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Wednesday, September 07, 2016


By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

There are laws being passed at an incredible rate in our local, state and federal government. In 2011 Federal Register there were 80,000 new laws established.
Not only do citizens have no idea of new laws, our representatives do not even know about them. Many laws are being buried in large bills that the representatives do not have the time to read before voting on them.

Currently law-abiding citizens cannot obey the law, as they do not know what they are to avoid breaking them. The local, state and federal laws often contradict each other on many issues such as drug use and enforcement; illegal immigration; sex and physical abuse and all sorts of environmental regulations.

A father in Bushnell, Florida shot an alligator that first attacked his horses then his child. He was arrested and had to post bail. Only individuals with proper licenses and permits can legally take alligators. These dangerous reptiles had been removed from the protected species list in 1987 although there are laws protecting them because they are similar to the endangered crocodile. This is insane. This man should have received a pat on the back for doing his duty as a man, not arrested.

The massive amount of laws invading our daily life is paralyzing the public. Many people do not want to get involved in helping others since it could backfire into a legal problem affecting them. The laws are so complex, numerous and open to misinterpretation that the most obvious and necessary action can and probably would be questioned.

The recent shooting of Harambe, the gorilla, in the Cincinnati Zoo to protect a 3 year-old child became a story repeated ad nauseam for several days by the media. Protesters from animal activists to Black Lives Matter argued that the gorilla did not need to die. He had a right to his life.

Some animal activists and others held a vigil for Harambe to emphasize the importance of animal’s lives. The memorial event was to condemn the vicious actions of the zoo personnel. From their perspective the ape was the innocent victim of the accidental situation. He definitely was one in this tragic incident.

The crucial issue for the zoo was the safety of the child. The zoo administration knew the reality was that if they delayed the decision the child would die from the natural, instinctual behavior of a huge, strong and predictably rough ape behavior.  It would probably not be the intention of the ape to harm the child but the child’s life was still greatly at risk.

Some advocates of the ape’s life wanted a tranquilizer gun used to make him harmless. These protesters did not realize it would have been ten minutes before he would be rendered unconscious. The animal experts felt the initial pain of the bullet would likely agitate the gorilla resulting in the death of the child.

In the same news cycle a man raped and beat a woman in the Bronx, NY. The wife called the husband, who was attempting to park his car before going up to their apartment. She told him about the rape that just took place. The husband of the woman took an elevator to the 6th floor where he encountered the assailant who he beat to death with a tire iron.

The issue was immediately raised by the hypocritical law-quoting-media when it supported their social justice view that the assailant was no longer a physical threat to his wife and the husband did not follow the letter of the law. Of course he did not because he was in a righteous rage over the rape of his wife who was always covered with a burka.

Many pontificating pundits had to annoyingly admit if they brought the husband to a jury trial he would never be convicted. The unsaid reason was he had instinctually done what he did. His actions were not premeditated. This was an understandable reaction to a horrific act. Every despicable action has a serious consequence. The husband justly administered the consequence for this rapist’s premeditated act.

In our upside-down justice system there are not just too many laws, but too many laws that handcuff people from protecting themselves and loved ones from evil individuals. Even our military soldiers are under absurd “rules of engagement” that prevent them from doing their mission and making split second decisions to protect themselves and their fellow soldiers. These restricting “rules of engagement” place our soldiers’ lives at great risk while providing the enemy with greater flexibility to maim and kill our soldiers. Adding insult to injury, the release of Gitmo’s worst of the worst violators of humanity, who many soldiers died trying to apprehend, is another travesty of justice.

The loss of our freedom through too many unknown and conflicting laws on the books and a lack of rational and blind justice have created disrespect of the law by too many dignified and reasonable people. To honorable citizens these injurious laws are restricting our liberty.

In our present legal chaos good people are being forced to take the law into their own hands. Many citizens are realizing “we have to do what we have to do” to survive. This is not a good sign for the future of the country.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at


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