Massachusetts, people who don't live there believe it to be one of the most liberal states in the country. However people that live here would either beg otherwise, or they have no idea what they are talking about, and simply go about believing whatever people tell them without any for- or afterthought.
After legalizing gay marriage among a slue of other things, other states looked at Massachusetts with a wary eye. Things, however were fine, more then fine, in fact no one seemed to notice how gay marriage "destroyed the sanctity of marriage". Maybe that was because it never did, everyone got up the same way, brushed their teeth the same way, and went about there day the same way. However this isn't about gay marriage.
This is about how people can walk around with there heads held high, proclaiming to be one of the most liberal states in the country, when everything seems to be illegal. From driving rules to building codes to gun laws. Massachusetts is one of the hardest states to do anything in.
Just the other day i was talking to my buddy in Connecticut about owning a fire arm. Sitting on my couch flipping through the channels of pointless news...the occasional bobs discount furniture ad in the background, i was regaled with the story of how easy it was for him to procure a licence and how even easier it was to go and buy one. I started looking into the licences needed for mass. In comparison to Connecticut, Massachusetts is a paperwork nightmare. Without getting into the down and dirty on how to get licences, or how much they cost, lets just say it requires more then one licence and hundreds of dollars for me to own the same weapon. Funny since he in all actuality lives right down the highway from me.
This morning, and really the point of this post, is while listening to the radio my darling wife and I came across a channel that had some middle aged sounding woman, ranting on how certain dogs should require a licence and classes in order to own one. This is absolutely unbelievable, it seems in this fair "Commonwealth" the only way to stop crime is to put pointless classes and make people pay even more money to own an animal which by law is considered property. The dog in which the crone over the radio was talking was the dreaded and feared Pitt-bull. Apparently the fair people of Mass have a bone chilling fear of these dogs and the only way to ensure their safety would be to put out another licence. Therefore when you are walking down the street with your pit police can stop you and ask you for your licence? And if my memory serves me correctly i do believe that people that have these animals for the right reasons take them to classes in order to train and socialize these dogs.
That is ridiculous, when has a person that fights dogs ever bought a licence, when will they? They are already doing something illegal, people say that with this cops can now charge these people with more fines or whatever when the catch them. Then why do cops just walk by when they see a dog off a leash, or why don't they fine the owner when the dog's tags aren't up to date? How many of these fighting dogs that are apparently on the loose running around terrorising people have they caught? Does the positive outweigh the negative? Besides having a new licence to tax and stopping good people from buying these lovable dogs? What happens to the families that already own these dogs can't afford to send them to the class or get the licence? Do they become homeless? Do they send them to a shelter to be euthanized? What happens to all these dogs? And for the people that are fighting the dogs and training them to be aggressive can we be sure these people will get the licences? And what about people with other types of large dogs? Say a German Shepard, or a Doberman, are they going to have to get licence's in order to have a potentially harmful animal? Personally I have seen more little dogs attack people then larger ones.
I just don't seem to understand...with all of this ridiculous rules...how to we continue going around calling ourselves a liberal state?