“THE NEED FOR SELF-DEFENSE”
by Montgomery Blair Sibley, ©2020, blogging at Amo Probos
But then I ran into New York’s Pistol Licensing scheme and found it wanting in due process, equal protection and respect for the Second Amendment. I wished I could just look away, but . . . I couldn’t. So as few can afford to challenge New York and I do know how, it was off to the races.
Now, after waiting six hundred (600) days for a decision on my Application for a pistol license, I received that decision on March 9, 2020. In that Decision, Licensing Officer (and County Court Judge) Watches rested his sole reason for denying my Application that: “[Sibley] has failed to demonstrate good moral character.” Notably, Licensing Officer Watches did not find that I had failed to demonstrate “good cause” for such a license.
Fortunately, it is not 1820 and I don’t have to challenge Licensing Officer Watches to a duel ala Stephen Decatur to defend my Honor and Family Name as Decatur did 200 years ago almost to the day. Instead, there is a Court system to address this slur and I look forward to vigorously pursing vindication.
To that end, I have recently filed a pleading which briefly (well, as briefly as a lawyer can) and indisputably demonstrates structural and systemic failures in New York’s pistol licensing procedures and seeks relief not only for me but system-wide reforms. I have also asked the Court to “fish or cut bait” as my Fundamental right to self-defense in my home is at issue.
The noted jurist and High Priest of U.S. Jurisprudence, William Blackstone, said it best in 1769: “[Self-defense is] justly called the primary law of nature, so it is not, neither can it be in fact, taken away by the laws of society.” 3 William Blackstone, Commentaries 139. Yet, this is what New York has done to me . . . and 13 million other law-abiding New York Citizens.
Particularly now when the foundations of our civil society are being shaken, this need for self-defense is more pressing than any time in our Country’s history.