Every law, no matter the law, no matter how petty it seems, it ultimately backed up by violence and lethal force. It is an inescapable fact.
So when deciding upon what laws to create and what laws to enforce, ultimately someone should (but never does) ask “is this worth sending a SWAT team to kick someone’s door down over?”
It’s not something we like to think about, but it is very much the truth.
Enter the city of Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara has joined the ranks of about 100 California cities that have already voted to ban Styrofoam food containers, and it has become at least the 10th to ban plastic straws. Plastic coffee stirrers and cutlery — knives, forks, spoons, and sporks — lived to survive another day but will be available only upon request. Exceptions will be made for people with handicaps severe enough to meet the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act, for whom the durability and flexibility of plastic straws is paramount.
But Santa Barbara upped the ante over every other Liberal city.
Santa Barbara, by contrast, has banned even compostable straws, permitting only drinking tubes made from nonplastic materials such as paper, metal, or bamboo. The city also has made a second violation* of its straw prohibition both an administrative infraction carrying a $100 fine and a misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to six months in jail. Each contraband straw or unsolicited plastic stirrer counts as a separate violation, so fines and jail time could stack up quickly.
Yes, you read that right. Possession of two drinking straws could net you 6 months in jail.
I’m not sure how this law is going to be enforced, but a box of Capri Sun, like the kind I put in my kid’s lunch box contains 10 juice pouches and each one has a straw. That’s 10 violations per box if I take the law at face value.
That means, if this law is enforced at face value, a mom with two kids’ lunches, each containing a juice box can be thrown down on the ground and handcuffed by cops with guns.
To put that into perspective, a soccer mom with two juice boxes for her kids in the back of the minivan can be sentenced to the same amount of jail time as a person in Santa Barbara deliberately infecting another with HIV.
This is in the same state, a sanctuary state mind you, that, in violation of Federal law, allows people to smoke recreational marijuana.
If a illegal immigrant, driving drunk without insurance and marijuana in his pockets slams into that soccer mom van with her kids and their juice boxes, that mom with spend more time in jail than than the drunk driving illegal.
The state that banned boxes with springs in them has no banned hollow plastic tubes.
A ban which is punishable with jail time and enforced by people with guns.
They may not have stated it explicitly, but the City Council of Santa Barbara thinks it’s reasonable to kill someone over a short hollow plastic tube.