Licence And Registration, Please…

Most all of us who drive have heard this phrase spoken to us, at least once, through our driver’s side window, by a law enforcement officer stood a little off to the side, hand hovering at his holster, in case of trouble.  We dutifully rummage about, hand over the documents, endure the lecture and accept the ticket or warning.

But imagine this scenario changing a little…

The officer looks at your documentation…

“Could you step out of the vehicle, sir?”

“Er… of course officer. Am I in trouble?”

“No, no trouble sir, but I did notice that your vehicle has an engine that is too large, so I am going to be confiscating it.”


“Yes, sir. Under the Oversized Engine Removal Act your vehicle’s engine is considered too large at 1100cc. Your vehicle is to be impounded, with immediate effect.”


Ridiculous, isn’t it? But this is what the registration and licensing of property could easily lead to, and it is one of the fears of gun owners and I have to say, I agree with them.

Dogs are another thing that require registration and licensing and the reason behind it are similar to those behind the idea of licenses and registrations for guns – a few idiots, caused the injury or death of a person or persons, through their careless disregard for the welfare of others. Now, a dog is arguably more dangerous than a gun, after all a dog has a mind of its own whereas a gun is an inanimate object, yet I don’t believe that we should have to license and register our pets.

And just imagine that the government decides that, just as no-one needs a certain kind of gun or, as in my previous example, vehicle engine size, a culling of the nations dogs could occur simply through Law an bureaucracy.

Park Ranger: “Is this your dog, sir?”

Dog Owner: “Yes, it is, Officer. Here’s my documentation.”

PR: *checks docs* “Hmm… are you aware, sir, that this dog is one-and-a-half pounds over the weight limit, as per the Big Dog Removal Act? This means that I will have to remove your animal, immediately.”

DO: “But…”

In short, licensing and registration is an easy gateway to a government bureaucracy’s impingement on a persons freedoms and their implementation is down to people not exercising the personal responsibilities that they should be.



Some Quotes I Like

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790), Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
  Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826), to Archibald Stuart, 1791

It behoves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others; or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826), Letters to Benjamin Rush, April 21, 1803

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)

The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.
   Woodrow Wilson (1856 – 1924), Address to the New York Press Club, September 9, 1912

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