been arrested for public drunkenness, or have been in any illegal activity involving alcohol. Furthermore, I suggest that all questionnaires for gun purchases require the applicant to swear that he or she does not ingest alcohol in any form. Should they lie, they may be found guilty of a felony. Should the government follow my plan, it sure would cut down on alcohol abuse, rampant gun purchases or both.
Bob Fagelson, Brattleboro, Sept. 2