Jacob Hornberger skewers stupid gun and smoking laws in his latest blog post, explaining that a truly free society cannot exist without private property rights:
The state of Virginia has just enacted a smoking ban for restaurants and bars. At the same time, Virginia’s governor, Timothy Kaine, plans to veto a bill authorizing people with concealed-carry permits to carry weapons into bars and restaurants.
The state of Arkansas failed to enact a law repealing a ban on handguns in churches. Meanwhile, in Illinois, where the state has banned guns in churches, a pastor was shot to death by a gunman during a Sunday church service.
What do all these things have in common? They all involve a principle that early Americans clearly understood but one which all too many modern-day Americans have little appreciation for: the bedrock of a free society is private property. When government is permitted to infringe on private property rights, that is a society in which people are losing their freedom.
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