There are many people today who relish the idea of freedom...but do they really understand what they are referring to? Here is a simple quiz.
Should you be required to obtain a license in order to get married?
Should you be required to have your motor vehicle inspected?
Should you be required to obtain a permit before you can sell a product you manufactured?
Should you be required to ask permission from the government before you can add on to your house?
Should you be required to certify you have received training before you can purchase a product?
Should you be limited to what you can buy, where you can possess it or how you can use it?
Now let's take a closer look at the answers to these questions. According to our form of government, the PEOPLE have RIGHTS and the GOVERNMENT has POWERS. These powers that the government has are GRANTED by the PEOPLE.
Let's take this concept one step further. You should never have to ask PERMISSION from your government to do anything. If you want to get married, you should not need permission from the government...your parents, maybe! But not from your government. Same holds true for things like dog licenses, business licenses, etc. It could be argued that dog licenses keep rabies at bay, but there is already a law that says you must get rabies shots for your animals. Just prosecute those found to be breaking the law...done! You could say that business licenses help us by keeping businesses honest...but do they? Or do they just cost us all extra tax dollars by adding another branch of government? You should not need permission from your government to sell a product that you make. There are laws that govern building codes, ethics, theft by deception, etc. Agencies that issue permits rarely do anything to enforce laws. They only serve to collect revenue at the expense of the consumer and the taxpayer while they drive up costs to produce goods and services. Sure we have building inspectors who make sure that our homes are not sub-standard construction...or do they? Does anyone remember Hurricane Hugo where an entire neighborhood was wiped out? It turns out that none of the homes in that area had the REQUIRED hurricane reinforcements, yet they passed the building inspection! Your tax dollars at work, folks.
Motor vehicle inspections keep us safe, right? Well, not really. Aside from the fact that they are another form of tax collection, there are laws on the books that prohibit you from operating an unsafe vehicle. Case in point...Virginia requires an annual vehicle inspection and Maryland only requires an inspection at the time of sale. Are there more accidents in Maryland? Not enough to cause an outcry for annual vehicle inspections. In addition, there are ways to get around the inspection. People steal stickers or go to mechanics that "won't look too hard" when they have vehicles that are questionable. Plus, if you get your car inspected this month and your brake fluid leaks next month, who is there to "force" you to fix it? The reality is that vehicle inspections are merely a revenue source for the state government. Same with hunting and fishing licenses, marriage licenses, dog licenses, etc. But it is even more insidious than that. Did you know that dog licenses were originally enacted to keep freed slaves from owning dogs? Dogs which, by the way, could have been trained to aid in the defense of their owners.
As for having to certify competency before purchasing a product, in a truly free society it would be your RESPONSIBILITY to become proficient, to seek out whatever training you need.
Imagine for a moment that there was a law that said you could only buy one book a month. In addition, you could only read that book in your living room, a library or on the steps of the courthouse. You would need a special permit to read the book in the park or in your bedroom, or even in a hammock in your backyard. In addition, if the book were about cooking you would need to take a cooking class and show a certificate of completion before you could purchase that book. You would then be issued a permit that would allow you to buy the book and to use it in your kitchen. However, if you use it in someone else's kitchen you would need another permit. This cookbook would only be allowed to hold 150 recipes...more than that in one book would be banned. Sound absurd? Well that is exactly what Congress is trying to do with firearms purchases. Not the same, you say? I submit that more people suffer from food related illness every year than from ill effects from legally owned and used firearms. From the CDC web site, "Food-related diseases affect tens of millions of people and kill thousands."
One final thought. Passing laws in a reaction to a crime is effectively punishing the law abiding for the actions of the criminal. NO LAW EVER STOPPED A CRIME. They only inconvenience...and sometimes endanger those who follow the law.