Massachusetts' gun control laws are famously strict, although the murder rate in Dorchester doesn't suggest that they're effective at preventing gun deaths. The gun laws aren't aimed at this, although it's the nominal justification. Rather, they are aimed at disarming the law abiding population.
L'affair TJIC is a particularly egregious example of this, where a Massachusetts resident lost his gun permit because of his exercise of free speech. Since Massachusetts gun permits are issued at the discretion of the local Police Chief, they can be revoked at any time, for any reason.
I myself nearly ran afoul of those same laws, when an empty .22 case got embedded in my boot tread during a trip to the range. Since the law makes it a felony for an unlicensed individual to possess "ammunition or ammunition components", it was a good thing that I checked my boots before I left. While it's unclear whether I would have been prosecuted for having a unreloadable case or not, this would have been at the discretion of the Organs of the State.
The arbitrary nature of the laws is what is proof of the tyrannical nature and presumed intent, to intimidate the law abiding population, or at least put so many ridiculous hurdles in their way that they forgo the exercise of their rights.
Criminals in Massachusetts routinely go unpunished, or receive sentences so light as to be essentially unpunished. For example, child molestation:
A 45-year-old Ayer man was given 10 years probation and will spend no time in jail after a jury found him guilty of attempting to sexually assault a 19-month-old child.Attempted child rape gets you zero jail time in the Commonwealth, because Governor Patrick appoints judges who believe - as a philosophical ideal - that the poor dears are oppressed, and so we mustn't judge too harshly.
After a four-day trial last month, a Lowell Superior Court jury found Joseph Sacramone guilty of one count of assault to rape a child...
At his sentencing hearing Monday, prosecutors requested a five-to seven-year state prison sentence, but Judge Janet Kenton-Walker sentenced Sacramone to 10 years probation with conditions.
And lest you think I'm cherry picking my examples, remember the former Marine Dad who caught subdood trying to molest his kid in the restroom, and punched his lights out? Sumdood never saw the inside of a courthouse (and was in fact an illegal alien; the local Police Chief was astonished when he didn't show up for his Court date). The Dad, of course, was arrested and charged with assault.
This was the incident when Massachusetts' dumb as a rock Attorney General Martha Coakley said that the State "didn't encourage self-help".
So there you have it, Anarcho-Tyranny 101, brought to you by those Intellectual Giants from Harvard Yard. Remember, they're smarter than you and me.
Nicer, too. They helpfully keep reminding us of that.