atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
atomic_fungus
atomic_fungus

#3141: You need a photo ID to buy drain cleaner, but not to vote.

I honestly wish I could disbelieve this. I wish I could read that post and say, "Oh, no, that can't be true. That's satire, it's a joke!" ...and be dismayed when I researched it and found it to be true.

Well, I can't.

I can't, because this kind of stupidity is emblematic of the entire "blue state" mentality. Something's dangerous? Criminals might use it for nefarious purposes? Make 'em show a photo ID to buy it and log the purchase!

But never, never, ever require a photo ID to vote, because that's a "poll tax" that unfairly affects minorities.

I guess minorities don't use drain cleaner and sudafed.

So what will this law do? Well, for one thing, I live within about six miles of Indiana. The next time I need drain cleaner, I'm going to buy it in Indiana. Is Illinois going to arrest me for crossing a state border with intent to buy drain cleaner?

Applying the theory Illinois has applied to drain cleaner, let's list some other dangerous items commonly available at stores which should be subject to the same kind of law:
Shovels
Baseball bats
Gasoline
Chain saws
Rat poison
Cigarette lighters
Scissors
Frying pans
Rolling pins
Hoes
Rakes
Hammers
Crowbars
Pens and pencils
Matches
Box cutters
Wire
Bricks
Firewood
Pipe
Toilet cleaner
Corkscrews
...need I go on? If you take a gander at a typical kitchen you'll find a plethora of things that can be used as improvised weapons; if you add to that the toolbox in the garage and the cleaning supplies, you'll find a second plethora of dangerous and/or readily weaponized objects and substances.

The liberal Democrat reaction to anyone doing something nasty is make it illegal! But they can't outlaw chemical drain cleaners because people don't like it when products they need are criminalized for stupid reasons. So instead they implement this police state bullshit of requiring that you show a photo ID and that the store log the purchase.

One of the founding principles of the United States is presumption of innocence; this kind of idiocy ignores that. The theory behind this kind of law is, "We know you're going to use this drain cleaner to disfigure people, so we're going to make sure we can track you down after you do!"

...despite the fact that drain cleaner is almost never used as a weapon. Yeah.

"Except for batteries." Yeah:
he law, which took effect Sunday, requires those who seek to buy caustic or noxious substances, except for batteries, to provide government-issued photo identification that shows their name and date of birth. The cashier then must log the name and address, the date and time of the purchase, the type of product, the brand and even the net weight.
It's really big of our masters in the Illinois government to let us buy batteries without this horseshit.

Hey, that means if you still want to use a caustic substance as a weapon, you can buy a LEAD-ACID BATTERY and drain the SULFURIC ACID from it and fling that on someone!

Holy shit is this stupid and totalitarian.
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