Commentary from the liberterrain…
Garland wants to be your boss, your big brother, your nanny, your wet nurse and your house sitter all rolled into one.
Heather Fazio, Texas Libertarian Party Membership Coordinator, issued the following Action Alert about Garland’s city council meeting scheduled for November 14:
Council is requested to consider the recommendation of the Building and Fire Code Board and the Plumbing and Mechanical Code Board to adopt the 2009 International Fire, Residential, Building, Energy Conservation, Plumbing, Mechanical, Property Maintenance and Fuel Gas Codes along with local amendments.
What this means, Fazio explains, is that the city wants to make it mandatory for everyone to place a key box, like the ones used by real estate agents, on all doors to local businesses and homes so the Fire Department, or whomever they appoint, can enter your home or business at any time.
If you have a gate, they want a copy of that key too.
“If you refuse,” Fazio says, “the City will be able to refuse services, i.e., let the fire burn!”
What do these citycrats think they’re going to accomplish by poking around in your home whenever they wish, whether you’re home or not?
Fire departments have had their own key to the door of your burning structure for decades; it’s called a fire ax.
Do you have a problem with your front door getting splintered so fire hoses can reach the flames eating up your house?
Or are the firefighters getting too lazy to swing an ax at your door? Just too much work? Afraid someone might accidentally get too close to the ax blade and get nicked?
The area Drug Prohibition Enforcers already have a key to your front door too. It’s called a battering ram. Are they finding it too strenuous to actually bust open a door with their ram before charging into a private residence at 3 AM so they can shoot the family dog and terrorize everyone in the house just to serve a misdemeanor pot possession warrant at the wrong address?
Some libertarians suspect this is a proactive code violation scavenger hunt designed to generate tickets that translate into big bucks for the city’s coffers.
They’ll say it’s for the children, for our safety, for the environment. As they always say when they’re about to rip off our rights.
Keep an eye on this one, North Texas.
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