(I started a thread in politics and have closed it, this was my first entry).
In the original thread, I used the term "Good Guy". I borrowed the term, "Good Guys" from my 10 year old son. Once when I was talking to the police, I could tell he was worried. I merely explained that the Police Officer doesn't know that I'm a "Good Guy" yet. He promptly shouted, "He's a Good Guy". For the purpose of this discussion, Good Guy would mean law-abiding, morally upright individual.
First, I made the point that being a "Good Guy" means following all of the laws. We are a nation of laws and these laws have brought peace and order. At times, bad laws are written. When that happens, we as citizens work to have those laws changed. If we decide to disobey the laws that we disagree with, we risk anarchy.
There are many laws (especially those related to firearms) that I disagree with. I own a Saiga, if I want to hi-capacity magazines with it, I have to modify it with a certain number of US manufactured parts. This law is complete nonsense. However, it is a law of the nation to which I am a citizen, so I followed the law and made the mods. I could find no case of anyone being prosecuted for solely a 922r violation (the law that covers importing non-sporting firearms) so my risk was very low of being caught. However, it is a law of the nation to which I am a citizen, so I followed the law and made the mods.
During the Clinton administration, the "Defense of Marriage Act" was passed. One aspect of this was if one state allowed gay marriage, another state did not have to legally recognize that marriage. This year, the Obama administration stated that they would no longer enforce this law by the power of the Justice Department. Personally, I'm not a fan of the government regulating marriage at all but there was a law that Obama didn't agree with, so he stopped enforcing it.
As a Good Guy, I want fewer laws since I will likely follow them. If we only follow those laws that we agree with or those laws where the likelihood of being punished is high, can we really call ourselves, "Good Guys".
So, at the end of the day, Could I look into the eyes of my son and say, "I'm a Good Guy" if I didn't follow the law?
Ok, that's my basic premise. I anxiously await your respectful replies.