Sounds Like It’s Not Only Corporations That Are People, My Friends

Filed in National by on January 9, 2013

For the life of me I can’t figure out the rationale behind this:

The Tucson Police Department also held a gun buyback Tuesday. Police want to destroy the 206 firearms turned in to them. But the National Rifle Association says that would violate Arizona law.


Todd Rathner, an Arizona lobbyist and a national board member of the NRA, may sue. He has no problem with the gun buyback, but he does have a problem with the fate of the guns once police take possession of them.

“We do believe that it is illegal for them to destroy those guns,” he says.

Rathner says Arizona state law forces local governments to sell seized or abandoned property to the highest bidder.

Of course, these guns were neither “seized” or “abandoned” but, hey, who cares!  They are killing guns, people!

Josh Marshall seems perplexed, as well:

But now an NRA boardmember in Arizona is taking it to a whole new level — claiming the guns themselves have rights.

Todd Rathner is threatening to sue Tucson police over yesterday’s gun buyback program, saying they have no right to destroy the guns themselves, despite the fact that the owners sold them ($50 gift certificate per gun) to the police to destroy them. In other words, the guns — not the people who have a right to own them — but the guns themselves, i.e., the metal and miscellaneous composites that make up the firearm, now have rights.

It’s like a Star Trek episode.  Guns are sentient beings?

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  1. jason330 says:

    I, for one, welcome our blue steel overlords.

  2. cassandra_m says:

    Any bets on how long it is going to take these people to claim that Guns Are Embryos?

  3. bamboozer says:

    Gun Personhood you say? Why not! Is it anymore insane then the Paul Ryan variety of personhood?

  4. kavips says:

    Who keeps electing these sillies into office? Oh, Arizona, home of John McCain.

    It occurred to me why everyone handling guns over long periods of time, turn out to be so nuts… Aren’t bullets made of lead?

  5. Aoine says:

    Oh Arizona…..home of the people that keep electing Joe Arpiao, the senile, to office

  6. Always Watching says:

    …..Raising Arizona???

  7. BANSHEE says:

    aoine-Joe is a Great sheriff, like Christopher. Arpaio costs the taxpayer little money to run his jail.

  8. Aoine says:

    YOu spelled Bansidhe wrong- just like u voted for the wrong sheriff

    And ummmmm how much exactly has the insurance premiums gone up in Maricopa county? Oh right , the insurance co dropped the county

    And what was the last toll in lawsuit fees 22 million dollars

    And how much lost in wrongful death lawsuits? Oh wow, still counting, they can’t print money that fast

    What an idiot ………aye carumba!

  9. Aoine says:

    And Christopher has the same vision for Sussex……….

    I hope folks here are smarter than the folks in Maricopa County

    Course the GOP won’t even nominate him in 2014- that at least is adobe deal

    Wolfgang Von bum…whatever will have to fork out the dough this time. LOLOLOL