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What a difference a border makes

Every now and then, I stumble across a story or two that just perfectly encapsulates the differences between my beloved home of New Hampshire and that fetid cesspool of a commonwealth, Massachusetts. And today is just one of those days.

Crime and punishment in New England:

In New Hampshire, the citizen's final line of defense is himself or herself. When confronted by attackers, we stand up for ourselves -- and the police don't punish us for it after the fact. Whether it's a burglar in our own home or a robber in our place of business, we take care of ourselves. We know the government is supposed to do it for us, but we don't depend on them solely.

In Massachusetts, it's a different story. The solution to all problems: more laws, more money, anything but allow the citizens to take care of themselves -- because if they start realizing that they don't need the government to take care of their every single little want or need, they might actually start rebelling against the nanny statists who live off the public's largesse. So, when violent crime starts rising in Boston, the solutions that come to mind are more high-tech toys and tougher anti-gun laws -- never mind the notion that simply hiring more cops to meet the legally-mandated minimum or actually enforcing existing laws might do the trick.

For example, in 1975, Massachusetts passed the Bartley-Fox Law, mandating a one-year jail sentence for anyone carrying a gun while committing a crime. It's a damned good law, still on the books 30 years later, and it's almost NEVER enforced.

Bruce, chum, you made it out in the nick of time.


Comments (10)

JT, your attempt at objecti... (Below threshold)
epador:

JT, your attempt at objective reporting is full of obvious bias against the downtrodden people of Massachusetts. And who are your sources, anyways? The MSM? Really, you need to get a life, maybe go back to playing with numbers in your head. Like how many more seconds it will take Lee, Hugh, and the illiterate trolls that try to mimic them to plagiarize my statements above.

The biggest threat to freed... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

The biggest threat to freedom in this nation is not from foreign imams, but from nanny-centric politicians like Mayor Tom Menino. Maybe New Hampshire should build a fence along it's border with Massachusetts.

JayTea:<... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

JayTea:


In New Hampshire, the citizen's final line of defense is himself or herself. When confronted by attackers, we stand up for ourselves -- and the police don't punish us for it after the fact. Whether it's a burglar in our own home or a robber in our place of business, we take care of ourselves. We know the government is supposed to do it for us, but we don't depend on them solely.

One point of disagreement. I believe that self-defense is primarily the right and the responsibility of the.. individual. We don't abdicate that right and responsibility to the police (i.e. law enforcement). I believe this to be one of our inalienable rights, granted by our creator. This right is also the basis for the 2nd Amendment.

Having said that.. I would argue that the citizen's first line of defense is him/herself and that law enforcement serves as a backup system in that regard.

And most likely becuase NEW... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

And most likely becuase NEW HAMSHIRE has guns the idiot mayor of New York is blaming you soe the crime commited in the big apple when the big apple has too many worms and MICHEAL BLOOMBURG is the biggist worm of all and besides MASSACHUSETTS is run by his royal snottyness TED KENNEDY

And most likely becuase ... (Below threshold)

And most likely becuase NEW HAMSHIRE has guns the idiot mayor of New York is blaming you soe the crime commited in the big apple when the big apple has too many worms and MICHEAL BLOOMBURG is the biggist worm of all and besides MASSACHUSETTS is run by his royal snottyness TED KENNEDY

Breathe in slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwly.

Hold it for three seconds.

Then breathe out slowwwwwwwwwwly.

There, now. Don't you feel better?

New Hampshire has no cool s... (Below threshold)
observer 5:

New Hampshire has no cool songs like this:


one two three four five six
Roadrunner, roadrunner
Going faster miles an hour
Gonna drive past the Stop 'n' Shop
With the radio on

I'm in love with Massachusetts
And the neon when it's cold outside
And the highway when it's late at night
Got the radio on
I'm like the roadrunner

Alright
I'm in love with modern moonlight
128 when it's dark outside
I'm in love with Massachusetts
I'm in love with the radio on
It helps me from being alone late at night
It helps me from being lonely late at night
I don't feel so bad now in the car
Don't feel so alone, got the radio on
Like the roadrunner
That's right
I got the AM
Radio On
Got the car, got the AM
(Radio On!)
Got the AM sound, got the
(Radio On!)
Got the rockin' modern neon sound
(Radio On!)
I got the car from Massachusetts, got the
(Radio On!)
I got the power of Massachusetts when it's late at night
(Radio On!)
I got the modern sounds of modern Massachusetts
I've got the world, got the turnpike, got the
I've got the, got the power of the AM
Got the, late at night, rock & roll late at night
The factories and the auto signs got the power of modern sounds
Alright

Movies:New Hampshi... (Below threshold)
observer 5:

Movies:

New Hampshire: The Hotel New Hampshire, Affliction, Happy Gilmore(?)

Massachusetts: The Departed, Mystic River, Good Will Hunting, The Verdict, The Brink's Job, The Boston Strangler, The Friends of Eddie Coyle Crime does seem to be a theme.

NEW HAMPSHIRE has a great s... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

NEW HAMPSHIRE has a great state motto LIVE FREE OR DIE

Do you really think NH is t... (Below threshold)
Sal Manella:

Do you really think NH is the only state that won't prosecute you for defending yourself? LOL!!
In 1995, while living outside NH,I chased a burgler out my back door. I chased him for about a quarter mile. When I caught up to him in front of a department store, I ordered him to get down. He refused, so I proceeded to give him a sever beating.
Some old lady called out the store manager and the manager called the police. The burgler was arrested and charged with breaking and entering and larceny. I followed the police downtown to give my statement. Although the thief was beaten senseless, and it showed, the cop asked me if I by any chance hit the guy. I said, "Yeah, I slugged him a couple times to force him down on the ground." The cop said, "Thats not what he said." I said, "It wasn't?" Then the cop just said we were all done, and that was all I ever heard about it.

Jay, once again, you are living in a complete fantacy world.

Bruce, chum, you made it... (Below threshold)

Bruce, chum, you made it out in the nick of time.

You're telling me.

Just put the NH plates on the Jeep today, and dropped off my pistol permit application with the police chief - not that I need one, technically speaking, as open carry of sidearms is 100% legal here for us law-abiding folk.

Live free or die, mother f******!!!




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