Before anyone gets crazy about me being a gun control, flaming liberal that thinks that the government always knows best, Let me tell you up front…
I have always fished, hunted, am an army vet and has had mostly politically incorrect views and actions. Many men in my family have done the same.
The last several years I have heard the phrase “Law-abiding citizen’ way too many times.
I say there is no such animal!
Almost 15 years ago I made a very bad and hurtful choice. I didn’t make a mistake. Saying,”I made a mistake”, lessens the action and shows that you aren’t taking full responsibility for it. I paid for my actions, learned from it, made sure I didn’t do it again and tried to move on with my life. isn’t that what is supposed to happen? Well I am no longer considered a good citizen and lost many rights and privileges forever. I look around me and see way too many people with bad attitudes and actions have all those rights and privileges who don’t deserve them. What is the real difference between them and me?…
I got caught!
Now let me stop rambling on and explain why I say there is no such thing as a ‘law-abiding citizen’.
It is winter here in NY and one of the worst in years. On my way to work I have dozens of people pass me and I am doing the speed limit if the roads are clear. On snowy days I usually do 40-50 depending on the roads. The same people pass and streak on to work seldom using signals either.
They are speeding! Not serious you say… Well a speeding car is much harder to control and stop. If they cause an accident and hurt or kill someone (maybe you or a family member) is that serious? So many other traffic laws are broken by hundreds daily just in my rural area. I am sure this happens everywhere.
Next is taxes…
It is tax filing season and how many are lying on their taxes? That is a felony you know.
Then there is drinking and driving. How many of you have had more than a couple of drinks in an evening and then drove home. Most don’t get caught. this IS serious but few people stop after only one time unless they do get caught.
Next is assault.. have you ever thrown the first punch and hurt someone, even as a young man/woman. that too can be a felony.
How about spousal abuse? Guys have you ever hit you wife or NOT taken no for an answer for sex? Spousal rape is a felony also. Also did you know that a woman can not legally give consent under the influence? Have you ever given someone under 21 a drink? Have you drank underage?
How about for anyone 18 and over… have you ever had sexual contact with a minor? A 18 y/o boy having sex with his 16 y/o girlfriend (or visa versa) is breaking the law in NY and many other states.
Have you ever smoked pot? Currently it is still illegal in most states but just a few years ago it was a crime in all states.
How about any other drugs? Heroin, crack, LSD, angel dust, uppers, etc…
How about any kind of fraud? insurance, worker’s comp, etc.. These are felonies.
This is just a short list of the crimes that many people commit and usually never get caught. These people are more criminal than people who do get caught because they don’t learn their lesson and stop that behavior.
So how about you? Look honestly at yourself and your past…or present…
Are you really a Law-Abiding citizen? have you always been? Will you/have you change(d) your ways. Will you give an even break to those that were caught and learned from it?
Have a great day but behave yourself!